What’s New in the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings App (June 2024)

Create presentations called briefings from the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder and quickly consolidate critical information into shareable slides. Take your presentations with you and use the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app to present dynamic maps and scenes to your stakeholders anywhere, anytime, even offline. Next time you need to present on the go, provide your audience with the meaningful context of your interactive maps with the Briefings app.

What’s New in the Briefings App

The ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app has been updated with major performance improvements to all the content types you can add to briefings. Access the latest enhancements in the app on an Android or iOS tablet or a Windows computer or tablet.

Open large briefings faster with optimized memory efficiency and performance

The overall performance of the Briefings app has been significantly improved. Enhancements can be seen when loading large briefings with multiple images, maps, scenes and swipe blocks. With improved memory management and efficiency, the crash rate has reduced by more than 70% when viewing multiple large briefings in the Briefings app in addition to loading briefings faster now.

The briefings app now supports formatted tables
The briefings app now supports the popular table block. The table block saves time over creating a table in a separate application and improves accessibility with built-in keyboard navigation and screen reader support. Now you can view and take your briefings with tables offline with the Briefings app.
Example of a table viewed on Windows computer

Support for map/scene pop-up information in slide view in addition to the expanded view

On popular demand, we have enhanced your mapping experience by enabling you to view pop-ups in slide view in addition to when you expand the view of the content. You can now select a feature in the slide view as well to display pop-up information in maps, scenes or swipe blocks in the Briefings app.

Example of a feature identified for a Web Map on slide view.
Example of a feature identified for a Web Scene on slide view.

Autoplay briefings in the app

The Briefings app now supports Autoplay feature in the settings page. You can enable the Autoplay Mode (Beta) from the Briefings app settings page. Once you enable it, you will see a play button on the header inside a briefing and once played, the slides will automatically transition in 15 second intervals. Below is a step-by-step guide on how the Autoplay feature works in the Briefings app.

Step 1: Enable Autoplay Mode (Beta) from the app settings page.

Step 2: View a briefing, and you will find a play button in the header.

Step 3: On clicking on the play button, the Autoplay Mode starts.

Step 4: To pause, you can tap on the pause button or select another action such as opening the Table of Contents or expanding an image or a map.

Map Optimization tool deprecated from settings page

For briefings having maps and offline dependencies like Mobile Map Package (MMPK), you no longer need to manually optimize loading the live maps from the settings. To give you the best experience, we have deprecated the Map Optimization tool from the briefings’ app settings page, and you’ll find that your live maps automatically load when navigating to the particular slide. In previous versions like ver.1.3.5, you can find Map Optimization tool for iOS and Android, with Android having Map Optimization tool enabled by default.


Stay tuned for more!

We regularly release new enhancements and bug fixes to improve your experience with the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app. To learn more about briefings, please review the following resources:

We encourage you to try briefings and let us know your thoughts through the in-app feedback form or in the Esri Community.

Take your briefings offline with the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app (ver. 1.4.6) available now for Android and iOS tablets and Windows computers and tablets.

Download the briefings tablet app on the Apple App Store
Download the Briefings app on your iPad
Download the briefings tablet app on the Google Play Store
Download the Briefings app on your Android tablet
Get the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app from the Microsoft Store
Download the Briefings app on your Windows tablet or computer

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Please note that the minimum system requirements are Android 8.0 (API level 26), iOS 14, and Windows 10.0.19041.0.

About the authors

Aditya is a Product Engineer on ArcGIS AppStudio team and currently working on the new ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings Tablet App at Esri in Redlands, CA. She is a proactive GIS enthusiast and is passionate about learning technology that encourages productive collaboration and knowledge sharing.


Leah is a Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Online, Esri's primary software as a service for mapping and analysis. She loves connecting customers with innovative workflows and is passionate about technology that encourages productive collaboration and information sharing.

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