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BLOX Article Asset Print View w/ Cutlines

Kevin M. Cox 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Our staff is really loving the ability to print assets directly from within BLOX (TotalCMS). They are using this as a proofing tool and it works much better than printing in our old system.

They do have one request though…

The print format that is generated (see attached images for clarification) includes child image assets. However it does not include the captions along with the images which seems like an important oversight.

Would be be possible to have captions included below the photos in this print view?


TCMS - Assignment tool

Lindy 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 3 years ago 11

We are about to begin using the Assignment tool in TCMS for our newsroom. In testing, it appears that the only asset types that can be assigned are Article or Media - and media being ONLY a photo.

Is there a site setting to include other asset types? I could see this being useful for video assignments, graphics like PDFs, etc.


Duplicate stories

Erica Smith 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Marcus Fitzsimmons 3 years ago 1

We have several publications, both online and in print. If we want to post the same story in two places online, it's no problem: Add another section tag, and the story appears on both sites (and redirects to the main story). Print is a different issue. Stories often are duplicated for print because headline space or story lengths are different.

So two possible solutions: Optional trims and headline fields for secondary and tertiary publications so everything stays in one file in TCMS. Then someone would have to figure out Or group those stories together in TCMS so copies have a child-like relationship to the parent — they're grouped in searches, and the "parent" or main story is always on top; the copies are listed below. Those copies aren't (OK, shouldn't be) published online. But it's easy to edit a headline on a copy, thinking you have the "real" story.



Chartbeat integration

Erica Smith 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Has anything been built to integrate the Chartbeat dashboard with the Blox or TCMS dashboard?


Web preview in TotalCMS

Elizabeth Stephens 3 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kim Mason BGDN 3 years ago 1

We move to TotalCMS in May, and based on my research and talking with our project manager, we won't have the same ability to preview the asset online that we do in Blox CMS.

We use the preview button on almost every asset. We find it very helpful when embedding items or when we want to know how a box or quote will look or how long a headline looks. Since adding the site tag in TotalCMS publishes it, we don't get the same opportunity to check it before it publishes. This was one of the things we were most excited about in our move to Blox CMS, so it feels like we take a step backward if we lose it.

Posted this as a feature request and sharing here to get support.

Under review

Social Broadcast URL campaign tracking

I assume this would be a feature request because I don’t think the ability exists already.

We would like to have a setting that allows us to specify analytics campaign tracking parameters to the tail of URLs posted using the Social Broadcast feature. At a minimum customizable per “Account,” but ideally it would be customizable per “Channel.”

For those unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, it would change this URL:


To this:


Which can then be used to better track goals, sources and promotions in Google Analytics.

Let me know what y’all think.


Login screen background color

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Jacki Gray 4 years ago 4
Quick suggestion that seems like it would be super easy to implement.

Change the background color of the BLOX login screen to match the grey or blue of the interface. Now that we're rolling out TCMS I'm having to check the URL bar to see which admin site I'm about to login to.

Alternatively, a different logo for the different products could serve the same purpose.

Let me know what y'all think.

Feature Request: Allow Collections to be placed on an InDesign page

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated 4 years ago 1

I’d like to make a feature request to allow the TotalCMS Asset Manager to place a Collection asset onto an InDesign page.

Collections are the ideal asset type for photo-only “wildart” packages that make it into print and go online.

These typically have either no text or just a short copy block that accompanies a layout dominated by the photographs. As such using an Article Asset to get them online just looks silly and isn’t the most effective presentation tool.

Right now we’re having to create both an article for the print side (making sure it is set to not publish online) and then a Collection for the web. Duplicating our efforts of attaching photos, etc.

This is something we’d utilize multiple times per week and I think would benefit other TotalCMS users as well.

Please let me know what y’all think.


Site tag in Blox Go

Jamie W 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

We have 2 papers who share Blox TCMS. We would like to have a site tag selection in Blox Go so that articles submitted by reporters that way end up on the correct website. Currently, articles make it into TCMS but won't make their way anywhere onto the web because there's no way to select which site the article belongs on. Or, if articles are submitted in the CMS Blox Go, they aren't available in TCMS for both papers to use.


Social Broadcast a second time?

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Is there a way to trigger a second round of Social Broadcasts from the same article?

This would be useful for stories that receive a major update with new information.



Chat Program Suggestions

Nancy Bennett 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago 1

We miss the chat program from our old system. Can anyone suggest chat programs that they use with Total CMS?

Spell check suggestions are also welcome. Thank you.


TotalCMS sharepoint icons

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0

Here is just a fun little feature request to give the TotalCMS appliance a little personality for Mac OS X users. This should have no effect on Windows users either way.

By default mounted server volumes show up with a generic icon.

Besides being boring, leaving it this way makes it harder to distinguish between mounted share points quickly. As such we’ve got custom icons assigned to all servers in the company.

I whipped up some Town News icons (and grabbed the purple one from the web) to use for our install as seen here:

Unfortunately every so often the appliance wipes them out and they revert back to generic icons.

So my “it doesn’t really matter at all, but would be kinda fun feature request” is for y’all to create some custom icons that are included on the appliance by default. That or just set it so the system will leave customer applied icons in place.

They are stored on the root of the share as an invisible INCS file just named: .VolumeIcon.icns

Let me know what y'all think!


AP flag overwrites bylines

Greg Wood 5 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Christine Masters (Director of Product Management) 4 years ago 7
We've noticed that whenever a story has an AP flag set, as all of our wire service stories do, anything in the byline field will get overwritten by "Associated Press." Often these are not even AP stories. Could there be a way to force the byline field onto the article if there is one? 


Article for subscribers about change to new Live E-Editions

Kevin M. Cox 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS • updated by Nick 4 years ago 3
Has Town News, or any of you customers, written an article for subscribers when switching from the "classic" E-Edition to the new Live Segmented E-Edition format?

We just made the change as part of our TotalCMS rollout and are getting a ton of user complains/confusion.

I'd like to write something up to explain the changes, but was hoping I wouldn't have to reinvent the wheel if one of y'all had already done something similar I could borrow from.


Searching by last modified by

Nancy Bennett 4 years ago in BLOX Total CMS 0
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.)