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Using ArcGIS 10.3 for Desktop:

In ArcMap:

  • Open a Blank Map
  • Add Basemap of Imagery (but any basemap will do)
  • Zoom to Australia (but any area will do)
  • Add the countries shapefile from Natural Earth (but any shapefile that covers an area much larger than where the basemap has been zoomed to will do)
  • Notice how the extent does not change which to me is the expected behaviour

In ArcGIS Pro:

  • Create a project using Map.aptx
  • Change the Basemap to Imagery (but any basemap will do)
  • Zoom to Australia (but any area will do)
  • Add the countries shapefile from Natural Earth (but any shapefile that covers an area much larger than where the basemap has been zoomed to will do)
  • Notice how the extent changes to become the extent of the shapefile that was just added

I think the software behaviour observed in the last dot point is a bug, and am wondering if anybody has already reported this and has a bug (NIM) number that can be used to track its resolution?

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When I submitted this to local Esri support they responded:

AcrGIS Pro is designed to interact with data differently than ArcMAp. The zooming to a input layers extent, is a modification within ArcGIS Pro which is designed to make it easier for users to interect with their data. This is not considered a bug and does not have a NIM number.

I still think it is a bug and will be interested to see if this software behaviour is changed to match that of ArcMap in a later release.

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  • I suppose this is a bit opinion based on what should happen, but if I don't have any data loaded yet, I like that it navigates the display to my new data. – KHibma Mar 3 '15 at 20:45
  • @KHibma I guess I find it disconcerting to be looking at a detailed basemap using an extent, deciding to add another layer to get a better understanding of what is going on within that extent, and then to be shown lots of data at a broader scale that I am not interested in at that time. – PolyGeo Mar 3 '15 at 21:43
  • @KHibma On the other hand, today I opened a Map which presented a basemap centred on the US and by adding some Queensland data it jumped straight to Queensland which saved me a "Zoom To Layer". Maybe this behaviour should be configurable (if it is not) because I suspect ratio of times each user wants to do one versus the other will influence their reaction to the change from ArcMap. – PolyGeo Mar 5 '15 at 23:31

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