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Hi Alex!

An asset that has published changes will update automatically within moments - you just have to contend with any related caching time (including browser cache).

On front and index pages, where the asset must get through additional layers of caching, it may take longer.

However, please see this help article on how to speed up page updates for breaking and important news:

https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/design/blocks/block-library/article_d2b122f4-f038-11e4-a844-ff7a130047bb.html

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Feature request: Batch editing in Page Tracker's budget view

Andrea 4 weeks ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

The budget view in Page Tracker is a great tool to see what has happened to all of the stories we had budgeted for an edition. 

However, there are several budgeted stories that do not get used each night. It would be great to have a batch edit option so we could change the start date of those assets to a future date -- without have to open each asset to do so. 

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Searching by last modified by

Nancy Bennett 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Andrea 4 weeks ago 1
We would like to be able to search in Total CMS by last modified by. This would be a huge time saver for copy editors and would be the equivalent of searching by author. (We had this feature in our old system and several employees are missing being able to do it.)
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Slower time sending from TCMS to Blox?

Lindy Ritz 2 months ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Joe Hansen (Product manager) 2 months ago 1

We've noticed lately that to send anything to Blox from TCMS, the process has severely slowed down and the story has to remain in 'Posted' workflow for at least a minute. It used to be that you could save it in 'Posted' workflow, and it was immediately on its way - and so were we.

When did this change? I have not found a release note to verify. It creates hangups - especially when saving with a breaking flag, and it gets in editors' ways when you have to physically wait to ensure the story makes it live into Blox. 

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Under review

Set author on photo processed through Jobs folder?

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated 2 months ago 17

We send staff photos into TCMS through a "hot folder" that is processed as a Job on the server. We use several properties there to set the section and workflow depending on the folder used.


Is there a way to have TCMS automatically assign an author to an image through one of these functions? I found the following setting put it doesn't appear to work.


  • property_import_author: sets all imported assets to have a specific property. Example 2: property_import_author='jdoe'.


Any help is appreciated.

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IPTC/XMP parsing improvements

Kevin M. Cox 2 months ago in BLOX Total CMS updated 2 months ago 0

This is an extension of this old topic that I recently drug back up: https://community.townnews.com/communities/1/topics/625-set-author-on-photo-processed-through-jobs-folder

I just submitted a feature request (Ticket # 742706) for improvements to the parsing of IPTC/XMP metadata of photographs when they are imported into the system via FTP (a Job / Importer) or via the browser interface.

Currently only the following fields are parsed and automatically added to the image asset:

Description/Caption --> Caption

The Title --> Title

Creator --> Byline

Keywords --> Keywords

The highest priority addition we'd like to see is having the "Creator's CI: Email@1, Email@2 (ref2017.1)" or "Iptc4xmpCore:CiEmailWork" field be matched against system users and if found set as the Photographer/Author of the image asset.

An additional request would be to have the "City (Core) (ref2017.1)" field be matched against Geolocations in the BLOX system and automatically adding any that match.

Both of these would save our photographers a ton of time, especially crucial when filing on deadline. Right now they have to open the TCMS browser interface to make these changes whereas if they were done automatically they could avoid that step.

I know making changes to existing behavior won't be as easily considered, but I'd like to suggest changing the IPTC field used to populate the BLOX Byline field.

Currently it is the IPTC "Creator1 (ref2017.1)" field but I think using the "Credit Line (ref2017.1)" field would be more appropriate. The current behavior requires us to put the stylized byline format we'd like to see in the Creator field instead of the photographer's name.

The Credit Line field is the one intended to be used for that purpose:

https://photometadata.org/META-Resources-Field-Guide-to-Metadata#Credit%20Line

Please let me know what y'all think.

Thanks,

Kevin

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dayforce

dayforce 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Ceridian Dayforce is an incredible partner,” says Julie Sedlock, group vice president of store operations at Aéropostale. “The company’s service resources have been outstanding and the team’s expertise runs deep. I’m impressed with their knowledge and responsiveness which speaks highly of both the quality of the organization and the application.”

Dayforce HCM features include:

Payroll and Tax - view, edit, fix and preview payroll in real-time, eliminating batch processing and trial run to ensure employees are compensated accurately and on time.

