ArcGIS Pro is the premier professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGIS Pro, you can visualize, edit, and analyze your geographic data in both 2D and 3D. After you create projects, maps, layers, tools, and more, ArcGIS Pro has several options for sharing your work with others.
ArcGIS Pro terminology
Project : A collection of related geographic datasets, maps, layouts, tools, settings, and resources saved in an .aprx file. Projects can reference and include items from your organization's portal or your saved network files.
Portal : A connection to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS. You can connect your project to a portal to access content from your organization, ArcGIS Online, or the Living Atlas.
Map : A project item used to display and work with geographic data in two dimensions.
Scene : A project item used to display and work with geographic data in 3D. Scenes can be viewed in global view (suitable for maps with large geographic areas) or local view (suitable for maps with small geographic areas).
Basemap : The project item that is often displayed under other content to provide a geographic context to the map's operational layers.
View : The window representing the primary work area of the application. You can have multiple views open at the same time and display them side by side.
Layer : A representation of spatial data in a map or scene.
Preset layers : A prebuilt layer embedded in ArcGIS Pro that only requires a data source.
Task : A set of preconfigured steps that guide you through a workflow. Task items are also project items.
Layout : An arrangement of one or more maps and supporting elements such as a title, legend, and text. A layout is typically shared as a printed map, poster, or PDF.
Geoprocessing : A framework and set of tools for processing geographic and related data. Geoprocessing tools can be used to perform spatial analysis and manage GIS data efficiently.
The ArcGIS Pro user interface
ArcGIS Pro uses a horizontal ribbon across the top of the application window to display and organize functionality into a series of tabs.
There are two types of tabs: core tabs, which are always visible, and contextual tabs, which appear and disappear as needed. The Project, Insert, Analysis, View, and Share tabs are core tabs. Depending on the active view, an additional Map or Layout tab will appear.
Tabs contain groups of related commands that are also contextual, which means that only the tools that are relevant to your task will be displayed.
The Quick Access Toolbar above the ribbon has buttons to save and open, or undo and redo changes to your project.
You can customize the ribbon, group tools you use most often, add or remove tools from the ribbon, or add tools to the Quick Access Toolbar.
Views and panes
A view is a window that represents the primary work area of the application. For example, a view can be a map, scene, table, chart, or other visualization of your data. You can have multiple views open at the same time, but only one of them is active at any given time.
To work with the active view, you use commands on the ribbon or in a pane. A pane is a dockable window that contains commands and settings in addition to those available on the ribbon. Common panes are the Contents pane (a list of your map contents), the Catalog pane (an inventory of items in your project and commands to manage them), and the Geoprocessing pane (to find and run geoprocessing tools).