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Content Station Aurora full installation

Content Station Aurora full installation

A full installation of Content Station Aurora is an installation on a system on which Content Station is not yet installed.

The installation consists of various steps which should be performed in the following order:

  1. Setting up the environment
  2. Installing Content Station
  3. Configuring Content Station
  4. (Optional) Adding the JSON MIME type to IIS
  5. Installing the Content Station Server plug-in
  6. Installing and configuring InDesign Server
  7. (Optional) Enabling the Digital editor
  8. Testing the installation
  9. Starting InDesign Server
  10. Activating the Content Station license
  11. Defining article components
  12. Setting up article templates
  13. (Optional) Setting up Publish Channels
  14. (Optional) Setting up an environment for working with Digital articles
  15. (Optional) Enabling Content Station to use Issues that overrule Brands
  16. (Optional) Installing the Content Station Desktop App
  17. (Optional) Adding custom functionality
  18. (Optional) Configuration steps when using the Publication Overview
  19. Using Content Station


Using Content Station Aurora requires minimum versions to be installed for Enterprise Server as well as for Smart Connection.

Enterprise Server

Content Station Aurora is available in 2 Editions:

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

The following version of Enterprise Server is required to be installed:

  • For the Multichannel Edition: Enterprise Server 10.2 or higher
  • For the Print Edition: Enterprise Server 10.0, 10.1 or 10.2 or higher

For information about installing Enterprise Server, see Enterprise Server 10 full installation. Also make sure to verify the Release Notes for any changes or other important information.

Smart Connection

Users of Smart Connection for Adobe CC 2017 should have installed Smart Connection version 12.0.0 build 7 (Quick Patch) or higher. This fixes some issues related to the print variant feature of Content Station Aurora.

1. Setting up the environment

Content Station is installed in an existing installation of Enterprise Server. Make sure therefore that you have a fully working Enterprise Server 10 environment already set up, including Brands and users.

In relation to using Content Station Aurora, pay attention to the following areas:

  • Granting users access to features. Part of the installation of Enterprise Server is setting up Access Profiles. These determine which features in the application users can and cannot make use of. Verify all Access Rights to see if any Access Profiles specific to Content Station users need to be set up.
  • Publishing stories using the Digital editor. When the Digital editor is used for publishing stories to a digital channel, Enterprise Server jobs need to be set up including a job queue processor. Make sure that this is in place.

2. Installing Content Station

Content Station is provided as a package that needs to be installed in Enterprise Server.

Step 1. Download the following file from the Release Announcement:


Step 2. Unzip the file.

A folder named 'contentstation' is created.

Step 3. Place the folder in the root of your Enterprise Server installation.

Example: C:/Enterprise Server/contentstation

3. Configuring Content Station

As a minimum configuration step, the URL of the Enterprise Server instance to connect to needs to be defined. Optional settings are tracking user behavior, enabling logging and making applications available.

Step 1. Open the following file:

<Enterprise Server path>/contentstation/config.js

Step 2. Connect Content Station to Enterprise Server by adding the Enterprise Server URL to the serverUrl option. Use either a relative link or an absolute link.


Relative links:

serverUrl:  '/Enterprise/index.php',
serverUrl:  '../index.php',

Absolute link (full path to the server):

serverUrl: 'http://myserver.com/Enterprise/index.php',

Step 3. Make sure that the serverName option matches one of the server names configured in the WWSettings.xml file distributed to your workstations.

Example: Here the server name in the WWSettings.xml file is 'Enterprise':

<SCEnt:ServerInfo name="Enterprise" url="http://localhost/Enterprise/index.php"/>

'Enterprise' is therefore entered as the serverName option:

serverName: 'Enterprise',

Step 4. (Optional) Through the integration of Amplitude in Content Station, WoodWing anonymously tracks user behavior (see User behavior tracking in Content Station 10). To disable this tracking, clear the value for the amplitudeId option.

Note: We kindly request to keep tracking enabled so that we can continuously improve Content Station and its performance.

Example: amplitudeId: '',

Step 5. (Optional) Define the level of logging that should take place by defining one of the following settings in the logs option:

  • 0 Logging is disabled
  • 1 Basic logging (no stack trace)
  • 2 Full logging

Example: logs: 1

Step 6. (Optional) Access to applications (3rd-party applications or extra sources of information such as the Publication Overview Application, WoodWing Inception, Web sites and so on) can be provided through a link in the Apps menu. This is done by defining each app as described in Working with Applications in Content Station 10. Leave empty to remove the Apps menu altogether.

Example:apps: []

Step 7. Save and close the file.

