ArcGIS Pro 2.4 is here. What are the cool new features I hear you ask? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. There’s been many enhancements from realistic 3D visualisations, to dynamic feature binning, to new chart types. Excited yet? Let me guide you through some key features that we’re excited to share.
Realistic visualisations and new 3D tools
The growth of 3D capabilities in ArcGIS Pro certainly hasn’t stopped at this release. Enhance the realism of your 3D views with new 3D models, water symbolisation, and lighting effects. One of my favourites is the new water fill symbol, which simulates water of different wave directions and colours (see below).
Also take advantage of other updates like ambient occlusion (increases depth perception by showing shadows in crevasses) and eye-dome lighting (increases visibility of individual features in densely packed point cloud datasets for example).
Exciting new 3D tools have been introduced at this release. You can now see a different dimension of your 3D data with new Profile Views - which presents your 3D data as a vertical stack. You can interact with it by using the select and measure tools as well as using pop-ups.
Another 3D Interactive Exploratory Analysis tool has been added - Cut and Fill. This tool will help those who are in the BIM and construction industries by determining how much volume is required to fill or cut out an area to ground level.
There are also three new Multipatch Editing tools to help model 3D features more accurately:
Slice Multipatch splits a Multipatch feature at a specified location using a horizontal or vertical cutting plane.
Explode separates a Multipatch feature into its individual 3D faces.
Merge combines individual Multipatch features or faces residing on the same later into a single Multipatch feature.
Dynamic Feature Binning
You can now dynamically aggregate point data into polygon bins to observe patterns at the micro and macro scale in your data using the Enable Feature Binning tool. It is worth noting that this tool only works with a relational database.
Have you ever needed to change an individual pixel or groups of pixels in raster or imagery data? Welcome to the Pixel Editor, found in the ArcGIS Image Analyst extension. Using this suite of new tools, your organisation can correct anomalies in DEMs, for example, or use pixelation to deliver public reports whilst withholding confidential information.
New and updated analysis tools
A few new geoprocessing tools have been added to enhance sales territory analysis and statistical analysis:
You can now generate sales territories or ‘zones’ with the new Build Balanced Zones tool, added to the Mapping Clusters tool set. This tool allows you to choose your zone criteria, for example, you could divide zones by equal size.
You can also restrict the growth of sales territories using a polygon or line feature with the Add Territory Barriers tool, in the Territory Design toolbox.
Find statistically significant relationships between two variables in a map with the new Local Bivariate Relationships tool, added to the Modelling Spatial Relationships tool set. With this tool, you can visualise areas where the variables are related and explore how their relationship changes across your study area,
Among the enhancements to existing tools, elevation surfaces now can be selected as an input to geoprocessing tools. If you want to use public transport in your network analysis, you can! You can include public transit stops, lines, and schedules into your analysis (access to GTFS public transit dataset is required).
For many of you, the ability to export a ModelBuilder model to usable Python code has been a top ArcGIS Pro enhancement request. ModelBuilder in ArcGIS Pro now has two new commands for you to export your models: Export to Python File and Send to Python Window.
Additionally, you can now drag and drop multiple tools from the Geoprocessing history into a model.
New Business Analyst tools
The Huff Model is a new tool to analyse market potential of a new facility while assessing the impact of sales, competitors, and attractiveness value, or in other words a gravity model.
Generate Drive Time Trade Areas using your local or online data to feed into reports and infographics. You can configure advanced options, such as time of day and travel direction.
Visualising patterns in temporal data can be tricky, which is why Esri have introduced a new chart type: Calendar Heat Chart. This can show patterns by day of the week and hour of the day, giving you an extra insight to patterns in car accidents, for example:
Other helpful updates…
Love working in Excel and ArcGIS Pro? You can now copy and paste selected cells from Excel into a table in ArcGIS Pro. Also, you no longer need to double-click on a cell in a table to edit the data!
You can now share Bookmarks between ArcGIS Pro projects using a bookmark file (.bkmx). Additionally, bookmarks can also now be Imported (from ArcMap) and Exported (only to Pro).
The Explore tool now includes a none option, so you can prevent all pop-ups from appearing.
Phew… and those are just the highlights! There are many more great enhancements that you should check out - watch the What’s New in ArcGIS Pro 2.4 video or read the full list of new features in the What’s New page.