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AP Syndication requirements in Webinar: What's new in BLOX CMS (December, 2014)

Jennifer Price 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 2
Christina Masters mentioned new AP syndication requirements in the December 2014 Webinar. I'd like more information about the exact requirements. Is there an announcement from the AP or documentation that you could refer me to?
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Hi Jennifer!

We have a great doc on this here:

http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/How-do-I-set-up-an-Associated-Press-Syndication-Channel_8966.html

You'll need to get your login information from AP. But, other than that, it is very easy! =)
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smart truncating

Mike Stickler 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
User today wanted to know where the rest of a caption was. Seems they were looking at the sildeshow block and the caption was truncated mid-word at about 180 characters.

I was wondering about truncating in general... when doing so instead of truncating at the exact character count... Could you not go back the last space prior to that and truncate there with a "..." appended. 

In the example (see image below) the truncated caption would be;
"DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers set new corn and soybean records last year, harvesting the largest crops ever as a cool summer allowed the plants to mature under mostly favorable ..."
instead of 
"DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers set new corn and soybean records last year, harvesting the largest crops ever as a cool summer allowed the plants to mature under mostly favorable condit"

That way the reader would receive an indication the text was truncated purposefully and and was not ;an error. 



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Leverage browser caching

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Patrick O'Lone (Director of Software Development) 3 years ago 4
Does anyone know if we have access to .htaccess file in blox to leverage browser caching
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settings > Jobs > youtube

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
Can I create a mrss job feed from youtube to create individual youtube assets in blox?
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Hi Craig!

I would actually recommend the Syndication tool. It's free and should be available under Editorial.




Using the Syndication tool, you can set up a channel to YouTube - based off of a user account or a keyword.






Then, you can either just pick and choose from the Syndication channel the items you want (it is really nicely integrated with Editorial).



Or you can create an importer to feed all of the items in automatically as YouTube assets. You can assign them a keyword, flag, section, delete date, etc.

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Custom Properties for Site User Accounts?

Robert Dundon 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
I see that custom properties are able to be set for site user accounts, which is interesting.

However, I found nothing in the documentation about them. Are they available for use in UTL or elsewhere in Blox?
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Can we allow users to select multiple answers in a poll?

Alex Russell 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
We post a yearly "Top 10" poll where we ask readers to vote for the top news stories of the year.  We've used PollDaddy in the past.  Trying to reproduce something similar in TN, but I don't see a way to allow users to select more than 1 answer (i.e. "you may select up to 10 from this list").  Is there a custom property that allows us to set the max. number of items a reader may vote for?
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Interstitial ads

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS 0
Can interstitial ads be placed on sections fronts(as well as home page) of touch 5 or only assets? Not that I am a fan of this idea, but I was asked if it was possible.
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Need a way to manage the display of new urls, section tag, site index, rss, etc. in one menu

Jacki Gray 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Mike Stickler 3 years ago 3
When new applications are installed (in our case Tributes) by project managers or the like, new urls (and section tags) need to be excluded from site indexes and RSS options until the products go live.

I have more than once found new urls created (not by my staff) in our site index and rss options. Our readers use our site index.

Feature request: We need a way to manage the display of new urls, section tags, site index, rss, etc. in one menu. In the admin when creating new urls/sections, it would be great to have the option to select a checkmark to hide or display urls/sections in the site map, rss, etc. (The current "exclusion" fields are limited.)

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On the normal article page, we can't have full width inline photos due to the "media box" inset into the article. It is difficult to know how "tall" the media box is, causing users to place items next to it which end up overlapping.

So, we've created some new article modes such as the longform article. When all items are placed inline, they end up being full width across the entire page.
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Block Custom Property Type Image - How to get the image/URL?

Robert Dundon 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 2
When making a custom block and creating custom properties via Customizations, there is an "image" type, where you can upload an image (pretty cool!). Though, there seems to be no way to pull the image URL, and I've seen no examples in the docs or Core block code, etc.

I've already tried:
this.block.custom.test_image_type;

and

this.block.custom.test_image_type.url;

and they don't appear to work. Any ideas?
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Hi there!

You will see a lot more of this in our new templates which are due out next year.

But, the way to access this image is:

[% this.block.custom.image.resource_url %]

(Where "image" is the name of the property.)
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timeline feedback

Mike Stickler 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 6
I was very happy to see the presentation modes for collection assets. I am in the process of implementing several of them. I was most excited to try the timeline mode. Unfortunately it left me disappointed.

There's too much white space between the arrows. The timeline doesn't size to accommodate more 3 items occurring at the same time (it will work with 4 or more but they sit on top of each other.) The article list looks like an un-formatted mess. In my example if it could accommodate a full size picture it did otherwise it used a 300px thumbnail. I'd prefer as much consistency as possible. For example always use a 300px thumbnail (unless image is smaller). When it used the full size picture the metadata (posted, comments, keywords) showed up under the 1st paragraph text (like it should.) When a thumbnail was used the metadata showed up under the thumbnail which I don't particularly like but could accept if it was consistent, which it's not. Lastly clicking on the items in the timeline does nothing. It should either open the article or at least take you to the item further down on the page. 



I love the concept and think with some tweaking it would be a much better. I did a mockup of my idealized version of the timeline. The biggest difference is the current asset is on display between the arrows. As you would click on the arrows or boxes in the timeline that asset would change. Because the asset link, preview, preview paragraph etc would all show up top the only thing needed in the article list is a headline list and maybe the posted date.

I'm interested in seeing feedback on this and in seeing how other are implementing the new options.
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banner ad impressions declining, could reporting be incorrect

Ray Seale 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 3
These last few months our banner ad impressions have been reporting 200-300 less than impressions from like 3 months ago, we need to find out way and make sure there is isn;t a problem with the reporting system, any ideas??
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Geolocations

Mike Stickler 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 2
Ok I recently switched from including locations as a keyword to using geolocations and I noticed some inconveniences with the switch.

1. If I'm in an asset and I click "Add" to add a geolocation I have to select an existing geolocation. I can't add a new one... I would love to be able to an "add new" button that would let me create one on the fly.
2. OK so even if there's not a shiny "add new" button, its fairly simple to go to the menu choose settings/tags/geolocations and add a new location. Except it seems the array of locations you can add to the asset is set when go to editorial/assets... In order to see the new location in the list you have to close the asset your working on and reload editorial/assets
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Collection on section front?

Greg Wood 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
Is there a way to get a full collection to display on a section page? I know we could redirect the section to the collection, but I'm just wondering if there's a way to avoid that.