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How To: Use ArcGIS Pro PerfTools to measure performance of adding and rendering new layers

Adding new or additional layers to your maps or scenes is a common and essential task when using ArcGIS Pro.  This can have a major impact on performance.  The freely-available PerfTools Add-in for ArcGIS Pro allows you to easily measure these values.  Whether you’ve just rebuilt your spatial index or have made other optimizations, understanding how fast the underlying data loads is pivotal to a  responsive user experience. Continue reading

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New Learn ArcGIS lesson: Big data and cartography in ArcGIS Pro


In December 2016, the US Department of Defense released digital records involving bombing missions carried out during the Vietnam War. You can now turn all that data into a visually appealing map with a new Learn ArcGIS lesson, Cartographic Creations in … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro Virtualization: VMWare Blast Extreme and PCoIP overview

When connecting to a virtual machine either on-premises, or in the cloud, users can now choose from several different protocols to make the vital connection between the backend server and the client.  Where once limited to a simple text-based console or Remote Desktop (using RDP), we can now choose from other contemporary protocols.  This blog discusses the performance of PCoIP and Blast, two common protocols that provide the necessary rich 3-D experience for ArcGIS Pro, while maximizing what can often be a constrained network connection on Desktop machines, Thin/Zero-Clients, and mobile devices.  Before diving in, let’s take a moment to understand the difference between PCoIP and Blast.  PCoIP uses the UDP protocol which is suited for media streaming.  To use PCoIP, you need to use a client such as the horizon View client from VMware.  VMware Blast Extreme can also use the same client yet uses the H.264 protocol for encoding video, and shares similar advantages of PCoIP.  Blast, on the other hand, can use a modern browser’s ability to link to the Virtual Machine, without a plugin.  While a user can use a client like the Horizon View client, they can also use a browser such as Chrome or Firefox to access and interact with a VM.  Below is a demonstration of ArcGIS Pro running in both a PCoIP client and using a browser with Blast.

Quality of the network connection has a huge impact in performance and a superior visual experience.  Under ideal circumstances, you may be connecting using a highly optimized LAN with ample bandwidth.  Ultimately though, you may be connecting using a more constrained WAN/Internet, with wireless networks adding yet more instability to the connection.  As you can see in the video, the quality for both systems running is comparable, and both perform well.  ArcGIS Pro was both responsive and snappy to commands.  Beyond testing with just a virtual machine connecting to a laptop, an iPhone was used to connect to the VM.  To connect to the PCoIP instance, like the laptop experience, the iPhone needed to download a client, whereas a blast connection can be made with the browser.   This kind of functionality means that with a virtualized environment ArcGIS Pro and the data can be housed with either a hosted or on premises solution, yet accessed from anywhere, allowing ArcGIS Pro to be taken anywhere and accessed as needed.

For additional information on virtualization please visit https://blogs.esri.com/esri/ and search for “virtualization” for additional information.

Current testing has been performed using a Dell r730 Virtualization Appliance, with information on that hardware able to be found here.

For additional information on VMware Blast please visit

For additional information on PCoIP please visit

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ArcGIS Pro 2.0 Beta Coming Soon!

ArcGIS Pro 2.0 Beta

ArcGIS Pro 2.0, the next release of Esri’s flagship 64-bit desktop GIS application, is only a few weeks away. ArcGIS Pro 2.0 continues Esri’s mission to provide new and user-requested functionality, the latest innovations for working with 2D and 3D … Continue reading

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Insights tip: Open result datasets in ArcGIS Pro

Insights for ArcGIS

One of the benefits of the ArcGIS platform is the ability to easily use and transfer data between applications.  Insights for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro are examples of two popular apps that you may want to use together in the … Continue reading

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Pro SDK Videos from Dev Summit 2017


The technical session videos from the 2017 Esri Developer Summit are now online on E360, and with them the ArcGIS Pro SDK sessions.  The videos are a useful resource for the latest Pro SDK information and patterns.  Below is a handy list … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro Tips: Why Undo is Underrated


My favorite keyboard shortcut is definitely Ctrl+Z. Undo. It can be comforting to know that a couple taps on a keyboard can quickly undo any typos or unwanted actions. Trial and error is an essential part of the scientific process, and … Continue reading

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Bridging the Gap Between ArcGIS and R

Density-based clustering results for 311 calls in the city of Houston using R's DBSCAN package in ArcGIS.

This past month the R-ArcGIS bridge showcased its capabilities on the main stage. At Esri’s 2017 DevSummit, the bridge was demoed along with ArcGIS’ conda-based python integration to show users the power and possibilities the two provide. As mentioned in … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro SDK – 1.4 Resources Recap


There was a lot of great discussion on ArcGIS Pro 1.4 at the recent Esri Developer Summit, especially on the new Configurations capability for Pro customization.  In this post, we’ll do a quick recap on the 1.4 Pro SDK and … Continue reading

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