ArcGIS StoryMaps

What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (November 2022)

ArcGIS StoryMaps is the professional storytelling tool that enables you to transform your geographic work into interactive content to inform and inspire others. It makes it easy to explain complex topics related to your knowledge and experience. ArcGIS StoryMaps is updated regularly with new features and capabilities, and here’s what’s been added recently:

 

Image editor

Images are a critical part of every story. If you peruse the stories in the ArcGIS StoryMaps gallery, you’ll see photos of gorgeous locations; portraits of people; data communicated in graphs, charts, and infographics; and more. A story’s images add and communicate mood, context, perspective, information, location, and many other characteristics to a story. They can make a story unique and special.

Often an image you have is already perfect for inclusion in a story, but sometimes you need to make some modifications—and that is why our development team has been working on adding image editing capabilities to ArcGIS StoryMaps.

After uploading an image in the story builder, you can now use the image editor’s new crop and markup tools to modify the image. When cropping you can choose from a set of standard aspect ratio rectangular size, set your own custom size, and even give the image rounded corners or an oval shape. The video below illustrates how to use these new cropping capabilities.

 

 

On the Markup tab you’ll find drawing tools that can be used to annotate your image to call out specific parts. You can get an sense for how the markup tools can be used by watching the video below.

 

 

The image editor is currently in beta. This means it is considered stable and ready for production use, but you may run into minor issues or limitations. We have a few more capabilities planned for the image editor that are coming. These include the ability to flip or rotate an image, adding text markup, and some visual updates to markup symbols. If you take the image editor for a spin, let us know how it goes or what other capabilities you’d be interested in seeing in the future on the Esri Community.

 

Accessibility improvements

This month, we are releasing several accessibility updates across the product. Some of these are already available and more are coming in a few weeks. For example, screen readers now announce more information about the state of buttons and dropdown menus and provide additional context for when new content is loaded on screen while using the keyboard to navigate a collection.

 

And more…

As usual, our team has also spent time on improving performance and stability. We’ve also made several updates and additions in our documentation. For a complete list of changes and fixes, see the Release notes.

ArcGIS Online has also been updated this month, and it gained a lot of new capabilities. Be sure to visit the ArcGIS Blog to read about all the new mapping capabilities. Generally, all the new renderers and features that you can use in the map viewer are available for use in ArcGIS StoryMaps (such as viewing related records in pop-ups). For more information, see these articles:

 

Banner photo by Joshua Hanson on Unsplash

About the author

Owen is the lead product engineer for ArcGIS StoryMaps and has been with Esri since 2004. Before joining the StoryMaps team, he spent 11 years as a solution engineer on Esri's National Government team helping people understand the value and utility of geospatial thinking.

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