Announcing Scrollpoints

Today, we’re excited to launch our latest innovation in no-code interactive storytelling — Scrollpoints!

With Scrollpoints, you can take your audience on an interactive journey using an uploaded image, such as a map, photo, or illustration. 

How does it work? After uploading your image, simply choose parts of it to highlight, and then optionally annotate the highlights with text. As the reader scrolls down your Scrollpoints section, your Shorthand story will automatically pan and zoom into each point in turn.

Like all Shorthand features, Scrollpoints can be created by anyone, without needing any help from a web designer or developer.  You don’t need to write a line of code, or know your knolling from your kerning to create a great Scrollpoints experience.

Scrollpoints work best when you use large images with lots of small details. We recommend using a JPEG with dimensions of approximately 4096 x 2160px, less than 5MB in size.

If you’re a customer, Scrollpoints is available for you to use in the Shorthand editor right now. If you’re not a customer, you can take Scrollpoints (and Shorthand) for a spin by signing up for our free trial.

Now, let’s take a look at some examples of Scrollpoints in action, starting with an illustrated map of the Tour de France.


Tour de France 2021

Segment highlights

As always, this year's race provided plenty of thrills, and showed off incredible feats of endurance, sportsmanship, strength, and camaraderie — along with some of the best scenery France has to offer.

Stage 1
Brest > Landerneau

197.8km

Starting in Brest, 184 riders set off for this landmark event, but it was France's own J. ALAPHILIPPE who ultimately took the stage.

Stage 9
Cluses > Tignes

144.9km

Five big climbs through the mountains, with the steepest uphill at over 14%. Ben O'Connor of Australia took top spot at the end of the day.

Stage 13
Nîmes > Carcassonne

219.9km

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain took out stage 13, though it was certainly not an easy ride, with 154 riders all eager at the starting line at midday.

Join us again next year

Tour de France 2021

Segment highlights

As always, this year's race provided plenty of thrills, and showed off incredible feats of endurance, sportsmanship, strength, and camaraderie — along with some of the best scenery France has to offer.

Stage 1
Brest > Landerneau

197.8km

Starting in Brest, 184 riders set off for this landmark event, but it was France's own J. ALAPHILIPPE who ultimately took the stage.

Stage 9
Cluses > Tignes

144.9km

Five big climbs through the mountains, with the steepest uphill at over 14%. Ben O'Connor of Australia took top spot at the end of the day.

Stage 13
Nîmes > Carcassonne

219.9km

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain took out stage 13, though it was certainly not an easy ride, with 154 riders all eager at the starting line at midday.

Join us again next year

As you can see, Scrollpoints is great for highlighting a journey on a map. It’s also great for annotating images, such as photos.

Camera tricks

Don't be fooled into thinking that camera tricks are a modern phenomenon. For as long as there have been cameras and cheeky individuals, people have been creating extroadinary images with a twist.

Take a look at this pic of the 1905 N.Y. Giants baseball team. A picture as wide as this is interesting enough, but there's something else going on here.

Look at this happy fellow on the left side of the image, arms crossed over his clean uniform.

Let's call him 'Glen'.

Commit that smiling face to memory.

As we move to the right, we see that most of Glen's fellow players have had a rough day of it. They've obviously been sliding around in the dirt.

There's a few other smiles in the team, so maybe they won on the day.

On the far right though, nobody is smiling more than Glen. He was so happy with the day's events that he thought it was worth appearing in the team photo twice!

Camera tricks

Don't be fooled into thinking that camera tricks are a modern phenomenon. For as long as there have been cameras and cheeky individuals, people have been creating extroadinary images with a twist.

Take a look at this photo of the 1905 N.Y. Giants baseball team. A picture as wide as this is interesting enough, but there's something else going on here.

Look at this happy fellow on the left of the shot, arms crossed over his clean uniform.

Let's call him 'Glen'.

Commit that smiling face to memory.

