Content Station Aurora quick start
This article describes the main features of Content Station and is aimed at users who are new to Content Station or are upgrading from a previous version.
Note: It is assumed here that you are using the latest version of Content Station. When using an older version, minor changes may exist.
Accessing Content Station
Content Station is installed on a central server and therefore requires no installation steps on your system.
You access Content Station through a Web browser by using a link that your system administrator will have made available to you.
When using Content Station, you work on files that are stored in a database on a server. To access these files you have to log in to that server first. It is not possible to open Content Station without accessing a server.
Depending on your credentials, you can log in to the following Editions of Content Station:
- Content Station print. As far as creating content is concerned, this version only contains the Print editor for creating content specifically for output to print.
- Content Station multichannel. As far as creating content is concerned, this version contains the Print editor for creating content specifically for output to print, as well as the Digital editor for creating channel-neutral content for output to digital and print channels.
Note: For a full overview of the differences in features, see Content Station Aurora Editions.
To log in, enter your user name and password, choose the Edition you want to log in to and click Sign In.
Figure: The Sign In page.
After logging in, the main screen appears.
Logging in to a different server
The link that you use to access Content Station with is directly linked to that instance of Enterprise Server. Accessing a different instance requires a different link.
Searching for files
One of the actions that you will perform most often in Content Station is searching for files.
Searching is mainly done by using the Search box, the Filter, and tags.
Figure: Searching for files is mainly done by using the Search box (A), tags (B) and the Filter (C).
Use the Search box to quickly find a file by typing a search term and pressing Enter. To find all files, clear the Search box first.
To quickly find files of a particular type, simply type 'image', 'dossier', 'layout', and so on.
Use the Filter to narrow down your search by only searching in a particular Brand, Category or Issue or by filtering on file type, Status and so on.
Note: In order to filter on Category, Issue or Status, select a Brand first.
Each time you perform a search by using the Search box or narrow down the search results by using the Filter, a tag is created.
To quickly change your search results, remove one or more tags.
For more information, see Searching for files in Content Station Aurora.
To see which files in Enterprise are related to a selected file, use the Linked Files panel.
Figure: The Linked Files panel shows to which files in Enterprise a file is linked.
For each file, the relation to the selected file is shown: 'Part of' for files that are part of a Dossier, 'Placed on' for files that are placed on a layout, and so on.
For more information, see Viewing to which Enterprise files a file is linked using Content Station Aurora.
About Dossier thumbnails
When viewing the search results in thumbnail view, Dossiers can be recognized by their grid design.
Figure: A Dossier in thumbnail view. It contains a layout, an article, plus 4 additional files.
When a Dossier contains files, the large preview on the left and the smaller preview in the top right of the grid show a preview of the most important files of the Dossier, such as a layout and an article.
The additional number of files that the Dossier contains is shown in the bottom right corner of the grid.
Creating Dossiers and articles
The first step of creating a story is to create a Dossier: a virtual folder in which all files that are related to that story are kept.
Writing the text for the story is done by creating an article.
To create a new Dossier or article, click 'Create new...' in the toolbar. In the window that appears choose to create a Dossier or an article. When creating an article, also choose a template to base the article on. Click Next to continue. You will then see a screen in which you can give the Dossier or article a name and you will also be able to define where to save it.
For more information see:
Using the Print editor
The Print editor of Content Station Aurora — used for working on articles that are published to print — is straight forward and self explanatory. Some points to be aware of are listed below.
For more information, see Working with Print articles in Content Station Aurora.
Figure: The Print editor of Content Station Aurora with the Edit window (A), the Preview window (B), article components (C) and the Status bar (D) with the name of the active article component shown.
Saving your work
Saving your work manually is not necessary; in fact, there is not even a Save button.
Instead, all your changes are automatically saved for you and when not working on the article for a short period of time, the article is automatically checked in.
Note: This means that another user can open that same article for editing, thereby preventing you from making changes to the article even though you still have it open on screen. You will see a message appear when this situation occurs. You will also see a message when the article is available for editing again.
For articles that are placed on a layout, a preview is automatically shown. When making changes to the text, the preview is automatically updated.
For objects that cannot be displayed in the text, the following icons are shown instead:
In Enterprise, articles consist of one or more components, each containing specific content. A typical article for a newspaper for example consists of a "head" component containing the header, an "intro" component containing a short introduction, and a "body" component containing the main text.
When working on an article in Content Station Aurora each component is indicated by a vertical bar on the right side of the article (see figure above).
