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This release note covers several changes in Content Authoring, including updates to visualizations to provide a more feature rich preview of your content, improvements to the feedback provided when publishing content, publishing multiple items, and a new feature making it easy to create a copy of a piece of content. Content Hub (our Digital Asset Management solution) has also been updated to make it easier to view the transparent areas in images. These enhancements are described in more detail below, together with links to pages providing more information.

Content Authoring Enhancements


Visualizations are an easy to use and effective way of previewing your content in the Content Authoring app before it goes live and in this release we've made the feature even more powerful. You can now reuse your much of your production code and make use of features such as Point of Interest (POI) and transformation templates to ensure that the visualization is as close as possible to your published content. 

This release note provides an overview of Visualization features. If you'd like to know more, read our new Visualizations tutorial which takes you step by step through creating your own visualization and is designed to help get you up and running quickly.

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Using Visualizations

If a visualization has been added to a content type, when content of this type is edited in the Content Library, the visualization is displayed in the right hand side of the Content Editing window. The image below shows a visualization for a simple banner, consisting of an image and several pieces of text. The visualisation display can be toggled on and off by clicking the eye icon at the top of the screen and can be opened in a separate window by clicking the icon on the right hand side of the window. 

You can use the device size menu to see how the content adapts to different device screen sizes. The image below shows a preview of the content at desktop size, but you'll also want to ensure that it displays correctly on a mobile phone or tablet.

In this example we've made use of new Visualisation functionality by adding a Point of Interest (POI) to the image to ensure that the model's location adapts to the size of the device. Notice how the model's location changes when viewed in a tablet size window. 

Visualisations make use of a Virtual Staging Environments (VSE) to provide an environment that includes all of the same features available to you when you consume published content. So you can combine multiple dynamic imaging operations into transformation templates and use them in your visualization and reuse your own libraries of code to produce feature rich previews of your content.

Publishing Enhancements

This release features lots of improvements to the publishing process. There's better feedback provided when publishing is in progress and automatic updating of an item's published status. To further improve the publishing workflow, it's now possible to select and publish multiple items of content at the same time.

To see the new publishing features in action, select one or more pieces of content in the Content Library. You'll notice that a new "Publish Selected" button is shown in the status bar at the top of the window. Press this button to start publishing the selected items.  

When publishing is in progress, a "Publishing in Progress" message will be displayed and a spinning icon is shown on the card of each item being published.

When publishing is complete, the publish status on each card will be updated automatically. 

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Select one or more items of content. The "Publish Selected" button will be shown. 

Click "Publish Selected'. A dialog is shown containing the names of the items to be published.

You'll also be reminded that any items included in the selected content will be published too. In the example below we are publishing two pieces of content, each of which is a simple banner, consisting of a background image and some text. When each of the banner content items is published, the background image, referred to as 'linked content items', will be published too.

If you have parent content, such as a carousel, that contains individual carousel slides, these will be published when the carousel content item is published.

When publishing is in progress, the publishing icon is shown in the status bar at the top of the window. You'll also be notified when the publishing request is sent.

During the publishing process, spinners are shown to the right of the workflow icon on the top left of each card.

When publishing is complete the publish status icon of each published item is updated and the publishing icon disappears.


If you refresh the browser window while publishing is in progress, then, even though the content will be published, the publishing feedback will be no longer be shown. We recommend that you do not refresh or close your browser while waiting for publishing to complete.

To publish a single item, you can still select "Publish content" from the item's card menu or choose "Approve and Publish" from the workflow menu on the top left of the card.



Saving and copying content made easier

We've made a few changes to saving content to help make your workflow more efficient. A new "Copy" menu item has been added to the content card menu, providing easy access to making a copy of a piece of content. In addition we've renamed "Make a Copy" in the Save menu in the Content Editing window to "Save As" to better reflect what it does.

New "Copy" menu item

To make a copy of a piece of content, choose "Copy content" from the item's card. You'll be asked to give the copy a name and a new copy of the selected content will be added to the Content Library with the name you've chosen. The new copy will include references to the same content items as the original, so if you make a copy of a carousel and then make a change to one of the carousel slides it contains, then both the original content and the copy will be updated.


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Choose "Copy content" from the content card menu for the piece of content you want to copy.

Choose a name for the new copy of the content. You will be warned if the content contains references to other content.

A new copy of this content is added to the Content Library with the name that you have chosen.


Make a Copy renamed to Save As

The Make A Copy menu item in the content editing window has been renamed to "Save As", but the functionality remains the same. Choosing this option will make a copy of the content, save it using a name that you choose and open the copy of the content with its workflow status set to Draft. As with the Copy function, Save As will reference the same content items as the original content.

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Open the content for editing and choose "Save As" from the Save menu.

Choose a new name for the content.

The new copy of the content is opened for editing, with the workflow status set to 'Draft".

Renaming folders

Folders can now be renamed, making it easier for you to keep your content organised in the Content Library. To rename a folder, click the folder to select it and choose 'Rename' from the contextual drop down menu, type in a new name and type return.


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Select the folder you want to rename and open the contextual drop down menu as circled in the image below.

Choose the "Rename Folder" menu item.

The folder name is now editable. Type in the new name and press return.

Folders can now also be moved into and out of subfolders. Just select the folder whose location you want to change and move it inside or drag it outside of its containing folder.

Keyboard shortcut for Save in Content Schema window

A minor but useful enhancement has been made in the Content Schema window. When you make a change, the Command/CTRL-S keyboard shortcut can now be used to Save changes.


Content Hub Enhancements

Content Hub, our Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution has been enhanced to provide better support for images with transparent backgrounds. 

Image transparency

As you can see from the image below, you can choose whether to show the transparent parts of images with a chequerboard background so it's easy to identify the transparent areas of the image. The transparency mode is toggled on and off using the transparency mode button and is turned off by default.

Image preview has also been enhanced to make it easier to see which parts of an image are transparent. 

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Click the eye icon (as circled below) to display the image preview window. As you can see, the transparent parts of the image are now shown with a chequerboard background.


Related Pages

Visualizations Tutorial

Virtual Staging Environments

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