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Configure a featured template

You can create your own app with AppStudio, piecing together features from existing apps and samples, or by writing the QML code from scratch. The following illustration shows the steps to create an app from one of the Esri featured template apps and to tailor it to suit your purpose.

Step 1
1Choose template
Step 2
2Change settings
Step 3
3Test on devices
Step 4
4Generate installation files
Step 5
5Publish to your preferred store

Choose template

You can use featured templates to create an app on the web at http:\\ and in AppStudio for ArcGIS Desktop Edition. The following steps describe how to use a featured template on the desktop:

  1. Start AppStudio for ArcGIS Desktop Edition.
  2. Click New App.
  3. From the category list, choose Template.
  4. Select a template app from the list and click OK.

A new ArcGIS item will be created containing your app, which you can then rename. This item is accessible either on the web or in AppStudio Desktop Edition.

Change settings

Once you create an app from one of the templates, you can customize it further by adjusting the app settings. The following steps assume that you have already created an app from a featured template either in AppStudio Desktop Edition or online at http:\\

  1. Start AppStudio Desktop Edition.
  2. Select your new app from the gallery.
  3. Click the Settings tool on the side panel.
  4. On the Details tab, edit the Title, Summary, and Description fields. The app version number will automatically increment each time you update it online. You can also manually update the version number on this tab.
  5. On the Resources tab, choose an app icon and launch images.

    The app icon will be used to generate a range of app icon files of different sizes. This image should be square and designed to look good at sizes between 32x32 and 1024x1024 pixels. It is recommended to choose a 1024x1024 image. Be sure to choose an image that will scale both up and down well. The launch image is a combination of an overlay image with a background and is shown when your app launches. A preview of the launch image is available in both portrait and landscape views. The background can be a color or an image.

  6. On the Properties tab, define the properties for your app. To edit a property, select the value and do one of the following:
    • Provide the new text.
    • Use the file browser to select a new file.
    • Use the color picker to choose a new color.
  7. On the Display tab, choose the minimum display size for desktop versions of your app, or choose to limit the orientation for your app on different sized devices.
  8. On the Capabilities tab, choose which device capabilities your app uses.

For more details on the custom properties of each of the featured apps, see the following:

Test on devices

Once you've created your app, you can immediately run it on your desktop.

  1. In AppStudio Desktop Edition, select your new app from the gallery.
  2. Click the Run tool. The app opens on your desktop.

For others to test your app in AppStudio Player on their device, you need to share the app item in your ArcGIS organization.

Test on additional devices

To test your app on another device, complete the following steps:

  1. Select your new app from the gallery.
  2. Click the Upload tool, and upload your app to ArcGIS.
  3. Install Player on your device.
  4. Start Player and sign in with your ArcGIS organization account.
  5. Download your app to the device and run it.

Generate installation files

To create a stand-alone app—one that does not run in Player—you'll need to generate installation files. Installation files are specific to the operating system for which they are created, and operating systems have different requirements for certification of apps.

  1. In AppStudio, select your new app from the gallery.
  2. Click the Make tool.

    To use the AppStudio Make tool, you'll need an AppStudio for ArcGIS Standard license.

  3. Click the Select button under Cloud, choose the operating systems you want to generate installation files, and then click Analyze Build to report any further steps that might be needed.
  4. Once any issues are resolved, click Request Build to start the build process.

You'll receive emails advising you of the progress of your installation file generation. These files are delivered to your ArcGIS organization account. To learn more, see the following:

Publish to your preferred store

The installation files created by ArcGIS can be published to your preferred app store. To learn more, see Distribute your app.