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Today is release day, and This Week’s Picks - ArcGIS Pro #7 is all about ArcGIS Pro 2.5! A lot of major updates and customer ideas went into the release and these 3 picks focus on many of the equivalency items, enhancements and new tools within ArcGIS Pro 2.5. 


Specifically, we will look at your “Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.5,” highlight a popular request: GP scheduling functionality new at 2.5 and tie it together with the official What’s New in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 video. 

  ArcGIS Pro #7


On to the picks… 


Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.5  


Your feedback is important. One of the major focus areas at 2.5 was equivalency and getting input from the user community has been essential to this theme. ArcGIS Ideas were a major influencer in this release and Kory Kramer has demonstrated the impact of this feedback with his video/blog post available here. Half of the implemented ideas were ArcMap equivalency items and the other half? You guessed it, new functionality straight from the community. 


ArcGIS blog Focus: Schedule Geoprocessing Tools and Models in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 (ArcGIS Idea implemented) 


As was hinted at in an earlier This Week’s Picks and noted in the implemented ideas video above, this popular suggestion is live in 2.5! There may be many scenarios where automating your script tools and models streamlines your workflows. It may even be a requirement. This recent blog post covers the new functionality and provides a nice overview and practical example and it's done right from the Geoprocessing Pane! (and yes, you can run scheduled GP tools from outside of ArcGIS Pro too). Check it out here


What's New in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 Official Video 


Already over 10,000 views but a release day picks post would feel incomplete without covering all the highlights, major updates and new functionality shown in this video. This is the official YouTube video and if you haven’t watched it yet you can catch it here. This video is comprehensive so there is a pinned post that provides an index if you want to skip to your favorite topics/areas. 


Additional videos:  A Quick Tour of Raster Cell Iterator 


I hope you enjoyed the picks covering some highlights in ArcGIS Pro 2.5. I hope you have an opportunity to check it out soon. Stay tuned for future picks and if you are interested you can also check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Thanks again for reading and happy mapping! 


(If you are interested in previous posts, they are archived here:



Happy New Year and welcome to the first of This Week’s Picks - ArcGIS Pro for 2020.  As we move forward into the year with new tasks, aspirations and start to plot our respective roads ahead, I thought it would be good to pause and reflect briefly. This week is a retrospective post of sorts that looks at a select few (3) of the top ArcGIS Pro Technical Support Knowledge Base articles for the final quarter of 2019.


I previously highlighted some how-to’s from the Esri Support Knowledge Base (which again is a great resource for errors, bugs and workflows) and for this 6th issue we will look at the following select top articles that closed out the year:


  • Error: ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application
  • How To: Import an image as a style in ArcGIS Pro
  • Error: Failed to add data, unsupported data type. <shapefile>.shp



Error: ImportError: DLL load failed: %1 is not a valid Win32 application

This error can pop up in a few scenarios, and if you have had ArcMap installed it may occur due to the Pro 64-bit interpreter attempting to import the 32-bit ArcPy module. If you ever encounter this error, look at the script solution outlined here.


How To: Import an image as a style in ArcGIS Pro

Have you ever wanted (or needed) to import an image as a style in ArcGIS Pro? It may be desirable to use custom symbology for a plethora of reasons and you can import images as picture marker symbols to use them as a style in your ArcGIS Pro maps. This resource will walk you through the procedure.


Error: Failed to add data, unsupported data type. <shapefile>.shp

The last article covers a very common and aged type of error seen when working with shapefiles. If you ever work with shapefiles you may see this at some point. It is not limited to ArcMap as it is format specific.  If you encounter this error it is very likely due to requisite supporting extensions (files) being missing from the shapefile format and this article along with the below resources may help to resolve.


Additional Resources: 

Shapefile file extensions

How to Recover a corrupt shapefile


Whether you or catching up or going full steam ahead into the new year, I wish you all the best in your endeavors in 2020. Stay tuned for future picks and if you are interested you can also check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Thanks for reading!


