Release notes

ArcGIS StoryMaps is regularly updated with new features, enhancements, bug fixes, and performance improvements. These release notes list the updates for each ArcGIS StoryMaps release with the most recent update shown first.

June 16, 2021

Added

  • Readers can open individual collection items in a separate tab using a new option in the header menu.

Changed

  • The experience for configuring a button and its link has been updated.
  • The maximum size for an uploaded image is now 10 MB.
  • Timeline event images are slightly smaller so that more of the timeline is viewable on-screen at once.
  • When a reader encounters an error about an inaccessible story, the browser address bar continues to show the URL the reader attempted to visit.
  • Some visual aspects of collection layouts have been improved.
  • Thumbnail images (instead of generic icons) are shown when dragging media blocks.
  • The ArcGIS API for JavaScript is now loaded using ES modules.

Fixed

  • A message now appears after attempting to upload an alternate image for an embed that is too large.

See the What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (June 2021) blog post for more information.

June 2, 2021

Added

  • Two new collection overview layouts are available in the design panel: Magazine and Journal.
  • A timeline can be added to a sidecar narrative panel.
  • Readers can share stories directly to LinkedIn.

Changed

  • Adding a font from Google Fonts to a theme is no longer in beta.
  • The action menu and sharing buttons in the story and collection headers have been reorganized and include icons to better identify each option.
  • If you are signed in to ArcGIS, you can mark a story as a favorite more easily using a button in the header.
  • The first tour location in a guided tour is centered in the map after the tour block docks into place.
  • Several optimizations have been made to stories' and collections' HTML metatags that provide summary information to social media sites.
  • The sharing, action, and profile menus are hidden when stories and collections are embedded, if the header is shown.
  • A block's thumbnail, if available, is shown while it is being moved via drag and drop.

Fixed

  • A theme's thumbnail image reflects when a Google Font is being used.
  • An extra connector line will not appear at the end of a timeline if the last event is empty.
  • A caption appears for an embed's alternate image on small screens.

May 19, 2021

Added

  • A timeline block has been added with two layouts.
  • A Back button is available on the print preview page.
  • A Privacy link has been added to the ArcGIS StoryMaps footer.

Changed

  • The phrase Powered by ArcGIS StoryMaps no longer appears at the bottom of the stories.
  • The spacing between some elements on the cover has been adjusted.
  • The saved extent of a web map is shown when it is used as an express map basemap.

Fixed

  • A story no longer breaks if the author tries to replace a video while it is uploading.
  • Autoplay restarts at the beginning of the story.
  • The cache is invalidated for stories that are accessed using a URL parameter (such as 'cover=false').

May 5, 2021

Added

  • You can set media to float on either the right or left side of the story.
  • You can add Survey123 forms to a collection.

Changed

  • Report abuse link now points to a survey form.
  • Unsupported browsers are redirected to a new documentation page instead of an internal error page.

Fixed

  • Live embeds that have been switched to a card can be switched back to live mode again.
  • The expected help ToolTip is available when changing the basemap for an express map.
  • Focus state styles have been updated for item cards to improve accessibility.

April 21, 2021

Added

  • Two new quote styles are available in theme builder, and you can set the alignment for any of the available quote styles.
  • You can use standard or custom themes for collections.
  • You can configure the story language in story settings to improve readers' experience when using web browser translation tools and assistive technologies.
  • Map tours support setting an initial zoom level that's used for all tour places or setting a custom zoom level for an individual tour place.

Changed

  • The Stories, Collections, and Themes pages have a refreshed design and navigation.
  • The builder tools have been moved to a new, separate header to improve the experience of writing stories and collections.
  • Previewing stories and collections has been enhanced with a floating toolbar.
  • In the map designer, you can open a map in the Map Viewer Classic, even if you do not have permission to edit it.
  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript was updated to 4.19.

Fixed

  • Items load as expected in embedded collections.
  • The title and description fields in data-driven tours display only supported HTML.
  • Alternative text is correctly attached to image gallery and swipe blocks.

