New Expressive Tools for Storytelling

Updates to ArcGIS StoryMaps Enhance Capabilities and Increase Ease

ArcGIS StoryMaps, Esri’s new storytelling app, has several new features to help users design and tell their stories more creatively. New capabilities allow users to automatically play stories from beginning to end, make collections of related stories, present a slideshow, and preview stories on different devices.

Author Collections

Users can now bundle related and thematic stories and apps by authoring collections (also in beta), which makes them easier to present and share. Creating a collection is simple. Users just have to click on their profile picture and then click on My Collections, where they can add story maps to a set. When publishing a collection, users can choose whether to share it with everyone or just their organization, depending on the desired audience.

A screenshot of a collection
Users can put related story maps and apps in a collection.

Put on a Slideshow

A new immersive block called Slideshow (currently in beta) allows users to more easily turn their stories into live presentations. It works best for displaying full-page media, such as images or videos, with small amounts of descriptive text in a narrative panel. Users can add a series of slides to sections of their story maps. Viewers can then move laterally through the slideshow by either using the arrows on the right and left edges of the screen or swiping left and right on touch screen devices. After they have looked at the slideshow content, viewers can keep scrolling down through the rest of the story map.

A screenshot of the Slideshow block
The immersive Slideshow block lets users add a sequence of slides to their story maps.

Preview Stories on Multiple Devices

As users author and make changes to stories, they can now use the Preview button in the ArcGIS StoryMaps app’s header to see how their stories display on small, medium, and large screens. Users can then make adjustments based on what their content will look like on a phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

A screenshot of how a story map would appear on a desktop display
Users can preview how their stories will display on different screen sizes.

Turn on Autoplay

With published stories, users can now play them automatically from beginning to end on a loop. This is great for showcasing a story map that isn’t intended to be actively read—for example, on a kiosk monitor at a conference. By clicking the More Actions button in the header, users can select the option to turn autoplay on or off.

Get Started

Ready to take these enhancements for a spin? Try out the new ArcGIS StoryMaps. To learn more, see great stories from the story maps community, and find helpful resources for getting started, visit the ArcGIS StoryMaps page.