Taking mobile ArcGIS maps offline is a growing mobile user need. That means:
- Viewing maps without wi-fi connectivity.
- Interacting with maps while disconnected (zoom, pan, pop ups with feature attributes).
- Editing map layers while in remote areas.
- Adding attachments to features using a mobile camera and uploading these images to ArcGIS when back online.
At present Windows based mobile ArcGIS apps are poorly supported in offline mode. But thanks to new offline enabled web apps that is no longer the case. And that is the focus of this blog post.
Offline ArcGIS for Windows Made Easy
I’ve mentioned in other blog posts some of the many advantages of mobile web apps, these include:
- Run on any mobile device – smartphone, tablet, laptop
- Run on any mobile platform – Windows, Android, iOS
- Easier to build, modify, extend than native mobile apps
- If built with widgets can be simply customized for different users in an organization
- Provide advanced capabilities including offline map viewing and editing
Web apps run in modern web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari. That means an ArcGIS web app will run on any Windows, Android or Apple device.
We’ve been working on offline mobile ArcGIS solutions for a number of years. One area of focus has been offline enabling web apps. Our GeoAppSmart is flexible widget based web framework. We have extended this framework so it now works in full offline mode. That means viewing and editing ArcGIS feature layers. The flexibility of widgets means web apps no longer need to be complex, bloated with tools. rather like a Swiss Army Knife, tools can be hidden but available.
Contact us on 801.733.0723 for more information about offline ArcGIS for Windows.
Author: Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan is a Principal at WebMapSolutions. Matt evangelizes GIS and location intelligence around the world through keynotes, articles, tweets and his books. Follow him on Twitter: