Get started creating apps

Step 1
1Pick type of app
Step 2
2Build maps, scenes, or groups
Step 3
3Assemble content
Step 4
4Choose app
Step 5
5Refine
Step 6
6Publish

1. Pick the type of app

  • What is the story you're trying to tell?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How knowledgeable is your audience about your topic?
  • Decide on the essential components of your story: a map or scene, a collection of content in a group, videos, photos, and so on.
  • Which app best suits the story you are trying to tell: a map-based app, a scene-based app, or a group-based app?

2. Build maps, scenes, or groups

3. Assemble your content

Organize your supporting materials such as photos, video, audio files, and text. Text should be as brief as possible. Most people don't like to read more than a few sentences.

4. Choose an app

5. Refine

Creating an effective app is an iterative process. In most cases, you'll want to repeat one or more of these steps, returning to your app and its map or group to add, delete, or change features, edit your text, choose new photos, and so on.

6. Publish

You have several options for publishing. You can have your app hosted on ArcGIS Online, it can reside on your organization's servers, or you can use third-party resources such as Amazon.

Now that you have created your app, you can share it.

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To learn more about creating apps, try the quick lesson, Create an app.