In ArcMap, you are able to use select by location in multiple layers. In ArcGIS Pro, you are only able to use this tool on one layer at a time.
It looks like the Select Layer by Location geoprocessing tool works exactly the same in ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. What is referred to above is the Select by Location functionality in ArcMap that allows the user to choose multiple Target Layers:
In ArcGIS Pro, choosing Select By Location from the Map tab > Selection group opens the Select Layer by Location tool:
For me, the biggest question would be, why on earth ESRI didn't make it that way in the first place? Why on earth needs ESRI voting for such thing? It is quite difficult for me to imagine some manager at ESRI, who said, hey, don't code this, nobody needs it...
Hi Vladimir Stojanovic. Your sentiment is understandable, and we've responded to this question before in a couple of places around GeoNet (Re: Quitting Desktop Cold Turkey on June 16th). Here is the explanation:
I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify why feedback from the user community is important to the development of ArcGIS Pro. The initial release of ArcGIS Pro was not billed as an ArcMap equivalent. We released the first version with features that users had been asking for, which we couldn’t provide with the architecture of ArcMap - this included things like performance improvements (64-bit processing), 2D and 3D views, multithreaded geoprocessing, and support for multiple layouts. With subsequent (and future) releases of ArcGIS Pro, we have delivered, and will continue to deliver more of the functionality that is in ArcMap and new innovations that are only possible with the architecture of ArcGIS Pro. When we ask the user community what they would like to see in Pro, we are asking you to help us prioritize what functionality gets built into the upcoming version, not whether ArcMap functionality will be built into ArcGIS Pro.
The migration to ArcGIS Pro represents a major enhancement in capabilities for our users because it is fully integrated into the Web GIS pattern of working on and with web layers, web maps, and web scenes. This means that in common workflows where a user generates a high-quality map or 3D visualization, he or she can author a map or 3D representation and share it to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise to make it immediately available as web maps for other users in their organization.
While Esri is working hard on providing most of the capabilities of ArcMap in ArcGIS Pro, we are also implementing new innovations that are only possible in the “connected desktop” and services architecture, including many apps that compliment and extend the desktop environment and capabilities of our users.
Over the last several years we have been working aggressively to build capabilities of ArcMap into the ArcGIS Pro application. These capabilities weren't “taken away” – we are working as fast as we can to build them into ArcGIS Pro; and it is simply a matter of time. Again, input from the Desktop community helps us to prioritize the order in which capabilities are added.
With the release of 2.0 (Summer 2017) we continued to add to capabilities commonly used by ArcMap users, including:
Over the next year, we expect ArcGIS Pro to provide virtually all of the commonly used capabilities found in ArcMap, as well as new functionality that will support the evolving role of GIS and the GIS professional.
We very much appreciate our users being patient while we systematically build out the capabilities of ArcGIS Pro, and we will continue to encourage the community to participate in the process.
You can also refer to ArcGIS Desktop Ideas On the Move: September 2017 for the most recent status updates.
When it says Under Consideration, is there a projected release where this functionality would be available?
Something marked as Under Consideration does not have a projected release since it isn't yet in the product plan. This doesn't mean that it couldn't quickly change to In Product Plan and make it into 2.3 (just as an example), but currently it isn't there.
We are monitoring ideas along with user requirements from other channels and prioritizing these. We'll update the status as appropriate.
I would encourage the wizards at ESRI's ArcGIS Pro team to set this topic to a higher priority.
Though not a full response yet to this idea, I just wanted to share that at 2.2 we'll introduce batch geoprocessing.
This means that I can set up a Select by Location on multiple layers.
Thanks for the update, Kory. If you're providing input to the DEV team can you put in a good word for,
"Select from Layer(s)-A, based upon features already selected in Layer(s)B?"
I would still recommend incorporating "batch" functionality into the basic Select By Location tool. Examples of this can already be seen in several other basic ArcGIS Pro tools such as the Intersect tool seen below:
Introducing batch processing is a step in the right direction, but I and several of my colleagues encourage ESRI to elevate this topic to a higher priority.
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