What Kind of Story Do You Want to Tell?

Choose the web application you want to use for your story. You'll find examples and step-by-step instructions for each app below.

Sequential, Place-based Narratives


Present an image-based narrative that goes from point to point

Map Tour

This app presents a sequential, place-based narrative in the form of a series of geo-tagged photos and captions linked to an interactive map. It’s ideal for walking tours, or for a series of locations you’d like users to follow in sequence.

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A Curated List of Points of Interest


Feature points of interest in and around a destination

Shortlist

This app lets you present a set of places organized into a set of tabs based on themes, for example, food, hotels, and attractions. As users navigate around the map, the tabs update to show them the places in the current map extent.

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Feature a list of locations in ascending or descending order

Countdown

This app presents a list of locations along with information about each location. The app taps a web map and its popups; popup contents are shown in a side panel. Users can toggle the main map and a locator map back and forth.

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Present locations on a map and on a preview list

Playlist

This app gives users options to explore locations using a map and by scanning a preview list displaying titles and thumbnail images.

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Comparing Two or More Maps


Show a series of two or more maps

Tabbed Viewer (aka Text and Legend)

This app can present a single map with text and legend in a side panel. If you configure it to display two or more maps, they display via a series of tabs. If one or more of your maps are time-enabled, a time slider also appears.

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Present a sequence of maps with an interactive side panel

Side Accordion

The Side Accordion app is similar to the Tabbed Viewer, but presents accompanying text for each map in a panel with numbered titles. Clicking a title changes the map and expands the panel to reveal the text.

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Compare two maps using a swipe tool

Swipe

The Swipe Tool displays either two separate webmaps or two layers of a single web map. Users can slide the swipe tool back and forth to compare one map theme to a second, related theme.

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Compare two maps using a spyglass function

Spyglass

The Spyglass app is similar to Swipe but enables users to peer through one map to another by using a spyglass function. The app can display two layers of a single web map, or two separate web maps.

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Haven't Found What You're Looking For?


Some story maps are custom creations or prototypes

Custom

Esri continues to develop new storytelling formats. These are often published in prototype form as story maps. Contact us if you've seen a story format that interests you, or if you have ideas or needs for new formats.

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= This app can be downloaded and installed on your web server.
= This app has a "builder" for easy interactive story map creation.
= This app is available hosted on ArcGIS Online.
= This app has responsive design for viewing on mobile devices.