As we move to the right, we see that most of Glen's fellow players have had a rough day of it. They've obviously been sliding around in the dirt.

There's a few other smiles in the team, so maybe they won on the day.

On the far right, though nobody is smiling more than Glen. He was so happy with the day's events that he thought it was worth appearing in the team photo twice!

Another great use case for Scrollpoints is to highlight points of interest within a work of art.

Hiding in plain sight.

The Last Day of Pompeii by Karl Bryullov, painted in the early 1830s, is an incredible work with details that call for close examination.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius is just a small background detail to the depicted terror. It is the effects of the eruption on the populace and their creations that are shown in the most epic fashion.

In this top-right corner, we see statues topple perhaps representing the idea that even the things we deem 'permanent' or immortal are far from everlasting.

The devout and innocent aren't spared nature's ultimate power either. Here a priest and frightened mother with her praying children look on in horror.

But perhaps most telling of the artist's message of impermanence is that he put himself, and therefore "art and artists," in the frame. These things too are not everlasting.

There in the crowd, Bryullov flees with a box of brushes and drafting equipment. He stares towards fate.

The artist himself : Karl Bryullov

The artist himself : Karl Bryullov

Hiding in plain sight.

The Last Day of Pompeii by Karl Bryullov, painted in the early 1830s, is an incredible work with details that call for close examination.

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius is just a small background detail to the depicted terror. It is the effects of the eruption on the populace and their creations that are shown in the most epic fashion.

In this top-right corner we see statues topple perhaps representing the idea that even the things we deem 'permanent' or immortal are far from everlasting.

The devout and innocent aren't spared nature's ultimate power either. Here a priest and frightened mother with her praying children look on in horror.

But perhaps most telling of the artist's message of impermanence is that he put himself, and therefore "art and artists," in the frame. These things too are not everlasting.

There in the crowd, Bryullov flees with a box of brushes and drafting equipment. He stares towards fate.

The artist himself : Karl Bryullov

The artist himself : Karl Bryullov

Scrollpoints is great for commercial stories, too.

Get the look

Our stunning new range provides plenty of options to dress up in style. Elegant and eye-catching, there's something here for everyone.

Thin Snake Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings in 18-carat gold with hidden hinge closure, engraved and hand made in Dresden from 18ct gold plated 925 sterling silver.

Four-Claw Emerald Cut Solitaire Diamond Ring

An emerald cut solitaire diamond engagement ring that features a central three carat stone.

This simple ring is given a modern feel with four flat prongs that secure the diamond.

Relaxed Gold Beaded Necklace

This gold luxe curved necklace with gold beads provides a stunning focal point at the base of the neck. Simple and elegant.

Large-loop Chain Bracelet

A refined twisted-loop, hand-carved golden beauty.

Clip-fastening in 18kt gold-plated silver.

Get the look

Get the look

Our stunning new range provides plenty of options to dress up in style. Elegant and eye-catching, there's something here for everyone.

Thin Snake Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings in 18-carat gold with hidden hinge closure, engraved and hand made in Dresden from 18ct gold plated 925 sterling silver.

Four-Claw Emerald Cut Solitaire Diamond Ring

An emerald cut solitaire diamond engagement ring that features a central three carat stone.

This simple ring is given a modern feel with four flat prongs that secure the diamond.

Relaxed Gold Beaded Necklace

This gold luxe curved necklace with gold beads provides a stunning focal point at the base of the neck. Simple and elegant.

Large-loop Chain Bracelet

A refined twisted-loop, hand-carved golden beauty.

Clip-fastening in 18kt gold-plated silver.

Get the look

We could go on — we think there are endless opportunities for Scrollpoints. We can’t wait to see how you use Scrollpoints to create even more compelling visual stories for your audience!

You can read the full documentation for Scrollpoints at Shorthand Help.

Scrollpoints is available to all Shorthand customers and trial users. If you’re not a Shorthand customer, get started with a free trial and try Scrollpoints for yourself. And don’t forget to let us know what you think!