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Greyson Harris writes... 


"Here’s the six(ish) part: In addition to adding images, uploaded videos, and maps, sidecar also supports adding content by embed."


Read more at: Six(ish) ways to use sidecar in ArcGIS StoryMaps 

Hannah Wilber writes...


"If you’ve spent any time in the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder, you know the block palette is at the heart of the authoring experience. Whether you’re adding text, a YouTube video, a map, or something else, it all starts right there. But not all blocks are created equal. There are some special, immersive blocks that go the extra mile when it comes to engaging your readers.."


Read more at Slideshow (beta): A new immersive block in ArcGIS StoryMaps 

Cooper Thomas writes...


"Imagine, for a moment, that you’re attending a hotly anticipated presentation. You arrive extra early to claim a seat in the first row, tear the plastic wrap off a brand new notebook, and do your habitual hand calisthenics to prevent your fingers from cramping..."


Read more at Choreograph your maps with ArcGIS StoryMaps 

Owen Evans writes....


"We’re back again with another update to ArcGIS StoryMaps. This is the third official release of this new product. If you’re just catching up you can review what was new in our July launch and August update. Here’s a rundown of new features added earlier this week.."


Learn more at: What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (October 2019) 

Ross Donihue writes... 


There’s an endless flow of digital content hitting the internet.

Trying to determine if your story map is connecting with your audience may seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve made it possible for authors to track their story’s performance by using Google Analytics together with ArcGIS StoryMaps.


Read more at: Track your story map performance using Google Analytics (beta)

Hello everyone,



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UPDATE: 10/30/2019

As of the October update to ArcGIS StoryMaps (which launched on 10/30/19), we've added additional layers of security to prevent this error from affecting your draft and published stories. As an additional precaution, we've also added a recovery mechanism for stories that cannot be edited. Previously, an author who encountered this error would see the following message: "There seems to be an issue.. The story builder cannot be loaded".


Now, any affected author will see the following message with instructions to download a recovery JSON file:

Please note that for this to work:

  • You should download the JSON from the same browser in which you encountered the error, and
  • You should not clear the history or cache from your browser before downloading the file.


Once you have the file downloaded to your computer, please reach out to Esri Technical Support or send a report through the direct product feedback available in the product for assistance. You can also open it on your browser through this link here. We believe that the additional security mechanisms we've added will mean you'll never be affected by this rare error again. If it does happen, we're pleased to report that the recovery mechanism will still prevent you from losing your work, and we'll work as quickly as possible to get things back up and running from the JSON file.

On Monday Sept. 23, 2019, ArcGIS StoryMaps experienced a brief outage that impacted access to the website and functionality of the app. The issue started at 12:05 PM Pacific Time and lasted for approximately 60 minutes. During this time, the ArcGIS StoryMaps website was not fully functional and stories were not available to readers. The StoryMaps team identified the outage and quickly addressed the issue which restored full functionality to the app.


We apologize for any inconvenience you may have faced due to this outage. Engineering efforts are underway on the team to prevent similar outages from occurring in the future.

Hannah Wilber writes...


Last week we released a slew of updates to ArcGIS StoryMaps (which itself had only been released in July). We’re hoping this latest round of enhancements gives you a sense of our vision for where ArcGIS StoryMaps is heading, both in terms of our overall approach and the speed at which we’re working to get there.


To read more, click here: Start your first ArcGIS StoryMaps collection  

Hannah Wilber writes...


There’s no shortage of content out there for the digital reader to peruse—our storytelling community alone is creating more than 1,000 new stories every day! If you want to cut through the noise and capture your audience’s attention, you’ll need the power of visual design on your side. Luckily, with ArcGIS StoryMaps’ design panel you have a variety of tools at your fingertips for making a story that’s sure to catch the eye.


To learn more, click here: Create a standout story with ArcGIS StoryMaps’ design panel 

Owen Evans writes... 


ArcGIS StoryMaps was officially launched just last month, but we’ve already released an update with tons of exciting new features to enhance your experience when telling stories with maps. Here’s a rundown of what’s been added this time around:


  • Drag and drop media
  • New themes
  • New sidecar capabilities
  • More flexibility with embedded web content
  • A more seamless ArcGIS mapping experience
  • Greater control over express map styling
  • Track story performance with Google Analytics (beta)
  • Create story collections (beta)


To learn more, click here: What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (August 2019) 

Allen Carroll and Sathya Prasad writes...


The culture at Esri is to constantly improve and enhance the software we create. Often this involves incremental improvements, though at times it takes the form of huge leaps forward.
Currently, we’re taking one of those leaps. With the general availability of ArcGIS StoryMaps, we on the StoryMaps team are eagerly forging ahead into future of storytelling. We invite you to join us!