4. (Optional) Adding the JSON MIME type to IIS

Note: This step only needs to be performed when running Windows with IIS as a Web Server.

In order for Content Station to be loaded, IIS needs to be able to serve JSON files. This is done by making sure that the JSON MIME type is present in IIS.

Step 1. Open IIS Manager and navigate to the level you want to manage.

Step 2. In Features View, double-click MIME Types.

Step 3. Verify if the .json extension is listed.

In case the .json extension is listed, all is well and you can close the IIS Manager.

In case the .json extension is not listed, continue as follows:

Step 4. In the Actions pane, click Add.

The Add MIME Type dialog box appears.

Step 5. In the File name extension text box, type the '.json' file name extension.

Step 6. In the MIME type text box, type the MIME type "application/json".

Step 7. Click OK.

5. Installing the Content Station Server plug-in

Various Content Station features require the use of an Enterprise Server plug-in. This plug-in needs to be installed and initialized.

Step 1. Download the following file for your version of Content Station from the software download page:

Content Station 11.x Server Plug-in Build xx

Step 2. Unzip the file.

A folder named 'ContentStation' is created.

Step 3. Place the folder in the following folder of your Enterprise Server installation:


Step 4. Log in to Enterprise Server, access the Server plug-ins page and verify that the plug-in named 'Content Station' is enabled (as indicated by a green icon). When a red icon is shown, click it to enable the plug-in.

6. Installing and configuring InDesign Server

An installation of InDesign Server — together with the Smart Connection for InDesign Server plug-ins installed — is needed to make use of the following functionality in Content Station:

  • Previewing layouts
  • Copyfitting articles

Step 1. Install InDesign Server as per Adobe’s instructions.

For compatible versions, see Compatibility of Smart Connection for InDesign Server with Enterprise Server.

Step 2. Install the Smart Connection plug-ins for InDesign Server by running the Smart Connection installer on the machine(s) running InDesign Server.

See Installing Smart Connection.

Step 3. Define the InDesign Server host by following these steps:

Step 3a. Access the InDesign Server Maintenance page.

Step 3b. Click New InDesign Server.

Step 3c. Add the configuration settings:

  • Host Name (IP address): Defines the address on which the SOAP interface of InDesign Server is available.

Note: This is an http address. Enter either the host’s IP address or its DNS name.

Example: http://myidserver.

  • Port Number: The port you start the InDesign Server with.
  • Application Version: The version of InDesign Server. Click the Auto Detect Version button to automatically detect the installed version.
  • Description: Enter a descriptive name.
  • Active: Enable or disable the InDesign Server instance (enabled by default).

Step 3d. Click Update.

Step 4. Configure the following options:

7. (Optional) Enabling the Digital editor

When making use of Content Station multichannel Edition and the Digital editor that it contains for creating channel-neutral content, the Digital editor needs to be enabled.

Info: Making use of this feature requires Enterprise Server 10.2 or higher.

Add the following to the config_overrule.php file of Enterprise Server:

define( ‘CS_DIGITAL_EDITOR_ENABLED’, true );

8. Testing the installation

The next step involves testing the installation and configuration of Content Station and InDesign Server.

Step 1. Access the Health Check page in Enterprise Server.

Step 2. Click Clear All to deselect all selected tests.

Step 3. Select the following tests:

  • InDesign Server / CS Editor
  • Content Station

Step 4. Click Test.

The test results are displayed next to the test and should display OK.

Note: If the test fails, an error is displayed together with instructions for how to solve it. Follow the instructions to fix the issue and then run the test once more.

9. Starting InDesign Server

To start InDesign Server with the SOAP interface enabled, the port to the application needs to be specified.

After completing the steps below, the soap interface of the server will be available on port 18383.

On the system(s) where InDesign Server is installed, follow these steps:

Tip: The startup of InDesign Server can also be automated using Macaroni (Mac) or Scheduled Tasks (Windows).

10. Activating the Content Station license

Before Content Station can be used, a license needs to be activated for it. This process takes place on Enterprise Server. For more information, see About licensing and Managing licenses.

11. Defining article components

When a new article is created in Content Station, it is based on an article template in which the default article components are defined.

Once the article is created, users can add or remove article components manually when needed .

The following can be configured:

  • For the Print editor:
  • Which article components can be added
  • Which paragraph style should be applied to the text when a component is added
  • If an article component can be added only once or multiple times

For information, see Adding article components to an existing article in Content Station 10 - configuration.

  • For the Digital editor:
  • No configuration is required.

12. Setting up article templates

Creating an article in either the Print editor or Digital editor is based on a 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.

For information about setting up article templates, see Setting up article templates for Content Station 10.

