What’s New in the ArcGIS Pro SDK 2.6

ArcGIS Pro 2.6 is now available, and included are exciting new capabilities for the ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET.

Here are some of the highlights of the release with links to new documentation and resources.

Map Authoring API

Pro’s new Graphics Layers capability provides users the ability to make graphic and text notations on a map or layout that highlight particular areas or label places, without creating features.

At 2.6, developers can now create and manage graphics layers in ArcGIS Pro.  The SDK provides access to insert, update and delete graphic elements including text elements, as well as update their geometry and symbology.  Developers can also manage element selection, grouping, alignment, distribution and ordering.

You can learn more in the new ProConcepts Graphics Layers document, and get code snippets for many of the standard approaches for working with the graphics layer in the ProSnippets Graphics Layers doc.  There’s also a new community sample available for you to quickly get started.

The Graphics Layers sample with custom tools available on a new tab:

Editing API

Layer Snap Modes are a new editing capability at 2.6.  Developers can now provide improved snapping control by setting the target layer of interest, building additional accuracy and efficiency into custom editing workflows.

To help you get started, Layer Snap Modes are discussed in a new section in the ProConcepts Editing document, as well as a new community sample to try it out.

A custom snapping pane in the new Layer Snap Modes sample:  

Other API Enhancements and Updates

There’s also been updates to other Pro APIs and capabilities of the SDK at 2.6.

Developers can now configure add-ins to store custom application settings in Roaming User Profiles.  This allows a user to access their custom Pro settings from any machine on the user’s network.

Developers can test the pre-release Parcel Fabric API, first available at 2.5, for building of record-driven workflows with parcel-aware editing capabilities.  There are new methods for testing layer participation in parcel fabric and creating and clearing parcel records.  More information is available in the ProConcepts Parcel Fabric document and code snippets.

Also new at 2.6, the document, ProConcepts Asynchronous Programming in ArcGIS Pro is available.  It covers various asynchronous programming techniques for use with Pro add-in, and compliments introductory information available in the ProConcepts Framework document.

Check out all of the information resources on the SDK documentation site with all the concept and guide documents and links to the many community samples.

Finally, for a full listing of all the API changes, see the What’s New for Developers at 2.6 page in the Pro API reference.

Collaborate and Share your Feedback

As always, we invite you to send us your feedback and needs for the Pro SDK.  Let us know, find out more and collaborate with others in the GeoNet Pro SDK Group.  The group allows developers an opportunity to ask technical questions and search for answers on existing threads, and provide feedback on the SDK.  We look forward to hearing about your new work with 2.6!

For more information on all the exciting updates in ArcGIS Pro 2.6, see the What’s New in ArcGIS Pro page, which also includes the video below with many highlights.  It can give you lots of new ideas for using and extending Pro 2.6.


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Chris is a product manager on the ArcGIS Desktop Team, focused on the ArcGIS Pro SDK and helping users achieve their Pro customization goals.

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