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December 14, 2018

Feature Friday: Map Layers, PDF Archiving & Database Stores

Adding Map Layers

Map views are be great for finding destinations, viewing territories, plotting locations & more. These maps rely on a data source table that contains latitude & longitude coordinates or addresses (that are geocoded with lat/long data). When building these views, there are a few ways to add extra layers to your map, including a new option of adding a 'read-only' KML layer.

  1. Additional Data Table Layer

    • Apps with multiple tables connected with location data, enable 2 layers of plotted points in a single view by customizing the 'Data' section of your map view.Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 12.54.36 PM
  2. XY Image Layer

    • XY Map layers are great for apps designed to manage internal or small-scale spaces like offices buildings, construction sites, schools, or shopping malls. By replacing the base Google Map with a static image, users can view and plot points using XY coordinates associated with the embedded image, producing an interactive view. Learn MoreXY-Map-Tablet-1

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  1. NEW! - KML File Layer

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PDF Archiving

AppSheet Workflows allow for automatically sending customized emails, text messages, push notifications, as well as producing custom PDF attachments containing custom data fields. Previously, those PDF attachments were only available to be received via email, making it difficult to revisit those files over time. 

Now, any generated PDF can be automatically saved to the app's data source (and also sent via email), allowing for easier storage and sharing options within the team. 

Archive options include:

PDF Archive
  1. Attach And Do Not Archive which attaches the PDF to the email but does not archive the PDF file.
  2. Attach And Archive which attaches the PDF to the email and archives the PDF file.
  3. Archive And Do Not Attach which archives the PDF file but does not attach the PDF file to the email. This option is useful if the PDF file is too large to include as an attachment. Instead, the email body can include the URL or Weblink to the archived PDF attachment. Learn More

Data Stores

Tables that use Image or File column types use cloud-based file storage to persist and retrieve this content. 

By default, this file storage is co-located with the table data source (eg: with Google Drive or Office 365). In the case of database data sources, the default file storage location is the cloud file system used to create the app owner's account. 

Now, AppSheet can be configured to store images or files directly to a data store, by first setting up a relational database data source and adding the database Object Store.

From the Account -> Integrations -> Stores pane, choose Add and then choose "DB Content". This brings up a dialog where you can choose a database data source, a database table or view name, the label column name and the content column name. Learn More

 

 

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