Lack of symbology styles in Pro

05-04-2017 02:19 AM
Occasional Contributor III

I have a point layer. I want to make the symbol for it a tree.

In ArcMap 10.4, I open the Symbol Selector, type 'tree' and here are my results (excluding 3D symbols...)

Lovely, lots of options for me to choose from.

Now again, the same process in ArcGIS Pro 1.4.1 (again, exlcuding 3D symbols)

Why does Pro not have all the symbols from ArcMap by default? And obviously it should also have a few more as it's a newer release!

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Esri Contributor

Keep in mind, if you find a system style that looks interesting while you're searching, just click the "plus" icon next to it to add it to your project:

Add a style from the Format Symbol gallery

Esri Contributor

Hi Theo, 

Thanks for your questions. You are correct, we included fewer symbols in the ArcGIS Pro installation, purposely to keep the install small and fast. We are moving toward a model of delivering most of our styles through ArcGIS Online. This also lets us update styles independently of software releases. 

So, to get at the styles from ArcMap, you can either import them from your ArcMap install, like you pointed out. Or, you can go to ArcGIS Online for ArcGIS Pro versions of them. In ArcGIS Pro, on the Project pane, on the Portal tab, click All Portal and search for "stylx". Right click any of those and click Add Style to add the style to your project (and populate your galleries with its symbols.)

Also, you can use any of the 3D symbols in 2D. An image of them will draw, so they draw quite efficiently. Just expand the headers in the Gallery and you will see them all. 

We are always looking to update our symbol offerings. It is an active on-going effort, so we would love your input. Let us know what kind of symbols you'd like to see more of at ArcGIS Ideas.

Edie Punt

Occasional Contributor II

Honestly I would like them included in the install.  The install package for Pro is currently ~1GB in size...with today's internet speeds even 3 or 5 GB size wouldn't be unreasonable.  

Esri Contributor

It's more than just a matter of download size. Keeping them separate allows us to update them off software cycle if necessary. 

New Contributor II

That is the most odd behaviour of ESRI. Customers pay loads of money, ask for tools. And they say – no, it is not possible or not easy. And offer some crazy and/or inappropriate idea.

After spending all my savings I just simply don't care it's difficult or not.

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Occasional Contributor III

Thanks Edie. Although I do agree with David, just chuck every symbol under the sun into the initial install package. It removes that extra step to connect to the internet.

When I do perform a search for STYLX however, all the results are in a random order. There is no option to list alphabetically. It's rather hard to browse 😕

Esri Contributor

Thanks for your feedback, Theo. Being able to sort those results is on the road map for a future release. 

New Contributor

Devils advocate here: What happens to my symbols in Pro if I lose my internet connection?

A: You are now up a creek w/o a paddle.

How will ESRI's Pro Dev. Team accommodate folks who need to operate in a secure stand alone environment?

I can't use API's, services like ArcGIS Online, Open Source, or anything coming from outside my data center.

Currently that means Pro in my shop is :




MVP Esteemed Contributor

get your license set up properly...

Esri Contributor

When you grab these styles from online, you grab an instance of them. They are not by reference. They are copied locally to your system, so losing internet connection or working offline has no impact. 

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