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Feature Request: Auto-populating Collections

Kevin M. Cox 1 week ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Lynne Yates 20 hours ago 3

Here is what I want and why I want it:


I'd love the ability to create a Collection asset and then define a slug template that would automatically assign any specified asset type matching that pattern to the Collection as a child.


For example: 


Create a Collection, set the Start Time, Sections, Workflow, etc. Then define the following for matching:
Type: Image
Slug: 180518-new-shooting*
(The asterisk being a wildcard just like in slug search.)


The system would run a search on the slug either constantly or every five minutes or something and then automatically add the matches into the collection.


180518-new-shooting-01-KMC
180518-new-shooting-37-JR
180518-new-shooting-15-SV
180518-new-shooting-4-KW
etc.


Or maybe even options for keywords instead of slugs:
Type: Image
Keyword: #sfhsshooting


Two scenarios where this would save a ton of time:


1. We had a mass shooting today and it would have been a huge help for photographers to FTP their images into TotalCMS and not even need to open the browser and login to BLOX. Just upload the photos and know they'll be added into the existing live photo gallery within a few minutes. (Transmitting images via FTP directly from Photo Mechanic is hands-down the fastest way to get photos into TCMS.)


2. It would save a bunch of time when covering sports to setup the Collection ahead of time and then let it auto-populate as photos are sent during the game. During the World Series last year I was able to send photos during the games but usually didn't have time to get into BLOX until afterwards. So while my photos where in TCMS, they weren't online for any readers to see.


A feature like this would help level the playing field for small publications that don't have dedicated web staff sitting in the office to build galleries.

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Planned

More robust BLOX Go

Brad Boner 3 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated yesterday at 1:30 p.m. 6

The BLOX Go feature is descent, but it is really lacking in functionality. There are several things we'd like to see that would improve this feature:


• Would like to be able to fill out more of an asset's fields. As it stands we can only fill out the Title and Caption fields for an image or video asset, and Title and Content for an article asset. Would like to have, at the very least, the Byline and Slug fields available for all assets in Blox Go, and be able to select Flags for images and videos.


• Ability to modify other assets besides articles. Seriously, this is a major flaw in the system. We can upload images and videos, but once we've done so we can't edit them. This means that if we upload an image from the field and there's a misspelling in the caption, we can't edit it unless we do so through the regular CMS site (not BLOX Go), which is absurdly clunky use if you're trying to do so on your phone.


• I know I'm asking a lot here, but it would be awesome if article or photo assets created with BLOX Go (or in CMS in general) could somehow "write back" to TCMS. Say I upload a photo from a house fire from my phone in CMS. It would be nice if that also created an asset in TCMS that could be used in our print workflow. As it stands we need to create a separate asset in TCMS if we want to use that image in print.


If any of these features are already available, please do let me know.


Thanks,

Brad

Answer

Hey Brad!


I wanted to let you know that BLOX Go is a major initiative for us this year. In fact, we're totally re-doing it!


Coming soon, it will be re-released with an entirely new UI that is a lot more flexible.


In this first version, we are focusing on changing the UI elements and not adding a ton of new functionality. For our first version we're striving for feature parity with the existing interface. But in subsequent versions, we will add much more functionality, including having access to more fields, more asset types and eventually, more BLOX CMS applications.



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Planned

Limiting subscriptions by zip code

Rob Weir 4 days ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Rich Griffin | Product Manager (Product Manager) 2 days ago 1

Hi all, 


We currently sell print and digital subscriptions online, and are considering doing print only, but there doesn't seem to be a way inside the Blox circulation system to limit print subscription offers by zip code (like most papers, we only deliver to a certain amount of zip codes and have mail subscriptions outside our circulation area). Our older online circulation system limited the print offer by zip code. 


Has anyone run into this, and if so, is there a solution for it? 


thanks, Rob 

Answer

Hi Rob,


We have a feature request in to add this to our paywall software. I don't have a timeline for it as of yet, but there is a workaround in the interim. Please start a ticket with our customer support folks and they will be able to help you.

