Creating Standalone Applications

Arcadia Instant enables you to externalize an App Group as a standalone application.

  1. On the main navigation bar, click Visuals.
  2. In left navigation, click the group that you plan to export.

    We are using the Documentation Collateral app group. Notice that it has three visuals in the main area of the interface, under the Documentation heading.

  3. Click Launch App near the top of the screen.

    launch app
  4. A new tab appears in your browser window.

    Open it to see the standalone application you just created.

  5. Note the features of the standalone application, which here opened on a dashboard:

    externalized app (launched application), showing a dashboard
    1. The menus across the top correspond to the name of the app, and to its subgroups.
    2. If you click on a menu, the drop-down shows the individual visuals and dashboards that comprise the application or subgroup.
    3. The navigation icons at the top-right corner correspond to the same navigation elements as you would see in a dashboard: Current Parameters, Back, Forward, and Reset.
    4. The (Link to this Page) option shows the specific URL address that you can copy and share with others. Pasting this URL into a browser brings up the identical app, open at the very same visual or dashboard.

      Notice that the URL is of this type:



      • ip-address and port specify the server where ArcViz runs
      • app-id is the integer that specifies the id of the externalized (launched) app
      • vis-id is the integer that specifies the id of the dashboard or visual
    5. At the level of visuals inside the dashboards, hovering over the top right corner enables you to download the data as CSV by clicking the (download CSV) icon.
    6. Similarly, you can click the (expand visual) icon to bring up the visual in a window modal, superimposed over the application.
    7. Lastly, note that the externalized application is fully interactive. In this case, the initial conditions showed the Woods features in California.

      Clicking on the Forest MA component of the left visual, Geo Data Bar Chart, changes the parameters that control the display in the target visual on the right. It refreshes to show the MA State Forest Geographical Features.

      Hovering over the top right of the dashboard and clicking the (filter) icon shows the updated parameters and values.

      If you use the (Link to this Page) option on the dashboard at this point of your investigation, you can see that the URL of the link changed. It now specifies these parameter settings:

      • state alpha = MA
      • feature class = Forest
      • record count = 93

      If you copy and share this URL, the visual opens, with initial conditions showing the map of MA (Maryland) and its 93 forests.

    externalized app (launched application), showing a dashboard that is interactive, with left visual driving content on the right visual
  6. When a visual appears by itself in an externalized app, it has two control options at the top-right corner.

    • Clicking enables you to download the image of the visual as a PNG file.
    • Clicking saves the data in the visual as a CSV file.
    externalized app (launched application), showing a vis

If an app uses the Display menu on left Settings option, then the navigation menu for the externalized app appears on the left. Notice also that you can toggle between showing and hiding the menu.

externalized app (launched application), navigation on the left