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Feature Request: Save button in the Expanded Editor view of article assets

Kevin M. Cox 1 year ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 2 hours ago 5

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.


Thanks,

Kevin

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Feature Request: Auto-populating Collections

Kevin M. Cox 1 month ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by anonymous 1 month ago 3

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

Photo Mechanic and photo author/byline

Erica Smith 6 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 1 month ago 4

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).

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Under review

Feature request: Add sibling or child assets from multiple search pages

Erica Smith 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 1 month ago 7

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.

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Add Geolocation Column to the Editorial Assets list

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 1 month ago 1
We'd love to see a Geolocation column added to the Editorial Assets window.

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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TCMS: Web only cutlines that would override print cutlines when they move to BLOX

Lindy Ritz 1 month ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Is there a feature in the works that could allow in TCMS a 'web only' cutline field that would override the current cutline copy that is used for print? Much like we have a 'Web Headline", web cutline (in a tab, next to the teaser photo option, perhaps.)



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Feature Request - Most Commented Widget to include Facebook Comment Counts

John W. Shaw 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

The Town News system already displays comment counts in both the Facebook code and the Town News comment counter. This feature should be extended further to allow the "Most Commented" widget to track these counts as well. Since the system is already counting these using the built in Town News counter, I would imagine this type of request should be a small step forward.

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Getting around the paywall by turning off cookies- how do we stop that?

Nick K 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

We recently discovered that you can get around the TownNews paywall on our site by simply disabling cookies. I have also tested this on other TownNews sites and found that to work there as well. Is there any way we can set up the paywall so that if cookies are blocked, the user automatically has to sign in if they aren't already? Or some other deterrent that if the user disables the cookies that they aren't reading our site for free?

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Under review

Subscribe with Google question

Rob Weir 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 3 months ago 1

It looks like Google is offering up some new features with its Google News product, including a way for people to subscribe to newspapers with a Google account and a saved (with Google) credit card. It looks like this would streamline subscription for a lot of users, but I assume Google would also take a cut. 

https://blog.google/topics/google-news-initiative/introducing-subscribe-google/

Has TN been involved with this at all? Looks like some large publishers are on board.  

Answer

We have been consulted about the initiative as part of our Google partnership and as part of our AMP integration, but aren't yet part of the beta. 


We do have Single Sign-in available now through oAuth 2.0. Here is a page on how to do this: https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/settings/users/federated_authentication/article_ec11c076-fab5-11e6-b45b-ef23752afc52.html


So, once authenticated, you can log into the BLOX front-end with no sign-in as long as you're signed in to Google.


(We have Facebook authentication as well, which is popular.)

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Amber alert option

Shawn Willmon 3 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Robert 3 months ago 1

It would be nice to have an option to push a story for an Amber Alert in the area to the site.


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Character count for Calendar description

Ellen Meany 5 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

When we export self-service calendar listings for print, we'd like to be able to limit the word count without a lot of hand editing. To do this, it would help if the description field could be limited, especially for those listings that choose a print upsell. Say 250-300 characters max, with a countdown that tells the person entering the listing how much space they have left. 


This could also be a separate, short description field, perhaps, so the long version, if needed, could run online.  

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Completed

IDEA: Paywall options for collections, section pages

We're in the process of locking down more content behind our paywall and have run into a limitation.

We'd like to lock our entire obit section behind the paywall so only subscribers can see the page that contains the assets. (Its obits, once you see the name, it just takes a google name search and you have the funeral home's page)


What would be a great help is either

1) Ability to make a section page require a subscription to view

and/or

2) the ability to move a collection behind the paywall


We're looking at it for some other cases, but if a collection is behind the wall, then in the case where headlines give away too much, having the option  where only subscribers could view them would also remedy the problem.

Answer

Hi Marcus,


We have an experimental option that allows you to set subscription on non-story assets. Submit a ticket to our Customer Support and reference this ticket and we can help you set it up.


We don't currently have the ability to put the section page behind a paywall.

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Answered

Why won't my 2nd block leaderboard ads at the top show up?

KathyG 6 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 5 months ago 3

I added a block below the one that was there automatically in the template, and it shows up on the main page, but when you click on an article, it does NOT show up on the asset page?  Same goes for my GALLERY page albums and videos.  The 2nd leaderboard ad underneath the original one does not show up once you click on a photo album.

Answer

Thanks for the quick response!  I JUST figured it out.  I've been working on it for 3 days... :-)  


The ad I had placed under the original block-leaderboard-ad had automatically been 1000px wide, which is too wide for that area on the asset pages.  It was also in the Index-top-featured content area.  I moved the 2nd ad block underneath the original block in the top global container - NOW IT WORKS!  


https://www.colemantoday.com/news/stock_shows/

https://www.colemantoday.com/news/stock_shows/santa-anna-livestock-show-results/article_f0abd2de-f4e2-11e7-b884-c380c6f8429b.html


Thanks for responding so quickly...  I hope this helps someone else that needs MORE ad spots!

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Feature Request: Add Publications within batch edit functions

Rod Guajardo 8 months ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Would be great to be able to assign multiple assets to a publication/page (Publications) through the batch edit function. 


Oftentimes reporters and editors put assets into the system before a dummy is dropped and they know exactly what page an asset should be assigned to. This leaves folks having to open up each individual asset later in the day and assigning a page number to that asset if we want designers to take advantage of the budget tool within InDesign asset manager. 


Example: Opinion page items are put in earlier in the day when possible. This page isn't always in the same position each day, so the editor budgets every asset for the general publication and section but isn't able to assign a page number. Once dummy is dropped and we know the page, each asset (often 10 or more) has to be opened up and assigned a page number. 


If there was a way to assign publications/sections/page numbers to multiple assets at the same time that would be a great timesaver for reporters and editors alike, while also allowing designers to keep using the handy budget tool within ID. 

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Completed

Webinar | What’s new in BLOX Total CMS

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 9 months ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 8 months ago 1


At our October BLOX Total CMS webinar, Jon Winters, product architect for BLOX Total CMS, will show off the system’s latest enhancements, including:

  • New Article Designer makes it easier to tell stylish mobile-friendly stories with drag-and-drop formatting and alignment.
  • Expanded batch upload capabilities simplify adding related assets and creating collections.
  • Improved syndication tool enables importing of CNN “wire” feeds and GeoRSS tags.
  • Enhanced AP support adds keyword visibility, and improved handling of underscores and headlines.
  • Updated Page Tracker restores support for automated purging of assets and assignments.
  • . . . and much more!