April 7, 2021

Changed

  • The saved extent of a web map is shown when it is used as a map tour basemap.
  • Support has been updated for ArcGIS Dashboards as it comes out of beta.

Fixed

  • A change in the video playback controls is immediately reflected in the builder and the video preview.
  • Several accessibility issues have been addressed for collections.

March 24, 2021

Added

  • Video playback options are available for uploaded videos in map tour and the media panel of sidecar's docked layout.
  • When creating a map tour from an ArcGIS feature layer, you can set the maximum number of image attachments shown for each place on the Filter & Sort tab of the map tour configuration panel.

Changed

  • When creating a map tour from ArcGIS data, the filters for feature layers and feature views have been removed (but both are still available to use).
  • Map tour media are preloaded to improve the reading experience.
  • Media loading has been further optimized for immersive blocks with more than 10 slides.

Fixed

  • Several issues with the color picker are addressed and its design is improved.
  • Background audio plays continuously across multiple slides when the slide has been duplicated.
  • Using an ampersand in an explorer tour no longer shows unwanted characters when viewing the story.
  • The list view of explorer tours fills the width of the page when printed.
  • SVG images appear as expected when building an image gallery in Firefox.
  • When using an ampersand in the guided tour, the character no longer displays as &amp.

March 10, 2021

Added

  • You can add a swipe block to a sidecar media panel.
  • Additional options are available for configuring the embed experience for readers on large screens. Authors can choose to show a button to open the embed in a new tab and to hide the click-to-interact overlay, making the embed immediately interactive.
  • When web map items are used as a basemap in express maps or map tours, permissions are checked to prevent sharing issues.

Fixed

  • The sharing level of a published theme is no longer reset if changes are published. This caused the theme to be removed from any groups to which it had been shared, including the approved theme group.
  • The Organization settings page no longer shows an error if the approved themes group has been deleted.
  • An incorrect ToolTip is no longer shown on the publish button for the story owner or administrators.
  • Linked videos render in the expected position in embedded stories.

February 24, 2021

Added

  • The Organization settings page allows administrators to configure approved themes that are available for organization members to use.
  • Size options are available for the narrative panel in explorer tours.
  • A thumbnail image is automatically generated and stored for all uploaded videos. The thumbnail image is shown initially for videos that are set to click-to-play, or if the video cannot be loaded. You can replace the thumbnail from the video options.
  • Language support for Slovak has been added.

Changed

  • The explorer map tour is no longer in beta.
  • Map actions are no longer in beta.
  • Themes are no longer in beta.
  • The marker symbol has been updated to look better when multiple symbols overlap in a map tour.
  • There's more space between the cover (full and side-by-side) and first block in the story.
  • Transitioned to using ArcGIS platform encrypted cookie.

Fixed

  • Alternative images added for embeds are now saved as expected.
  • Custom image marker symbols now appear in the legend.
  • Image galleries look as expected in print layout.
  • All header elements have a proper hover state.

February 10, 2021

Added

  • The image gallery block has been added.
  • Use an ArcGIS feature layer or view to populate your map tour.
  • Use fonts from Google Fonts in a theme.
  • Choose from several link styles in the theme builder.
  • The color picker is available in the text formatting toolbar.
  • You can disable click-to-expand for inline images.

January 27, 2021

Changed

  • IP addresses are now anonymized when using Google Analytics v3.
  • Large and medium embeds have margins to prevent readers from getting scroll-trapped.

Fixed

  • Text wrapping and alignment is improved for longer, translated badges.
  • Clearer messaging appears when converting a text block with a map action.
  • Theme color now appears as expected for captions.

January 13, 2021

Fixed

  • Inline videos with the click-to-play option no longer loop.
  • GIFs animate when used as a full-width separator.
  • URL parameter to show header on an embedded story works again.
  • Story no longer breaks if a blank embed URL is added.
  • Sidecar narrative panel background no longer shifts when other windows are open.
  • Map action link no longer persists if its configuration is cancelled.
  • A ToolTip indicates when sidecar media panel map configuration is disabled because a map action is active.

