Maintain customizations when updating to a major release

06-27-2017 12:11 AM
Status: Open
New Contributor II

Customizations should be maintained when a full release (10.4 to 10.5) is installed.

This concerns for example

  • customizations of the GUI (menu, toolsets, floating windows etc.)
  • settings regarding scrolling behaviour and shifting tolerance
  • folder links
  • WMS-Server saved in ArcMap

It means a high effort, to re-establish an approved working environment that supports you best at your field of work at each major release.

At the moment, the user is notified of this in the install process with the following message if the previous version is still installed: ArcGIS x.x for Desktop have been detected and will automatically be replaced with ArcGIS Desktop x.x. Any software customizations, such as extensions or add-ins must be re-applied with their x.x versions after completing set-up."

The idea is to store customizations in a file before updating and to apply this file after having updated to a major release.

See also Esri Case #01926143 .


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That could be one possible way to make customizations maintainable.
Although it lies it in the user's responsibility.
I would prefer a more automated process, integrated in the update procedure.


Agreed as professional developers serving a market of professionals ESRI should far more attentive in not breaking stuff when offering a new(er) version of their programmes. This should be a consideration not only for ArcGis Pro, but for many of their other products as well.