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The limitation below applies only to ArcGIS Pro versions 1.0 - 1.2.


When editing in ArcMap a workflow I used to create a polygon feature with a donut polygon in the same feature class around it was to:

  1. Digitize the polygon
  2. Use the Buffer from the pulldown on the Editor menu to create a buffer polygon larger than the original
  3. Select the original polygon and use the Clip from the pulldown on the Editor menu to discard any part of the buffer polygon that fell under it.

Is there an equivalent workflow available in ArcGIS Pro?

From what I have seen the Buffer and Clip Geoprocessing tools are still there under ANALYSIS but these work at the feature class rather than feature level.

@ChrisW pointed out that there is also a Clip under Modify Features that seems equivalent to (and better than) Editor | Clip but it is the Buffer on the Editor menu pulldown that seems to have gone missing.

  • SO, Editor::Clip has disappeared.. possibly for the best, I've lost count of how many feature classes have had little slices in them from being clipped unintentionally. Are there topology 'construct' tools available? – Michael Stimson Mar 5 '15 at 4:25
  • I don't have Pro to test, but is this the functionality you're looking for: pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/help/editing/basics/… – Chris W Mar 5 '15 at 4:54
  • Thanks @ChrisW - that seems to have found Clip for me, but I think I also need Buffer to before I can give ArcGIS Pro a tick on this workflow. The Buffer aspect of Clip seems to be all related to whether the clipping polygon is used as-is or buffered first, and then what happens to what it clipped. – PolyGeo Mar 5 '15 at 6:01
  • @MichaelMiles-Stimson Are you talking about Map Topology tools (which are not yet supported) or something else? – PolyGeo Mar 5 '15 at 6:02
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    I'm not seeing a Buffer other than the GP tool in Pro. Replicating that exact workflow doesn't seem feasible at the time. Select, Buffer, then copy/paste into the right layer seems about the most direct analog, but at that point drawing the outer ring yourself seems just as fast depending on complexity. Does seem silly to get rid of any kind of buffer/offset tool from within Editor tools. Maybe it's coming. – Chris W Mar 5 '15 at 23:38
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I just tested ArcGIS Pro 1.3, and there can now be found the Buffer tool that I was looking for:

In the Modify Features pane, Buffer creates polyline or polygon buffer features around selected features at a specified offset distance. The destination layer is specified by choosing a feature template. When you create buffers around two or more features, you can merge the resulting buffers into one nonoverlapping buffer by selecting Dissolve.

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