December 16, 2020

Added

  • You can add link-style map actions to text in a sidecar narrative panel.
  • A visual color picker is available in the map designer and the theme builder.
  • You can upload an image and use it as a separator in the theme builder.
  • Stories now support the new Google Analytics 4 measurement ID format in addition to the current tracking ID.

Changed

  • Docked sidecars have a new slide navigation bar.
  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript was updated to 4.18.

Fixed

  • Image quality is improved when an image is expanded.
  • Image quality is improved when a story is viewed on a retina display.
  • Unexpected color variation was addressed for images with an uncommon metadata format.
  • Web map captions no longer persist after being deleted.

December 2, 2020

Added

  • You can now add sidecar and credits headings as story navigation links.

Fixed

  • Captions for maps no longer persist after being deleted.
  • Quality of expanded images is no longer reduced.
  • Headings near floated media items are available to use in story navigation.
  • Expanding a map on an iOS device works as expected.

November 18, 2020

Added

  • Administrators receive a warning when editing or publishing someone else's content.
  • You can create and use feature groups to customize how express map content is organized.
  • Separator alignment and width options are available in the theme builder.
  • You can duplicate items from their card's quick actions menu on the stories, collections, and themes pages.

Changed

  • The theme preview scrolls to the active element.

Fixed

  • You can expand express map pop-ups again.

November 4, 2020

Added

  • Coauthors can publish changes to stories and collections.
  • You can publish stories and collections to shared update groups.
  • You can filter stories, collections, maps, and items by group on the new My Groups and My Organization tabs.
  • A new Large paragraph style is available from the text formatting toolbar.

Changed

  • My Groups and My Organization tabs have replaced Shared with me.
  • The story header and footer now use the current theme font.

Fixed

  • A map action's extent no longer resets unexpectedly after panning the map.
  • The issue of the text formatting toolbar sometimes not showing the correct block type after a block is converted has been fixed.

October 26, 2020

Added

  • You can set symbol colors for individual points, lines, and areas features in express maps.
  • You can set symbol sizes for individual points, and you can upload and use images for point symbols in express maps.
  • You can create a map tour by uploading a set of photos.
  • Authors can choose to show a story's initial publish date or the last updated date on the cover.

Changed

  • The block palette has a new compact design.
  • The text formatting toolbar has been enhanced with a clearer way to convert between text block types.
  • The animation between sidecar slides is smoother when layer visibility changes.
  • The image loading experience has been improved.
  • A proxy is now used for content coming from external servers, which eliminates some Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) errors. This means image symbols and GIS services hosted outside the arcgis.com domain will now work in more cases.
  • When deleting a theme, a list of affected stories is shown.
  • Search engines are prompted to index newly published stories.

Fixed

  • Legend correctly shows visible layers when a map action is active.
  • Several date formatting bugs were fixed for different locales.
  • You can mark stories and collections owned by others as favorites again.
  • Color picker elements are announced by screen readers.

September 30, 2020

Added

  • The new explorer map tour block allows readers to browse a large set of places in grid or list view.
  • Playback options for uploaded videos allow configuration of autoplay and video controls.
  • You can set an express map basemap by browsing and selecting a web map.
  • You can specify a logo as part of a theme.
  • Four additional fonts are added in theme builder (Arial, Georgia, Neue Helvetica, and Verdana).

Changed

  • Story navigation link limit has increased to 30 (from 10).
  • Alternative text box now expands when entering more text.
  • Image loading has been further optimized by taking advantage of new resizing options.
  • Swipe is no longer in beta.
  • Better messaging is shown when a map or scene is not available.
  • Switching to a custom theme will reset any color or font pairing overrides.
  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript updated to 4.17.

