Widgets are the core of the operation view. They can summarize data and display information to the user. A widget can use data from features, present a data workflow, such as geoprocessing, or display external information, such as current weather conditions.
To learn more about developing your own widget, see Create a widget.
Map tools add functionality to the toolbar of a specific map.
You can develop your own map tool to work with a map. For example, you may want a map tool that, once activated, allows a user to display a 5-minute drive-time polygon from a particular location on the map.
Note: Only one map tool can be activated at a time.
To learn more about creating your own map tool, see Create a map tool.
Widgets interact with features on the map through feature actions. You can develop feature actions to work with features from a data source. For example, when a feature action is executed, you can select and zoom to the feature on the map. A feature action does not have a user interface.
Note: The author of an operation view determines what feature actions are available for a specific widget.