Storytelling Map Help - Use default numbered markers AND separate static markers

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01-28-2014 07:52 AM
ChadShuskey
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We have a map using the default number markers and they work great for our needs. In addition to those sites, we would like to include other "points of interest" that would be best shown with a static icon to differentiate them. I can only get the data to show as all numbered or all static markers - not a combination of the 2.

Is there a way to combine the numbered markers and static markers on the same map?

Just for additional information - there are about 60 numbered sites and 10 "points of interest" that should be a static marker.

Thanks,

Matt
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RupertEssinger
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The map tour app will treat all of the points in your Locations layer as being points in your tour. To add those red points as static features instead that are on the map but not part of the tour, you'll need to remove them from your Locations layer and add them into your web map as a separate point layer. The map tour will default to using the uppermost point layer in your web map to define the tour points, so make sure your new layer is below your Locations layer in the layer hierarchy.

You can also add other additional layers into your map tour's web map as well, such as lines or polygons. These will be displayed in the map tour using symbology that you specified for them in your web map.

For example this tour includes static line features added by the author:
http://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=cae59ad120464b118421da33ceb1d1af

and this tour includes static points and lines added by the author:
http://kygeonet.ky.gov/StoryMaps/KyStateParkLodges

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RupertEssinger
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Which story map template are you using? And if you what you have so far is publicly accessible could you post the URL to it here so we can have a look? Thanks!
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ChadShuskey
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Thanks for the quick response.

We're using the Storytelling Map Tour: http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=d4a2705a8b224e71961404542ae94c6f

You can find what we have so far of the map at: http://www.wdcep.com/gis/2014RINYAveTour/Storytelling/
The points in red are the ones that I'd like to make static. Unlike the property-specific points, these are "neighborhood" points, which we'd like to visually treat differently. If we can find a way to assign static markers, we might explore adding some additional sites as well.
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RupertEssinger
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The map tour app will treat all of the points in your Locations layer as being points in your tour. To add those red points as static features instead that are on the map but not part of the tour, you'll need to remove them from your Locations layer and add them into your web map as a separate point layer. The map tour will default to using the uppermost point layer in your web map to define the tour points, so make sure your new layer is below your Locations layer in the layer hierarchy.

You can also add other additional layers into your map tour's web map as well, such as lines or polygons. These will be displayed in the map tour using symbology that you specified for them in your web map.

For example this tour includes static line features added by the author:
http://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=cae59ad120464b118421da33ceb1d1af

and this tour includes static points and lines added by the author:
http://kygeonet.ky.gov/StoryMaps/KyStateParkLodges

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ChadShuskey
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Well I was successful in making the static images and numbered markers co-exist

Is there any way to make the static image points clickable to show their names/descriptions, or is that not possible since the app won't treat anything other than the first layer as part of the tour? I have updated the map: http://www.wdcep.com/gis/2014RINYAveTour/Storytelling/

Although it's important to show where the neighborhoods are, they're not much help without any supporting information.
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RupertEssinger
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I was fearing that would be your next question :)

For the features in supporting layers, currently the map tour doesn't support popups when you click on them or maptips when you hover over them. That is an enhancement on our list that folks have asked for.

PS. In your tour, the opening image is really narrow. You could make that image taller by adding some blank space at the bottom so that the caption has a blank area to sit on top of.
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ChadShuskey
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Thanks for the answer - I see you are adding things to these templates often so I'm looking forward to the potential for multiple icons to be used.

Regarding the opening banner - we will be using this map on mobile devices initially (during a bus tour) and the banner reads much better this way on iPhones. Once the tour is over and we'll encourage people to use the website on a computer, we'll swap it out for an image with more white space on the bottom. Not a major gripe at all - but maybe something for the development team to consider in a future update as well.

Thanks for your help
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RupertEssinger
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Hi Wdcep,

Today we released an update to the Shortlist template that addresses the issue you raised in this thread. In the new version, you can now have a clickable point layer in your shortlist that gets displayed as a supporting layer rather than defining a tab. This allows you to add CSV or shapefile-based point layers into your web map with the same attributes as your point layers that define the tabs, but which are displayed on the map with their static web map symbology and are not used to define tabs. See point c below.




Here's the details on this new release:

Just want to let you know that today we updated the Shortlist zip file to release an update to the template. You can download the update from the Shortlist section of the new Story Maps website: http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/app-list/shortlist/


If users have already downloaded the template, they may want to download it again, but if they have done a lot of customization to the template it may not be worth it just to get these fixes.

This updated version:

a) fixes the bug where there was a bad screen refresh at the bottom of the screen when you maximized your web browser.

b) fixes the bug where if you opened a Shortlist and immediately pressed the home button, the map extent would shift a little.

c) allows authors for the first time to add supporting point layers in their maps. Previously you could only add line or polygon supporting layers into your map, because all point layers were used to define tabs. There's a new configuration parameter in the Index.html that lets you specify which point layers, if any, you want to be displayed on the map as supporting layers that do not define tabs. For example, you may want to add a point feature onto your Shortlist representing a convention center or a set of points representing transit stations, and allow users to click on these to get more information. So you can now do that. Use any of the CSV files or shapefiles  in the Shortlist /Samples folders as a template for your point layer(s), add the point layer(s) into your web map, and then enter the name of the layer(s) in the new configuration parameter you'll see in the Index.html called: POINT_LAYERS_NOT_TO_BE_SHOWN_AS_TABS. For example, in this Phoenix Shortlist, zoom in on the urban areas
http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/shortlist-phoenix/ and the transit stations appear as supporting point features.

d) if a shortlist only contains one tab, the actual tab control is no longer shown, so the look is much cleaner for one-tab Shortlists:
http://storymaps.esri.com/templates/shortlist/?webmap=10b8cbf55e44423e98806fdc7f05e0a9
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