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Automatic AP Video matching - HELP!

Lindy Bazner 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 3
Now that AP Video matching is working, we are in a fix...

Shouldn't AP Video matching only work with AP syndicated articles that are given an 'AP' flag? We are seeing them show up for our local stories as well.

So, that being asked; is there a way to disable 'matching' for certain stories? Can you add a Custom Property in an article asset (like video_matching=false) to disable the automatic addition of the AP video player in that article?

We encountered something yesterday that a local story is getting random videos that have NOTHING to do with the topic; plus that can get hairy if there is inappropriate video/B-roll advertising that plays before a story depending on its topic.


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Content Importer set article presentation mode

Jason Schaefer 7 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 1
In the content importer it would be nice to have an option in the other settings menu to set the presentation mode of articles that are being imported. We have bloggers only that use the content importer and currently we go back into the articles and change the presentation mode to personality. It would be nice if we could set the mode in the importer for this person and have it assign the presentation mode on import.
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Flex Templates--Will they use LESS or SASS, or both?

Robert Dundon 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 2
Hi There!

I and some other colleagues noted that the Flex templates will use Bootstrap , which can use LESS or SASS http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Flex-Overview_9180.html#Bootstrap.

Has TN already chosen one or the other for use? Or will there be an option?

Thanks!


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We aren't using SASS or LESS right now with Flex, but we do have some really interesting tricks we've employed. For one, we have some sections of CSS which are now included in page - which means that you can run UTL in that CSS.

This allows you to do things like conditionals which check the section and then implement CSS if it matches. Or, using a variable color defined in your page customization as the background for a custom block or custom design.

This should be used sparingly, of course, because you don't want 10,000 lines of CSS on your front page.

But it does allow for some programmatic changes, and it gets rid of a separate site CSS http call.
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[Request] Add 'Custom Properties' to Batch Edit > Miscellaneous in Editorial Assets

Jeff Sebestyen 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 1
For example, If I have over a dozen stories I need in front of the paywall (e.g. Subscription_Bypass), I can accomplish this in one task.  
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Did you miss TownNews.com's customer webinar?

anonymous 6 years ago updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 1
At this month's webinar, we discussed ways to ensure that your BLOX CMS site and content are search-optimized. Watch it today!

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Any one use FIDO?

TomS 7 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 2
This only started when we switched to TCMS so I was wondering if other designers/layout in the community are using the MEI plugin FIDO? We are experiencing a lot of InDesign crashes when updating ads with this plugin. Both InDesign and FIDO are current and compatible. I've been told by TownNews that we are the only company using FIDO. Are any designers in the community using it and experiencing crashes? If not what is your workflow or programs used. 

We use the MEI program AdForce to dummy and lay ads on our InDesign template. We split the document into individual pages for the copy editors. When we get the pages back we use FIDO to update ads on the page that were missing or updated during the day. Then export our pages to pre-press and the web. The only solution we've tried is deleting the Ad Layer and re-lay the ads on the individual page before exporting. This takes longer and introduces a place for human error of importing the wrong page of ads. 

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inline notes

Jennifer Perkins 6 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 1
Are Inline Notes also coming to TCMS?
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Hi Jennifer!

Yes, definitely! Our TotalCMS platform is on a different update schedule so will be a few months behind the "hosted" software. Also, individual newspaper sites choose when to do the updates to their local site, so that could vary the timeline as well.

But, it is definitely on the way! :)
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The October edition of the TownNews.com Bulletin is out!



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Using a Job to Create Table Assets: Is it Possible?

Robert Dundon 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 2
Quick question:

Could the CSV job (or another job type http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Job-Overview_5506.html) be used to import files as table assets?

Thanks!
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Examples of Timeline Collections

Kevin M. Cox 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 3
I just wanted to see if anyone had some samples of Timeline Collections they'd like to share.

I'd enjoy seeing how other papers have utilized this functionality and any thoughts or comments you have about this presentation mode.

Thanks!
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how to add colmns to minilist asset

Adam 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 1
hello i was wondering if there is a custom property that will allow the minilist asset have two columns instead of just one big long one?
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Hi there!

The block itself does not have the ability to split into two columns. But, if you had two or three regions that were side by side, you could put multiple minilist blocks in them and it would have a similar effect.

It is possible to add custom regions to front and index pages by using include points and then styling the regions appropriately. If you need help with this, please submit a ticket to our Customer Support telling them what you're trying to do. :)
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Recommendation for Mobile/Touch5 article pages (related content)

Mike DellaVecchia 8 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 6 years ago 9

The biggest complaint we get from mobile users on a regular basis is that they can't seem to find related content on mobile article pages.  The "Related" menu option in the footer doesn't immediately jump out at them and it goes largely unnoticed. 

I've included a screenshot of what I think would be a great alternative.  Buttons beneath the article photo in the aside column for each piece of related content would seem to work well and allow users to quickly spot and click on related content like videos, audio, etc.  The great part is that you are already doing something similar with business listings in the mobile marketplace (which is where I stole the idea/code in the screenshot).  It would be great if these buttons could stay at the top of the article when the viewport changes for phone display.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I'm looking forward to using this feedback tool on the regular!



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The bottom bar showing the related items is largely a remnant of the old "app"-style design, where the bar stayed on your screen and was much more visible.


Now that people have mostly switched to a more web-like style, it is a good idea to change this.


We will add this to an upcoming release. It may not look exactly like this, but we will do something similar. =)


Thanks!

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Mobile Touch 5

Craig V 7 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Jacki Gray 6 years ago 4
Why does our mobile touch 5 pages bounce the user back to the top? I know it may have to do with everything not fully loaded as you scroll down but this does not happen on desktop version.
http://m.buckscountycouriertimes.com/mobile_adv/
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Read it now: TownNews.com Bulletin (March, 2015)

Aaron Gillette (Marketing Director, TownNews) 6 years ago updated 6 years ago 1


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  • New! Inline notes for easier workflows
  • Facebook updates API - check your social media broadcast settings
  • How to fast-track updates to your front page with flags
  • Marc Wilson on the future of media technology
  • Webinar video: Focus on SEO

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User account email verification

Kevin M. Cox 6 years ago in BLOX CMS updated 6 years ago 4
Hopefully I'm just missing it, but is there a way to have the BLOX system verify an email address is legitimate as part of the new user signup process?

Currently users can create an account with any email address they want and there is no verification required to prove that use actually controls that email. This creates a potential issue with trying to use Domain based Subscription Services since we aren't actually verifying that someone has a real email in a particular domain.

I can't remember the last time I've used a service that didn't require verification so I'm hoping we can enable it for our site.
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Hi Kevin!

We do offer email confirmation... so when they sign up for an account, we email them and then they have to click on the link to prove they have access to that account.

Go to Settings -> Users -> Public Profiles and enable email confirmation.



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