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. Open the Place Articles panel:
- For Content Station 11.26 and higher: click the Place Articles icon.
- For Content Station 11.25 and lower, make sure that the switch at the top of the screen 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.
Figure: The Place Articles panel.
The panel is divided into 2 sections:
Note: In Content Station 11.27 and higher, parts of the panel can be collapsed and expanded, for example by clicking the Filter icon in the top right corner.
- A Filter at the top of the panel for narrowing down the results in the list of articles.
- 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.
Step 3. (Optional) Use the Filter to narrow down the list of articles.
Tip: Open the list in the Search box to use an existing Custom Search, or to create a new Custom Search.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.32 or higher.
The currently active Custom Search is displayed at the top of the panel. Click it to change its settings or hover over it in the menu to manage it.
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 a dotted border. When hovering the mouse pointer over such a frame an icon is shown.
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.
- 20 February 2019: Updated section 'Placing an article' by adding information about using Custom Searches.