Let’s face it. 2020 has been far from a normal year. We’ve all experienced things that previously were unfathomable… until they happened. To place this story on the ArcGIS Pro release timeline, about a month after 2.5 was released, ArcGIS Pro development teams went into isolation. Monitors, cables, peripherals, and plants were gathered and moved out of offices as team members transitioned into a work-from-home routine.
This was very early in the development of ArcGIS Pro 2.6 and many of us were wondering how disruptive the coronavirus and the mandated stay-at-home orders would be to the release. Would teams be able to accomplish their development goals or would they fall behind? Would the number of customer requests making it into the release suffer? In short, there were a lot of unknowns.
In what seemed extraordinary at the time, teams didn’t miss a beat. Virtual scrums happened as normal, iterations stayed on schedule, holistic testing went virtual, and cross-team communication and collaboration thrived (I think people were lonely and looking for excuses to talk)!
In the end, not only did ArcGIS Pro 2.6 make it out the door on schedule, it is absolutely jam-packed with user requests both from ArcGIS Ideas and technical support, plus great new functionality, performance improvements, and important bug and quality fixes.
Without further ado, we proudly present your ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.6.
Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.6 Video
Now if you’ve had an eye on some of our previous idea announcements (like Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 - That's Amore!, Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.4, and Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.3) you’ve seen the long lists of individual ideas. We like to provide the link to each idea, and if it is in the video, give the time marker to make it easier for you if you want to go to something specific. But last week I held a virtual call with the 100 or so individual ideas that will be packing up and moving into ArcGIS Pro 2.6, and they said that they’ve had enough of being alone. There was an overwhelming consensus from the participating ideas that they feel too isolated and would prefer to hang out with their friends. After careful consideration and in strict adherence to the most up-to-date epidemiological guidelines, I’ve grouped ideas together into major functional areas. As you can see, it is quite a large gathering!