Can AppStudio for ArcGIS help in designing new custom widgets for WAB in any way ?

06-22-2015 08:33 PM
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Are these two products related in anyway ? Esri releases so many products in such short time that its easy to lose track of whats what.

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   No app studio and WAB are very separate. App Studio allows for building mobile apps in a simple Interface using templates and little to no programming skill is required and allows for choosing the output environment like Android, IOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. App Studio uses the ArcGIS Runtime for QT.

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Robert Scheitlin, GISP, can you move this question to the new AppStudio for ArcGIS group that Timothy setup? 

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Hi Humza,

  Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS and AppStudio for ArcGIS help you build GIS apps. Unlike Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, which is focused on apps that run on your browser, AppStudio for ArcGIS is about building apps that run natively in smartphones, tablets and desktops.

  You can customize apps built with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS and AppStudio for ArcGIS, but you will use different programming languages. AppStudio for ArcGIS apps can be created and extended using QML and Javascript. Note that this is not the same as the ArcGIS API for Javascript that you would use with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.  The development environment is different, because the apps you build (web versus native) are quite different too.  However, QML and Javascript are relatively familiar ground for web developers, and that is one of the appeals of AppStudio for ArcGIS.

To learn more about AppStudio for ArcGIS, I would encourage you to have a look at the AppStudio for ArcGIS video channel. AppStudio for ArcGIS | ArcGIS Video    There are some brief demos, tutorials and a technical deep dive.  To start using AppStudio for ArcGIS go into

AppStudio for ArcGIS is still in Beta as of July 2015 and planned to be released later in the year. We will be sharing more about this product as the release date gets closer.

  Thanks for your question.

Ismael Chivite

Senior Product Manager, Esri

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