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For video assets embedded into stories, we would like the video asset's "Description" field to appear under the video (similar to how photo captions appear) when the video is set to the "Video player" presentation mode.
I'm posting here as part of a formal feature request and also to see how the rest of y'all are working around this limitation.
What we've found is that social media broadcasts from TotalCMS are more often then not failing to actually happen. Support pinpointed that this failure will occur anytime an article gets edited (by a line editor or page designer) in between the time an asset gets a Site Tag and passes the Start Date/Time. For us this is a large portion of content.
Here is the note from support:
"The failure of the articles broadcasted from the TotalCMS system results from broadcasting an article that has a start date/time in the future that has additional revisions made to the asset in-between the time it was broadcast and the time it goes live. If the revisions are made after the start time has passed then the broadcast of the asset will be successful.
"To avoid this issue I would not broadcast the asset if the asset will need to be revised before it goes live or be sure to re-broadcast the asset after additional revisions are made before it goes live."
And my response:
"This is behavior that definitely needs to be corrected to support a real-world newspaper publishing workflow.
"We expect reporters to compose the social broadcasts because as the authors they are most closely associated with the content.
"However all articles still need to be edited before publication.
"With the details you've given us it means that we would have to ask the page designers to go back and set the social broadcast information after they have finished designing the pages at the end of the night which just isn't realistic.
"I'm sure we could make some minor changes to our workflow as well, but I feel like there might be some middle ground we need to work towards here.
"If the behavior cannot be changed there definitely needs to some change in the TotalCMS GUI that alerts users to the fact that the broadcast was cancelled. Right now it still just shows the "Syndicated..." text exactly the same as if the broadcast was successful."
In my feature request I'm asking that they either correct the problem of the broadcasts not happening or at a minimum update the GUI in that situation so reporters are aware the broadcast was cancelled due to a later edit.
How are y'all working around this problem or are we the only ones dealing with it due to our workflow?
First, thanks so much for adding the Broadcast feature to the TCMS. It's a very useful feature that will certainly get a lot of use.
It would be awesome if we could set a custom time to Broadcast assets separate from the asset's start time. This would enable us to send content to our social media channels for optimum visibility. For example, much of our content goes live on our website at 4:30 a.m. but it would be better to delay the Broadcast to Facebook until about 7:30 or 8 a.m. when there are more people on Facebook.
It would also be nice to have the ability to schedule multiple Broadcast times for different channels inside a single asset. For example, we would like to broadcast to Facebook once but may like to broadcast to Twitter three separate times, so it would be cool to have the ability to schedule a single FB broadcast and three Twitter broadcasts.
Finally — and I don't know if it's possible — but it would also be nice if media such as photos that are attached to assets could be broadcast to Twitter along with the asset's link.
Does anyone else see the value in having a sign-in or sign-up link in every message readers get through the metered paywall messaging -- instead of just the final message? We have had some readers tell us they would prefer that then realizing it at the final message. See attached art. This is simple rendering of what it would look like.
We recently upgraded to TCMS.
I added a new section tag in CMS and altered the block where i want to pull stuff into.However, that tag is not in TCMS. I have tried creating it in TCMS in hopes that it would go to CMS but it isn't there.
Please help! How do I get section tags to sync.
Batch upload/batch edit is especially useful when dealing with photos but I am disappointed it does not automatically add the byline when I select the user.
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.
We love the way the block quotes styling feature shows up to highlight pull quotes, whether inline or as content boxes dragged inline.
We were wondering if it would be possible to have another presentation for quoted material.
This might be when you have a series of quotes back-and-forth (maybe you are reporting on a phone conversation), or if you were quoting from a long passage.
These quotes would be the size of the rest of the body copy, but indented and italicized. Ideally handled through the article editor.
Maybe there's a way to do this that I'm missing.
A lot of our staff like using the Expanded Editor view when working in article assets so they can focus on just the body of their story. They are requesting that a Save button be added into this view so they can save (without closing) directly without having to first return to the standard asset view.
Probably the easier thing would be to simply add another bar at the bottom of the window, below the Stats bar, that contains the Save button on the right side. Alternatively adding it into the toolbar at the top of the screen would work just as well.
Please let me know what y'all think.
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.
Create a Collection, set the Start Time, Sections, Workflow, etc. Then define the following for matching:
(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.
Or maybe even options for keywords instead of slugs:
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.
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).
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.
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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