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Our staff is really loving the ability to print assets directly from within BLOX (TotalCMS). They are using this as a proofing tool and it works much better than printing in our old system.
They do have one request though…
The print format that is generated (see attached images for clarification) includes child image assets. However it does not include the captions along with the images which seems like an important oversight.
Would be be possible to have captions included below the photos in this print view?
We are about to begin using the Assignment tool in TCMS for our newsroom. In testing, it appears that the only asset types that can be assigned are Article or Media - and media being ONLY a photo.
Is there a site setting to include other asset types? I could see this being useful for video assignments, graphics like PDFs, etc.
We have several publications, both online and in print. If we want to post the same story in two places online, it's no problem: Add another section tag, and the story appears on both sites (and redirects to the main story). Print is a different issue. Stories often are duplicated for print because headline space or story lengths are different.
So two possible solutions: Optional trims and headline fields for secondary and tertiary publications so everything stays in one file in TCMS. Then someone would have to figure out Or group those stories together in TCMS so copies have a child-like relationship to the parent — they're grouped in searches, and the "parent" or main story is always on top; the copies are listed below. Those copies aren't (OK, shouldn't be) published online. But it's easy to edit a headline on a copy, thinking you have the "real" story.
We move to TotalCMS in May, and based on my research and talking with our project manager, we won't have the same ability to preview the asset online that we do in Blox CMS.
We use the preview button on almost every asset. We find it very helpful when embedding items or when we want to know how a box or quote will look or how long a headline looks. Since adding the site tag in TotalCMS publishes it, we don't get the same opportunity to check it before it publishes. This was one of the things we were most excited about in our move to Blox CMS, so it feels like we take a step backward if we lose it.
Posted this as a feature request and sharing here to get support.
I assume this would be a feature request because I don’t think the ability exists already.
We would like to have a setting that allows us to specify analytics campaign tracking parameters to the tail of URLs posted using the Social Broadcast feature. At a minimum customizable per “Account,” but ideally it would be customizable per “Channel.”
For those unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, it would change this URL:
Which can then be used to better track goals, sources and promotions in Google Analytics.
Let me know what y’all think.
Change the background color of the BLOX login screen to match the grey or blue of the interface. Now that we're rolling out TCMS I'm having to check the URL bar to see which admin site I'm about to login to.
Alternatively, a different logo for the different products could serve the same purpose.
Let me know what y'all think.
I’d like to make a feature request to allow the TotalCMS Asset Manager to place a Collection asset onto an InDesign page.
Collections are the ideal asset type for photo-only “wildart” packages that make it into print and go online.
These typically have either no text or just a short copy block that accompanies a layout dominated by the photographs. As such using an Article Asset to get them online just looks silly and isn’t the most effective presentation tool.
Right now we’re having to create both an article for the print side (making sure it is set to not publish online) and then a Collection for the web. Duplicating our efforts of attaching photos, etc.
This is something we’d utilize multiple times per week and I think would benefit other TotalCMS users as well.
Please let me know what y’all think.
We have 2 papers who share Blox TCMS. We would like to have a site tag selection in Blox Go so that articles submitted by reporters that way end up on the correct website. Currently, articles make it into TCMS but won't make their way anywhere onto the web because there's no way to select which site the article belongs on. Or, if articles are submitted in the CMS Blox Go, they aren't available in TCMS for both papers to use.
Is there a way to schedule postings to Facebook and Twitter? Right now, our editor posts all stories back-to-back online, which results in sending out 4 or 5 tweets immediately. We don't want to turn off the automatic posting.
But the only solution I could come up with was scheduling the stories to go off at different times so postings to Facebook and Twitter would be evenly spaced.
Is there another way to do this?
Thanks in advance.
Here is just a fun little feature request to give the TotalCMS appliance a little personality for Mac OS X users. This should have no effect on Windows users either way.
By default mounted server volumes show up with a generic icon.
Besides being boring, leaving it this way makes it harder to distinguish between mounted share points quickly. As such we’ve got custom icons assigned to all servers in the company.
I whipped up some Town News icons (and grabbed the purple one from the web) to use for our install as seen here:
Unfortunately every so often the appliance wipes them out and they revert back to generic icons.
So my “it doesn’t really matter at all, but would be kinda fun feature request” is for y’all to create some custom icons that are included on the appliance by default. That or just set it so the system will leave customer applied icons in place.
They are stored on the root of the share as an invisible INCS file just named: .VolumeIcon.icns
Let me know what y'all think!
We just made the change as part of our TotalCMS rollout and are getting a ton of user complains/confusion.
I'd like to write something up to explain the changes, but was hoping I wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel if one of y'all had already done something similar I could borrow from.
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