Working on a print publication is team work and involves many steps before the final product is completed.
One of these steps is placing a created article on a layout. Depending on your workflow, this step can be performed by various people within the team and at various stages during the production process.
In Content Station, the tools for placing an article on a layout are available in the fullscreen mode of a layout. Opening a layout in fullscreen mode can be done anywhere in Content Station, including the Publication Overview application.
Before you start
Please note that an article can only be placed in a frame on the layout if that frame is part of an InDesign Article. Content Station will inform you when the layout that you open does not contain such frames.
Note: Making a frame part of an InDesign Article is done in InDesign.
It is assumed here that the layout that is opened contains InDesign Articles.
Placing an article
Step 1. Open the layout in fullscreen mode.
- Select a layout and press the Spacebar
- Right-click a layout and choose Preview
- Double-click a layout in the Publication Overview application
Step 2. At the top of the screen, make sure that the switch is set to Place articles.
The 'Place articles' panel appears on the right side of the screen and the layout changes to a mode that makes it possible to place articles in a frame.
The panel is divided into 2 sections:
- A list at the bottom of the panel containing all articles that can be placed.
By default, the list shows all articles that are available in the Brand that the layout is part of. When the layout is opened from a Dossier, all images that are part of that Dossier are shown at the top on a gray background.
- A Filter at the top of the panel for narrowing down the results in the list of articles.
Figure: The 'Place articles' panel contains a Filter (A) and a list of articles that can be placed on the layout (B).
Step 3. (Optional) Use the Filter to narrow down the list of articles.
Step 4. Drag the article from the panel and drop it onto the frame on the layout.
Note: Frames in which an article can be placed can be recognized by the dotted orange border. When hovering the mouse pointer over such a frame, the background changes to a dark color and an icon is shown on the frame.
Figure: Frames into which an article can be placed can be recognized by their orange dotted border (A) or the dark background and icon when hovering the mouse over them (B).
Figure: Placing an article onto a layout by dragging it from the Place articles panel.
The following takes place:
- When a Print article is used, it is immediately placed on the layout. The layout is saved and the layout preview is updated.
- The Print article gets the same Brand and Category assigned as the layout. (Requires Content Station 11.25 or higher; in earlier versions, the Brand and Category of the Digital article is assigned to the Print article.)
- When a Digital article is used, a print variant of that article first needs to be created. This is done by using a Conversion Rule. (For more information, see a description of the concept of creating a print variant of a Digital article.) Choose a Rule from the window that appears and click OK.
The Print article is created and placed on the layout, the layout is saved and the layout preview is updated.
Step 5. (Optional) Double-click the article to open it in the Print editor to further edit it such as copyfitting or to place images on the layout.
The message "This layout does not have any frames to place articles in" appears
This means that the layout does not contain any frame that is part of an InDesign Article. Articles can only be placed on a frame if that frame is part of such an InDesign Article.
- 15 November 2018: Updated section 'Placing an article' with information about the Brand and Category that the Print article gets assigned.