Editing an article in the Print editor is one of the ways of working with articles in Content Station.
Using the Print editor is straight forward and self explanatory. Some points to be aware of are listed below.
Figure: The Print editor of Content Station with the Edit window (A), the Preview window (B), article components (C) and the Status bar (D).
Note: For article components that contain an image, only the text can be edited. The image is shown as an icon and cannot be edited.
Saving your work
Depending on how Content Station is configured, any changes you make are either automatically saved or you need to save them manually.
When auto save is used
In this default configuration all your changes are automatically saved for you. When navigating out of the editor while changes are not yet saved, the article is automatically checked-in.
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.
When changes need to be saved manually
In this configuration, the article is never automatically saved. It needs to be manually saved by checking-in the article or by manually saving a version. When checking in the article, it is also closed.
When navigating out of the editor while changes are not yet saved, you are informed that any changes will be lost should you continue when not first saving these changes.
For articles that are placed on a layout, a preview is automatically shown. When making changes to the text, the preview is automatically updated.
The article that you are editing is automatically highlighted in the preview, while the article component that you are editing is further emphasized by a border.
Figure: For articles that are placed on a layout, a preview is shown which automatically updates when making changes to the text. To better see where on the layout the article is placed, it is automatically highlighted in the Preview window while the article component that you are editing is shown with an extra border.
Take note of the following features:
- To switch between single page view or spread view, use the options in the menu in the top right corner of the layout preview.
Figure: Switching between single page view and spread view can be done by using the menu in the top right corner.
- To zoom in on an article component in the layout preview, click the menu next to a component in the editor and click the eye icon.
Figure: Open the menu next to an article component and click the eye icon (A) to zoom in on that component in the layout preview.
- When placing the cursor in an article component in the Edit window, the corresponding component in the Preview window is automatically selected (with a small animation).
- When double-clicking an article component on the layout preview which belongs to the article that is currently being edited, the cursor is placed in the corresponding article component in the Edit window. The article component in the editor is briefly highlighted
- Article highlighting can be turned off or on again through the menu in the top right corner of the layout preview.
For objects that cannot be displayed in the text, icons are shown instead. Hover the mouse pointer over it to see the name of the object shown in a tooltip.
Info: This features requires Content Station 11.50 or higher.
Print articles contain hidden characters which represent how text in the layout is going to be spaced.
Examples: Paragraph breaks, em spaces, non-breaking spaces, forced line breaks, and so on.
Having the incorrect character at a particular position can result in unwanted text spacing in the printed version. Being aware of these hidden characters is therefore very important.
Hidden characters can be shown by opening the Actions menu in the top right corner and choosing Preferences > Show hidden characters.
Note: Showing hidden characters in articles containing more than ~5000 words and/or on systems which are not very powerful can result in a (slight) decrease in the performance of the Print editor.
The following types of characters are shown:
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Applying a paragraph style or a character style to some text can be done by using the following methods:
- Manually by using the Styles panel
- Automatically by using the 'Next paragraph style' feature
Using the Styles panel
The way to access this panel depends on the version of Content Station used.
In Content Station 11.44 and higher, the Styles panel is part of the Text tools which are accessed by clicking the A-icon in the toolbar.
Tip: Drag the divider between the Paragraphs styles and Character styles area to show more styles of one list and less styles of the other list.
In Content Station 11.43 and lower, the Styles panel is accessed by clicking the Brush icon in the toolbar:
Controlling the available styles
The styles that appear in the panel are those that are part of the article. Adding or removing styles is done outside of Content Station.
Using the 'Next paragraph style' feature
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.62 or higher.
When the article is based on an article template containing paragraph styles in which a Next Style is defined, pressing Enter will apply that next style to the new paragraph.
Note: This only works when the text cursor is positioned at the end of the paragraph; when splitting an existing paragraph by pressing Enter, the paragraph styling is not changed.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.45 or higher.
Glyphs can be added by making use of the Glyphs panel. The panel is part of the Text tools which are accessed by clicking the A-icon in the toolbar.
Glyphs are divided in (collapsible) groups. The glyphs that have been most recently added by using the panel appear at the top.
Which glyphs appear in the panel can be configured by the system administrator.
To add a glyph to the text, place the text cursor in the text and click the glyph in the panel.
Adding white spaces
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.45 or higher.
White spaces can be added by making use of the White Spaces panel. The panel is part of the Text tools which are accessed by clicking the A-icon in the toolbar.
Which white spaces appear in the panel can be configured by the system administrator.
To add a white space to the text, place the text cursor in the text and click the white space in the panel.
Note: White spaces are added as an orange character in the text. Hover the mouse pointer over it to see the name of the white space shown in a tooltip.
Tip: To see the unicode of the white space, hover the mouse pointer over the name in the panel.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.60 or higher.
Editing a table can be done by double-clicking the table icon which represents the table in the editor. The table opens in an overlay over the editor in which the text of the table can be edited.
Certain restrictions apply, as explained in Working with tables in the Print editor of Content Station Aurora.
- 15 April 2020: Added section 'Using the 'Next paragraph style' feature'.
- 18 March 2020: Added section 'Editing tables'.