Access All Editing Tabs When Editing Multiple Symbols

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01-17-2019 10:35 AM
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New Contributor II

Context menus/tabs should not differ when editing a single symbol and when editing multiple symbols in the same feature class.

What I think

When developing symbology, it is often useful to be able to edit many symbols at once. The ability too do so increases efficiency, and ensures consistency in the symbology being developed. While developing symbology, it can be deasy to overpopulate the 'styles' workspace with un-finalized versions of various symbols. For this reason, saving to a symbol to a style is not the preferred method.

The Menus

In ArcMap 10.X, the symbol editor was identical when you were editing 1 symbol, and when you were editing multiple symbols. In ArcGIS Pro, when you are editing 1 symbol you have access to the Symbol Tab, the Layers Tab, and the Structure Tab. However, when you are editing multiple symbols (via 'Symbology' pane> 'More' drop down> 'Symbols'> 'Format all symbols') you only have access to the Symbol Tab.

Current Setup

When Editing a Single Symbol (Unique Values)

Symbology pane when editing a single symbol in ArcGIS Pro 2.0.1 (polyline symbol as example).

Available Options
Feature TypeSymbol Tab OptionsLayers Tab OptionsStructure Tab Options
Point

Scale Based Sizing

Appearance

Halo

Appearance (for each Symbol Layer)

Position (for each Symbol Layer)

Rotation (for each Symbol Layer)

Offset distance (for each Symbol Layer)

Symbol

Layers

Polyline

Scale Based Sizing

Appearance

Line Width

Appearance (for each Symbol Layer)

Offset effect (for each Symbol Layer)

Dash effect (for each Symbol Layer)

Caps & Join (for each Symbol Layer)

Symbol

Layers

Polygon

Scale Based Sizing

Appearance

Appearance (for each Symbol Layer)

Offset effect (for each Symbol Layer)

Dash effect (for each Symbol Layer)

Caps & Join (for each Symbol Layer)

Pattern (for each Hatched, Gradient, and Picture Symbol Layer)

Symbol

Layers

When Editing Multiple Symbols (Unique Values)

Symbology pane when editing multiple symbols in ArcGIS Pro 2.0.1 (polyline symbol as example).

Available Options
Feature TypeSymbol Tab Options
Point

Scale Based Sizing

Appearance

Halo

Polyline

Scale Based Sizing

Appearance

Line Width

Polygon

Scale Based Sizing

Appearance

4 Comments

Thanks for taking the time to generate the screenshots.  I can't believe we can't change features that are applicable to all currently selected symbols, like border weight.  It would also be great to not only be able to set this value but also have the option to bump the current weights up or down.  That way, if differing weights are set, they all increment up and stay different sizes relative to each other.  

Outline should be accessible regardless of the symbol shape that's applied too.  

Yep this is annoying to have this not part of Pro as it was in ArcMap.  Often I need to do create several mutli-layered symbols that are similar, but a bit different.  It would be so much nicer to be able to do this without having to create styles as it used to be like that's for sure.  I was originally thinking I was missing something, but then was directed to this post... 

Kory Kramer‌ any update from the Pro team on this request?

I believe they may have started looking into a design for this functionality, but since that isn't complete, development work hasn't started yet.  We will update the status when there is higher confidence about the work being scheduled for a release.  I realize this is somewhat vague, but that is the update.  Hopefully we'll see this in a near-term Pro release (excluding 2.5 which is coming this month).