Work with Features

One of the strengths of GXM apps is that they give you the ability to work with the features on a map - whether you are connected to the Internet or not. You can search for, and add features, attach photos or documents, or work with related records.

Search for Features

The Features search allows you to look for features on the map, for example, a particular airport, park, school, or building. Any search you make is limited to the area of the map that is currently visible, which means that zooming in or out to the right scale can make a big difference to the results you get when you click Search. If you don't get the results you expect, try zooming in or out to ensure that the type of feature you want is within the visible area and that those features are turned on in the Layers panel.

Find the Results you Want

The search is a full-term search only, which means that the search only finds the whole term that you type in.

For example, imagine you are looking for the Cowan Elementary school on the map:

Only the first 50 results of any search are displayed by default, and the results are ordered by proximity to the center of your visible map area.

If you do not see the feature or features you expect, it may be any of the following issues:

To search for a feature:

  1. In the GXM app, on the taskbar, click Features.

  2. In the Search box, type in the name of the features you want to find, and then click the search icon or press Enter.

    The features found in the visible area of the map are displayed in the Results list and each feature found on the map is highlighted and labelled with the feature name, if labels are configured for that layer.

    Labels are not shown if they will collide with other features or their labels. This is done to avoid one label obstructing another feature or its label.

    In the screen shot below, for example, a real estate agent has searched for schools in an area for a couple thinking of buying a house within the area but they want to know what schools are available. The schools found are highlighted and have clear labels.

    If you want to find a single search result on the map, click the pin beside it . The map pans to that feature and centers it, so that you can easily see the feature.
  3. To see detailed information about a single feature in the Result list, tap a result in the list, or tap the result on the map.

    The Results list changes to show details about that particular feature.

    On the map, the selected feature usually has a different color highlight and a red location marker.

    Click any result in the list and the map automatically pans to the feature and centers it,

View a Feature

Each feature on a layer can be selected to view detailed information about it, usually including a title, feature actions icons that you can click to do something with the feature, as well as feature attributes. You can display a feature's attributes by clicking it on the map, or selecting a feature in the list of search results.

At the bottom of the feature Details panel, you may find attachments if they have been been added to this feature, for example, PDFs or photos. In addition, there may be related records that you can view. In the screen shot above, for example, there is an inspection report.

To view details about a single feature:

  1. On the map, or in a list of search results, click a feature.

    The feature Details panel opens with information about that feature.

    If you happened to click on an area where two features are close or overlapping, the Results panel displays a list of all the selected features and you can then click on the feature you want and display its details.
    If a feature contains one or more attachments or related records, then you can click on each one to view them.

Add / Edit / Delete Features

If your app has been configured to allow it, and if you have permission, you can add, edit, and delete features in your app. In most cases, the information you can add about a particular feature is in a form that has been configured specifically to gather the required information about that feature. However, you can also add attachments to a feature, for example, photos, PDFs and multiple other formats.

To add a feature on the map:

  1. In the Task bar, click Add Features.

    A list of layers in the map displays.

  2. From the list of layers, select the layer you want.

    A list of fields displays. Each field represents information that you can add about this feature.

  3. In each field, type, or select information about the feature you want to add.
  4. Set the location for your new feature. How you enter the location depends on the type of geometry your feature uses:
  5. Click Save to commit your changes.

To edit a feature:

  1. Do one of the following:

    The Features panel opens and displays details about the feature.

  2. Click Edit at the bottom of the pane

    The Edit button is only available if you have permissions to edit features.

    The Edit pane opens with a list of fields that you can edit.

  3. Do any of the following:

  4. Click Save.

To delete a feature:

  1. Click the Delete button, which is visible if you have permission to delete a feature.

View / Add / Delete an Attachment to a Feature

If a feature layer supports attachments, then the Details panel for any single feature has a section that lists any existing attachments. GXM supports 2 types of attachments; photo attachments and non-photo attachments like PDFs. You can view an attachment of a feature as well as add or delete an attachment.

You can also delete an attachment that you no longer want.

To view an attachment:

  1. In the Attachments section in the feature Details panel, click the attachment you want to open.


    The attachment opens in it's own window.

To add a new photo attachment:

  1. In the Attachments section in the feature Details panel, click +.

  2. Do one of the following:

To delete an attachment:

    1. In the Attachments section of the Details panel, click the edit icon.

      The file name of the attachment moves to the left and the red Remove icon appears.

    2. Click the Remove icon to delete the attachment.
  • Add / Edit a Related Record

    Some feature layers may be configured to use related records, for example, a series of Hydrant Inspection Reports that might have be added for a specific feature over several years. If related records are configured, there will be a section in the Details panel that lists previous records with a title to indicate the type of record they are.

    If you have permission, you can add related records to a feature and delete them.

    To add a new Related record:

    1. In the Details panel of the feature you want to add a record to, scroll down to the related records section, and then click +.

      A form opens with a set of pre-configured fields for you to fill in.

    2. Fill in the information in the fields.
    3. Set a location for the record (if supported).
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the Details panel, and then click Save.

    To edit a related record:

    1. In the Details panel of the feature whose record you want to edit, scroll down to the related records section, and then click the related record to open it.

    2. When the related record opens in the Details panel, click Edit at the bottom.

      The Edit panel opens and displays the fields of this record that you can edit.

    3. Edit any of the fields you want to change, and then scroll to the bottom of the panel and click Save.

      If a geometry has been configured for the related record, you can also set the geometry.

    To delete a related record:

    1. In the Details panel of the feature whose record you want to delete, scroll down to the related records section, and then click the related record to open it.

    2. In the Related panel that opens, scroll to the bottom of the panel and click Delete.

    3. When the Delete Feature dialog opens, click Delete to confirm the deletion.

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