When a new article is created in Content Station for use in the Print editor or Digital editor, the article is based on an article template in which the default article components and the styles for formatting the text are defined.
Multiple article templates can be set up within a Brand, each with different components and/or styling. When users create a new article and multiple templates are available, they can choose which one to use. Once the article is created, users can add or remove article components manually when needed.
This article describes how to set up article templates for Content Station. Different processes exist for setting up these templates: one for Print articles and one for Digital articles.
When the article templates are retrieved
When the user opens the Create New Article window, a list of article templates that the user has access to is retrieved.
The article template to use is retrieved from Enterprise Server at the moment when Content Station actually needs to create the article.
How Content Station determines which template to use
Content Station uses various methods to determine which template to use. For more information, see How Content Station 10 determines which article template to use when needed.
Setting up a Print article template
The article template determines the default article components and the styles for formatting the text. By assigning it to a Brand/Publication Channel/Category combination, it can be targeted to a specific form of output.
Step 1. Create the article template.
Note: This can only be done by using either InDesign or InCopy. Both have their advantages and disadvantages:
Steps for the InDesign workflow
Step 1a. Create a new layout.
Step 1b. Create one or more text frames and assign an appropriate Element label.
Step 1c. Define the required paragraph styles and character styles.
Step 1d. Save this article as an article template. Assign it to a specific Brand/Publication Channel/Category combination to target it for use to that particular output.
Step 1e. Repeat these steps to create as many article templates as needed.
Steps for the InCopy workflow
Step 1a. Create a new document in InCopy.
Step 1b. Create any paragraph styles and character styles as necessary.
Step 1c. Save this article as an article template. Assign it to a specific Brand/Publication Channel/Category combination to target it for use to that particular output.
Step 1d. Repeat these steps to create as many article templates as needed.
Setting up a Digital article template
Step 1. Log in to Content Station as a user for which the Access Right 'Create Digital article templates' is enabled. (See Access Rights in Enterprise 10.)
Step 2. Click Create new... at the top of the page.
The 'Create new' window is displayed.
Step 3. Choose 'Article'.
Note: In some older versions this option is called 'Digital article'.
Step 4. Click Create template... .
The Properties window appears.
Step 5. Fill out all necessary details and click Create. The article template is created and opened for editing.
Note about the Components field: (Requires Content Station 11.18 and higher) One of the properties to set for the template is the Component Set. A Component Set determines which article components a user should be able to make use of in the article that will be based on the template, how these components appear in the Selection window, how they are styled in the article and which properties for the component can be set. Component Sets are set up by the system administrator. Only one Component Set can be assigned to a template. Once the assignment has been saved, it cannot be changed. Users can always add components or remove components when necessary.
Step 6. Exit the editor by clicking the Back button in the toolbar. Your changes are automatically saved.
Note: Digital article templates can at any time be edited. The changes apply only to the template; any articles that have been based on the template will not be updated with these changes.
- 17 September 2019: Updated section 'Setting up a Digital article template' with information about bringing up the Properties window.