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Guidance on Facebook API review

Elizabeth Stephens 1 week ago • updated by Rob Weir 2 days ago 4

We use Facebook comments, and we have received the request from Facebook to submit for approval. Has anyone started this process? Or is there any guidance available? It shows that we use user_friends, but I can't seem to find a way to show how this is actually used.

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Under review

Photo Mechanic and photo author/byline

Erica Smith 5 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 1 week ago 4

Is anyone who's using Photo Mechanic having luck getting the photo author field to populate? We have it working with bylines ... but there are other advantages to adding the name as an author (and I'm tired of doing it manually on all of our staff photos).

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Save search result format

Erica Smith 2 years ago • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 week ago 3

In the editorial section of Blox or TCMS, I can add columns, shuffle them around and just generally set things up in a way that's efficient for me. (Sort by start date, for example, or mark which stories have a site tag or which stories are marked "do not publish.") The next time I log in, the page will be set up the same way. That's great.


But when I'm in an asset and want to add child or sibling assets, the search results don't have the same functionality — I can show or hide columns that are or aren't relevant, move columns around to find what I want, but the next time I go to add a child or sibling asset, I have to do to the same thing again. It's time-consuming and, well, annoying. Any chance of being able to save those search result formats on a user basis?

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Under review

Feature request: Add sibling or child assets from multiple search pages

Erica Smith 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 week ago 7

If a user searches for assets to be used as sibling or child assets and the desired assets are on multiple pages, there's no easy way to add them to the story. You have to add the assets you want from Page 1. Then open the search again, search for the assets you want, go to Page 2, add the assets you want from that page. Want more? Repeat that process for every page of search results.

This is time consuming (and annoying). To change it, I've submitted a feature request. Help me make it a reality.

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Batch edit utility - change more than 25 at a time

Sara Hardison 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 week ago 8
We have a lot of section tags with hundreds of assets assigned that we are moving around and do change from time to time. The batch edit tool is great, but the limit to only changing 25 at a time makes it quite difficult when we are dealing with the number of assets we are. Would be great to have option to change number of assets you want to change at a time, so 25, 50, 100..etc.
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Add Geolocation Column to the Editorial Assets list

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 1 week ago 1
We'd love to see a Geolocation column added to the Editorial Assets window.

We'd like to switch from using location name-based Sections to actual Geolocations, however one disadvantage will be that we can't see which Geolocations an asset is tagged in without actually opening it.

This makes it hard for an editor to quickly at a glance ensure things are in the right place, like they can now with Sections, without even opening the assets.
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TCMS: Web only cutlines that would override print cutlines when they move to BLOX

Lindy Ritz 2 weeks ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Is there a feature in the works that could allow in TCMS a 'web only' cutline field that would override the current cutline copy that is used for print? Much like we have a 'Web Headline", web cutline (in a tab, next to the teaser photo option, perhaps.)



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Preserve key metadata in all image sizes

Ellen Meany 3 weeks ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Robert 2 weeks ago 1

Who's with me... 


Right now, it seems that all metadata is stripped after four fields are transferred to the asset's menu... Headline, Photographer, Caption, Keywords, except on the hi-res image which does not serve.  


If we can't retain ALL, can we at least get a few additional fields... Copyright info, original date the photo was taken, what else. 


And can this data STICK with the images, no matter the size.  


Thanks!

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When we crop an image preview in Blox, it doesn't always retain the crop on the website. Also, what is the ideal size for cropping image previews so they don't zoom in on strange parts of the photo?

ndunkel 2 weeks ago in BLOX CMS 0

When we crop an image preview in Blox, it doesn't always retain the crop on the website. Also, what is the ideal size for cropping image previews so they don't zoom in on strange parts of the photo?

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Answered

When we upload images to BLOX, it seems to be stripping the metadata out. If I pull an image of the site, I cannot tell where it was created. Can we keep that in?

Paul Crawford 9 months ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Tiffany Blanchette 2 weeks ago 5

When we upload images to BLOX, it seems to be stripping the metadata out.  If I pull an image of the site, I cannot tell where it was created.  Can we keep that in please?

Answer

Metadata is only preserved in the hi-res version of the photo data if that is being stored in BLOX. All other images are stripped and have optimizations applied against them at this point.