(If you are interested in previous posts, they are archived here:

Welcome to This Week’s Picks - ArcGIS Pro #5 (Technical Support Stocking Stuffer Edition). For issue #4 I did the first volume of ArcGIS Pro How-To’s. The picks highlighted existing content that tied into topics that I have seen on GeoNet. This week’s picks will follow suit, the one distinction being that all the resources are from the Esri Technical Support Knowledge Base (KB). This is one of my favorite places due to the sheer volume of knowledge articles.


For ArcGIS Pro How-To Vol. 2, we will look at the following Esri support knowledge topics:


  1. How to import database and server connections from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro.
  2. How to address the error: “The following file did not convert,” when importing a Style file from ArcGIS Desktop into ArcGIS Pro.
  3. How to the resolve two common authorization issues. The error: “The account cannot be used to authorize ArcGIS Pro as it has already been configured to use in offline mode on some other device,” and when the offline option is checked and disabled, disallowing you to return an offline named user license.

  This Week's Picks-ArcGIS Pro #5


1. How to import database and server connections from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Pro.


One of my first questions as I began working with ArcGIS Pro was can I “import” my database and server connections? Last week I shared a resource about leveraging project templates and favorites to have persistent connections across projects. This knowledge article discusses how to connect to existing folder(s) that store ArcGIS Desktop connection files on the local machine in ArcGIS Pro, and then adding them to your project. If you are coming from ArcMap or just want to add these to your projects, you can follow this resource and then optionally leverage project templates to use these connections in new projects. Check it out here.


2. How to address the error “The following file did not convert,” when importing a Style file from ArcGIS Desktop into ArcGIS Pro.


Custom symbols created in a custom Style file in ArcGIS Desktop may be something you want to import into ArcGIS Pro. These Style file models are based on Access, and while an error importing them is not necessarily something you see routinely, they can become corrupted. This has come up several times here on GeoNet with one recently being routed to Esri Technical Support. Senior analyst Margaret Maher assisted and was kind enough to write this possible workaround into a knowledge article. If you have encountered this error give this a read to see if it can be repaired.


3. How to resolve common errors authorizing and returning offline named user licenses.


A couple common issues with ArcGIS Pro authorizing that I often see are discussed here. The first involves getting an error about the license being configured for offline use on another device. Normally this involves returning or checking in the offline license. Easy enough, however, in the event the checkbox is disabled disallowing you to return an offline license, you would want to explore the second article. Check out the first here if you get the error about it being configured for offline mode on another device, and the second here for the checkbox being disabled.


I hope you enjoyed the last picks of 2019, How-To Vol. 2. Stay tuned for next year's picks! You can also check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Thanks again for reading and Happy Holidays to you!


(If you are interested in previous entry's, they are archived here: This Week's Picks is Product Advocacy’s unofficial recurring GeoNet blog that highlights some favorite ArcGIS Pro content with the community.)



Welcome to the fourth installment of “This Week’s Picks” - ArcGIS Pro, Product Advocacy’s unofficial recurring GeoNet blog that highlights some of my favorite ArcGIS Pro content with the community.


If you are interested in previous posts, they are archived here:


The focus for this week is on How-To do three different things involving ArcGIS Pro. While limiting to three is difficult given the abundance of good How-To content out there, these picks were selected from recent support topics or questions. They range from basic to more advanced workflows and will be a part of a mini-series.


This week’s How-To Vol. 1 picks will cover:


  1. How to set default folder and database connections
  2. How to schedule a Python script or model to run at a specific time
  3. How to publish a custom print service and share print tools

 This Week's Picks-ArcGIS Pro #4


1. How to set Default Folder and Database Connections in ArcGIS Pro

A comment/concern I see periodically is about database and folder connections not persisting between new projects in ArcGIS Pro, or how this differs from ArcMap. While this is true due to the project-centric nature of ArcGIS Pro, there are a couple strategies that can be used to manage and remember these connections. While you may be familiar with Project Favorites, this resource also discusses leveraging Project Templates for standardizing and organizing maps to focus on just the requisite folders and database connections. See the video from Esri Canada that dives into both options here


Additional Resources:

Create a project template

Project Favorites


2. Scheduling a Python script or model to run at a prescribed time: 2019 update

No longer a new concept but one that comes up frequently concerns running a Python script or ModelBuilder model at a designated time. This topic has been written about in years past, but until this is baked into ArcGIS Pro, this blog was revised to reflect the current products and versions for 2019. For those newer to automation, this is a great resource for the task at hand whether you’re using a script or have built a model and want to dive into Windows Task Scheduler for setting up routine GIS workflows. Check it out here.

