10 New Features in ArcGIS Pro at R 2.1

ArcGIS Pro, the focus of Esri’s desktop GIS development efforts moving forward, has recently been updated to Version 2.1. 

The focus of this update according to Esri are improvements and additions to functionality. If you recall, with ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize, edit, and analyze your geographic data in both 2D and 3D.

Esri and the user community are enthusiastic about this latest release and no doubt you’ll be hearing and seeing more in the near future at the Federal User Conference, EPC, and DevSummit. The following are just 10 of the latest highlights and new functionality available in R 2.1:

  1. New Extensions – These include, Business Analyst Pro is an extension to gather a variety of marketing analytics and ArcGIS Image Analyst to visualize and analyze imagery, including stereo mapping, advanced image segmentation and classification
  2. A new editing grid in 3D to precisely edit, snap, and work with your data in 3D
  3. Visualize and analyze imagery in the stereo viewer, and accurately compile 3D feature data with the new 3D line of sight capabilities
  4. Users can add subtype group layers to a map or scene as a preset layer.
  5. create selection layers from a subset of features in an existing layer in a map or scene. The new selection layer has the same data source but references only the features that were selected.
  6. Enhanced symbology – Draw quantities within polygon features with the new dot density symbology method.
  7. copy the coordinates of any location to the clipboard.
  8. Grids and graticules now have additional components including neatlines, intersection points, corner labels and more!
  9. Vector tiles can be created using symbology that varies by transparencycolorrotation, or size.
  10. There is a new style class in styles called Map surround that is a generic container for items that you can place on a layout.
3D editing grid (Credit: Esri)
3D editing grid (Credit: Esri)

To see the complete list of new functionality in Release 2.1 be sure to bookmark this blog post from Esri

Benefits of ArcGIS Pro

So why should you consider migrating to ArcGIS Pro? There are many benefits ArcGIS Pro brings to the table. Here are several:

  • ArcGIS Pro features a modern ribbon-based user interface, 2D and 3D views, multi­threaded geoprocessing, support for multiple maps and layouts, and more (see image below)
  • 2D and 3D maps that you create in ArcGIS Pro can easily be shared as web maps and web scenes to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise
  • you can customize ArcGIS Pro in numerous ways to fit your needs. Create Tasks in Pro to streamline repeatable workflows, automate your work with Python and more
  • ArcGIS Pro has many capabilities beyond ArcMap including better 3D visualization
  • There are SO many great learning materials for ArcGIS Pro, and a lot of them are free – be sure to check out  ArcGIS Pro lessons.

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