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Forms with Touch 5 application skin.

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
Is it possible to set settings > urls application to "Form" with a application skin of "Touch 5 Mobile"? I know once our site is responsive then it won't be a problem, but until then I would need an option for this.
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We don't have specific "Touch 5" skins for forms. But I do have another option...

On the standard editorial forms skin, if you pass ?p=1 through the form, it does "popup" mode without the shell of the site.

The guts of the form itself and simple and responsive, so once you get rid of the site shell, you're left with a responsive form.

So, you could link to this:

https://showcase-dot-bloxcms-dot-com.bloxcms.com/site/forms/announcements/engagement/?p=1
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Using masthead photos on a long-form story

Sean Cassidy 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 3
I'm wondering if it's possible to make the masthead presentation mode for photos to be centered when it's placed on a long-form story. Right now, if you use a masthead photo on a long-form story, it floats left. However, the headline is centered, so it looks off. You can get around this using the "showcase" presentation mode for photos, which spans it across the whole page, but it adds the title of the image and grey lines on the top and bottom of the image. It would be nice to display above-the-headline photos that look clean. We used to be able to do this before with the "panoramic" presentation before it switched to an actual swiping panorama. It displayed the photo cleanly above the headline with the credit and cutline.
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Newsletter sign-up on mobile

Adam Wratten 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
Hello! Is there a good way to set up a newsletter sign-up page on a Touch 5 site?
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Google Survey

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
We would like to use the following. http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Google-Survey-Custom-URL-Properties_7779.html . It doesn't seem to be working though. I implemented it under /business url and it just unlocks the content completely and doesn't display the survey. Example: http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/business/saladworks-files-for-bankruptcy-protection/article_37967825-3277-5345-b8bb-9d5f477f1f97.html
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Hi Craig!

The Google Survey implementation requires a few more steps, such as having subscription set up, and IDs and so forth. It also requires a special 'Subscription Pro' contract, which you may already have.

Our staff would be very happy to help you with the set up though. Just submit a ticket to CS, or email your sales rep. Thanks! =)

PS Also note that Google Surveys doesn't always show a survey, and the default behavior when it doesn't is to show the content.
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Including a "read More" link back to article when copy and pasting body text

Mike DellaVecchia 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 2
I've noticed that certain news websites, when you copy and paste a portion or full article, it automatically pastes in a link back to the article as well.  I think this would be a great feature to add.

For example, Politico:
Atlantic City has one of the highest crime rates in New Jersey, with 4,287 crimes in 2014, 522 of which were violent, according to the New Jersey State Police’s website.

Crime levels are falling, dropping by 13.6 percent in the past year, but think tank and policy researchers list it as one of the main impediments to the city’s recovery as a tourist haven. The city’s budget cuts also led to reductions to the police department.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/atlantic-city-meltdown-chris-christie-115204.html#ixzz3SfjsHbCj
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Hi Mike!

This is usually done with Tynt:

http://tynt.com/product_copypaste#axzz3T54BQnQI

From what I recall, it is just some JS that you add to your footer.
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Video: Simple Player block

Scott 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago 1
Currently when a YouTube video is finished playing in the Video: Simple Player block, Youtube puts in a link (or several links depending on the size of the block) to related videos. These videos may or may not be related to your site. They are chosen by Youtube, not TownNews or your staff.

We are wondering what the community would prefer as the default. The choices are to a) keep things as they are and have YouTube supply links to related videos or b) don't show any related videos at all after your video is done playing. 
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Edit Comments Tab Rules of Conduct?

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 2
It is possible to edit the Rules of Conduct displayed on the Comments tab of articles? If so can we do it ourselves (in the templates maybe) or do would we have to open a ticket?

Thanks.

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Hi Kevin!

It is a macro that can be edited in the site component. If you have template access and know about the site component, it is in the messages file. If not, you can open a support ticket and they can do it for you or help you. =)

Christine
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Remove AP from front end search results

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated 3 years ago 3
Is there an easy way to remove all AP from the front end of search results page? 
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Hi Craig!

Here are details on how to add search parameters: 

http://docs.townnews.com/kbpublisher/Search-Queries_5555.html

So, to exclude ap, the parameter would be &nfl=ap (for ap flagged articles).

This parameter can be added to any search form on the site via a hidden input field. Ask Customer Support if you need help setting this up. =)

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Obit asset type?

Laura Rauch 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 4
I would like BloxCMS and TCMS to have an obituary asset (a customized article asset) with common fields for obituaries such as dates of birth and death, last name, first name, middle initial, etc. Maybe even times for services
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Is there a way to modify the RSS output from BLOX sections?

Adam Wratten 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 3
We're launching a new app and it's only pulling in what is displayed in the RSS feed, which happens to be a single photo and a paragraph.

This is understandably problematic as it doesn't allow the full article to be displayed and makes all our collections pointless to our app audience.

So, what can I do to make our RSS feed show the entire article and all (or even more) associated photos?
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Sort rules Random

Craig V 3 years ago in BLOX CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 years ago 1
When I set a blocks sort rules to (random) and have the query size set to 1 for the amount of assets to show, it should change the asset that is showing when I refresh, correct? it is not changing though.
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It doesn't reload every page refresh, but it should change every "page build." Or, any time an updated page is built and cached - which should be every 5 - 10 minutes, depending on the page and the situation, etc.
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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