ArcGIS Pro 2.5 Released - What is new in this release!

Feb 10, 2020

Hello All,

For those of you who have been following ESRI and GIS software in the past few years, you know that ESRI has been developing a new desktop GIS software called ArcGIS Pro.  This past week ESRI released a new version of this software version 2.5.  There are many improvements, of those that excites me the most is the integration of Jupyter Notebooks into the ArcGIS Pro software.  For other improvements note the included list from ESRI .  If you have ArcGIS Pro installed on your computer you can update the software as of last week.

Mapping and Visualization

  • Color management settings to ensure colors are rendered consistently across devices
  • Exportability to the Adobe Illustrator Exchange (.AIX) file format to bring maps into Adobe Illustrator for graphic design and map finishing
  • New map projections
  • Overprint capability for symbol layers to avoid registration errors in printing


  • ArcGIS Notebooks, Esri's Jupiter notebook experience, integrated into ArcGIS Pro for spatial data science workflows
  • Ability to schedule analytical tools to run later or with recurrence
  • Improvements in performance especially when working in large projects
  • New workflows for business analytics tasks, such as site evaluation and target marketing

Data management

  • Metadata automation
  • Manage distributed data using geodatabase replication workflows to create and manage replicas and sync changes using traditional versioning
  • Updates for authoring indoor maps for use with ArcGIS Indoors
  • Ability to turn building information modeling (BIM) file workspaces into a geodatabase feature dataset

Map production

  • New tools and enhancements for aviation and maritime mapping and charting, defense mapping, pipeline referencing, and production mapping.

Quick note: For ArcMap users, ArcGIS Pro 2.5 has delivered over 60 user-requested enhancements, many of them being ArcMap equivalency requests. Visit the ArcGIS Ideas site to view the status of a request or to submit a new idea!

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By Shane Feirer
Author - Geographic Information Systems - Supervisor II