#MapThis Tips – Quick Look at 10 Benefits of ArcGIS Pro

Recall, over the summer we had a closer look at ArcGIS Pro and shared some reasons to migrate to Pro along with 10 handy ArcGIS Pro Tips. Well, we continue here by sharing some of the benefits of moving to Pro as described by Esri. Have you moved to Pro yet?

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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 a few of them according to Esri:

  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. ArcGIS Pro has many capabilities beyond ArcMap including better 3D visualization
  5. 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.
  6. ArcGIS Pro doesn’t cost anything extra! It is included with ArcGIS Desktop, which also includes ArcMap and ArcCatalog
  7. The majority of the ArcGIS Desktop extensions are available in ArcGIS Pro. These include 3D Analyst, Data Interoperability, Data Reviewer, Geostatistical Analyst and more
  8. You can import your ArcMap documents directly into ArcGIS Pro projects. To learn how, try the Import an ArcMap document tutorial
  9. The majority of geoprocessing tools that are available in ArcMap are also in ArcGIS Pro
  10. Sharing is easy with ArcGIS Pro. You can share your work (maps, layouts, geoprocessing tools, models, and more) with others


Be sure to check out this article, ArcGIS Pro Tips: Top 10 Questions from the 2017 User Conference

What is ArcGIS Pro?

ArcGIS Pro is included with ArcMap as a part of ArcGIS Desktop. This 64-bit addition to the ArcGIS Desktop collection of applications lets you render and process your data faster than ever. Import map documents (.mxd), scenes (.sxd), and globes (.3DD) into ArcGIS Pro and save them as projects (.aprx). You can use and share services published with ArcGIS Pro via ArcMap. Also, run ArcMap side by side with ArcGIS Pro on the same machine. This means you can use both ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap to access and work with local data and online services. Default licensing for ArcGIS Pro is managed via your ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS account. See more HERE

Learn more about ArcGIS Pro with this new Esri workbook

ArcGIS Pro features a modern ribbon-based user interface, 2D and 3D views
ArcGIS Pro features a modern ribbon-based user interface, 2D and 3D views (Image: Esri)

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