shrug-l: ArcGIS Pro 2.4 is now here. So what new?

tcorbin at egisassociates.com tcorbin at egisassociates.com
Fri Jun 28 10:54:03 EDT 2019


Esri has released a new version of ArcGIS Pro, 2.4. This new version does
contain many great enhancements and new functionality which I am very
excited about. I think you will be as well.  Here is a list of what I feel
are some of the key improvements in this release:

 

1.	The ability to export a model from ModelBuilder to a python script
has been added back. I say added back because in version 1.0 you could do
this. Then in version 1.1 it was gone and has been that way until now. At
2.4 you can export models to python scripts or the python window in ArcGIS
Pro. For all of us that are only novice programmers this is a big feature!
2.	The ability to select a series of geoprocessing tasks in the History
and turn them into a new model. This is completely new functionality but
makes creating new models even easier. Just figure out the manual step by
step process needed to perform an analysis or workflow and after you have
run through it once, you simply select the geoprocessing operations from the
History tab in the Catalog pane and right click select add to model. ArcGIS
Pro will add the tools and variables to the model as well as determine the
connections as best it can. You can also drag and drop from the history into
a model. Not perfect but certainly a good start and time saver. This
function is do able because so many of the buttons found in ArcGIS Pro are
now linked directly to geoprocessing functions in the Toolbox. 
3.	The Parcel Fabric is now supported. This is slightly miss leading
but still a good step forward. The ArcGIS Pro parcel fabric is not the same
as the one used by ArcMap. You will need to convert your existing parcel
fabric over to this new version. The new parcel fabric is not usable by
ArcMap or at least that is what my testing has indicated. This new parcel
fabric is supported in both single user (file Geodatabase) and multiuser
(ArcGIS Enterprise) environments. This is good to hear because there were
rumors floating around that it would require ArcGIS Enterprise like the new
Utility Management Network extension does. 
4.	Dynamic Feature Binning has been added. This new function aggregates
point data into dynamic polygons which are then labeled with the number of
point features within each polygon. 
5.	The Explore tool, which combines the functions of pan, zoom and
identify, now has the ability to be set to not identify. This means it
basically just functions as a zoom and pan tool and not pop-up identify
window will open when you click in the map. The informational pop-up can be
annoying if you are just trying to navigate within the map while editing or
just trying to set the proper location and scale to use in a layout. This
new enhancement should make that a lot more enjoyable. 
6.	Map clipping is has been added to the Map Series function (Formerly
called Data Driven Pages in ArcMap). This function will clip the map frame
in your layout to the extent of the index feature. Grids and Graticules will
also honor this clipping. 
7.	You can now Convert Labels to Annotation for a single layer or the
entire map. This converts the text labels to geodatabase annotation. ArcGIS
Pro 2.4 still does not support map annotation but that is coming in a future
release. 
8.	Improved support for Excel Spreadsheets. This includes improved
capability for handling special characters and column names. You can also
copy columns from excel and paste them into an editable table in ArcGIS Pro.

9.	Publish directly to ArcGIS Server. In past versions of ArcGIS Pro
you had to have Portal installed in order to publish a service to ArcGIS
Server (now part of ArcGIS Enterprise). With 2.4, Portal is not required.
You can connect directly to ArcGIS Server similar to the method that has
been used in ArcMap for years. 
10.	ArcGIS Pro now uses Python 3.6.8. Not exactly sure what this means
but I assume it has some improve capability. 
11.	The Arcpy.mp module has increased access to the Esri cartography
information model (CIM). This means you can use python to control and adjust
even more cartography setting. This should mean you have even greater
flexibility when trying to automate the publication of maps whether printed
or publish as web services. 
12.	Better rendering of TINs. Ok this might not be specific to 2.4 but I
have found that since 2.3 TINs work much better in ArcGIS Pro than past
releases. Older versions of Pro did not render TINs even as well as ArcScene
or ArcGlobe. That has since changed with these newer versions. 

 

So these are just a few of the new capabilities of ArcGIS Pro 2.4. For a
much more detailed list go to
https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/get-started/whats-new-in-arcgis-pro.htm.
As with any new software version or patch, you should test it in your
environment thoroughly before putting it in to your main production. I have
already seen a couple of bugs reported. 

 

I hope you find this helpful. If you have not worked with ArcGIS Pro yet or
looking for a helpful resource, you might want to check out the eGIS
Associates YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/eGISAssociates). We
have many ArcGIS Pro videos posted including comparisons to ArcMap and
several how to videos. 

 

Tripp Corbin, MCP, GISP | Chief Executive Officer
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