Workforce Management - plan and forecast labor requirements, align schedules with labor demand, and ensure accurate time tracking and compliance.

Benefits – Manage employee enrollment, calculate eligibility and support an unlimited number of plan types to administer accurate, compliant and accessible benefit plans across the organization.

Human Resources – use forms and workflows to communicate across the organization, access and manage key HR details, and enable employees to manage their work and life events.

Mobile – gain up-to-the-minute access to schedules and other aspects of employee records and unprecedented visibility into HR and operations from wherever employees are working.

Demonstrations of Dayforce HCM will take place at booth #2065 at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention & Expo on January 13 – 16, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. While visiting the Ceridian booth, NRF attendees can complete a HCM survey and be entered in a draw for a chance to win 1 of 3 Vespas.

During NRF a Powerhouse Panel featuring retail experts and Dayforce HCM customers: Pier 1 Imports, FGL Sports Ltd, True Religion Brand Jeans and Gordmans Inc., will share how they have influenced the way solution providers think of workforce management and human capital management.

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Reconciling print and digital workflows when working on a monthly magazine

Elizabeth Stephens 4 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Is anyone using cloud TCMS for a longer-term product? I've been working with our monthly magazine this summer, and I'm realizing that because they bypass workflows and a recent change in the source application option, they are having to rebuild everything for web. I'd be interested in chatting with someone about how they reconcile print and digital needs with a longer term product, i.e. not a daily.

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Feature request: Ability to have separate SEO-only headline

Beth OMalley 5 months ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Chase Doak 4 months ago 1

It would be great to have an SEO headline field so we could customize headlines for search optimization.

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Teaser image

Lindy Ritz 4 months ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Kevin M. Cox 4 months ago 1

If you remove a 'teaser' image from an article in TCMS, and re-flow it up to Blox, it seems that the teaser image won't go away. You actually have to remove it from both system versions. Is that a bug?

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Make all fields in assets in TCMS usable.

Beth OMalley 4 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Feature request:

PLEASE make adjust these additive only fields in TCMS so that they act "normally" and make adjustments to files in Blox as well. If a feature is additive only, it makes it very difficult to actually be useful for clients that use TCMS as their main CMS.

teaser images

authors

delete time/date

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Under review

Feature Request: Auto-populating Collections

Kevin M. Cox 1 year ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Andrew Link 5 months ago 6

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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Under review

Notifier: Push the message out when story goes live

Jason Braverman 6 months ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Kevin M. Cox 5 months ago 17

Say a reporter is completing his/her story. They've added the photos, gallery and any other assets. Next they move over to "Notifier" and create a tweet and FB message and hit "Save and Send." By default, since the story isn't "live" on the website yet, it goes into "draft" mode. Next, they'll promote the story for the editor to read. He/she reads it and promotes it to the web. Shouldn't the tweet and FB post go live at that time? 

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Allow pre-roll ads on video assets to display when asset is embedded in story.

Brad Boner 6 months ago in BLOX Total CMS updated 6 months ago 4

This seems like a no-brainer, but currently pre-roll ads in video assets only play when the video is viewed in the video asset itself. When a video is embedded in a story, such as a long-form article asset, the pre-roll ad does not play. Example can be found here:

Pre-roll ad plays in video asset: https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/multimedia/jhn_g_videos/video_a0761ba8-46ca-54a1-97e9-6285ea337178.html

Pre-roll ad does not display when video is embedded in a story: https://www.jhnewsandguide.com/valley/feature/article_1561a181-d971-50c0-8ce4-3c2833c348af.html

The value of video assets to potential advertisers is obviously diminished when we cannot show their ad before videos that are embedded in stories. This is an update that needs to be addressed ASAP.

PS — While you're at it, please allow a video asset's Description and Byline fields to display with video assets when embedded in article assets, similar to how they display when image assets are embedded into articles.

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Potential feature request: Adding more social options to Notifier

Thomas Martinez 7 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

We would like to have more social options on Notifier, such as Instagram and Snapchat. Our Young Professional groups says they use these two more than Twitter and Facebook to find their news and/or things to do.

Would this be useful for everybody?