After the layout template feature, this is very close second for favorite feature in Adobe Experience Manager Mobile!

The Content Map interface is a visual organizer that creates a graphic flowchart to define the content structure of an app and the top-level swiping behavior. By simply dragging and dropping icons, a project’s articles and collections can be added, deleted, and reordered, and a different Content Map can be built for the phone and tablet. Sure beats looking at long lists of content and trying to figure out what goes where!

Create a Content Map

  1. Sign in to the AEM Mobile Portal (
  2. Select Content Map in the navigation rail on the left.
  3. Drag and drop items from the lower section, where all the content and collections for a project are listed, into the upper section to create the app structure. Note: All items added to the top row are used as the top-level nav collection and are shown in the app menu. The first item in the top row is the home collection and is what users see when they first launch the app.
  4. Drag items to move, reorder, or add them to a collection. A blue highlight will indicate the position where the content will be placed. Note: When content is reorganized in the Content Map, the changes are reflected in the lists of articles and collections in those sections of the portal.
  5. Click the [+] icon below a collection to expand it; to expand multiple collections, Shift-click the [+] icon to expand collections without collapsing others. Click the [X] icon to delete the item from the Content Map.
  6. If the two top-level nav collections option was chosen when the project was created, separate phone and tablet icons will appear at the top of the window. Choose each icon to create separate Content Maps.
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  7. Select the gear icon to select the Horizontal Swipe Top Level option. This can be applied to none, one, or two devices’ top-level nav collections.  gearicon
  8. Select the Preview icon in the upper right of the interface to see how the content appears in the app.

Filter Content

When trying to sort through all of the content in your app, filters can be a real time-saver. Click the top filter icon to select what is shown in the content map. Show Collections Only or Show All are the two options available. The bottom filter offers more options to choose what is shown in the content lists.

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.