Printing storymaps to PDF - improving layout?

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3 weeks ago
SimonTDC
New Contributor

Hello 

We've a number of large storymap douments we need to print.  In order to do this we need to print them to PDF and combine them into one large document.  Here is an example of one of the stories:

https://arcg.is/8b0rS0

The issue I am having is one of the look.  When I am trying to print to PDF it feels messy.  It leaves lines on the paper (see attached image), and "powered by ESRI" text in some places.  Also, it leaves large gaps etc.  Is there any way to tidy this up for printing?  It all feels a bit clunky 🙂

 

Thanks

S

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OwenGeo
Esri Frequent Contributor

@SimonTDC  -- The lines along the side of the page in your screenshot is an issue that was introduced earlier this month. We are working on addressing it in one of our upcoming updates in the next few weeks.

The gaps and the "Powered by Esri" lines are due to some maps that are not loading. Unfortunately, this is currently a known limitation with printing longer stories with a lot of maps. We have a few ideas on how to address this problem, but it will be a significant project and we don't currently have a specific timeline for when we plan to tackle this.

Owen Evans
Lead Product Engineer | StoryMaps
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SimonTDC
New Contributor

Hello Owen

Thank you.  It does all feel a bit "clunky" when printing to PDF - but I appreciate the main purpose for StoryMaps is online not print.

One main issue I am having is that when I print to PDF it doesnt seem to print the interactive maps?  Is this a known issue?  It is going to be a big problem for me as the document I am working for is shows site options for potential housing development and has a map for each site.  Without the map for the site printing it will cause big issues as Ill have to manually go in and insert an image of each site! Thanks

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OwenGeo
Esri Frequent Contributor

@SimonTDC -- Yes, there are definitely many challenges we face in taking a dynamic, responsive, and interactive format like StoryMaps and converting it to a static, limited format like a PDF. 😕

The problem with maps not loading is the same one I mentioned above. For longer stories with a lot of maps, there is an issue that prevents some maps from loading in the print layout. This is not an issue for stories with fewer maps. Since each map is different, unfortunately there isn't a specific number of maps when this issue starts to occur, so it's difficult to predict.

I know this is not convenient, but if you require a printed version of a longer story that is experiencing this problem you can duplicate the story, replace the maps with screenshots in the duplicate story, and print the story using the duplicate.

Owen Evans
Lead Product Engineer | StoryMaps
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