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What’s New in the ArcGIS Pro SDK 2.5

ArcGIS Pro 2.5 is now available, and included are many new updates to the ArcGIS Pro SDK for Microsoft .NET.

This new release of the SDK builds on previous Pro releases, with several new opportunities for developers to enhance and extend Pro with unique tools and workflows.   Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the release.

Content API

New at 2.5, developers can create and configure browse dialog filters to better control what users can browse to within Pro.  This can help to focus and tailor the Pro UI for users, to save time and ensure the accuracy of your workflows.  The new capabilities are discussed in the Browse Dialog Filters section of the Content ProConcepts document.  Also, there’s a new ProGuide Custom Browse Dialog Filters document which walks you through how to get started.   There’s also a new community sample you can try and use with your own add-ins.

Also, the new browse filter builds on earlier custom items capabilities, find out more about those in the Concepts and Guide documents.

The Browse Filters community sample:

Geometry API

2.5 brings new support for writing multipatch features, with the ability to update geometry, and apply materials and textures.  The new capabilities provide developers with the ability to create tools for building 3D content that are focused around specific organizational needs.

There are a series of new code snippets available, as well as a new community sample which allows you to explore the capabilities.

An example of extending Pro with a custom multipatch editing workflow:

Parcel Fabric API Pre-Release

At 2.5, developers can try the pre-release version of the Parcel Fabric API, which will allow developers to create record-driven workflows with parcel-aware editing capabilities.  The full, supported release is targeted for availability at 2.6.

The parcel fabric is a comprehensive framework of functionality in ArcGIS for modeling parcels in organizations ranging from national cadastral agencies to local governments, and is commonly used in conjunction with the geodatabase and editing workflows.

Developers can begin to try out the pre-release capabilities with the help of a new ProConcepts document, code snippets, and a new community sample.

The Parcel Fabric 3D Editing community sample:

Other API Enhancements

New classes and methods available in the Editing, Geodatabase, Map Authoring and Raster APIs.

For a full listing of all the API changes, see the What’s New for Developers at 2.5 page in the Pro API reference.

New code samples and documentation

Finally, to help you get started quickly with the new capabilities, the team has developed several new code samples which can be found at the community samples site, as well as code snippets and other updated concept and guide documentation, which can all be found at the SDK documentation site.

For more information on all the exciting updates in ArcGIS Pro 2.5, see the What’s New page, which also includes a new video highlighting new functionality.  We hope it will give you lots of new ideas on the great work you can do in using and extending Pro 2.5.

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 is very active and allows developers an opportunity to ask technical questions, search on existing threads, and answer questions as well.

We’ll have updates soon on all the SDK learning opportunities available at the Esri Developer Summit in Palm Springs, where we look forward to showing you more.


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About the author

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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