With the list of spatial requirements constantly growing for field crews and those responsible for managing their activities, developing a collection process to not only meet those existing requirements, but ones that may materialize in the future can be a pretty daunting project to try and take on.
Fortunately, Geocortex Mobile Viewer – one of the newest additions to the Geocortex product family – gives you the ability to bring your mobile processes to life by equipping you with the tools you need to develop simple but powerful field data collection apps, which can be run in both online and offline environments.
To help position you for swift success using this technology, we’ve dedicated every Geocortex Tech Tip for the month to be focused on Geocortex Mobile Viewer.
We’ll things off by showing you just how easy it is to build mobile apps!
“Hi, I’m Michael on the designer team, and today I’ll be talking about how to build native, iOS, Android and Windows apps using Geocortex Mobile Viewer. Let’s get started!”
You can already see that I have signed into Geocortex Mobile Viewer Designer.
I’m going to click on this new template to get started.
On the right-hand side, we can see a list of things that we can configure, and I’m going to configure the map first. We can see that there’s already a web map in here, but I’m going to change it into a web map that I’ve already created.
I’m going to copy the ID of my web map item and paste in here. Now we can see that the title of the web map is coming through, US state, and contains the layer that I’m expecting.
Next, I’m going to change the branding. Instead of this blue color, I’d like a red.
Now that we’ve changed both the map and the branding, we’re going to go to app settings, and because we’re going to be building a Windows app, we’ll select Windows.
I’m going to change the app name, we’ll leave the icon as it is. I will give the ID a value that is something specific, and we’ll just leave the version as 1.0.
So, now that’s all done, we will save the app.
Now that it’s saved, I’m going to go to deploy on the sidebar here and we’re going to push to production.
Now that we have a production version of our app, we can build that production version.
I’m going to click this build app icon and under platform we’re going to choose Windows.
We can see that the name and the ID, the version, the icon is all what we set here in the Windows settings. The only other inputs that we need are a certificate file, so in order to build the app we need a certificate, so I’m going to select my certificate here and put in the password.
This process can take a couple of minutes, so I’m going to pause a video and resume it once the bill has completed and I’ve downloaded the app.
The bill process is finished, it gave me a download link and I’ll click download. We can see that my zip file has already just finished downloading.
I’m going to extract a zip file that I downloaded and in it, there’s the Geocortex Mobile Viewer APPXBUNDLE file. I can double click it to install it.
Now you see Windows is asking me if I want to install this app, I installed “Tech Tip,” that’s the name of the app, we see the version 1.0.
All looks good, install!
We see the red background, that is the branding color we configured.
I’m going to sign in and here we have the app. We can see that it’s using the web map that I selected, the I want to as that red color which is the branding that we can configured.
That’s everything! Thank you very much!”
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