Fixed

  • Uploaded images are no longer rotated in certain cases.
  • Group menu in the sharing panel now dismisses as expected.
  • Text formatting is better preserved during copy and paste and converting between block types.
  • Adding an SVG as a logo no longer throws an error.
  • Odd shadow no longer appears behind the Add to collection button on Safari.
  • Extra characters no longer appear in the design panel in Hebrew.

September 9, 2020

Added

  • Theme builder has been added in the profile menu.
  • Support for SVG images has been added.

Changed

  • Coauthors can duplicate stories and collections.
  • New stories start with minimal cover instead of full cover.
  • Immersive builder panel is initially expanded instead of collapsed.
  • Button text color changes to ensure sufficient contrast with accent color for accessibility.

Fixed

  • WAV files now load as expected when viewing a story.
  • You can navigate the block palette using the keyboard.
  • Text wraps work as expected in express map pop-ups.

August 26, 2020

Added

  • You can edit collection item details.
  • You can hide the cover for a story that appears in a collection.
  • You can use photo geotags to locate guided tour places.
  • Replace media option is available for images and videos.

Fixed

  • Formatting controls are no longer hidden by the story navigation bar.
  • Duplicating a story does not include unpublished changes.
  • Text does not appear below credits when entering it next to floated media.
  • Long links do not extend out of sidecar panels on small screens.
  • Tapping the attribution icon shows attribution on touch devices.
  • Security updates are included.

August 12, 2020

Added

  • Fit and fill options are enabled for swipe images.
  • Circle and rectangle drawing tools have been added to express maps.

Changed

  • Color contrast on publish state labels has been updated to improve accessibility.
  • The express maps drawing toolbar has been consolidated into groups.

Fixed

  • Immersive blocks show the expected slide when a story navigation link is used.
  • List items are positioned properly next to floating media.
  • Dragging an image onto the story builder does not open the local image in a new tab.
  • Audio plays as expected on Safari and can be scrubbed as expected on all supported browsers.
  • Keyboard navigation, screen reader support, and color contrast have been improved for the profile menu, toggle buttons, publish state badges, and full-screen media experience.

July 29, 2020

Added

  • Add a logo to a collection.
  • A mosaic thumbnail is generated when a collection is published.
  • Icons have been added to cards in the Add to collection browser to indicate item types.
  • Retrieve code to embed a story or collection via the header menu in published stories and collections.
  • Hide cover and header using URL parameters.
  • Format headings and subheadings with color.

Changed

  • The collection item limit has been increased from 30 to 60.
  • Previewing a collection from the Design panel opens in the same tab as the first item in the collection so that the navigation bar is visible.
  • The embed bar is no longer shown at the bottom of classic stories when they appear in a collection.
  • The Quick actions menu has been added and made consistent for item cards.
  • Text options have been consolidated into a single Text item in the content block palette. After adding text, the toolbar appears with heading, subheading, list, and quote options.
  • When placing a map, clicking Cancel in the map designer returns to the map browser instead of the story builder.
  • Transitions have been improved when jumping to the top of a story during autoplay or when clicking the title in the header.
  • Learning and resource links have been updated on the Stories page.
  • Icons have been refreshed throughout ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Fixed

  • The issue that caused story duplication to fail in some cases has been corrected.
  • Transparent header space on embedded collections has been corrected.
  • Hyperlinks with color formatting show as expected in print view.
  • The short link generator no longer makes duplicate calls.

July 8, 2020

Fixed

  • An uncommon issue in which express map points moved to 0,0 coordinates has been corrected.

July 2, 2020

Fixed

  • An issue in which the initial extent of guided tours was not being honored has been corrected.
  • Incorrect error message no longer appears when duplicating a story.

July 1, 2020

Added

  • Tabbed and bulleted navigation options have been added for collections.
  • Transparent panel styles have been added for floating sidecar.
  • The swipe block (beta) compares two images.
  • Use a web map from your content, favorites, or organization as a guided tour basemap.
  • Use a map from ArcGIS Living Atlas as a guided tour basemap.
  • Specify any color (via hex code) for express map layers.

