Software & Template Releases

We are happy to announce this major new release of Flex Templates, which includes several new options to improve your site design - making it mobile friendly and improving speed, usability and ad impressions. We've also added some smaller features and bug fixes.

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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.

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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.  

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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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In this version, we are adding new ad types for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) which will help monetize AMP pages for TownNews.com partners participating in the open-source AMP platform. We've also added new content filtering on AMP pages, which will remove unsupported HTML and JavaScript, thus making more pages available to the AMP platform. In addition, we are implementing several new minor changes and bug fixes.

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BLOX forms is adding the ability to use list elements and address zipcode fields to collect data for DMP user segmenting. The list can be used to ask questions like "Are you in the market for a new car?" that could be asked as part of a form. The Zipcode will be used to map users into "Designated Market Areas." For more info about the TownNews.com IQ program, click here.

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In this release of Flex Templates, we are adding a few new design options to the "Editorial: Full article" block to improve display options when used for breaking news or front page presentations. In addition, we are improving the title tag structure for BLOX Business Directory listings, which we believe will help with SEO of business listings.

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In this major new release of the BLOX Core software, we are adding several features which help newsrooms be more efficient and improve the quality of the media website. This version has an exciting new Twitter Search panel which will help reporters and editors easily find and incorporate tweets into their articles. In addition, we are now offering the capability to switch the media website to a fully secure mode which helps will security, search engine optimization and site speed. There are several other major new features, improvements and bug fixes as well.

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We are releasing an emergency update of Flex Templates today to fix an edge case which causes some ads to be fetched twice during page load. This issue only affects Flex sites using DFP without photo gallery ad interstitials set up. In addition, the issue occurred only on article pages with … Read more

In this Zen Templates release, we are changing how end users are able to log into the site. Instead of a popup login box, end users will be directed to a secure page where they can log in. This behavior is being enforced by modern browsers. There are also several other bug fixes in this release.

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In this new version of BLOX Associated Press integration, we are making minor improvements to the methods we use to connect to AP, update stories and serve stories in the BLOX admin. There may be a slight improvement in the amount of time it takes to download and show AP stories on your site.

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In this Flex Templates release, we are adding a new feature that allows media organizations to create alternative, SEO-friendly title tags on Business Directory assets. In addition, we are addressing several bug fixes and adding future functionality that will be announced at a later date.

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In this release we added Caribbean countries to the BLOX admin time zone selector. Additionally we are making infrastructure changes that should not be noticeable to admin or front-end users. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact customer support at (800) 293-9576 or TownNews.com/support.

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This release includes a new "Open by appointment" flag for Real Estate classifieds, improved revision history & enhancements to PDF text extraction. We've also made minor infrastructure changes that should not be noticeable to admin or front-end users but if you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact customer support at (800) 293-9576 or TownNews.com/support.

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