I'm trying to upgrade to the 10.3 version of ArgGIS (currently, I have Advanced Desktop 10.2). When I go to the download page in my ESRI account, I'm given the option to download ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS Pro

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Which one should I download? What's the difference between these two?

I use ArcGIS Advanced Desktop 10.2 to do the following:

  • network analysis using the Network Analyst tool
  • spatial statistics using Spatial Analyst
  • Lots of tasks processing raster data
  • Extensive python scripting using the arcpy module in python 2.7

Basically I want the one that is the fastest and can do the most while also allowing me to do all the things I currently do in 10.2


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You should choose "ArcGIS for Desktop." This should give you the latest version (10.3) of the software you are currently using.

ArcGIS Pro is a new, separate program that was released by ESRI in January 2015. You can read more about it here at ESRI's website. They have made it available to people who already have ArcMap licenses.


10.3 is a "point" update to what you're currently using, 10.2. ArcGIS Pro is a new desktop product currently at version 1.0.

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