• UPDATE! Known Issue: The story builder cannot be loaded

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  • Building an accessible product: Our journey so far

    Apurva Shah and Alison Sizer writes...    What is accessibility Before we dive into what web accessibility means, let’s first understand whataccessibility in general means. Accessibility...
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  • Removing "Click to interact" on embeds

    Embeds are a very flexible block that can be used to add all sorts of content from the web to a story. When you add an embed, the builder does several things behind the scenes to try to optimize the experien...
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  • Now available in ArcGIS StoryMaps: guided tour (beta)

    Hannah Wilber writes...    "First we brought you to sidecar, then we added slideshow into the mix; now my colleagues and I would like to introduce you to the newest immersive block in ArcGIS StoryMaps: guid...
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  • What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (April 2020)

    We’ve just released a variety of new features and improvements to the StoryMaps builder.   Several of these are things you, our community members, have been asking and patiently waiting for, like: The abi...
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  • Writing accessible story map content

    Shana Crosson writes...    "We’ve all become accustomed to having curb cuts in sidewalks. We use them for baby strollers, bikes and generally as a path of least resistance. Curb cuts were designed to ...
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  • Supercharge your stories with map actions (beta)

    Cooper Thomas writes...   "Like many forms of storytelling, story maps are, in most cases, linear reading experiences. They have a clear narrative structure, rather than an open-ended, choose your own adventure-...
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  • 4 things to know about Esri's new Storyteller user type

    Michelle Bush writes...    " Esri has just launched a new user type, Storyteller, which provides access to ArcGIS StoryMaps for just $100 per year. With this new option, you can empower all the storytellers...
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  • What is an express map and why should you use one?

    Mark Harrower writes... "Where stories happen matters. We take the “maps” part of “StoryMaps” very seriously. Geography isn’t merely a passive stage upon which things happen. It shapes ou...
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  • What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (January 2020)

    Owen Evans writes...   It’s time for another update to ArcGIS StoryMaps! Here’s a rundown of new features added this week: Guided tour Map actions Format text with color Fit and fill op...
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  • Tip #8 for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Toggle your map legend on or off  Some maps display a variety of data, so your readers will need a legend to make sense of what’s what. Other maps, meanwhile, are nice and straightforward, and it can be nic...
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  • Tip #7 for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Add your logo to the header of your story  Branding can be an important element of a polished story map, and nothing more clearly shows off your brand than a logo. If you want, you can have your logo appear in t...
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  • Tip #6 for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Link to a specific item in a collection  Collections are useful for bundling together related stories and other ArcGIS apps. You can share links with your audience that send them to the collection overview (wher...
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  • Tip #5 for mastering ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Add alternative text to media    Making your content accessible is an important part of authoring inclusive stories. That’s why we’ve designed StoryMaps to meet common accessibility standards. We...
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  • Tip #4 for mastering ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Reorder numbered points in an express map Say you have an express map with five numbered points representing places you visited on your latest vacation. You added the points for each place in the order in which you ...
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  • Tip #3 for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Change an express map's basemap  The style of express maps is automatically synced with your story’s theme, so you can always be confident that they’ll harmonize with the rest of your content. But di...
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  • Slideshow (beta): A new immersive block 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 Yo...
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  • Tip #2 for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Hide a story’s published date  While the StoryMaps builder will automatically update the date in your story’s cover every time you publish, you have the ability to hide this information if you’d...
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  • Tip #1 for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder

    Add media to a minimal cover  The minimal cover is a great option for how-to articles, thought pieces, or press-release-style updates. For these kinds of stories, the subject is what will hook your readers most,...
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  • Updated classic story map transition timeline

    Owen Evans writes...    "Back in July when we launched the new ArcGIS StoryMaps we also announced an initial transition timeline for our classic storytelling templates (Story Map...
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