UPDATE: It is confirmed that ArcGIS Pro 2.5 will have the built-in ability to schedule geoprocessing tools. 


3. How to publish a custom print service and share Print Tools from ArcGIS Pro, tips and tricks

For those with ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Enterprise portal, this blog walks through customizing print services and publishing them from ArcGIS Pro to take advantage of new functionality at ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 and later around sharing your print services from ArcGIS Pro. Those coming from ArcMap or who are new to this workflow in ArcGIS Pro is the target audience. And yes, you can publish a print service to a standalone ArcGIS Server (10.6 or later) starting with ArcGIS Pro 2.4! Take a look at the blog here.


Additional Resources:

Share a print service web tool with custom layouts from ArcGIS Pro


I hope you enjoyed this week’s How-To picks Vol. 1. Stay tuned for Vol. 2 in a future post and if you are interested you can also check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Thanks for reading!



Welcome to the third act of “This Week’s Picks” - ArcGIS Pro, Product Advocacy’s unofficial recurring GeoNet blog.  If you haven’t seen the first two posts, the aim of this series is to highlight some of my favorite ArcGIS Pro content.


This week we’re going to look at some quick mapping tips and tricks for anyone looking to make compelling maps in ArcGIS Pro.  For some, every day is Dia de Cartografo (cartography day) but these resources can be used in many mapping scenarios whether you are a daily mapmaker or find yourself creating maps only occasionally. Now on to the picks!

 This Week's Picks-ArcGIS Pro #3


One Minute Map Hacks Series

I love John Nelson’s “One Minute Map Hacks” series. These short (1 min or less) clips cover a lot of area, too numerous to discuss individually but suffice it to say there is something in the series for everyone designing maps whether you’re a map nerd or not! Want to tweak a projection? Check. Give your map a tattered paper effect or create a vignette? Check and check. Oh, derive hillshade that doesn’t wash out your map? He’s got you covered there too.


John has posted two map hack blogs with 5 hacks each. The first, covering 1-5 can be seen here while the second, covering 6-10 can be seen here. If you want to see the full playlist that can be found here. This contains additional map hacks not covered in the aforementioned blogs.


Symbolizing 2D data in 3D with preset layers

Feature attributes in your 2D data could be used to create 3D symbology, making for a more impactful presentation and overall map. Using preset layers to make energetic symbology is also another potential way to understand the data. This video from Esri Canada shows how this can be done with simple hurricane point data and preset layers to create a dramatic 3D cylinder effect to emphasize the hurricanes intensity. Check it out here.


If you want to experiment with this there are hurricane datasets available on ArcGIS Online that you can export for use with preset layers.  In about 5 minutes with a 2017 Atlantic hurricane season feature layer, I was able to use a preset to show the intensity difference between Harvey and Irma as they made landfall:

Hurricane gif


Additional resources:

Preset Layers


Mercator, it’s not hip to be square

When creating maps, the coordinate system plays a part in how the data will be interpreted. If you’re using Web Mercator for your thematic web maps could the results be misleading? Perhaps there is a better option for your web mapping needs? This blog  discusses the history of Mercator, what's best for, and proposes some alternative workflows for when you are dealing with smaller scales and thematic content where visual comparison is essential for interpreting the data. Topics also include vector and raster tiles and the when to choose an equal area projection.


Additional resources:

Projection Wizard


I hope you enjoyed this week’s picks, mapping tips and tricks (or hacks). Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next round and if you are interested, you can also check out “This Weeks Picks” for ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise!



Welcome to round two of “This Week’s Picks” for ArcGIS Pro, Product Advocacy’s unofficial recurring GeoNet blog, and Happy Halloween!


To recap, the aim of this series is to highlight noteworthy ArcGIS Pro content, and with the first installment I shared some of my recent favorites in the world of Data Management in ArcGIS Pro with an emphasis on editing.


