Interactive storytelling tool Meograph, which enables users to create and publish mapped multimedia stories on a timeline, was publicly launched today.
Journalists can now sign up to use Meograph to tell visual stories by creating "moments", which when put together tell the key parts of a story.
Users can then build in multimedia content such as images, YouTube videos and links to outside articles and content, for each "moment".
Each "moment" is set to a specific date, and the optional addition of a time, as well as a location or place, using Google maps, to show the story geographically and along a timeline. Journalists can also add narration to "moments" either by recording directly into the platform or by uploading an audio file.
The tool has been tested over the past week in preparation for launch and founder Misha Leybovich said it has been "getting great feedback".
The platform also offers a number of new features now it has reached public launch, such as the ability to embed a Meograph on other sites and share via social media, plus there is now an option to keep a Meograph private while it is being developed.
Speaking to Journalism.co.uk about Meograph earlier in the year, Leybovich explained how the platform could be used in breaking news situations, examples of which are also demonstrated on the platform's website.
"The neat thing is Meographs are living documents so you can add a new 'moment' to it, the breaking news or whatever has happened next, and provide your readers with not only what's happened right now but also in case they're just getting caught up now, what's happened so far", he said at the time.
Meographs can currently only be created within the Google Chrome browser. Playback is possible from any browser and authoring of Meographs from other browsers will be supported soon.