The Story Map Swipe and Spyglass℠ app template enables users to interact with two web maps or two layers of a single web map, depending on how you build your story. The app enables you to present a single view, or to develop a narrative showing a series of locations or views of the same maps.
Our gallery of Swipe and Spyglass stories includes examples displaying related thematic maps, such as a story comparing patterns of obesity and diabetes, before-and-after imagery, and comparisons of historical maps to contemporary landscapes.
Your app is automatically hosted on ArcGIS Online.
Story Map apps are open source, so you have the option to host an app on your own web server. For example, you may want to give your story a custom URL, or make styling changes beyond what is possible with our authoring tools. If you're a developer, you can get the source code on GitHub to do more advanced customization. See the introduction below for step-by-step instructions, and visit our Developers’ Corner for customization tips and ideas.