Mobile GIS & LBS
Founder and Senior Principal at WebMapSolutions. Matt Sheehan holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to provide state of the art mobile GIS solutions using the most current … More »
GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online – A Mobile GIS App for Tablets
July 24th, 2012 by Matt Sheehan
Working with GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online
There are a number of simple steps needed to use GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online:
Step 1 – Setup an ArcGIS Online standard map service
Standard map services are available at no cost for internal (personal or within an organization) and noncommercial, external use.
1) Sign up for a new account or if you have an ESRI global account, register to become a member of ArcGIS Online:
Note, if you already have an account and have published webmaps skip to 7 below; the webmaps unique reference number.
2) This will give you access to a free account with the following features:
- Access, Share, and Manage Content (Details)
3) When logged into arcgis.com open the map tab
4) Add a shapefile
5) Save the map
6) Make a web application, in this example we selected ‘Basic Viewer’
7) You will now see your data in a web map viewer.
Note the url. In our case:
The long alphanumeric at the end of the url ‘webmap=’ is the unique reference to this map. This is what will be included in the configuration file for GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online
Ok, that is it for publishing your data. Very simple. But what about mobile access?
Step 2 – Download GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online.
Step 3 – Use GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online
Step 4 – Set up you own configuration file
When you open GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online you will see the following welcome screen:
The mobile app loads the configuration file shown above the ‘Load ArcGIS Online maps’ button in the welcome screen:
You can change this url to point to your own configuration file. To do this you will first need to generate your own configuration file, with your webmaps, and host this file on your (public facing) server:
This will allow you interact with your webmaps in GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online. Select the ‘How to Add Your Maps’ tab in the opening welcome screen in GeoMobile for ArcGIS Online on your mobile for a guide on editing and hosting your own configuration file.