This week’s topics largely fall into imagery capabilities in ArcGIS Pro 2.4.x with an emphasis on multidimensional datasets, deep learning, imagery and Remote Sensing and The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.


The planet, its systems and how they change over time will always demand attention. With scientific data and imagery support being foundational to a complete GIS, I wanted to showcase resources that tie-in to this theme. As such, the picks show how these capabilities can be used to map or visualize temporal and land cover changes, automate damage assessment after a natural disaster, or analyze and manage raster data (whether multidimensional or representing a singular phenomenon). Some of the tools require certain licensing or Image Analyst so that will be noted. With that, on to the picks!


Ever wanted to clip an image service from ArcGIS Living Atlas in ArcGIS Pro? How about taking a custom AOI from an image service or raster and then performing some analysis, such as calculating change over time?


This first blog shows just that! It highlights the changing landscape in the Las Vegas area and more importantly, the shrinking Lake Mead to the East that supplies its water. Taking it a step further, and to complete this story of loss, the author uses an artistic approach to symbolize this change. This can be adapted to your own use cases though it may require tweaking to the specifics of your area. Note: The NLCD layer requires an ArcGIS Online subscription.


Link: Mapping Loss: The Faces of Landscape Change in Las Vegas


Additional resources:

Frequency statistic Tool

Clip Raster Tool

Raster to Polygon

Use Living Atlas content in ArcGIS Pro


Have you ever asked: “what are multidimensional data and how can they be used in ArcGIS Pro?” This could go either way, in short you can work with data that has a multidimensional characteristic and 2.4 has some new functionality.


Whether you frequently work with scientific data or are simply curious about the multidimensional functionality available in ArcGIS Pro this resource has you covered! Note: Some of the tools require either ArcGIS Pro Standard or Advanced licensing and/or the ArcGIS Image Analyst or Spatial Analyst extension.


Link: Let’s do data science! Multidimensional analysis in ArcGIS Pro


Additional Resources:

Image Analyst Extension Introduction

An Overview of multidimensional raster data

Raster Functions

Raster functions general tab


There has been a lot of buzz around machine learning or “deep learning.” It is no surprise that these methods are seeing their day in the context of natural disasters and disaster response efforts. With ArcGIS Pro, you can use machine learning classification methods to automatically classify remote sensing imagery to identify areas of high risk and then use this data for recovery efforts.


This type of automation was shown during this year’s user conference plenary session by USAA in a collaborative effort with Esri. In the aftermath of the devastating Woolsey Fire in California last year, they demonstrated how deep learning could be utilized for disaster response. They were able to train a model to help classify buildings in the fire perimeter and perform automated damage assessment on affected structures. This helped them identify which of their members were impacted. Be sure to watch the video from the plenary below if you missed it. Note: Deep learning is available with an ArcGIS Image Analyst license.


Link: Damage assessment using deep learning in ArcGIS


Additional Resources:

VIDEO: Remote Sensing for Catastrophe Response

Deep Learning in ArcGIS Pro


I hope you enjoyed this week’s picks. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next round and if you are interested, you can also check out “This Weeks Picks” for ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise!



The Product Advocacy team at Esri is excited to introduce an unofficial recurring GeoNet series: “This Week’s Picks.” As Product Advocacy Leads, we are always on the lookout for content that is compelling and insightful but also relevant. "This Week's Picks" aims to share some of our favorites with you.


For This Week's Picks – ArcGIS Pro, the theme is editing within the broader context of Data Management. We all know that data management is a key aspect of the ArcGIS Platform. Data prep, compilation and management are essential to get to the eventual end goal. That goal may also require creating, modifying, querying or deleting features. As such, I will be highlighting 3 blogs this week that touch on some of these concepts.


           1. For users newer to ArcGIS Pro editing, an excellent blog from this summer explaining the editing experience:

            Don't Fret It, Just Edit! (Demystifying how editing works in ArcGIS Pro)


            Why I like it: A common ArcGIS Pro editing support topic involves how it is “different” than ArcMap. For users             new to ArcGIS Pro editing, this blog breaks down ArcGIS Pro editing and explains in a clear way how it differs             from ArcMap. It also clarifies some of the misconceptions about editing in Pro.


