Tag: application templates

Who’s Ready for a Makeover?


The Social Media Template, a popular web application template on ArcGIS Online, has been redesigned, made responsive and given a new name. Introducing: the Public Information template (hold applause). Big difference, huh? This is a fully configurable template that allows … Continue reading

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What’s new with the Finder app for ArcGIS Online (formerly known as Parcel Viewer)


As part of the March release of ArcGIS Online, the ArcGIS for Local Government team updated the Parcel Viewer application. The most noticeable change is a new name, and we’re happy to (re-) introduce you to this app as Finder. … Continue reading

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Introducing the Find, Edit, and Filter app for ArcGIS Online


As part of the March release of ArcGIS Online, the ArcGIS for Local Government team released a new configurable web app template called  Find, Edit, and Filter. With the Find, Edit, and Filter application , map features can be filtered … Continue reading

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Step-up to the boilerplate


Take some development work off of your plate and get a jump on building ArcGIS API for JavaScript apps by starting with the JavaScript Application Boilerplate. After developing a few ArcGIS Online hosted templates, such as the Social Media and … Continue reading

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Vehicle Commander Template updated and available for download

New Vehicle Commander Overview

The Vehicle Commander Template has been updated to version 10.1.1 and is now available for download from Arcgis.com. The Vehicle Commander application template is a model for developing an in-vehicle situational awareness application using ArcGIS Runtime 10.1.1 for Java. The … Continue reading

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New release of Thematic Atlas sample application

Example: Voter Atlas

There is a new version of the Esri Thematic Atlas available at http://atlas.esri.com. The Thematic Atlas sample application lets you showcase a collection of intelligent web maps, focused around specific themes. The Esri Thematic Atlas sample application uses web maps and the ArcGIS … Continue reading

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Vehicle Commander Template is available for download

Vehicle Commander Application parts

The Vehicle Commander Template is available for download from Arcgis.com.  The vehicle commander application template is a model for developing an in-vehicle situational awareness application using ArcGIS Runtime SDK 1.0 for Java. You can use the Vehicle Commander template to … Continue reading

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Using ArcGIS Online hosted applications

ArcGIS Online includes a variety of application templates that are designed for you to download, tweak the source code to suit your needs, and publish the app with your map from your own site. While these are designed with customization in mind, they can also be used “as-is” as ArcGIS Online free hosted applications. Here’s how to use them as hosted apps.

First, find a map you’ve shared publicly, or any other publicly shared map. For this example we’ll choose one from the ArcGIS.com gallery showing USA active floods:


Once you’ve opened the map in the ArcGIS.com map viewer, choose share:

And then choose Make a Web Application:


We’ll want to preview the map in one of the available app templates. Below we’ve chosen the Contemporary Green template. You’ll see the Preview option underneath each template thumbnail.

When you click Preview your map will open in the template you’ve chosen. Shown below is the USA Active Floods map in the Contemporary Green template. To use the map and template as a complete hosted application, just preview your map in the template and copy the URL you see in your browser. You can paste the URL into an email, add it as a link on your website, or share it via your ArcGIS Online account.

Here’s a link to the USA Active Floods in the Contemporary Green template or click the image below:


If you want to modify the app or add additional widgets, choose the Download option (rather than Preview as we did above) to get the source JavaScript code.

If you want to publish your customized template you’ll have to do that from your own server or web hosting service. But if you just want a quick map in a different template, leveraging the already hosted ArcGIS Online applications provides a quick and easy solution that you can use with any map.

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New features in the updated ArcGIS.com Viewer

With the recent updates to the ArcGIS.com viewer (posted last night) you’ll find some excellent new features.

One of them is a gallery of application templates that have been added to Share. Here we’ve opened one of the maps from the ArcGIS.com gallery showing food expenditures. The map is being displayed using the built-in ArcGIS.com viewer.

Click Share…

… and you’ll notice some new options to post directly to Facebook or Twitter, or to Make a Web Application. 

