Navigation and Features
Why should we continue to use multiple tools like in ArcMAP if we can replace the navigation tools with 1 Explore tool in ArcGIS Pro?
Discover here how easy navigation can be in ArcGIS Pro.
Common map navigation tools are located on the Map tab of the ribbon in the Navigate group.
In ArcMap, tools such as Pan, Zoom, Identify, and HTML Pop-up, are used for navigation and data exploration. In ArcGIS Pro, the functionality of these tools is combined in the Explore tool . The Explore tool is active by default. When it’s active, you can use the mouse buttons to navigate 2D maps and 3D scenes. Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts for navigation.
For more information, see the Navigation and Navigation in 3D help topics. See also the Navigate maps and scenes tutorial.
Unlike ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro doesn’t have an Identify tool. To identify a feature on a map, make sure the Explore tool is active. Click the feature to open its pop-up. To identify several features, press the Ctrl key while dragging a box around them.
Click the drop-down arrow on the Explore tool to identify features in different layers of interest.
Prior to use Web Feature Services in ArcMap, the Data Interoperability extension must be installed. From ArcMap 10.5 is just downloading and installing the extension enough, this does not involve any additional costs. For previous versions however, a separate Data Interoperability license is needed. Once the extension is installed (and authorized if version < 10.5), you can make a connexion to a WFS service through the Catalog, by adding a new Interoperability connection. Subsequently, add the service to your map by the Add Data dialog window or by a simple drag-and-drop from the Catalog window. For a more detailed workflow, please refer to the Adding a WFS service to ArcMap documentation.
The content of a WMS server can easily be used in ArcMap, without needing to install any additional extension. To add a wms service as a layer in a map, start by establishing a connection to the server, and then simply add the service to your map. The connection can be made through the Catalog window, or after opening the Add Data dialog box. For a more detailed workflow, please refer to the Adding WMS services documentation.
ArcGIS Pro automatically starts an edit session when you modify existing data or create data. For more information, see Automatic edit sessions in the help topic Editing in ArcGIS Pro.
Many ArcMap styles have been retired and are not included as system styles in ArcGIS Pro. However, these styles can be imported from ArcMap. See Import an ArcMap style into the project. A number of these styles have already been converted to ArcGIS Pro *.stylx format and can be downloaded fromArcGIS Online at Esri Styles.
Yes. If you have an ArcGIS Desktop license for an extension product, you are licensed to use the same extension in ArcGIS Pro if it is available. See ArcGIS Pro extensions for a list of available extensions. Extension licenses in ArcGIS Pro are managed using the same license type (for example, Named User) as your ArcGIS Pro license.
You cannot export a map from ArcGIS Pro as a map document (.mxd). However, web maps shared from ArcGIS Pro can be opened in ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, or ArcGIS Enterprise.
When you import a map document (.mxd), all the data frames become maps in your ArcGIS Proproject, but only one of them opens. You can open the other maps from the Catalog pane by clicking the Project tab at the top of the pane and expanding the Maps item. Alternatively, you can open the catalog view from the View tab on the ribbon and browse to the maps in your project.
Yes, map documents (.mxd), scenes (.sxd), and globes (.3DD) can be imported into ArcGIS Pro and saved in a project. For more information, see Import a map or a map package in the help topic Add maps and scenes to a project. The same geodatabase and shapefile datasets can be used by both applications. Web layers shared from ArcGIS Pro can be opened in ArcMap. Also, ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro can run side by side on the same machine. However, ArcGIS Pro projects cannot be imported into ArcMap.
No, models that are built new, or opened and saved in ArcGIS Pro, cannot be used directly in ArcMap. However, you can save the containing toolbox as a previous version and use that toolbox in ArcMap. It’s safest to make a backup of the original toolbox before modifying any models in ArcGIS Pro. Keep in mind that many tools and new data formats are only available in ArcGIS Pro, so the model still may not work in ArcMap.
Yes, most of the time. However, if the model includes a tool that is not available in ArcGIS Pro, the model will not work. You may need to wait until that tool is available in a future release of ArcGIS Pro. Alternatively, you may be able to remove the tool and use a workaround. Additionally, if a tool in the model has changed in ArcGIS Pro, the model will not work until you update the model (make a backup of the toolbox, open the model in ArcGIS Pro, validate, and save the model). Refer to a tool’s help topic to determine what needs to change for the tool to work in ArcGIS Pro. One common issue is that the Calculate Field tool no longer supports Visual Basic (VB) expressions. Learn more about migrating ModelBuilder workflows to ArcGIS Pro.
The majority of ArcMap geoprocessing tools are available in ArcGIS Pro. However, some tools are not available. In some cases, these tools may be available in a future release. Tools that work with data formats that are not supported in ArcGIS Pro, such as coverages, will not be available in the future.
Usually, yes. ArcGIS Pro uses Python 3.x, while other applications in ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Server use Python 2.x. Despite some significant differences between these versions of Python, many geoprocessing scripts can be used as-is in both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. You can read about Python migration for ArcGIS Pro, and use the Analyze Tools For Pro geoprocessing tool to analyze a script or toolbox for necessary updates.
No, ArcGIS Pro has a new .NET API, and the functionality and workflows are different from what exists in ArcMap. The new API was built using ArcObjects; however, ArcObjects is not exposed directly.
No, you can install ArcGIS Pro on a machine that has any version of ArcMap, or on a machine without any Esri products. However, you can only install one version of ArcGIS Pro per machine.