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Present Interactive Maps Offline with the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings App

The ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app enables everyone to take briefings anywhere, even to places without an internet connection. In this blog, we’ll look at how you can prepare a briefing to maximize the experience for anyone who needs to view it offline.

For an introduction to ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings or the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app, refer to these resources:


Why take briefings offline?

The offline viewing capability of the briefings app ensures your presentations are accessible to others with or without internet connectivity. It provides a seamless interactive experience that mirrors online functionality through rich offline content. You can preserve interactive elements when the briefing is offline by using mobile map packages, videos, and images, which are crucial for engaging and effective presentations. This is particularly valuable in remote locations, secure facilities, or while in transit from one location to another.


This slide includes text and an image added directly to the briefing.


Preparing your briefings for offline viewing

To ensure that your ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings are as effective offline as they are online, it’s crucial for authors to understand how various content types behave without a network connection. If you anticipate a briefing you’ve created may be needed in an offline capacity, you should prepare each piece of dynamic content to work without network access. This preparation involves adjusting content formats and integrating suitable alternatives for dynamic elements, ensuring that the briefing remains informative and engaging, even in environments without connectivity.

Screenshot of web map options showing that a map package, image, or video may be added as offline media


Testing offline briefings with the app

Once your briefing is prepared for offline use, the next step is to test it within the ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings app. This testing ensures that all components of the briefing function correctly without an internet connection.

Note: The ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app is compatible with Windows machines and tablets, iPads, and Android tablet devices—including those running on the Android ARMv8 (64-bit) architecture. Download the app from the Windows Store, Apple App Store, or Google Play Store, selecting the version that matches your device’s specifications. Ensure you’ve updated to the latest version of the app to take advantage of new features and enhancements. Please note that the minimum system requirements are Android 8.0 (API level 26), iOS 14, and Windows 10.0.19041.0. 

This phase is key for guaranteeing that your briefing delivers the intended impact, ensuring reliability and professionalism in your presentations, regardless of connectivity.

The video above demonstrates how to use the ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app for offline viewing, showing the transition from online to offline modes, and how alternative media like mobile map packages and videos replace online-only content.


Viewing briefings offline

Understanding the nuances of offline viewing with ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings is crucial, especially for professionals who frequently operate in locations without reliable internet access. This section provides a comprehensive guide on how to effectively prepare and access your briefings offline. Whether you are the author preparing a briefing for a presentation, an assistant organizing materials for executives, or an end user downloading necessary briefings independently, this guide ensures that you can manage and utilize these briefings effectively under any circumstances.

A green checkmark icon indicates briefings that have been downloaded to your device using the ArcGIS StoryMaps briefing app.


Maximize the success of offline briefings

By preparing and testing your ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings for offline use, you ensure that your essential information remains accessible and interactive, no matter where your work takes you. The steps outlined in this blog equip you to deliver powerful, engaging presentations in any situation.

With the ArcGIS StoryMaps briefing app, your presentations are not only ready at a moment’s notice but also maintain their high quality and interactivity. Whether you are presenting in a remote location, in a secure environment without internet access, or simply need to ensure that your information is always at hand, these preparations make it possible.

The most compelling and effective briefings are those that are well-prepared, with each piece of content thoughtfully considered for its online, and offline, states. This approach enhances your flexibility as a presenter and content creator and takes advantage of the capabilities of ArcGIS StoryMaps in supporting comprehensive, reliable geographic storytelling.

About the authors

Virginia is a Sr Product Engineer on the StoryMaps team at Esri, most recently leading the effort on the new ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings. Her passions are her labradors, GIS applications, process improvement, & creating products that delight users. Go Red Sox!


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.

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