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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By : Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski
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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro

By: Amy Rock, Ryan Malhoski

Overview of this book

ArcGIS Pro is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. This book will help you create visually stunning maps that increase the legibility of the stories being mapped and introduce visual and design concepts into a traditionally scientific, data-driven process. The book begins by outlining the steps of gathering data from authoritative sources and lays out the workflow of creating a great map. Once the plan is in place you will learn how to organize the Contents Pane in ArcGIS Pro and identify the steps involved in streamlining the production process. Then you will learn Cartographic Design techniques using ArcGIS Pro's feature set to organize the page structure and create a custom set of color swatches. You will be then exposed to the techniques required to ensure your data is clear and legible no matter the size or scale of your map. The later chapters will help you understand the various projection systems, trade-offs between them, and the proper applications of them to make sure your maps are accurate and visually appealing. Finally, you will be introduced to the ArcGIS Online ecosystem and how ArcGIS Pro can utilize it within the application. You will learn Smart Mapping, a new feature of ArcGIS Online that will help you to make maps that are visually stunning and useful. By the end of this book, you will feel more confident in making appropriate cartographic decisions.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Opening a project

Let's open an existing project and take a look at the ArcPro interface. When you first launch the application, you'll be asked to sign in with your ArcGIS Online account (if you don't want to sign in each time, check Sign me in automatically).


If you will be working without an internet connection, you can check out a license for up to 30 days from the licensing settings.

On the opening screen, select Open another project. From the folder where you installed the sample data, select GettingStarted:

Figure 2.1: The ArcGIS Pro startup window

Once your project opens, it may look familiar to you if you use Microsoft Office. This is not accidental, but part of a collaboration between Esri and Microsoft. Across the top, you'll find the ribbon and tabs (ProjectMap, Insert, Analysis, View, Edit, Imagery, and Share) in one or more panes. The panes and ribbon are context-sensitive and will change depending on what tools or features are selected. The bottom half of the window is still...