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With today’s release of ArcGIS Pro 2.0, it’s time for another summary of what’s happening with Ideas.


11 Desktop ideas have been moved to Implemented:

Run more than one instance of ArcGIS Pro

Saving Service and SDE Connection in ArcGIS Pro

Grid and Graticules

Rename Shapefiles (better data-management) in ArcGIS Pro (1.4)

Make Enterprise GDB Connections User-Wide for ArcGIS Pro

Using a Web Feature Service (WFS) without converting it to a feature layer (ArcGIS Pro)

ArcGIS Pro:  Rearrange Fields in Field View

Exporting Data from Project View in ArcGIS Pro

Native/Direct WFS Support in ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro - Extract Data tool - polygon input as in ArcMap

ArcGIS Pro:  Allow connection to .sde files in folders


2 Desktop ideas have been moved to In Product Plan:

Drag & Drop Data into ArcGIS Pro

Add full OGC WFS support in next version of ArcGIS Desktop (no extension use)


2 Desktop ideas have been moved to Under Consideration:

Add an autosave feature for ArcGIS Desktop.

Add Direction to the Measure Tool 


While ideas marked as Implemented are great things to know about in ArcGIS Pro 2.0, don't overlook the What's new in ArcGIS Pro 2.0—ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS Desktop documentation for a complete picture of what's new in this version.


As always, I hope that sharing these updates is insightful.  I wanted to thank you for participating in the process and let you know that we’re listening! 

ArcGIS Pro provides the flexibility to license the application with either the default Named User model, or by converting licenses to Concurrent Use or Single Use.


Many organizations that are accustomed to using the concurrent use licensing model for ArcMap have extended that model to license ArcGIS Pro.  With a Concurrent Use license, your machine points to a License Manager Server for license authorization from a shared pool of licenses. You can choose the license level and extensions you want as long as the appropriate license is available. Concurrent Use licensing allows more users to have ArcGIS Pro installed on their machine than the total number of licenses. Simultaneous use of ArcGIS Pro is limited by the number of available licenses in the License Manager Server. Concurrent Use licensing is the same in ArcGIS Pro as it is in ArcMap.


As we approach the release of ArcGIS Pro 2.0, organizations using concurrent use licenses or Named User via Portal for ArcGIS will need to upgrade to License Manager 10.5.1 first, before upgrading to Pro 2.0.  For users who currently have a previous version of ArcGIS License Manager and wish to migrate to the latest 10.5.1 version of ArcGIS License Manager, follow the instructions below:

1. Download License Manager 10.5.1

      a. Log in to My Esri and go to My Organizations > Downloads.

My Organizations > Downloads

      b. In the Quick Search, type License Manager.

      c. ArcGIS License Manager 10.5.1 should be the only result.  Click View Downloads.

      d. Make sure to choose the product appropriate for your organization's platform (Windows or Linux). Click Download.

ArcGIS License Manager 10.5.1 Download button

2. Run the License Manager setup from your download

3. Follow the instructions to install the license manager to the desired location. At the end of the installation, ArcGIS License Server Administrator appears.

4. Complete the authorization process and start the license service. If you choose to do this step at a later time, on Windows, you can access License Server Administrator from Start > Programs > ArcGIS > License Manager > License Server Administrator. On Linux, you can run License Server Administrator from the installation location using the following command: <installation_path>/arcgis/license10.5/LSAdmin.

LM 10.5.1 Note

The bottom line?  Get your ArcGIS Pro licenses onto a 10.5.1 License Manager before upgrading to ArcGIS Pro 2.0 in order to have a seamless transition!