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With ArcGIS StoryMaps, we're doing more than just adding a fresh coat of paint to our classic templates. We're reimagining, redesigning, and rebuilding the entire product from the ground up, with lessons learned from storytellers like you.

 

Officially launching ArcGIS StoryMaps is just the beginning—there's a lot more to come. Read the product goals and milestones to understand where we're headed and check back often for the latest updates.

Milestones built for a smooth transition

2011
2011

The StoryMaps journey begins

It started with a question: In the digital age, how could maps and multimedia content be woven together to create rich, interactive experiences?

 

Then, it grew into a mission: to enable anyone to create visual stories, powered by place, regardless of their technical expertise. The lessons learned—and feedback received—over the eight years that followed built a critical foundation for the creation of ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Read the full history
2019
2019

ArcGIS StoryMaps arrives

StoryMaps' new, unified builder first made its debut in a private alpha testing phase, then a public beta test. Feedback collected in the testing periods greatly shaped design and development decisions for the product, which was officially launched in July.

 

Meanwhile, the popular, classic Esri Story Maps remain available, unchanged and as effective as ever. The only difference for authors is a new tool in their storytelling toolbox.

 

2020
2020

ArcGIS StoryMaps evolves

The new builder is officially released, but there are still plenty of enhancements on the horizon. More blocks will be added throughout the year, with many designed to resemble classic template experiences. Others will blaze new trails for StoryMaps functionality.

 

Authors can still create new stories with classic templates through mid-year. New and existing classic stories will continue to work and can be shared without issue.

The classic templates retire

With authors able to recreate the classic reading experiences in ArcGIS StoryMaps, those classic templates will move toward discontinuation. Authors will still be able to edit and share existing classic stories for several years, but new functionality will be limited, and support will be reduced gradually. The new builder will continue to evolve based on feedback from the StoryMaps community.

Feature comparison

ArcGIS StoryMaps
Classic Esri StoryMaps templates

Feature comparison

One, unified builder

Compatible with web maps and scenes

Supports embedded web content

Designed using WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines

Refreshed, mobile design

Allows unpublished changes

Includes express maps

Add places by uploading geotagged photos

Allows story printing

Is available in ArcGIS Enterprise

ArcGIS StoryMaps

One, unified builder

Yes

Compatible with web maps and scenes

Yes

Supports embedded web content

Yes

Designed using WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines

Yes

Refreshed, mobile design

Yes

Allows unpublished changes

Yes

Includes express maps

Yes

Add places by uploading geotagged photos

Coming soon

Allows story printing

Coming soon

Is available in ArcGIS Enterprise

Coming soon
Classic Esri StoryMaps templates

One, unified builder

No

Compatible with web maps and scenes

Yes

Supports embedded web content

Yes

Designed using WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines

Yes

Refreshed, mobile design

No

Allows unpublished changes

No

Includes express maps

No

Add places by uploading geotagged photos

Yes

Allows story printing

Yes

Is available in ArcGIS Enterprise

Yes

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