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BLOX Total CMS appliance updates

Appliance update 2.15.0 was beta released on 7 February 2017 and is now considered a stable release. It has many features clients have been asking for. Internally it includes:

  • CMS 1.32.2-4
  • Page Tracker 1.2.0
  • Associated Press 4.8.0
  • Syndication Tool 1.7
  • Numerous Appliance OS Changes

Version 5.17 of the client concentrates on some major changes in output options as part of TownNews' 2017 initiates for BLOX Total CMS.

Read the complete release notes for how to take advantage of these changes.

Version 5.16 of the BLOX Total CMS client includes many improvements that make this version a desirable upgrade.

  • There is now a built in control to prevent updating page tracker from completed pages.
  • It corrects a problem with naming pages during output.
  • Both the installation and the launch processes properly decompress the framework package that our MacOS clients can use to communicate with the appliance.
  • The client now supports the Page Breaks found in the browser interface.
  • Do Not Publish can now be set for assets using the Clone and Move function. 
  • Both Last Modified (time stamp) and Last Modified By (user name) are now available as options in the Adobe InCopy and Adobe InDesign Asset Manager.
  • Color Factory JRF files are supported.
  • A bug with exporting multiple paragraphs with different alignments has finally been fixed.
  • Page Workflows are now set when using Create Pages.
  • The creation of pub code folders inside the Page Design Snippets can now be disabled for sites that don't want to use them.
  • Finally, we now support Adobe InDesign templates with unequal margins. 

Read the full release notes for additional details

The 5.15 release is a solid release containing over 70 development tickets. Highlights include:

  •  Includes a major new feature for Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud users: Clone & Move. Clone & Move is designed to simplify page creation for sites that reuse content across multiple publications. In addition to allowing page items to be moved to other pages, it can clone the content and is great for sites that produce multiple editions and zones as well as alternate publications.
  • We now support Image Toning with Claro.
  • Another new feature now allows an article asset that is duplicated as part of the Pre-Placed Asset Policy to also duplicate any pre-placed child images.
  • Numerous bugs were fixed.

See the full release notes for additional details. 

Software & service updates

In this minor bug fix release for Zen Templates, we are addressing an edge case which was causing a security warning in some browsers, and adding support for the 300_leftcol_2-3-3-4 grid on image and PDF details pages.

In this minor release for the Associated Press plugin for BLOX Syndication, we are addressing some issues related to the release last week which added support for data visualizations from Graphiq. With this release, Graphiq assets will be sorted to the bottom of the related children asset list. If there are also photos associated with that article, the top photo will show as the preview. We are also fixing a few minor edge case issues.

In this release, we've made updates to the social media fields to now automatically parse out the necessary parameters from urls.  We're also introducing the Restore feature, which will allow media sites the option to restore businesses back to their unedited state. Also in this release, we're announcing a standard XML import for business listings.  

In this major release of Flex Templates, we are adding support for Amazon Alexa Flash Briefings, a new mobile-friendly Classifieds redesign with a specialized display for Classified Collections. In addition, we've fixed several bugs.

In this release of BLOX Comments, we are adding support for comments that can be posted anonymously by users.

Zoned e-Edition - This is a new feature for the Flex Template platform that will allow for websites that have a publication with separate zoned editions to change just the pages that are different, assigning them to a different zone. This will reduce the need for duplicate pages in cases like this.

In this new version of BLOX Core, we are adding a new feature to help editors automatically receive new content updates from syndicated stories, while keeping their own local metadata changes (such as keywords, sections and flags). We are also adding the ability for webhooks to see more information about assets.

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