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An alternative to block quotes?

Bob Rose 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Aidian 2 years ago 1

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.

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CNN syndication from TCMS>Blox

Bob Rose 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Is anyone else able to syndicate assets (article and HTML) from TCMS to Blox when i try to do that with CNN content, I'm not allowed to place a site tag, getting a "Modification prevented by DRM rules."

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Planned

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

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated 2 years 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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Under review

Photo Mechanic and photo author/byline

Erica Smith 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated 2 years 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 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Kevin M. Cox 2 years 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 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 years 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 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Robert Armstrong 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago in BLOX Total CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 2 years 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 2 years 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.