ArcGIS Pro 1.4 is now here and it represents possibly its biggest releases since Esri first introduced it. This new version goes a long way to putting ArcGIS Pro on par with ArcMap and ArcCatalog for core functionality.
Now that ArcGIS Pro has most of the core functionality found in ArcMap and ArcCatalog plus tools that are only in ArcGIS Pro, expect Esri to really start pushing users to start transitioning to ArcGIS Pro. If you look at their website, ArcGIS Pro has now replaced ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap & ArcCatalog) for desktop GIS. Expect their training offerings to start shifting to ArcGIS Pro. So now is the time to really start looking at if, when and why you might want to begin migrating to ArcGIS Pro.
Benefits of ArcGIS Pro
So why should you consider migrating to ArcGIS Pro:
- Fully 64 bit enabling ArcGIS Pro to take full advantage of modern hardware including more than 4 GB RAM, Multi-core processors, Graphics Processors, and graphics RAM
- Native Support for both 2D and 3D Maps
- Intuitive and modern ribbon interface
- Faster geoprocessing
- Multiple ways to automate and streamline processes
- Python Scripts
- Improved iteration with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise
- Increased support for raster and lidar analysis
- Support for multiple maps and layouts in a single project
- Improved support for UAVs and UAS
- .Net Development Environment
- Multiple Licensing options
What’s New in 1.4
So, what are some of the big improvements you will find in ArcGIS Pro 1.4? This release includes a lot of tools many of us have been waiting on to put ArcGIS Pro on par with the core functionality found in ArcMap.
Here are some of the new tools and functionality we believe are key that you will find in this release of ArcGIS Pro.
- Georeferencing of CAD and Imagery
- Use of Grids and Granticules
- Production of georeferenced ortho products from UAVs, satellites, and aerial photos
- Create and manage topologies
- New CAD tools tab
- Support for Alternate City names as well as street names when geocoding
- Register views with enterprise geodatabases
- Support for both LAS and ZLAS files
- Align Features tool added
- Create multipatch features
- New Pipeline Extension
If you have not looked at ArcGIS Pro yet, then you might want to with this new version. Esri has said they are no longer focusing on development for ArcMap or ArcCatalog. Their focus for new desktop functionality is all on ArcGIS Pro. While ArcMap will be around for a few more years (anywhere from 2 to 7 depending on who you ask), ArcGIS Pro is the future of desktop GIS in the Esri world.
Expect Esri to really start pushing all existing ArcMap users to migrate to ArcGIS Pro. For those that remember the switch from ArcInfo workstation and ArcView GIS to ArcGIS, the change over to ArcGIS Pro will be just as fun.
The ArcGIS Pro interface is completely different as well as the workflows to manage data, maps, and users. It uses projects in place of MXDs. Here old ArcView GIS users might fell more at home. The long and short is you and your organization will need training to effectively migrate to ArcGIS Pro. eGIS is offering several classes which can help and we are working on more.
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