ArcGIS Instant Apps

Display a collection of content with Portfolio (March 2022)

For the March 2022 release of ArcGIS Online, updates have been made to the Portfolio template to improve how content can be displayed and interacted with in the app. The Portfolio template is used to showcase web maps, web scenes, ArcGIS Instant Apps apps, ArcGIS StoryMaps stories, dashboards, images (.jpeg, .png, and .pdf files), and external video links from Vimeo and YouTube. The Portfolio template now includes an additional content type and new ways to present content.

The following updated features are available:

Tabbed layout example in Portfolio app
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Sample Accordion layout Portfolio app
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New layouts

Previously Portfolio had only one layout to display the content in the app, the carousel layout.

Carousel layout sample in Portfolio app

Two new layouts are offered: the tabbed layout and the accordion layout. The tabbed layout provides a minimal look for an app. In the tabbed layout, the sections that are added to the app are listed in order at the top of the app horizontally, similar to tabs in an internet browser. Like the carousel layout, the tabbed layout uses a floating section description panel, which can be open or closed. When it is open, it overlays the main stage content.

Portfolio app with tabbed layout opening sections

The accordion layout displays the list of sections to the side of the main stage of the app. When a section is open in the accordion layout, the section details panel is pinned open. This layout allows app authors to display descriptive text alongside the main stage content.

Portfolio app with accordion layout opening sections

Support for external sites

Using the existing workflow for adding sections, app authors can now use URLs to add external web sites in the app.

Adding Section via URL in the configuration panel for Portfolio

If the external sites do not meet the requirements, authors cannot add them as sections in the app. Requirements for external sites in Portfolio include:

Section descriptions

When adding a section to a Portfolio app, app authors can add a description for that section. Typically, that description includes text and, optionally, images to describe the content in the section. For section descriptions that include hyperlinks, app authors can choose to open those links in the Portfolio app. However, the sites must follow the same requirements as external sites when being added as a section. If the site attached to a hyperlink does not meet the requirements, it will open in a new tab. To allow users to open hyperlinks in the app, use the Open links in app setting under the section description in the configuration panel.

Section description settings
Opening a link from a section description in the main stage of a portfolio app

Web maps and web scenes

Another update for section descriptions in Portfolio allows users to open web maps and web scenes in Map Viewer and Scene Viewer. This new capability will be available by default for all web maps and web scenes added to a Portfolio app. When available, the Open in Map Viewer or Open in Scene Viewer link will display and when clicked, a new tab in the browser opens with the web map or web scene.

More theme options

The theme component is now available in the Portfolio template. This component can be used to apply predefined themes across the three layouts available in Portfolio. An organization’s shared theme is also available among the predefined themes. App authors can also choose custom styles from a color picker to apply to the app. While creating a custom theme, the component includes a contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is used to determine the legibility of the text color and background color that is used in the component. The theme component also allows authors to choose a font that can be applied to certain elements in the Portfolio app.

Selecting a predefined theme in the theme component in the Portfolio app configuration

About the author

Sarah is a Product Engineer that works on the Holistic Testing team with ArcGIS Online. She has been with Esri since 2016 and enjoys cycling, yoga, and hanging with her dog.

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