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These release notes cover the new Virtual Staging Environments service and new features and enhancements in Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Content Authoring. Each section contains links to pages with more information

Virtual Staging Environments (VSE)

The Virtual Staging Environment (VSE) has been introduced to allow customers to preview and work with content before it goes live. VSEs are designed to be flexible, easy to set up and to fit in with your existing workflow, while supporting more efficient ways of working. A VSE allows you to consume content using a unique URL that is generated for you. This URL points to a staging environment to which access is controlled, instead of the URL used for production. Assets are consumed as normal using services such as Dynamic Imaging, but you control what content is available and who has access to it.

Here are just some of the ways you can use VSEs to improve your workflow:

  • VSEs make it possible for multiple teams to work in parallel, without interfering with each other's work. For example, one team could be working on the next season's fashion collection, while another could be working on maintaining the live website. The team working on the new collection would be able to work independently on the new and updated assets and still have access to the material from the live site when they need it. 
  • We provide security features to make it easy for you to restrict access to a VSE, so that if you're working on a product launch, for example,  you can ensure that only authorised users can view the launch related content. Access is restricted to a set of IP addresses that you can define for each VSE.
  • A VSE could also be used to preview "hot fixes" of content before they it goes into production, by making it easy to combine the new content with the live content from production. 

Amplience VSEs work differently to more traditional staging environments. A new Account Settings app is used to create a VSE and to specify a set of content delivery rules. Rather than content being pushed to a VSE, the content is "pulled" from specified asset stores, so the work you have to do to set up an environment is limited. The Account Settings app is also used to set up the security rules, so you can control access to each VSE.

You can find much more detail about creating a VSE, example use cases and security features in the VSE documentation section.

To discuss how you can make use of VSE, please contact your Customer Success Manager.

Note that the first release of VSE only supports the Dynamic Imaging service. Support for other services is planned in future releases.

Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Workflow

DAM now includes basic workflow capabilities, allowing users to assign a workflow status to an asset and organize and filter the asset library by workflow status. This feature is designed to make it easier to organize assets and to support an existing workflow.

A more detailed description of workflow in DAM, together with screenshots can be found on the new Managing Workflow page, but the main points are as follows:

  • When an asset is imported into DAM either manually or by bulk upload, it is initially set to have no workflow status
  • A user can set the workflow status for an asset from the asset’s properties pane or from the asset's settings menu
  • An asset can be set to Draft, In Review, Approved or Rejected and the workflow can be assigned to another user
  • The workflow status can be used to organize and filter assets in the asset library
  • The workflow status is not enforced and an asset can be published irrespective of its workflow status

 

Content Authoring

This release (version 0.15.0) features several user interface changes and improvements. These changes are evident in the Content Library and in the save options available on the content editing form.

Clickable library cards

The usability of library cards in the Content Library has been improved.

  • Double-clicking a library card in the Content Library now opens the content editing form for this content
  • Card selection behaviour has been improved and selecting multiple cards is now much simpler. Click a card once to select it and click it again to deselect it. To deselect multiple cards choose "Deselect All"
 Click here to expand card selection...

Updated Save functionality

In the content editing window, Save As has now been changed to "Make a Copy" and its behaviour has been made more consistent. When you choose 'Make a copy", a dialog is displayed allowing to name the content.

The functionality is the same as "Save As" in previous versions, creating a copy of the content but using the same assets as the original version. 

 Click here for an example of Make a copy...

"Save As" has been replaced by "Make a copy".

When "Make a copy" is chosen, a dialog is displayed allowing you to choose a name for this new content.

 The new copy of the content is then opened for editing. The workflow status will be set to "Draft".

 

 

 

The Save options are explained in more detail in the Managing Workflow in Content Authoring tutorial.

More information

Virtual Staging Environments

Content Authoring v0.14.0 Release Note

Managing Workflow in DAM

Managing Workflow in Content Authoring

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