When placing your cursor in a component, the name of the component is shown in the Status bar at the bottom of the screen.
Using the Digital editor
The Digital editor is used fro creating channel-neutral content for output to digital and print channels. Editing Digital articles mainly involves adding components to the article and adding content to these components.
To add a component, hover your mouse over an area between two existing components until you see n orange plus sign appear. Click it and choose the component that you want to add from the window that appears.
Figure: Adding a Slideshow component to the story.
For more information, see Working with Digital articles.
Uploading files to Enterprise Server can be done from within in an existing Dossier.
Step 1. In an opened Dossier, do one of the following:
- Locate the files on your local drive, network, or in the Elvis Pro client, and drop them anywhere in the Dossier
- Click the Upload button and select your files
After adding the files, the Uploading Files window appears. Each file is automatically uploaded to Enterprise and the upload progress is shown for each file while at the bottom of the window the overall progress can be followed.
Figure: The Uploading Files window allows you to make final changes to the settings of each file.
When uploading files of different formats, files of the same format are grouped together.
Step 2. (Optional) Change the settings for each file by:
- Assigning a different Workflow Status (done per group of files)
- Assigning a user (done per group of files)
- Selecting a single file and changing its settings in the right side of the window
- Removing a file from the upload process by selecting it and clicking the X-icon
Step 3. Click Finish.
For more information, see Uploading files to Enterprise in Content Station Aurora.
To preview a file in fullscreen mode, do one of the following:
- Select a file and press the Spacebar
- Right-click a file and choose Preview
- Double-click a layout in the Publication Overview application
Many of the tools that are found on the Preview page are self explanatory. Note that the zoom tools in the bottom right corner appear when moving the mouse and automatically disappear when keeping the mouse stationary.
Closing the preview mode
To close the preview, press the Spacebar, press Escape or click the X-icon in the top right corner.
Any article, image, and spreadsheet that is placed on a layout (and stored in Enterprise) can be highlighted when viewing the layout in fullscreen mode. The color used is the color of the Workflow status that is assigned to the object.
This gives a good overview of how far the layout and the publication as a whole is progressing.
Enabling or disabling this feature is done by doing the following:
- Control which objects should be highlighted by making a selection in the Layout Settings menu at the top of the page.
- Make sure that the switch at the top of the screen is set to Show Status.
Figure: Controlling the display of the Workflow Status is done by setting the switch (A) to 'Show status' and defining the objects to highlight in the menu (B).
Figure: Articles and images highlighted when viewing a layout in fullscreen mode.
Previewing multiple files
Note that you can simultaneously preview up to 3 different files.
Figure: Previewing 3 files. From left to right: a layout, an image, and an article.
Working with objects placed on layouts
When previewing a layout that contains placed objects such as articles or images, you can click such an object to make the toolbar appear.
From the toolbar you can:
- Open an article for editing
- Send the placed object to another user or user group
- Download a preview or the original file
- Access the properties of the file
Changing file settings
Changing the settings of a file, such as its name, can be done in the Properties pane.
Tip: Changing the name of an article can also be done by clicking it at the top of the page in the editor.
Select a single file, make sure that the Properties pane is open by clicking its icon on the right side of the screen, and change any of the available settings. Your changes are automatically saved.
Figure: Change the settings of a selected file by opening the Properties pane (A) and changing any of the settings (B).
For more information, see Changing the properties of an object or file.
Working on a publication is team work. In a typical workflow therefore, your team members will regularly send you files that you need to edit or review.
Files that have been routed to you can be viewed in the Inbox.
The Inbox icon at the top of the page shows how many files are currently in your Inbox.
You access the Inbox by clicking the Inbox icon at the top of the page.
Figure: The Inbox shows all files that have been routed to you. It is accessed by clicking the Inbox icon at the top of the page (A).
For more information, see Processing routed files using the Inbox in Content Station Aurora.
Content Station Aurora is designed in such a way that the most important tools to work with are readily available.
Tools that are used less frequently are located in the Apps menu of the toolbar at the top of the screen.
Figure: The Apps menu.
Note: You may see many different Applications in the menu than shown here, or you may not even see the Apps menu at all. This all depends on how the menu has been configured by your system administrator.
One Application that is added by default is the Publication Overview: an application that gives you a general overview of how far the production process of a publication has progressed. For more information, see Using the Publication Overview Application in Content Station Aurora.
For an overview of the keyboard shortcuts that you can use with Content Station Aurora, see: