Map Annotation and Graphics coming to ArcGIS Pro in the Future

by | Jun 26, 2019

I am very excited to tell you Esri’s Dev Team has decided to reverse their stance on not supporting map annotation and graphics in ArcGIS Pro. Originally it had been posted that there was no intention to support this functionality in ArcGIS Pro. I had been told this was because map annotation and graphics did not perform well when published to web maps and services. ArcGIS Pro is heavily optimized for producing maps which will be published to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

However after getting an overwhelming number of requests backed with use cases on GeoNet (, they have listened to the users and have now added this functionality to the ArcGIS Pro production plan. More than likely this will not be included in the next release (version 2.4), as that should be coming soon. But it will be in a future release. This is great news. I use this functionality in ArcMap all the time to create exhibits and maps for reports.

I should mention that ArcGIS Pro does support graphics and text in layouts. As well as support Geodatabase annotation. Currently it does not support adding annotation and graphics in the maps (formerly called Dataframes in ArcMap).

Thank you Esri ArcGIS Pro Dev team. This is very welcome news.


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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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