ArcGIS Pro is a newer part of the ArcGIS platform. ArcGIS Pro works in relation to your ArcGIS Online organizational account login or can be accessed via single license authorization. ArcGIS Pro software is available through to download through this site. See this software page for more information on logging into ArcGIS Pro with the enterprise login (pennstate.maps.arcgis.com). The Esri website on ArcGIS Pro has new content on the many new features and uses of ArcGIS Pro. In addition, the ArcGIS Pro website includes tips for ArcMap users migrating to ArcGIS Pro, which includes descriptions of key terminology, workflows, and more. Below are some times for transitioning from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.
Tips for transitioning from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro
1. ArcMap Document shifted to ArcGIS Pro Project file organization and saving options
- What is an ArcGIS Pro Project? Projects in ArcGIS Pro (.aprx) is where any map, layout, connection, and/or template is saved to, in contrast to the ArcMap map documents (.mxd).
- Importing ArcMap documents into ArcGIS Pro: ArcMap (.mxd) files can be imported into ArcGIS Pro, which is based on the active data frame or layout within the .mxd.
2. Ribbon interface: The top ribbon toolbar enables entry points to software functionalities grouped under shared themes.
- ArcGIS Pro terminology: Definitions of key ArcGIS Pro terminology, including project, scene, task, view, and panes.
3. Locate tools and functionality you commonly use: For instance, if your work relates to analyzing land cover by digitizing land cover polygons and editing attribute tables, explore the Editor tools.
- Spatial Analysis in ArcGIS Pro: Overview of working with the geoprocessing tools, such as 3D Analyst, Network Analyst, and Spatial Analyst.
- Data in ArcGIS Pro: Information on creating new feature datasets, geodatabases, and using different geospatial data formats such as, CAD, imagery, LKML, and lidar.
4. Utilize Esri training for ArcGIS Pro lessons: Lessons include webinar videos, hands-on exercises, and documentation. By signing in with the enterprise login for ArcGIS Pro, you gain access to Esri training. Search the Esri training site for ArcGIS Pro specific materials, such as:
- Going Pro: ArcGIS Pro Essentials for ArcMap Users
- ArcGIS Pro: Analysis and Geoprocessing Essentials
- ArcGIS Pro: Raster Functions
- Migrate to ArcGIS Pro Learning Plan
5. Connect with other ArcGIS Pro users: Explore forums and blogs on ArcGIS Pro to learn from other users as they transition to using ArcGIS Pro during their daily work, research, and teaching activities.
Submitted by Tara Anthony, GIS Specialist, Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information