Further readingEditing in ArcGIS Pro


2. The next blog is geared toward user’s who have an editing workflow involving ArcGIS Enterprise alongside ArcGIS Pro and want to increase editing and querying performance:

            Performance Enhancements: Using sourceSpatialReference with feature services in ArcGIS Pro


Why I like it: This blog discusses how to leverage sourceSpatialReference with feature services in ArcGIS Pro  (new at 2.4) in your editing and querying workflows. This enhancement allows server to do less work on the back end by avoiding projecting the data on the fly. This is particularly good for large datasets and complex  geometries. (NOTE: Requires ArcGIS Server 10.7.1 and later)


3. The last blog showcases some of the expanded offline editing capabilities in ArcGIS Pro, specifically with sync and mobile geodatabases:

           Go off the grid with ArcGIS Pro: Offline editing with sync enabled feature services


Why I like it: Details a lightweight workflow for extending feature service capabilities to use mobile geodatabases and sync capabilities so that you can bring data offline for editing and other analysis and still sync back with enterprise environments.


Supplemental Video: Offline Editing in ArcGIS Pro


Stay tuned for more picks on a variety of ArcGIS Pro related topics and if you are interested, you can also check out “This Weeks Picks” for ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise!

If you use Concurrent Use licensing for ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap, you will need to upgrade your ArcGIS License Manager to 2019.0 before upgrading to ArcGIS Pro 2.4 or ArcMap 10.7.1.


If you are using ArcGIS Enterprise to manage your ArcGIS Pro Named User license, you will need to upgrade your ArcGIS License Manager to 2019.0 before upgrading to ArcGIS Pro 2.4.


ArcGIS License Manager 2019.0 is backwards compatible with earlier versions of ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap.


Concurrent Use licensing enables multiple users to share access to ArcGIS Desktop applications (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap) on a network. ArcGIS License Manager, installed on the network, manages access and use of the Concurrent Use licenses for the users of the network.


Learn how to upgrade ArcGIS License Manager.

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft is ending support for their Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.


As are we.


After January 14, 2020, we will no longer support Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Esri software. If you are still using Esri software on these operating systems, we highly recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 or newer version of Windows Server, such as Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019, before January 2020.


If you stay on these older operating systems after January 14, 2020, you can continue to use Esri software, but it will not be supported. Esri will not be able to address defects related to Microsoft operating systems no longer supported.


These changes are published in the Deprecated Features – Year-End 2018 document on the Esri Support site.


ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine) 10.6.1 General Update Patch was just made available today (December 5, 2019).  ArcGIS 10.6.1 users are encouraged to install the general update patch.


For the best stability and performance, Esri® also recommends 10.6.1 users install all outstanding 10.6.1 patches, specifically the following:


ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine) Text Performance Patch 
ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1 Exporting Data From a Layer Patch
ArcGIS Desktop Dialog Initialization Performance Patch
ArcGIS Desktop TLS Patch


Take away message first: If you know anybody using ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1, share this with them and make sure that they install the Buffering Degenerated Polygon patch.  Don't be fooled by the name.  Whether working with buffers or not, everybody running 10.6.1 needs to install this patch as the crash is often caused by editing.


Backstory: Back in November last year we made an Announcement out on the ArcGIS Blog, providing some information about why it is important to provide at least a valid email address when submitting error reports.  While we wanted to provide some education around how the error reporter works and what we do when we receive these reports, that announcement used the Buffering Degenerated Polygon patch as a specific example where we were seeing a high number of crashes reported with no email address, meaning no way for us to contact those users.


In January this year we posted another blog about improvements in the error reporter called ArcGIS Desktop Error Reporter Learns Its Manners that also explains why it is important to include a valid email address if you ever experience a crash.


We're still seeing a very high number of users crashing in ArcMap 10.6.1 and submitting the error report with no email address.  The crash that they are seeing is fixed in 10.7 and with a 10.6.1 patch if they are not able to upgrade.  But we can't tell them that, because we have no contact details.


