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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.
It would be great to have an SEO headline field so we could customize headlines for search optimization.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Two days ago, I could broadcast to Twitter and Facebook. Today, with the upgraded look, broadcast isn't an option preparing an asset. I relied on that! Now it'll take extra time to schedule posts on both social media channels.
BLOX Notifier rolled out today, so the Broadcast area is now called Notifier.
There is a webinar about it next Thursday: https://community.townnews.com/communities/1/topics/1109-webinar-introducing-blox-notifier-a-new-way-to-manage-social-and-push-notifications
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?
We would like the ability for the "Web headline" field to be blank when an article asset is set to "Long-form" and ONLY IF the asset's "Hammer" field is populated.
The reason we would like this function is for display purposes. We like the way the Hammer looks with a Subhead, however we are forced to populate the Web Headline field. If we populate it with something like a dash or bullet, that is the headline that is displayed on the website.
Ideally, if an asset's presentation mode is set to Long-form and the "Web headline" is left blank, the article asset would use the "Hammer" field as the web headline. This would open up our online display options as we wouldn't be forced to populate the Web Headline field.
Currently, when using the "Search text" or "Slug" fields in CMS or TCMS, the number of assets returned is only 25. Would like the option to increase that to unlimited, if possible, so we would have a scrolling list of search results on a single page.
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.
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.
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