What’s new in App Templates for AppStudio 4.2

With the release of AppStudio for ArcGIS version 4.2, we have improved our templates by adding exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes to help you create cross-platform native apps easier and faster. Visit the What’s New post to learn about all the updates. This blog post is about the enhancements and improvements now available in all the four templates currently available with AppStudioThese updates to the templates in this release include: 


Map Viewer  

Support for offline Map Areas – With Map Viewer’s 4.2 release, we have extended your ability to take maps offline by supporting preplanned map areas, in addition to the previously supported Mobile Map Packages (MMPKs). Map areas allow you to package data from specific areas of a web map to make it easier and faster to download maps for offline use. You can use ArGIS Online or Enterprise to easily create offline map areas and then download the map areas in the Map Viewer app to view layers and features when you are disconnected from the internet.  


This feature will only be available for webmaps which have offline map areas enabled. When map areas are enabled, a download button becomes available while viewing the webmapPressing this button will give you an option to download one or more Map Areas for offline use. Not only can you download and view an offline map area, you can also perform a sync operation if there is an update available to your previously downloaded offline map area. Please remember to have the “Show Both” option selected for the Maps to Show in Gallery property in your template app’s Settings tool if you plan to use these downloaded offline map areas in disconnected environment. 


Showing Maps to Show in Gallery property for the Map Viewer template

Here is a quick illustration on how to download offline map areas in the Map Viewer template application for users. We are looking forward to any feedback regarding this new feature. 


Showing workflow for viewing offline map areas

Other updates within the Map Viewer template include the following bug fixes and performance improvements:  

 Translation issues  


Quick Report 

 This release has multiple bug fixes and improvements:  


3D Scene Viewer 

This release has the following bug fixes and improvements:  



For more information about specific bug fixes and additional details about this release, please see the what’s new in AppStudio online documentation and this ArcGIS Blog post.

We hope you like the new features and enhancements added to this release. Please provide any feedback and suggestion to or leave your comment on GeoNet.

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About the authors

Lead Product Engineer working with AppStudio for ArcGIS + ArcGIS Companion. Has been working with Esri for 10+ years. Enjoys working with ArcGIS Runtime and Mobile app development while working on real world GIS & spatial challenges.

Erwin is a Product Engineer for AppStudio for ArcGIS in Redlands, California. During working hours, he loves helping people create cross-platform native apps. Outside working hours, he spends a lot of hours running in the mountains of San Gorgonio and Angeles National Forest.

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