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What’s new in App Templates for AppStudio 5.3 (March 2022)

With the release of ArcGIS AppStudio version 5.3, we have improved our existing templates by adding exciting new features, enhancements, and bug fixes to help you create cross-platform native apps easier and faster. In this release we have updated all templates to fully support ArcGIS Runtime 100.13 and Qt framework 5.15.6.

Visit the What’s New post to learn about all the updates in AppStudio 5.3.


Zone Lookup

AppStudio Zone Lookup template app which consumes the Zone Lookup instant app has received exciting new feature updates as mentioned below.

Filters support

This feature allow users to filter the query results based on the attributes value and act as the where clause for the query. These filters are authored and configured in the instant app. Multiple filters can be created per feature layer and can be used to follow ALL (using the AND operator) or ANY (using the OR operator) conditions when performing query for each layer.

Filters can be either predefined or require user input. Predefined filters use the preset value of an attribute or collection of attributes together. User input filters allow an end user to choose a valid attribute value on the fly. End users can use any combination of one or more filters at any given point.

For user input filters, Filter UI is based on the data types of the attribute (fields)

As shown in an example below how users can engage with the filters (similar to the online instant app) within the Zone Lookup AppStudio native app.

Workflow demonstrating use of filters

Draw a zone

You can now perform a zone lookup query by using the draw tool in the app header bar. The draw tool allows users to create a polygon of their choice which is used as a spatial filter to find features which are completely within it. In other words, instead of just identifying a zone, you as a user can now also draw an imaginary zone (polygon graphic) which is used as an input for the spatial query.

While drawing a zone by tapping on the map:

  1. You can drag a line by pressing, holding, and dragging the white dots to enlarge or shrink the zone.
  2. You can undo, redo, and clear previously drawn lines.


After you hit apply, the query is performed, and the results are displayed on the map and in the list view. A working example is shown below


Workflow showing how to draw a zone within the Zone lookup AppStudio template app

Map Viewer

Elevation Profile

Similar to the 5.2 update in the Nearby template, this release we have added the option to view the elevation profile for the polyline data within the web map. Users will be able to view the interactive elevation profile chart along with the elevation statistics for the selected polyline feature. To access the elevation profile chart and data, tap on a polyline feature and navigate to the chart option within the popup. Shown below is an example of an elevation profile of a selected trail.

Showing the Elevation profile within popup of a selected trail feature

Other improvements within Map Viewer include:


Attachment Viewer

Offline support

Based on the user request, the Attachment Viewer template is now supported for offline use.  To download a map  for offline use you will first need to create predefined offline map area within the web map which is used when configuring the Attachment Viewer instant app. After the map areas have been created for the web map, they will be available in this template app to download locally for offline use. In a disconnected environment with no internet access you will be able to run the template app, browsing the Attachment Viewer map and the attachments using the previously downloaded offline maps in the same way as you would with the online map. Here is a working example of the offline maps for use within the Attachment Viewer template app.

Workflow to manage offline map areas for offline use

General Improvements and bug fixes across various templates

BUG-000145623 The Quick Report template was crashing when entering text in a multi-lined text field on iOS devices.
BUG-000146297 When using the Attachment Viewer template, layers with attachments that had a ObjectID titled something other than “OBJECTID” caused loading issues.
BUG-000143656 Unable to download offline map areas from Portal for ArcGIS using the Map Viewer template.


Try it yourself!

Would you like to try these new features on your mobile device?  You can easily run the Nearby template, Zone Lookup template and other templates using AppStudio Player. Here are the quick steps involved in this process:

  1. Download & install the AppStudio Player on your mobile device as provided here
  2. Run the Player app
  3. Go to the App Settings from the side menu
  4. Turn on “Developer mode” and then go back to the main page of the app
  5. Navigate to the third bottom tab to access samples and templates as shown below
Showing the templates in the AppStudio Player app

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 author

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.

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