Build Mobile Apps

For a high-level description of the process to create a GXM app, see Overview of the App Creation Process.

Create a New App

A new GXM app is always based on either the Mobile Default template or other existing GXM apps. You can use the whole template or app but you can also import a single component from the template or existing app. The flexibility to quickly use and adapt existing components makes creating an app relatively quick and easy.

To create a new app:

  1. On the Mobile Designer taskbar, click File, and then click any of the following: 

  2. If you are unable to see the app you want to use, type the name of it into the Search box, and then click Search.

  3. When you have found the app you plan to use, select it and then click Open.

  4. If you do not have permission to modify the app, you will be asked if you want to make a copy.

  5. Click Yes to continue.

  6. The Configure Components panel displays all the elements in this app or template that you can edit.

  7. Click any component in the list to configure that part of the app.

  8. To save all configuration changes, click File | Save As.

  9. In the Title box, type in a title for your new app, and then click Save.

    The map is saved to either ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

    You can continue to open and add or edit components to your map at any time.

    The next time you want to edit your app, however, it will be listed under My Apps.

See also...

Configuration

Launch and Preview an App in Geocortex Go

If you have Geocortex Go installed on your computer or mobile device, you can use it to preview the apps that you create in Mobile Designer. Once you have saved your new GXM app in Mobile Designer, you can open it within Geocortex Go to preview any ongoing changes you make to the app.

To launch a GXM app in Geocortex Go:

  1. In Mobile Designer, once your app is configured, click File | Save.

  2. On your desktop, click Start, and then do one of the following:

  3. Sign in using either an ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS account.

    A list of apps displays for you to select. The apps are listed in sections based on where they are in the deployment process.

  4. Click the white square of the app you want to view.

    Your app opens in Geocortex Go.

  5. When you make changes in Mobile Designer that you want to preview, save the changes, then return to Geocortex Go. Open the I Want To menu, and then click Refresh App.

    Your changes appear in the refreshed app.

View Map Info and Open Your Portal

The Info side panel provides direct, quick access to view and edit the Title and Description of your current app. Changing the Title and the Description, also changes them in your Esri portal item. The panel also displays the URL of the portal item - in the Development stage. The link opens the current app in your portal directly from within Mobile Designer.

 

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