Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro Class Resources

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Migrating to ArcGIS Pro should be quick and seamless with many items originally created in ArcMap available in ArcGIS Pro without conversion. With faster tools and integrated 2D and 3D capabilities, ArcGIS Pro will streamline your GIS projects. The following resources are for experienced ArcMap users looking to be productive right away. These resources includes essential ArcGIS Pro terminology and concepts and how to efficiently complete a variety of tasks related to mapping, editing, working with scenes (3d), analyzing, and sharing geospatial data and resources such as web maps, web layer and other items. 

Significant Resources

Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro 

Sharing Resources using ArcGIS Pro

  • Share with ArcGIS ProArcGIS Pro provides numerous options for sharing your work with others
  • What can I share from ArcGIS ProLayers, maps, and scenes (3d) can be shared from ArcGIS Pro. These items can be consumed across the ArcGIS platform
  • How do I share a web mapWith ArcGIS Pro, you can share your maps as web maps to your active portal. A web map is an interactive display of geographic information.
  • What is ArcGIS portal? -  ArcGIS portal is an access point to content, data, maps, layers and more known as items. Two Implementations of portal exist (1) ArcGIS Enterprise portal  and (2) ArcGIS Online
    • Portal for ArcGISArcGIS Enterprise portal is a component of ArcGIS Enterprise that allows you to share maps, scenes, and more with other people in your organization
    • What is ArcGIS Online - ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping and analysis solution. Use it to make maps, analyze data, and to share and collaborate
  • Get Started using ArcGIS Online With a subscription to ArcGIS Online, organizations can manage all of their geographic content in a secure, cloud-based Esri environment
  • ArcGIS Online quick lessonsThe best way to get to know ArcGIS Online is to start using it. 
  • Future: Map Viewer BetaThe ArcGIS Online team is excited to announce the release of Map Viewer Beta to all ArcGIS Online users.

Editing Features and Attributes 

  • Editing in ArcGIS Pro - Learn how editing geographic data has become more efficient. 
  • Keyboard shortcuts for editing - Save mouse clicks during editing with these shortcuts
  • Coordinate Systems and Transformations - Make sure that all your data is the same coordinate system prior to editing or analysis
  • Modify existing features - unlocks many key tools and functions within a convenient pane as well as set of tools within the map view. 
  • What is topologyIn geodatabases, topology is the arrangement that defines how point, line, and polygon features share coincident geometry.
    • Edit topologies in ArcGIS Pro - Topological editing automatically modifies adjacent features that share coincident geometry and preserves their connectivity when you finish your edits.
  • Fields, Domains, and SubtypesA successful GIS is built on well-designed schmea (attributes, geometry type and coordinate system) as well as schema items (feature classes, domains and subtypes)
  • Contingent values - Contingent attribute values are a data design feature that allow you to make values in one field dependent on values in another field.
  • Enable COGO, then use the Traverse tool to create linear features - coordinate geometry allows a user to create a traverse which is commonly used to create linear features described on a survey or engineering plan.
  • Data Reviewer - The ArcGIS Data Reviewer extension adds a data quality control framework to ArcGIS.

Symbolizing and Displaying Data


  • Label Classes Used to restrict labels to certain features or to specify label fields, symbols, scale ranges, label priorities, and sets of label placement options for groups of label
  • Convert Labels to Annotation - Gain greater control over labels by creating annotation. 
  • AnnotationAnnotation in the geodatabase is stored in annotation feature classes. Each feature has symbology including font, size, color, and other text symbol properties.
  • Manage Annotation - Learn how you can create, rename, copy, paste, or delete annotation feature classes. You can also view and modify their properties
  • Update Annotation Scale - Have you ever created annotation and realized that a slight change in scale would make it better or more capable of being used in other maps. 
  • Modify existing features - Works on an annotation features. Ex: River feature with curved labels can be converted to Annotation and modified with more vertices or specific bends. 
  • Vector Base Maps - Contain vector representations of data across a range of scales. They adapt to the resolution of their display device and can be restyled for multiple uses.
  • Vector Tile Packages – How to share and create a vector tile
  • Vector Tile Editor - How to edit a vector tile after it has been created.
  • Let's start working with Esri Vector basemaps - Let's use our new skills and learn how to share our product with others.


Displaying Raster Data

Working with 3D Data

Performing Analysis

Creating Layouts 







Tips and Tricks and Customization

Customize your ArcGIS Pro experience

  • Customize the Ribboncreating new tabs and choose which commands appear on them. You can also add new groups to help stay organized. 
  • Rest Panes - Within ArcGIS Pro, users are given a default set of Reset Pane options. This resource from Esri GitHub will allow you to customize with just a little coding.
  • Customize Pro - using Esri Software Development Kit customize solutions and experiences. 


City Engine


  • CAD data in ArcGIS ProAutoCAD and Microstation are the two most widely used general-purpose CAD platforms. ArcGIS Pro accepts data generated by AutoCAD- and Microstation-based applications
  • Supported CAD formatsArcGIS Pro supports the following AutoCAD and MicroStation file format
  • CAD optionsCAD data is a unique data type. Be sure to understand your options within ArcGIS Pro
  • Georeferencing CAD data in ArcGIS Pro - Georeferencing is the process of spatially adjusting a CAD drawing without actually changing the original source data


  • Take your map to the next level (part 1 of 3)This tutorial shares some easy tips for improving the cartography of your map using ArcGIS Pro.
  • Esri Gallery of styles - John Nelson
    • Follow John Nelson of Esri. He’s an exceptional cartographer. His videos, blogs, LinkedIn and twitter are always buzzing!
  • More Styles (blog)– for Public Safety and Government industries 
  • NACIS North American Cartographic Information Society provides even more styles for ArcGIS Pro.
  • Firefly styles  – very cool styles

Advanced Sharing

  •  How can I share and collaborate accross ArcGIS Online organizations Members of ArcGIS Online organizations already have the capability to securely share content to members and their own organizations but this article will focus on workflow specific to sharing with members outside of your organization (external users).
  • What else can I share? - Web feature layer, web tile layer, vector tile layer, map image layer, web scene layer, web imagery layer, and web elevation layer
  • User types, roles and privileges - ArcGIS Online provide the ability of individual organization members to access and work with content in different ways depends on the privileges they have in the organization
  • Configure Member roles can configure custom roles to add control and flexibility




Additional Training

Helpful videos from video.esri.com

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