Changed

  • Map designer for maps and scenes reflects layer scale dependency.
  • WAV files are supported for inline and background audio.
  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript was updated to 4.16.

Fixed

  • Many accessibility updates have been made to improve keyboard navigation and screen reader experiences.

June 17, 2020

Added

  • A compass widget appears when a web map is rotated.

Fixed

  • A story with many embeds is less likely to crash on iOS.
  • Geolocation for embedded ArcGIS apps is permitted.
  • Background audio fixes have been made.

June 3, 2020

Added

  • Notification appears in the header when ArcGIS StoryMaps has been updated.
  • Audio (.mp3 files or hosted audio from the web) is supported in inline blocks and background audio in sidecar slides.
  • The swipe block (beta) compares two maps.
  • Drag and drop immersive blocks.
  • The option to disable map navigation has been added.
  • Choose from a larger selection of basemaps for express maps and guided tours.
  • The option to group points in express maps has been added.
  • Docked sidecar panel width options have been added.
  • Copy the link or embed code for existing embeds.
  • Images expand to a full-screen view when clicked.

Changed

  • Moved collections navigation controls to the top of the screen.
  • Annotation collision detection has been added in express maps.
  • Collections moved to full release.
  • Multidevice preview is available for collections.
  • Add images and PDF items to a collection.
  • Browse ArcGIS Living Atlas stories and apps by category and add them to a collection.
  • Format captions with color.
  • Add images or videos via a web link to immersive media panels.
  • Add search results as guided tour points.
  • Autoplay jumps to the top of the story after it reaches the end (instead of scrolling back up); clicking the title of the story in the header also immediately jumps to the top.

Fixed

  • The express map pop-up image updates after uploading.
  • You can disable the legend for web scenes.
  • Text color updates have been made for hyperlinks in the credits section.
  • Enabling story navigation in certain cases no longer crashes the builder.
  • Story navigation shows the correct section when scrolling up through a story.
  • Nonbreaking space character code no longer appears in navigation link.
  • Web map pop-ups work on mobile devices and are themed correctly.
  • Video uploads greater than 20 MB are supported in the story cover and immersive media panels.

April 8, 2020

Added

  • Duplicate a story or collection.
  • Enable in-story navigation bar.
  • The sidecar floating panel layout has been added.
  • New themes have been added: Slate and Tidal.
  • Styling options have been added for express map annotations.

Changed

  • Add videos as media for guided tour.
  • Browse ArcGIS Living Atlas content by category.
  • The collection overview layout has been improved.
  • The experience for adding items to a collection in the builder has been updated.
  • Add ArcGIS Experience Builder web experiences, ArcGIS Hub sites, and ArcGIS Insights pages to a collection.
  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript was updated to 4.15.

Fixed

  • Map actions are reversible on small screens.
  • Map actions work as expected in duplicated slides.
  • Pasting text into map action buttons and headings works as expected.
  • The process for using enterprise logins to access private stories has been improved.
  • Rich embeds display live in the sidecar narrative panel where appropriate.
  • The situation in which autoplay speed increased after interacting with the story has been corrected.
  • Merging and splitting block quotes works as expected.
  • Issues in which text or media blocks were not inserted into the correct place have been corrected.

January 22, 2020

Added

  • Guided tour block (beta) has been added.
  • Map actions in sidecar blocks (beta) have been added.
  • Credits block at the end of a story has been added.
  • Print a story (beta).

Changed

  • Format paragraph text with color and format headings with italics.
  • Fit and fill settings for video media on the cover or in an immersive media panel.
  • Style options for slideshow narrative panels have been enhanced.
  • Publish stories privately or to a group.
  • Full-page preview mode has been added to the device previews.
  • Snap points and leader lines to other feature vertices when editing express maps.
  • Hide social sharing icons on published stories.
  • Edit card details.
  • An option has been added to show an alternate image for embeds on small screens.

Fixed

  • Many fixes and stabilization improvements have been made.