Enhance ArcGIS Pro Bin functionality

07-01-2019 06:18 PM
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New Contributor III

I used the new 'binning" functionality for the first time today in ArcGIS Pro 2.4.  Here are the things that I would like to see changed:

  1. Enable binning for file geodatabase layers.  I don't have an enterprise geodatabase.  In order to use binning, I had to use SQL Express, which I prefer not to do.
  2. I would like the identify tool to pop-up all of the features in the bin I click on, rather than statistics about the bin.  I know based on using the tool with the features in my layer that it will be painfully slow for bins with lots of data, but it would be really, really, really handy for the small bins. 
  3. Allow labeling the bins with their statistics in conjunction with the unclassed colors option.  This is only available with the single symbol option.  To do both, you have to put the layer in the map twice: 
  4. It would be nice if the table of contents only showed the active symbol for the layer, rather than both the bins and the features.
  5. Allow the use of point symbols similar to what my photo management software, ACDSee, uses.  This is probably a Google Maps thing: My problems with ACDSee are that it only lets you map one folder at a time, and it does not allow geocoding of videos.  So I'm trying to use ArcGIS Pro for it instead.
  6. Make the bins use 50% transparent polygon fill symbols by default.  That's what all the examples show, and I can't image that anyone would want the bin polygons to cover up their base map data:   - No.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on how to improve feature binning, Gerald.  As for folks voting on this, there are 6 different things here, so if somebody supports this, does it mean they fully support all 6 things, or that they really only want to see feature binning for file geodatabase?

Which of the 6 is most important to you?  Is 1 the most important and 6 the least important?

I'll make sure that they development teams in charge of feature binning see these requests, but not sure how actionable this is as a single idea.

Thank you.


Thank you, Kory.  I went back and sorted the bullets in order of how important they are to me.


Hi Gerald, number 3 should be possible, although it is not completely straightforward.

Can you follow the steps on this web help page and let us know if you see issues again with the Unclassed symbols?



Thank you.  This does work for me.  There is however, nothing intuitive about finding this setting.  I will always have to follow the instructions to be able to do it.  I don't understand what "Template" means in the Primary Symbology Tab,  and I don't understand why a symbol layer called "Shape Marker" would be the thing to provide a text label.  It isn't obvious at all that the "Text String" option allows the text string to be based on the feature count.  If I hover over the database icon, I see that $feature_COUNT_Shape is the "Property mapped to expression", but if I click on it, the only option in the drop-down list is <None>.

If I go back and select something from the drop-down list on the "Form" line, every bin now gets marked with the same symbol, and I don't know how to get back to where there is a "Shape text symbol" option with a Text string field.  I have to remove the layer from the map and add it back in again.