ArcGIS Pro Tip: Be Careful When Using Custom Project Templates

by | Aug 4, 2017

While ArcGIS Pro has become an impressive application, making use of 64 bit .NET architecture with a modern ribbon interface, I have found it does have some gotchas which can make you pull your hair out.

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One of these is when you try to use a custom project template. ArcGIS Pro makes use of projects instead of individual mxd files much like the old ArcView GIS software did. A single project can contain multiple maps, layouts, data connections and more. Each new project must be based on a project template which does what you would expect a template to do. I have found one issue though if you use a custom project template which includes a map which already has layers which reference back to a file geodatabase or shapefile. Watch this video to see this gotcha –


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Tripp Corbin
Tripp is Chief Executive Officer and Lead Instructor for eGIS Associates (our business partner). He is an award winning Esri Certified Trainer with over twenty years of experience orchestrating and managing surveying, mapping and GIS projects. He is recognized as an industry expert with a variety of geospatial software packages including Esri, Autodesk and Trimble products. Tripp was the primary author of several of our GIS courses including: Using AutoCAD data in ArcGIS class, ArcGIS Desktop Associate Exam Prep, ArcGIS 10: What’s New and assisted in the development of our ArcGIS Server Basics class. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the GITA Southeast Chapter and a past board member of URISA International and the Georgia URISA Chapter. Tripp holds many certifications including GIS Certified Professional, ArcGIS Desktop Associate, ArcGIS Enterprise System Design Associate, Esri Certified Trainer, CompTia Certified Technical Trainer, Microsoft Certified Professional, URISA Workshop Instructor and Certified Floodplain Manager. Tripp is also the author of Learning ArcGIS Pro.

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