Nine Common Questions about ArcGIS Pro


Desktop GIS Transformed

ArcGIS Pro reinvents desktop GIS. It is a central part of the ArcGIS platform. This brand new 64-bit desktop application lets you render and process your data faster than ever. Design and edit in 2D and 3D, work with multiple displays and layouts, and publish finished web maps directly to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS, connecting you to users throughout your organization or the world.

What is ArcGIS Pro?

ArcGIS Pro is a new application that’s part of ArcGIS for Desktop. You can use it to create informative maps and visualizations quickly. ArcGIS Pro includes scientific tools for answering tough questions via spatial analysis, such as “How are these places related?” or “How can I predict what might happen here during a major storm?”

Using ArcGIS Pro, you can create and publish both 2D and 3D content to look at problems from all angles (literally!). You can also make what you create in ArcGIS Pro available to others using ArcGIS Online or your own server portal.

ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit, multithreaded application that runs on Windows. It’s fast, incredibly powerful, and has a beautiful user interface.

Does ArcGIS Pro replace ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap)?

No. ArcGIS Pro is included in ArcGIS for Desktop and can run side by side with your existing ArcMap application. With the initial release, ArcGIS Pro does not have all of the functionality found in ArcMap. However, it does have unique capabilities not available in ArcMap such as

  • Project-based workflows
  • Combined 3D/2D visualization
  • 64-bit support
  • Multiple layout support

Will I be able to use ArcGIS Pro with earlier versions of ArcGIS for Desktop?

Yes, customers current on maintenance who are using earlier versions of ArcGIS for Desktop will be able to use ArcGIS Pro. If you are not current on maintenance, you will not have access to ArcGIS Pro. Find out how to get back on maintenance at the Esri Maintenance Program page.

Can I migrate documents from ArcMap into ArcGIS Pro?

Yes. Map documents (.mxd), scenes (.sxd), and globes (.3DD) can be imported into ArcGIS Pro. Once in ArcGIS Pro, these can be saved as projects (.aprx). Projects are not backward compatible; however, the data used by the application can be accessed by either ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro through the geodatabase, so there can be collaboration at a data level. Services published using ArcGIS Pro can be used and shared with ArcMap. Also, ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro will run side by side, on the same machine, so it will be possible to use both applications for accessing and working with local data and online services.

Can I get ArcGIS Pro if I don’t have a license for ArcGIS for Desktop?

No. ArcGIS Pro is part of ArcGIS for Desktop, and only customers who are entitled (current on maintenance) to ArcGIS for Desktop will be able to receive ArcGIS Pro.

Does ArcGIS Pro have multiple license levels (i.e., Basic, Standard, and Advanced)?

Yes. ArcGIS Pro comes in three versions that correspond to the ArcGIS for Desktop license levels: Basic, Standard, and Advanced. More functionality is included as we move from Basic to Standard to Advanced.

Can I use my licensed ArcGIS for Desktop extensions with ArcGIS Pro?

Yes. With the initial release of ArcGIS Pro, the following extensions can be used with ArcGIS Pro as long as they are licensed for ArcGIS for Desktop: ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst, ArcGIS Network Analyst, ArcGIS Workflow Manager, and ArcGIS Data Reviewer.

Can I use ArcGIS Pro on my smartphone or tablet?

No. ArcGIS Pro will only run on the desktop (Windows).

What are the system requirements for ArcGIS Pro?

View the system requirements.

Note: ArcGIS Pro will not be supported for Windows XP or Vista.

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