ArcGIS Instant Apps

ArcGIS Instant Apps: Introducing Public Notification

The Public Notification template is a new ArcGIS Instant Apps template that allows users to create a list of selected features that they can export as a CSV or PDF file. The app template also includes theme settings and a basic set of navigation tools to explore the map, such as zoom tools, a legend, the layer list for changing layer visibility, and a basemap switcher.

Screenshot of sample Public Notification app

Use this app to export lists of addresses or contact information for people or places to notify the public about important updates such as road closures or policy changes. Here are two potential use cases:

Use Public Notification

To generate lists of features to export, an input layer must be defined. The pop-ups of the features in the input layer are used in the exported CSV or PDF file. Once the layer is defined, a user can select features to include in a list.

There are two methods for selecting features to add to lists in Public Notification: search and sketch.

Screenshot of using search in sample Public Notification app
Screenshot of using sketch in a sample Public Notification app

To export the lists of features that are created in the app, use the Export button at the top of the app panel. In the export panel lists can be exported to a PDF or CSV file. If there are multiple lists, users can choose which lists to include in the export and remove duplicates if the same feature exists in the lists. A title and image of the map can be included in the PDF export.

Screenshot of export PDF from sample Public Notification app

If the goal is to export mailing labels, users can choose a label layout prior to exporting lists to PDF. You must confirm that the pop-up configuration for the input layer is set up like a mailing label would be (full address, city, state, postal code, and so on). Pop-ups for the layer can be authored in Map Viewer.

Screenshots of pop-up configuration in Map Viewer

Like other Instant Apps templates, Public Notification has more configurable tools and options, such as bookmarks and navigation boundary to enhance map navigation. There are tools to help introduce an app such as a cover page or a splash screen. With the theme settings, you can change the look of the app by updating the font and colors. Choose light or dark mode, choose a preset color scheme, or customize your own. You can also add a logo in the header next to the app title.

Public Notification Sample App

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About the author

Sarah is a Product Engineer for ArcGIS Online that works on Instant Apps. She has been with Esri since 2016 and enjoys cycling, ceramics, and hanging with her dog.

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