The wait is over! Esri’s newest app for iOS devices (iPad and iPhone) is now available in the Apple App Store. Explorer for ArcGIS gives you a first class experience for accessing your geospatial data on a mobile device. We think you will fall in love with the design, ease of use, performance, and stability of Explorer. Explorer for ArcGIS will be the go to app for professionals who want mobile access to maps and data on the ArcGIS platform.
Design and Ease of Use – A great deal of work has gone into how a user of Explorer for ArcGIS interacts with the App. With a simple tap the slide-out menu reveals a variety of ways to access maps from your organization, such as favorite maps, maps authored by the user, maps shared with a group, or maps featured by your organization. The tools for interacting with the map are simple and contextual, tools that make sense for a given activity are easily accessible. An example of this is the inclusion of the drawing tool when in presentation mode. The icons and styling of the app were inspired by iOS 7 with a clean and refined elegance that is not common to most GIS apps.
Performance and Stability – We conducted some holistic testing of Explorer for ArcGIS and there was overwhelming consensus that this app is fast. We think our users will love the responsive UI, menus open quickly and transitions between map cards and the map view is buttery smooth. When viewing a map the data quickly appears with every load, pan and zoom. When typing an address in the find dialog the user gets autocomplete suggestions in real time from the platform minimizing mistakes.
Show Off Your Maps – After starting the app you can tap “Try Explorer” and use a set of Esri-curated maps or sign in and access your own maps and data. Build a web map in
ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS, login to Explore with your ArcGIS Organization credentials, and show off your good work. Maybe show a colleague how smooth your maps look on an iPad and how easy it is to switch to a new beautiful basemap. Show a public works manager how they can view all their water infrastructure on an iPhone and with a simple click see the attribute data. Or show the executive who always carries an iPad that now they can access a map of store locations with associated charts of sales numbers. Whatever kind of maps you create we believe Explorer for ArcGIS will help you showcase those maps and provide an intuitive, informative, and enjoyable way for others experience your good work.