Here is where I'm personally asking for your help.  If you have friends, friends of friends, or heck, even enemies, who are using ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1, please let them know that they need to install the Buffering Degenerated Polygon patch.  


Please share far and wide.  Email this blog link, Tweet it, Facebook it, pull your phone out and show it to your co-workers.  I want to see the numbers from this crash go down. 


I appreciate your help!

Esri Educational Services has published an excellent 14 page document that can help you get started with ArcGIS Pro. It discusses essential tasks for migrating your organization migrate from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro. Great job by Olivia Iannone on the ArcGIS Pro team!


High level tasks:

  1. Get to know ArcGIS Pro
  2. Set up ArcGIS Online
  3. Assign ArcGIS Pro
  4. Download and install
  5. Move content to ArcGIS Pro
  6. Explore with hands-on learning
  7. Learn more


Download the ArcGIS Pro Migration Guide:



Hope this helps,

We’ve had many users ask about plans to support the ArcMap geodatabase replication workflows in ArcGIS Pro and we want to clarify a few things regarding replication workflows moving forward.  The need to access authoritative GIS data from anywhere at any time is more important than ever. This is causing a shift in how we access and interact with data. Web GIS patterns provide the means to share, access, and work with data in a variety of ways extending the ArcGIS Platform.  Because of this shift our general direction has been moving from the client/server model (directly accessing the geodatabase via a database connection) to a web GIS services model. We believe that there are inherent advantages in a services architecture.


In ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise, we have already been actively developing functionality that supports the new feature service sync technology. With ArcGIS Pro 2.1 we introduced offline editing workflows to allow maps to be taken offline when disconnected from the network. This takes the feature service datasets offline to a local geodatabase. Users can perform edits locally, and then sync those edits with the server. The bi-directional sync process allows the offline geodatabase to share changes made and receive updates others have made to the web feature layer. See the ArcGIS Pro documentation for more information:


We have a mid-term project planned to further incorporate geodatabase replication workflows into ArcGIS Pro. We are still early in the planning phase of this project, but one aspect of the project involves leveraging the feature service sync technology. We want to leverage sync as it is available across the platform in both our online and enterprise products. The existing geodatabase replication tools will continue to work with data that is compatible with ArcMap and we encourage you to continue to use them until an ArcGIS Pro solution is available.


We are interested in hearing your workflows with distributed data. Please feel free to comment with your business requirements and how you are currently working with distributed data.

This blog post shows how to create a Map Tile Package from a Image Service and include it in a Mobile Map Package for offline use.  But what about the Esri World Imagery Basemap?  Well, ArcGIS Pro 2.2 and later provides a convenient way to clip out a portion of the Esri World Imagery basemap for Inclusion in a Mobile map.


Start ArcGIS Pro and Open a Project.

On the Insert Tab click the New Map button.

On the Map tab click the Basemap Gallery button and choose the Imagery basemap.


Zoom to the extent of the imagery that you want to include in your Mobile Map.


On the Map tab click the Download Map button.   Check include basemap & tile layers and click the Download button.


The Map Tile Package layer will be added to the map when the export completes. (remove the space in the layer name.. see notes below)


A few things of interest:

It is best to set the desired max scale

For the Extent Pictured the default scale was 1:142.  This created a Map Tile Package file (.tpk) that is 845 mb in size.

Choosing a scale of 1:565 creates a .tpk that is 84 mb in size.


So, consider the scale that your map users need if file size is a concern.


Some extra notes about using Map Tile packages in Mobile Map packages.

Do not use spaces in the name of the Tile Package layer in the Contents pane.  It is OK to rename the layer, but do not use spaces in the name. Tile Package are not written into the package correctly when spaces are used in the name, this issue will be addressed at a future release.


Make sure the coordinate system of the Map Tile Package (.tpk) matches the coordinate system of the Map. Custom applications built with the runtime and Esri Apps like Explorer for ArcGIS will not display Tile Package layers if the coordinate system is not the same as the map.


ArcGIS Pro allows you to apply symbology to Tile Package layers.  Symbology parameters are not supported by the Esri Runtime. You will just see the TPK as it was originally created in the runtime applications.  You can think of the symbology settings in ArcGIS Pro as over-rides for the symbology defined in the TPK.


