- Video length: 1:16
- This video was created with ArcGIS Pro 2.0.
ArcGIS Pro helps you organize and manage the resources related to a work project. To do this, it uses a project file (.aprx) as its basic file type. An ArcGIS Pro project contains related maps, layouts, and connections to servers, databases, toolboxes, folders, and styles. A project can also incorporate content from your organization's portal, the Living Atlas of the World, or ArcGIS Online.
A new ArcGIS Pro project can be started from a blank project template or from a template that contains predefined content, such as a map or a scene. In this tutorial, you will start from a blank template. You will insert a map into the project and convert the map to a 3D scene.
ArcGIS Pro 2.0 is recommended. The tutorial project file will open in earlier versions of ArcGIS Pro; however, the tutorial steps in the online help reflect the current software release. If you have an earlier software version, use the offline help system to open the tutorial. To switch from the online to the offline help system, see About ArcGIS Pro Help.
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Create a project
- Start ArcGIS Pro and sign in if necessary.
- On the start page, click Blank to create a new, blank project.
Your study area for the new project will be New Zealand.
- On the Create a New Project dialog box, in the Name box, type NewZealand.
By default, the project will be saved to the path shown in the Location box. If you want to save the project to a different location, click the Browse button and browse to the folder you want.
The Create a new folder for this project check box is selected by default. It is usually convenient to keep your project files organized in a folder.
- Click OK.
The new project is created. Every new project opens with a catalog view. You probably also have some panes open, such as the Catalog and Contents panes.
Like the Catalog pane, the catalog view organizes the items in your project for browsing. The catalog view can also be used to preview spatial data and to view and edit metadata. For more information, see Catalog pane, catalog view, and browse dialog box.
You won't use the catalog view in this tutorial.
- Close the catalog view.
Insert a map
First, you'll add a map to your project. When you start a new blank project, the Insert tab on the ribbon is selected by default, ready for you to add a new map, scene, or other item to the project.
- On the ribbon, on the Insert tab, in the Project group, click New Map .
A new map opens. You may see a topographic basemap zoomed to the continental United States or a different basemap and region.
- On the ribbon, on the Map tab, in the Inquiry group, click Locate .
The Locate pane opens.
- In the Locate pane, in the search box, type New Zealand and press Enter.
The map zooms to New Zealand and a temporary marker is placed on the map. The location is found by the Esri World Geocoder, one of the default location-finding services (called locate providers) in ArcGIS Pro.
- Close the Locate pane.
The marker is removed from the map.
Work with the map and its layers
New Zealand is at the edge of the map, which means that you probably see white space on the right side of the map view. To make the map wrap around the date line, you'll access the map properties from the Contents pane. The Contents pane may already be open in your project. If not, you'll open it in the next step.
- If necessary, on the ribbon, click the View tab. In the Windows group, click Contents .
The Contents pane lists the map and its layers. This map has the default name Map. The map contains one layer, the Topographic basemap.
- In the Contents pane, right-click Map and click Properties.
The Map Properties dialog box opens. On the left side of the dialog box, the General tab is selected. On the property sheet, general properties of the map are shown.
- In the Name box, replace the default name with New Zealand.
- Click the Coordinate Systems tab. At the bottom of its property sheet, select the Enable wrapping around the date line check box.
- Click OK.
The map redraws. You can now pan continuously around the world. In the Contents pane, and on the map's view tab, the map has been renamed New Zealand.
- In the Contents pane, click to clear the check box next to the Topographic layer to turn the layer off.
The map disappears. A layer's visibility is controlled by its check box in the Contents pane.
- In the Contents pane, select the check box next to the Topographic layer to turn the layer back on.
- On the ribbon, confirm that the Map tab is selected. In the Layer group, click Basemap and click Imagery with Labels.
The Topographic basemap is replaced by the Imagery with Labels basemap. In the Contents pane, there are now two layers. World Boundaries and Places is a layer of place-names and World Imagery is the map layer.
- In the Contents pane, turn the two layers off and on separately.
When the boundaries and places are turned off, you see only the imagery. When the imagery is turned off, you see only the boundaries and places.
In the Contents pane, the top-to-bottom order of the layers determines their drawing order in the map.
- In the Contents pane, click the World Boundaries and Places layer to select it—it highlights in blue. Drag the layer below the World Imagery layer and release the mouse button.
On the map, the place-names are no longer visible because they draw under the geography.
- In the Contents pane, drag the World Boundaries and Places layer above the World Imagery layer.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button to save the project. If you get an ArcGIS Project prompt asking if you want to proceed, click Yes.
Create a 3D scene
You can work with 2D and 3D views of your data in the same project. In ArcGIS Pro, a 3D view is called a scene. You'll convert your existing map of New Zealand to a scene. You can also insert a new scene from the New Map drop-down menu on the Insert tab.
- On the ribbon, click the View tab. In the View group, click Convert .
A 3D scene is created with the default name New Zealand_3D. The scene is now the active view and its contents are displayed in the Contents pane. The 2D New Zealand map is still open in the project.
- Click the view tab of the New Zealand map to make it the active view. Now click the view tab of the New Zealand_3D scene to make it active.
From this perspective, the map and scene don't look very different, but their view tabs have different icons. The scene also displays a navigation control in the lower left corner of the view. You'll learn about 3D navigation in the Navigate maps and scenes quick-start tutorial.
- Confirm that New Zealand_3D is the active view. On the ribbon, on the Map tab, in the Navigate group, click the Full Extent button .
The view zooms out to show the earth in space.
- Close the New Zealand_3D view tab.
Closing the view does not remove the scene from the project. You will reopen the scene from the Catalog pane in the next section.
Explore the Catalog pane
The maps, scenes, layouts, geodatabases, and other resources associated with your project are managed in the Catalog pane. The Catalog pane may already be open in your project. If not, you'll open it in the next step.
- If necessary, on the ribbon, click the View tab. In the Windows group, click the Catalog drop-down menu and click Catalog Pane .
- At the top of the Catalog pane, confirm that the Project tab is selected. Click the small arrow next to the Maps folder to expand it.
- In the Maps folder, right-click New Zealand_3D and click Open Global View .
The scene opens and becomes the active view.
- Expand the other folders in the Catalog pane.
In addition to the map and scene, many other items are associated with your project. There is a toolbox for storing geoprocessing tools and a geodatabase for storing spatial datasets. The Styles folder has default symbol styles. Under Folders, you see the NewZealand folder that was created with the project. The Locators folder contains your default locate providers.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Save button to save the project.
Now that you know how to create a project, you can begin to navigate maps and scenes.