Development teams are currently split 50/50 between current solutions and future solutions.
ArcGIS Pro right off the bat. Beta should be coming in March or early April. New machines will need more memory and better graphic cards, especially if you are doing 3D. Will be truly multi-threaded and run in 64-bit. Will publish to server, portal, and online, and consume services from the same.
Big focus on 3D with this product. Cleaner rasterization of vector products should result in smoother look to prints and exported graphics, also increase in speed of rendering.
Multiple layouts return. Can have mixed 2D and 3D layouts and link the layouts together.
Explained it is as a fusion of a Arc globe, ArcScene and ArcMap.
Project-centric workflows, base unit will be a container rather than a document.
Simple search and query everywhere.
New help system, not installed locally by default but rather on a centralized server or online due to size, can still install locally if desired.
New term geodata management, refers to making edits in 2D or 3D and seeing results in the other.
Simplified data management. Interactive editing of schemas.
Integrated with ESRI industry-based solutions (water utilities, military, etc)
Task assistant gives step by step instruction to workflows.
Much faster update schedule, more like Windows update
Extendable with python and .net API customizing using Add-ins
There are some things that ArcMap can do that Pro will not do.
Getting to see ArcGIS Pro in action now.
Really has a whole new look from when you open the software. It has a web page feel to it.
Layout tools look really slick. Assume it also supports multiple layouts. Maplex labeling is included with Pro.
Export out to PDF was much faster thanks to faster rendering engine.
Wow ArcPress mention, haven’t heard that name in a while. Pro will negate the need for that type of application.
New machines should have 8 GB of memory, but more is better.
You van import existing MXDs, including custom symbology and python tools
Can run ArcMap Desktop and pro simultaneously on the same machine..
Seemless panning is pretty impressive. A lot of emphasis on 3D component.
This is definitely something you will want to play with as soon as you can.