If you create a Basemap that has a Map Tile Package layer and / or Vector Tile Package layers , do not include a Feature Class (point, poly or line features) in the basemap.  When a feature class layer is present in the basemap with a tile package layer the Mobile Map package is not written correctly, and some of the basemap layers will not display in runtime applications.  This issue will be addressed at a future release.



I just mentioned Vector Tile Package.  We are often asked how to get Esri Vector Tile Basemaps into a mobile map package, that capability will be possible in ArcGIS Pro 2.3 (it didn't make it in) its in ArcGIS Pro 2.4.  If you have a vector tile package you can add it to the map like any other layer and create a mobile map package. As described in  Use ArcGIS Pro to make an offline map - part 1 


Until next time.


... continued from Using ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Sharing and the Publisher Extension to make a public offline map with hillshading


Create a Map Tile Package

Click the burger menu on the Geoprocessing pane and Click Create Map Tile Package.

Fill in the required arguments for the tool.

Select Map for Input Map.

Uncheck the Package for ArcGIS Online | Bing Maps | Google Maps check box.

Enter an Output File name, GTNP_hillshade.tpk, for the Map Tile Package.

Select JPEG for the Tiling Format.

For the hillshade effect, 14 levels of detail will look pretty good, so type in ‘13’ for Level of Detail.

For Service, browse for and select the Tiling Scheme that was created in the previous step. GCS_NAD_1983.xml

On the Extent drop down choose Current Display Extent



Click Run to create the Map Tile Package.


Add the Tile Package to the Current Map. Click the Map tab, press add data button, and add the Map Tile Package (.tpk).


On the Catalog Pane – Project – Right click on Map and Convert it to a Basemap.

Remove the Terrain_Layer from the Basemap.



Copy the GrandTetonBM Basemap layer from the Operational map and Paste it in the Basemap.

Right click Map_BM and Paste the GrandTetonBM layer into the basemap.


On the Appearance tab adjust the Transparency for the GrandTetonBM layer to your preferred display.



Use the Basemap with the Operational map.   Click the Operational map tab to activate it. On the Map tab click the Basemap gallery and click the Map_BM basemap.


You have just added Hillshading to the Grand Teton National Park map.


Now, Let use ArcGIS Pro 2.2 to and the Publisher Extension to share the map with everyone and make the map useable by anyone who has Explorer for ArcGIS.


Check to see if you have the Publisher Extension. Click the Project tab.


Check the Licensing Status for the Publisher Extension.


If you are licensed for the Publisher Extension you can create maps that can be used by anyone.  If you are not licensed for the Publisher extension, users of the Mobile Map (.mmpk) that you create will need to be signed into ArcGIS Online or Enterprise organization to use it.


Share a Mobile Map - On the Share tab click the Mobile Map button to open the Package Mobile Map pane.


Fill out the inputs on the Package Mobile Map pane. If you have the Publisher Extension you can Enable the map for anonymous use.


Click the Package button to upload the Mobile Map to your Organization and share it with everyone.

Note: You can also use the Create Mobile Map Package geoprocessing tools to create a mobile map and share it.  You can use python to automate the mobile map creation process.

If the map was created for anonymous use any Explorer user can use Explorer without signing in.

And Search For “Grand Teton National Park with Hillshade” to download the map and use it.


Woot!  That’s it for now…


In this post we will continue forward from what was covered in the blog post Use ArcGIS Pro 2.1 to make an offline map.

In this exercise we will modify the package created in that post and re-share it.


So, let’s get to it.


1. Start ArcGIS Pro 2.2 and open a new blank project


In the Contents pane click All Portal and Search for “grand_teton_national_park owner:mark_nitro” and Right click on it to open it.

We will enhance the map by adding a hillshade layer to it. Specifically, we will create a tile package of hillshade imagery to add to our map. The Esri Living Atlas has an Imagery Service that we can use to do this.  ArcGIS Pro makes it easy to use Living Atlas data.  


Click the View tab and open the Catalog Pane.

Click Portal, the Living Atlas button, Search for ‘World Hillshade’ and Add ‘Terrain: Hillshade’ to a New Map.

