Read locally stored shapefiles -not supported?

Discussion created by on Mar 12, 2013
Latest reply on Mar 16, 2013 by

I have been trying for some time now to construct a mobile application for offline usage and as far as I can understand, the SDK does not support reading normal shapefiles directly from the local storage. Is this correct?

If so, why not? After all, Esri created shapefiles and you should be able to create an SDK that can read your OWN format?

This is very confusing to me and I do not know what to tell people that cannot believe that it is not supported...