ArcGIS AppStudio

ArcGIS AppStudio Retirement Roadmap and Beyond

Today we are announcing that AppStudio 5.5 will be a “Long-Term Support” (LTS) release of the product and the last major release of AppStudio. The ArcGIS AppStudio product will be officially retired in February 2025.

UPDATE: Starting March 1, 2024, ArcGIS AppStudio (Developer Edition) will no longer be available for new users. Existing customers with an ArcGIS AppStudio (Developer Edition) license will have support until February 2025.

The AppStudio Journey

The first release of ArcGIS AppStudio was at the end of 2015, and since that time we have seen some amazing native apps built for enterprise organizations and public app stores. AppStudio made it possible for anyone to create custom native apps and helped developers be more productive when building apps for multiple platforms. But 7+ years is a long time in the world of mobile app development, and over these years we have seen this landscape evolve. Mobile-optimized web apps have improved, out-of-the-box native apps are more capable and customizable, and there are newer app development technologies now available to our customers from major technology vendors; the barriers to app building and publishing are reducing. After considering current and future mobile app trends the decision has been made to start the retirement process for ArcGIS AppStudio.

 

Support and Retirement Plan

Any custom mobile app development takes considerable time and resources to build and deploy. To help existing AppStudio users update and maintain their current apps we have released AppStudio 5.5. This release will be fully supported for two years. To ensure the longevity and foundational support of AppStudio 5.5 we have built it upon Qt 5.15 and the ArcGIS Runtime 100.15, both of which are also long-term support releases.
So, what does “long-term support” mean? It means our users will continue to have access to technical support, documentation, and the Cloud Make build servers. During the two years of support, Esri will deliver any updates to the product as hotfixes or patches to address significant bugs, comply with security requirements, and maintain compatibility with app stores (Google Play, Apple App Store, and Microsoft Store). No new functionality or features will be added to AppStudio following the 5.5 release. After two years of AppStudio 5.5 long-term support, the product will be retired in February 2025.

See the What’s New in ArcGIS AppStudio 5.5 LTS (Feb 2023) for more details about the enhancements, bug fixes, and component updates in this release.

We have posted an AppStudio Product Retirement FAQ with more details about the retirement roadmap as well as what this means for Survey123 and QuickCapture users.

 

Migration and the Future of Delivering Mobile Apps

 

Continued Support

Those who have already built apps with AppStudio can continue to add enhancements and maintenance updates to their apps knowing they are on a capable and stable development platform. Until retirement in February 2025, you will be able to build (using Cloud Make) and deploy your apps to app stores, mobile device management (MDM) systems, or through AppStudio Player.

Future of ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS QuickCapture

ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS QuickCapture are built using AppStudio. So, you may be wondering what does the retirement announcement of AppStudio mean for these products? Rest assured that these products will continue their normal schedule and new features are being added to both products, across all supported platforms. Both ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS QuickCapture are currently being ported to a more modern Microsoft .NET MAUI architecture and the ArcGIS Maps SDK for .NET (MAUI) to better support the growth of these products in the future. See the “AppStudio Product Retirement FAQ” for more details about the future of Survey123 and QuickCapture.

Migration Options for your AppStudio Apps

We understand that native mobile app development can be a lengthy process with expectations of a long app lifespan. With that in mind, we highly encourage our users to choose an alternative solution to AppStudio when starting a new app project.

We also encourage all existing AppStudio users to start the process of evaluating their app audience, its features, and deployment requirements to select the best migration path. Here are some fantastic ArcGIS products for delivering mapping and geospatial solutions on mobile devices.

Cross-platform Mobile App Development

Using these products, you can write your app once and then generate native app builds for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, and even desktops.

Native Platform Mobile App Development

These new SDKs from Esri provide users with the newest dev tools designed specifically for iOS and Android. Apps built using these platforms can be published to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Field Operations Mobile Apps – Highly Configurable

Do you need to deliver a native app to others in your organization to perform work outside the office? Maybe you want to collect data or have an interactive offline digital map in the field? We encourage all users to evaluate the suite of out-of-the-box field apps from Esri. These apps continue to add new features and they are all highly configurable.

Web Apps – Mobile Responsive/Optimized

After examining the requirements for your app, you may discover that creating a web app is a quick and effective solution. Esri offers App Builders to create web apps without writing code (Low-code/No-Code development) and an amazing JavaScript SDK to build web apps from scratch. Note, web apps cannot run offline and cannot be published to mobile app stores.

 

 

Connect with Us

Please reach out to us on Esri Community or using appstudiofeedback@esri.com if you have questions about the retirement or app migration options.
The AppStudio team will be at the 2023 Esri Developer Summit on March 7-10th, if you would be happy to assist you with your current AppStudio projects as well as discuss the best solution for future apps.

 

Thank you,
The AppStudio Team

About the author

Chris LeSueur is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps and ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Game Engines. Chris has over 20yrs experience in the GIS industry working in various positions in Technical Marketing, Competitive Intelligence, and Product Management. As a product manager Chris works to broaden the reach of GIS by improving the native app development experience for mobile, desktop, and games engine developers.

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