Remove the “World Basemap” layers from the map.

On the View Tab click Link Views Center and Scale.

Click the Operational Map tab to activate the map and zoom to the extent of the basemap.

Click the Map map tab to activate it, and see that it is zoomed to the desired extent.

This is the extent of the data that we want to include in a Map Tile Package.  The tile package needs to be in the same coordinate system as our Operational map, which Is GCS North American 1983. Esri Apps like Explorer for ArcGIS and applications developed with the Esri runtime cannot project Map Tile Packages (.tpk) on the fly. If the tile packages coordinate system is different from the map’s coordinate system, it will not display.  Many of the Living Atlas services are in the WGS 84 Web Mercator Auxillary Sphere coordinate system, so creating a Map Tile Package (.tpk) from the map as it is now, will create a tile package in that Coordinate system .  For image services there is an easy way to get the data into the coordinate system we want, using the Make Image Service Layer geoprocessing tool.


Right Click on the Terrain:Hillshade layer in the table of contents and Click Properties. Click Source and copy the Location URL for the Terrain: Hillshade layer.


Click the Analysis tab, click Tools and search for Make Image Server Layer in the Geoprocessing pane.  Click Make Image Server Layer to open the tool.

For Input paste in the ImagerServer URL

For Processing Template choose Grayscale_Hillshade


On the Environments tab set the Output Coordinate system to GCS_North_America_1983

Click Run

The layer will be added to the map.

Remove the Terrain: Hillshade layer from the map.

Right Click the map in the Contents Pane, click Properties and Set the Coordinate System of the map to GCS North American 1983.

Since we have the Map Properties window open, click Metadata and enter a Description for the map. A map description is required when creating a Map Tile Package

We are going to use this layer to provide shading for the Grand Teton National Park map.  Let’s lighten up the shading a little bit.


Right Click on the Terrain_Layer and click Symbology to open the Symbology Pane.  On the Symbology Pane click the Color Scheme and Click ‘Format color scheme…’

Lighten up the color scheme by adjusting the color of the first stop.  Click the first stop and change its color to a lighter shade of gray and click OK

In the Geoprocessing Pane Search for Create Map Tile Package and Open the tool.

The Create Map Tile Package tool is set up to create content in WGS 1984 Web Mercator Auxillary Sphere coordinate system, this won’t work for our example map, so un-check the box.

Notice that the Create Map Tile Package tool requires an existing service or .xml tiling scheme file to create the tile package in a coordinate system that is not WGS84 Web Mercator Auxillary Sphere.

We will use the Generate Tile Cache Tiling Scheme geoprocessing tool to create a tiling scheme.


Click the burger menu on the geoprocessing pane and click Open Another Tool.


Search for Generate Tile Cache Tiling Scheme and open the tool.


Generate Tile Cache Tiling Scheme requires and input data source. Ideally, we could use the Terrain_Layer we created with the Create Image Server Layer tool, but this won’t work, if you use it, a tile scheme for WGS84 Web Mercator Auxillary Sphere will be created.  To create an input data layer that we can use, do the following:


Click the Terrain_Layer in the content pane, Click the Imagery tab and click the Process Button to Create a temporary raster clipped to the current display extent.

This will add a new layer, Clip_Terrain_layer, to the Content Pane.  We will use this layer as Input to the Generate Tile Cache Tiling Scheme tool.


Fill out the input for the Generate Tile Cache Tiling Scheme tool.

For input data source choose the “Clip_Terrain_Layer”

Enter a name “GCS_NAD_1983” and location for the output tiling scheme XML file.

Set number of Scales to 20, the scales will fill in automatically.

In Advanced Options, set the Tile Format to JPEG.


Click Run to create the Tiling Scheme. You can open the XML file in a webbrowser or text editor to confirm that the coordinate system is correct.



On the Content pane Right Click “Clip_Terrain_Layer” and remove it from the map.


Now we will create a Map tile package, the tile package will be created based on the current display of the map, that is why we adjusted the cartography to our liking, before creating the tile package.  


Continued - Using ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Sharing and the Publisher Extension to make a public offline map with hillshading - Part 2