While we're, meaning where I work, are happy with some of the updates with this release (What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (January 2020)), there are still some big improvements that have been asked for and have not heard status of or thought they would've been implemented by now. Instead there were some improvements on items I haven't see anyone ask for that made the list this go around. Here are some things that have been asked for;
Bookmarks or some way to navigate more efficiently
This has been asked about numerous times in numerous ways. Examples of it being asked for in one way or another;
- ArcGIS StoryMap Builder: add Tabbed layout equivalent from Esri classic Story Map Series template - Tabs at the top of the story map to navigate to different sections faster. Yes, this is accomplished with Collections, but what about story maps that are very long? Having the user endlessly scrolling is not ideal.
- Add bookmarks to StoryMaps - Adding bookmarks in story maps that help navigate to different parts more efficiently.
- Any creative ways to add (navigable) chapters to the new story map builder? - This was asked but never addressed.
- Navigation for ArcGIS StoryMaps? - URL parameters would be nice.
- ArcGIS Story Map Requests and Issues - This was asked for in September 2019.
- Formatting questions for new Cascade StoryMap... - Credits section and text coloring have been addressed with this release (big thank you!) but the second point has not been addressed.
Ability to edit source code (HTML or CSS) like you can in Journal. This has been asked about multiple times;
- New Story Map template functionality - This was asked for in October 2019.
- Ability to edit source code and edit story actions? - Story map actions were addressed with this release (big thank you!) but still no update on editing HTML.
There were some nice features added with this release and I can't stress enough how happy we were to find map actions! Along with that being able to change text color, styling options for the narrative panel in slideshow, credits, and being able to share to groups are very nice to see.
The ability to print is a huge leap as well. We're a federal agency that works closely with state cooperators and at the last regional meeting (December) their biggest concern with the new StoryMaps builder was the inability to print. They have users in their states that either have slow internet connections or prefer paper based reports so this will put a lot of that at ease. Thank you very, very much for that!
But there were also things that were implemented over some of these much needed improvements and I couldn't find examples of users asking for them. Some of them include;
- A full-page preview mode.
- Editing details for embeds.
- Snap points and leader lines in express maps.
- Heading formats.
Overall we're happy with the direction these are going in but are rather disappointed with this latest release and are looking forward to the next one to see if some of these improvements will be implemented.