GoCanvas will automatically generate a navigation button for certain fields in your App, allowing users to click to get directions to a location. This works especially well in combination with our Dispatch feature, so you can give your users in the field a quick, easy way to navigate to where they’re performing work that day.
If your App has a field containing the word "Address," "Street," or "Line 1," the App will automatically show the navigation button on mobile (no App Builder work required). There are a few specifications you’ll need to be aware of in order to enable this behavior:
- This will only appear on Short or Long Text fields.
- This will not appear on labels left screens, key field screens, or grid screens.
- If you also have separate fields for Address 2, Line 2, Street 2, City, State, Zip, Locality, Town, Region, Province, County, Territory, Postal Code, and Postcode, GoCanvas will pull that data into the address as well.
When you click on the button, you will be prompted to select an app to use to navigate. Android will show any app on the device that allows this. iOS devices will only show Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze.
Using the navigation button with Dispatch
If you’re Dispatching to users and want them to be able to quickly access directions to the location, simply pre-populate the address fields when you’re creating the Dispatch.
Here’s what that looks like in the Dispatch creator:
And on mobile: