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Creating a print variant of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora

Creating a print variant of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora

In a 'digital first' workflow in Content Station, a story is first published to a digital publication channel and later re-used in a print publication.

Because an article for digital output has different requirements than an article for print output (in terms of structure and the content it contains), a variation of the Digital article needs to be created for use in the print workflow.

Note: For more background information, see a description of the concept of creating a print variant of a Digital article.

This article explains how to do this in Content Station.

Before you start

To make this feature work, configuration steps are needed. It is assumed here that the system is fully set up and working.

Methods

Creating a print variant can be done in different ways, depending on the following scenarios:

  1. The layout on which to place the article already exists
  2. The layout on which to place the article does not yet exist

Scenario 1: The layout already exists

In this scenario, the layout on which to place the article already exists. A Digital article is dragged onto it, a print variant is created from the Digital article and placed on the layout.

For detailed instructions, see Placing articles on a layout in Content Station Aurora.

Note: When the Print article contains more components than the InDesign Article on which it is placed, any components that cannot be matched are by default discarded but Content Station can also be configured that they are added to the pasteboard of the layout.

Scenario 2: The layout does not yet exist

This scenario starts with a Digital article. It is turned into a Print article which is then placed on a new layout.

Step 1. Locate the Digital article that you want to place on a layout.

Step 2. Right-click the article and choose Create print variant.

The 'Create print variant' window appears.

The Create print variant window

Step 3. From the available templates, select the layout on which to place the article.

Step 4. Define the location in which the article should be placed by choosing a location from the list.

Step 5. From the list of Conversion Rules, choose the Rule to use.

Step 6. Click Next.

A Properties window appears.

The Properties window

Step 7. Define the name and location where the Print article and the new layout should be stored by entering all details. When done, click OK.

The following takes place in the background:

  • The Print article and layout are created
  • The Print article is placed on the layout
  • When the process was started from a Dossier, the Print article and layout are added to this Dossier
  • When the Print article contained more components than the InDesign Article on which it is placed, any components that cannot be matched are by default placed on the pasteboard of the layout, but Content Station can also be configured that they are discarded.

Step 8. Open the Print article and modify the text and/or place or crop images as needed.

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