Click Make a Web Application to display a gallery of application templates that you can customize to suit your needs. Click Preview to get a quick look at how your map will look in the template, then click Download to copy the source locally to customize it further and publish from your own website. 

Here’s the food expenditure map previewed in one of the new templates:


And here’s how it looks in a variety of others:

This new capability makes it very easy to create custom web apps using any ArcGIS Online map.

Also in this update is the addition of a scalebar

And an improved editing experience for editing web maps with feature services (we’ll cover this in more detail in a future post).

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ArcGIS Online at the Gov 2.0 Summit

Yesterday at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., ArcGIS Online was showcased in the context of several different applications, and with a focus towards government organizations. The demonstration showed how the World Topographic Basemap and other maps you find on ArcGIS Online can be used in many ways, and also highlighted some of the new JavaScript application templates that will be delivered soon (we covered some of the ones already available in a previous post).

The entire presentation is about 11 minutes, and can be viewed on YouTube. We’ve also included the time stamps for each demo if you want to fast forward to those.

[3:26] The demonstration started off with a brief tour of the World Topographic Basemap, highlighting content from various government sources that make it a “government community basemap.” Contributions from the USGS, EPA, Arkansas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston were showcased using a presentation authored with ArcGIS Explorer Online.

[5:05] The Data.gov Geo Viewer also uses the World Topographic basemap (and other ArcGIS Online basemaps). Below are the EPA Region 1 regulated facilities shown overlain on the topographic basemap in the Boston area. The very detailed basemap contributions from the City of Boston provide great context for the location of each facility, which you can click to view more detailed information.

[5:45] ArcGIS.com was also visited, with a quick tour of the map and app galleries. Using ArcGIS.com’s search, the thousands of contributions from Esri and the user community can be discovered and viewed. During the demonstration a map showing areas that are within a one-mile walking distance to healthy supermarkets was found and viewed using the ArcGIS.com viewer.

[6:48] One of the powerful features of a map shared on ArcGIS Online is that it can be used in many ways. Here’s an example website where the same map shown above was embedded into the page using the copy and paste HTML provided when you click Share:

This makes it very easy to use any map in your own site. Here’s the same map from above in our DC Healthy Food Access website – it’s not a static image but rather an embedded live map.


In an earlier blog post we showed how easy it is to use these maps in any of the sample application templates found in the ArcGIS.com section of the JavaScript samples on the ArcGIS Resource Center. All you need to do is copy and paste the map ID into the app template and you’re well on your way to a completely custom application that requires no further editing. The source code is freely downloadable, and can be used as-is or modified to suit your needs.

[6:58] Shown below is the same food access map in a new application template (not yet available, but coming soon). The template automatically picks up the title, short description, and detailed description from the information shared with the ArcGIS Online map.

[7:13] Another template that was used (again, not yet available for download, but coming very soon) was this very useful one shown below that lets you look at three maps side-by-side.

Shown here are diabetes, obesity, and povery rates by state and county. The maps can be linked to the same scale and zoom, so when you pan or zoom one of the maps, the rest follow to the same view and scale. This makes for an intuitive and visually compelling way to compare different maps and gain a common picture of several themes, or understand relationships between them. 

[8:01] Finally, the soon-to-be-released Community Analyst was shown. It’s an application that makes it easy to visualize and use GIS analysis against a variety of demographic and thematic data (and also uses ArcGIS Online basemaps).

Below we’re using slider bars to adjust our desired data ranges for the layers we’ve chosen for our analysis; obesity rates, diabetes rates, poverty rates, and proximity to supermarkets. Using these layers and our ranges we can perform a cluster analysis, leveraging real GIS capabilities in an easy-to-use framework.

The results can be viewed on the map or in a table view (that’s also linked to the map), and can be exported to an Excel spreadsheet. Stay tuned for announcements about the availability of the Community Analyst.

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