13. (Optional) Setting up Publish Channels

When publishing stories to publication channels (such as Adobe AEM, Apple News, a custom channel, and so on) by making use of the Digital editor, such channels need to be set up in Enterprise. Configuration steps may also be needed in the channel to which you are publishing.

Use the information in the following articles to set up the full workflow:

14. (Optional) Setting up an environment for working with Digital articles

In a 'digital first' workflow in Content Station, stories are first published to one or more digital output channels such as Adobe AEM, Apple News, Facebook Instant Articles or a custom channel such as a Web CMS.

This is done by creating and publishing a Digital article using the Digital editor. Various features for working with Digital articles can be enabled:

  • Setting up Styles. When a Digital article is created, it is based on a template. This template contains a Style that controls the look and feel of how the Story looks. Content Station has a default Style to get you started, but you most likely will want to make custom styles available, for example to bring it in line with your house style. For more information, see Styling a Story in the Digital editor of Content Station Aurora by using Styles.
  • Creating a variant for print. Stories that are created with the Digital editor might be re-used in a print publication such as tomorrow's newspaper or next month's magazine. To re-use a Digital article in a print workflow, a print variant of the Digital article needs to be created which is optimized for a print environment and placed on a layout. For setting up this environment, see Creating a print variant of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora - configuration.

15. (Optional) Enabling Content Station to use Issues that overrule Brands

In Enterprise Server, an Issue can be set up in such a way that it uses its own Categories, Workflow, and User Authorization definitions and not those defined in the Brand that the Issue is part of. This is done by selecting the check box for the option 'Overrule Brand' when creating the Issue.

To make Issues that overrule Brands appear in Content Station, a Server plug-in needs to be enabled.

Step 1. Access the Server Plug-ins page.

Step 2. Locate the plug-in named Content Station Overrule Compatibility. It will most likely be deactivated as indicated by the red icon Server plug-in disabled icon.

Step 3. Click the red icon. It should automatically turn green, indicating that the plug-in is now active.

Note: When this plug-in is active, Issues that overrule Brands are represented in Content Station as their own Brand with one Issue, meaning that if one Brand has been set up containing 2 Issues that overrule the Brand, they appear as 2 separate Brands in Content Station. The naming format used is <Brand name> <Issue name>.

16. (Optional) Installing the Content Station Desktop App

The Content Station Desktop app is used for setting up the communication between Content Station and other applications.

It can be used for the following features:

  • Defining which version of InDesign should be used for opening layouts
  • Defining if articles should be opened in Content Station or in InCopy
  • Automatically opening all types of files in their native application
  • Setting up a connection to Enterprise Server through a proxy server
  • Automatically downloading a file on a user's system when it is routed (Smart Caching)

The Content Station Desktop app

Figure: The Settings window of the Content Station Desktop app.

For information about installing and setting up the Desktop app, see Using the Desktop app of Content Station Aurora.

17. (Optional) Adding custom functionality

Different working environments and workflows require a variety of different tools to get the job done easily and efficiently. Such tools vary from using spell checkers, translating sections of text, accessing external references, and so on.

When such functionality is not available in Content Station by default, it can be added as custom functionality.

For more information, see Adding custom functionality to Content Station 10.

18. (Optional) Configuration steps when using the Publication Overview

Info: This step only applies to Content Station 11.4 and higher and only when making use of the Publication Overview application.

The thumbnails that are used for displaying the pages in the Publication Overview are stored in the File Transfer folder. It is recommended to regularly clean up this folder. This can be done by scheduling the Enterprise Server Job named 'TransferServerCleanUp'. This job clears all files from the File Transfer folder that are older than 24 hours.

For more information, see Working with Enterprise Server Jobs.

19. Using Content Station

As a final test, use Content Station by logging in and creating a new article.

Step 1. Access Content Station by entering the following URL in a Web browser:

<Enterprise Server URL>/contentstation


Step 2. In the toolbar, click 'Create new...' and follow the steps for creating a new article.

Document history

  • 7 February 2018: Changed the title of section 14 'Setting up an environment for creating print variants of a Digital article to 'Setting up an environment for working with Digital articles'.
  • 24 January 2018: Added step 18 'Configuration steps when using the Publication Overview'.
  • 16 January 2018: Updated step 7 'Enabling the Digital editor' with information that Enterprise Server 10.2 or higher is needed to make use of this feature.
  • 13 December 2017: Moved requirement info to a new section named 'Requirements'.
  • 13 December 2017: Added 'Granting users access to features' in section 1. 'Setting up the environment'.
  • 13 December 2017: Added 'Publishing stories using the Digital editor' in section 1. 'Setting up the environment'.
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