Release Notes

Latest developments on our data communication solution.

Release: 7.10.2017

What's New

  • New indicator: CDC Wonder: Motor Vehicle Accidents. 

  • New data set: USDA Food Access Research Atlas 2015, for census tract.

  • New data set: BLS Occupational Employment Statistics.

  • Drawing the x-axis of various charts now includes major and minor tick marks, and hover text that shows the label for each tick mark. 

  • Links to Esri maps now always use https. 

  • Links to YouTube videos always suppress YouTube’s showing suggested videos. 



  • The year choices presented when choosing a date range are now always in chronological order. 

  • All ACS indicators now correctly show 5-year estimates for 2011-2015 and 2012-2016, when available. 

  • Rendering a published story with Internet Explorer 11 will no longer sometimes cause a blank page. 

  • Sorting a stacked bar chart in descending order now correctly sorts. 

  • The donut chart now always renders correctly and also shows error data, when available. 

  • The button to show more details about an indicator is now an info icon. 

  • The year filter in the indicator browser now shows only the years available in the indicators. 

  • Quarterly time period labels now render correctly in Firefox. 

  • Pakistani rupees are now labeled as PKR. 

  • “Non-Bank Financial Institutions: Accounts” indicator is now properly represented as a percentage.

  • Rendering a chart that has been added to a dashboard or a story will no longer sometimes cause a blank chart. 

  • Months are now labeled correctly in a downloaded CSV file. 

  • Census place names are now user-friendly (for example, “Chicago” instead of “Chicago city”). 

  • Maps now render correctly in downloaded PDFs. 

  • When the target location changes, the benchmark choices now correctly sync. 

  • All source dimensions are now present on all BRFSS indicators. 

  • The “No data for this selection” placard no longer temporarily appears when viewing indicators that do have data. 

  • Findex data now renders correctly on a world map. 

  • The radar chart now correctly handles negative values. 

  • Navigation anchors are now consistently referred to as navigation anchors. 

  • In the indicator browser, the indicator cards now always correctly show the available dates. 

  • When the target location changes, filter settings are now preserved. 

  • Story URLs no longer ever contain tokens. 

  • Income dimensions now sort properly. 


Release: 6.19.2018

What’s New

  • The Data Library indicator browser “Source” menu now shows both sources and data sets.

  • New data sets:

    • USDA Food Environment Atlas 2015, for county and state. 

    • National Survey on Drug Use and Health from SAMHSA. 

    • Global Findex Database 2017 from the World Bank. 

    • Pakistan census data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 

    • Pakistan data from Financial Inclusion Insights. 

    • Quarterly Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing from the State Bank of Pakistan. 

    • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Indicators. 



  • Tables in stories no longer cause errors or render as blank spaces. 

  • Repeatedly selecting the same chart type will not cause the chart to grow in size. 

  • Bar charts with custom ordering now always preserve and honor the custom ordering. 

  • The Social Vulnerability Index indicators now show data from any available location. 

  • Line charts now always show labels for the charted data. 

  • Copying a story containing custom data sets will no longer cause errors or render blank spaces.

  • Donut charts no longer have scrollbars when placed in stories.

  • Users can now set the maximum height on a chart with two y axes.

  • Google search results now show text from the story summary. 

  • Benchmarking choices now show states by name, not as “undefined.” 

  • Users can now download a map chart as a PNG.

  • “Add Chart to Story” list of candidate stories no longer includes stories in the trash.

  • After you edit a chart by changing the data set, the “Save” button will not disappear.

  • Charts now correctly handle negative values. 


Release: 6.05.2018

What's New

  • Added a new chart type for the Data Library: radar chart (aka spider chart).


  • CSV files can now be downloaded from a map chart. 

  • Renamed “country” to “nation" to avoid confusion with "county."

  • Renamed “Combined CBSA” to “Combined Statistical Area."

  • “Select Neighboring Counties” now works for all counties.

  • Download PNG and CSV functionality is now present when editing a chart inside a story. 

  • Data Library charts no longer have scrollbars when embedded in SquareSpace. 

  • “About this Indicator” card now only shows a “More…” link if there is more information available. 

Release: 5.22.2018


  • After providing a custom ordering for chart labels, the ordering now persists. Changing the custom ordering will not cause the old ordering to reset. 

  • Grouped bar chart x-axis label is now the name of the displayed dimension. 

  • Y-axis measure label no longer overlaps the y-axis legend labels. 

  • Data Library charts do not have scrollbars when placed in stories. 

  • It is now possible to clone a story containing a Data Library chart. 

  • Long legend labels now wrap instead of truncating. 

  • “About this Indicator” now shows correct metadata. 

Release: 5.7.2018

What’s New:

  • Data library charts can now be edited directly after they have been placed in stories.

  • Data library charts now support showing multiple dimensions—such as different races, or different age groups, or different income levels—on a single chart.

  • Data library charts now support error bars (when error data is available).

  • The data library has been reorganized: indicator names are now more natural, and dimensions are properly structured. All of the old data and metadata is still present, and existing stories will work as-is with no changes.

  • Added a new chart type for the data library: full-featured table.

  • Added a new chart type for the data library: grouped bar chart.

  • American Community Survey (ACS) data is now current through 2016.

  • ACS data now has full geographical resolution—down to census tract.

  • ACS data now includes 1-year estimates along with 5-year estimates.



  • Rate measures no longer allow choice of donut chart.

  • Opioid chart titles no longer have extraneous words.

  • Selecting responses on BRFSS indicators that have more complex options than yes/no now works as expected.

  • Map legend is easier to read.

  • Control over chart axis labels are now part of the chart, not part of sharing.

  • Charts in stories now grow vertically to fill allotted space.

  • Chart y-axis now has unit labels.

  • Indicator metadata now informs choice of chart types.

  • Map timeline no longer overlaps legend on mobile.

  • When the x-axis of a line chart is a date, users can now chart multiple lines.

  • Animation speed is now faster.

  • “Add chart to story” is now highlighted on the UI as the primary workflow.

  • If users choose a combination of dimensions and location that have no observations, they will see a message indicating that there is no data for that combination.

  • Downloaded library CSV files no longer use internal LiveStories encodings.

  • Barbell, heat, and bubble charts now show benchmarks.

  • Line charts using county data can now benchmark against the U.S. value.

  • Number formatting is now consistent across chart types.

  • Highlight now highlights the label and the bar, not just the bar.

  • Initial map view now zooms to show all compared cities.

  • Map legend color choices and viewed data now match.

  • Bar charts now support highlighting multiple bars.