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BLOX Total CMS: Customer Advisories

The Appliance Release 2.19.0 will discontinue support for MacOS prior to OS X 10.9. OS X 10.9 is also known as Mavericks and it was released in October of 2013. Sites using older versions of OS X will need to upgrade to at least this version to continue using BLOX Total CMS if they update to Appliance 2.19.0.

Windows users are not affected by this change. LEARN MORE...

Since its release, TownNews staff have been in the process of testing the latest version of Adobe's Creative Cloud 2018. We are very optimistic about its reliability. For sites already using Creative Cloud 2017, they should upgrade.

Read the summary of our testing, including any issues we've encountered... LEARN MORE...

Client Release Notes

The 5.31.x series of the BLOX Total CMS client for Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy has a variety of important bug fixes.

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The 5.30.x series of the BLOX Total CMS client for Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy expands the Settings and Support dialog to include options for both Keyboard Shortcuts and User Preferences. This series also allows a site's Template Master to push both keyboard shortcuts and user preferences to all the users.

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The 5.29.01 client is all about user interface changes. The client now has a customizable menu. To change which options are displayed and where, there is a new Settings and Support dialog. In addition the update functions have been moved from BLOX Total CMS > Options to their own BLOX Total CMS > Update and Reset menu.

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The 5.28 version of the client is completely devoted to bug fixes. Most are esoteric or edge case bugs that only affect specific sites.

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The 5.27 version of the client is primarily a new dialog to create pages. The new function at BLOX Total CMS > Documents > New... provides access to templates, page content types, snippets, and more. The UI is simplified and fields are better labeled. Eventually the Save As function will also switch to this UI.

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The 5.25 series of the BLOX Total CMS client for Adobe InDesign is full of enhancements to our support for 3rd party Advertising Layout Systems. This version brings our support to 12 different platforms.

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The 5.24.x version of the BLOX Total CMS client for Adobe InDesign makes further tweaks to the export of assets and the behavior of the Asset Manager. 

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The 5.23.x versions of the client correct bugs working with Adobe InCopy. They also correct some of the bugs affecting write-back of specific combinations of inline assets and custom formatting.

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The 5.22.x release provides bug fixes and incremental improvements for the support of Syndication Channels and Adobe InCopy Assignments. 

The 5.21.x release adds additional improvements and bug fixes for sites using Adobe InCopy in their workflows. 

Appliance OS Release Notes

This is a large appliance OS release. It contains a number of long awaited features and bug fixes for BLOX Total CMS users.

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This is a Major appliance OS release. It contains a number of key features for BLOX Total CMS users. It also marks a departure point for several legacy workflows.

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The primary purpose of this update is to modernize the SAMBA networking protocols used by the Appliance OS. 

This update appears to be extremely reliable for Windows sites. We are, however, recommending that MacOS sites install 2.18.0 as quick as possible as it addresses some minor irritations in the 2.17.1 SAMBA update at MacOS sites. 

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Appliance OS version 2.17.0-x is a large update with numerous client facing features. Upgrades include BLOX CMS, Syndication Tool, Associated Press, Page Tracker and BLOX Total CMS client for Adobe InDesign. Numerous Appliance specific changes were made as well. Read the entire article to learn the nuances of this important upgrade. 

Appliance OS Release Version 2.16.1 is a systems release to improve stability, reliability and accurate diagnostics of replication and other systems based features. 

There are no client facing functionality. 

This version has gone through a full Beta release cycle and there are no known issues.

The Appliance 2.16.0 is a medium sized release with multiple improvements to support for Associated Press channels in the Syndication Tool. It also includes BLOX Total CMS version 1.33.7 with multiple enhancements, tweaks, and bug fixes. 

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