Working with Digital articles in Content Station Aurora
Digital articles are used for creating channel-neutral content for output to digital and print channels. They are edited in the Digital editor.
Working with Digital articles in Content Station can be done in many ways.
This article gives a brief overview of each task that can be performed and provides links to other articles that contain more detailed information.
The following topics are described:
- Creating a new article
- Working with article components
- Applying styling
- Tracking the paragraph, word , and character count
- Changing the file name or other settings of an article
- Creating a print variant
- Viewing to which Enterprise files the article is linked
- Comparing article versions
- Bookmarking and sharing an article
The Digital editor and the options for creating and working with a Digital article are only available when you are logged in to Enterprise Server 10.2.
Step 1. Click Create new... at the top of the page.
The 'Create New' window is displayed.
Step 2. Make sure that Digital article is selected.
Step 3. Choose a template from the list to base the article on and click Next.
Tip: Type any part of the name of the template to filter the list.
Step 4. Fill out all necessary details and click Create. The article is created and opened for editing.
Figure: The process of creating a new Digital article: click 'Create new...' (1), choose 'Digital article', select a template and click Next (2), type a name, set properties and click Create (3).
Note: For more detailed information, see Creating a new article in Content Station Aurora.
In Enterprise, articles consist of one or more components, each containing specific content. A typical article consists of a "head" component containing the header, an "intro" component containing a short introduction, and a "body" component containing the main text.
From a technical point of view, each article component is treated separately. This means that text cannot be selected across multiple components.
When working with components, you can:
- Add or remove components
- Rearrange components
- Set properties for the component
- Change the component type
- Adding parallax scrolling (for Apple News only)
Figure: Adding a Slideshow component to the story.
For more information, see Working with the components of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.4 or higher.
Knowing how many paragraphs, words and characters an article contains is essential for a writer. This is therefore indicated in the status bar at the bottom of the page.
Note though that the calculation is done only for components that are considered to be part of the main text. In Content Station 11.4, these include 'Body' text components only. Other components which also contain text but which are not considered to be part of the main text, such as image captions, quotes, the author component, and so on, are excluded.
Changing the way the text in a story looks can be done by applying styling in various ways:
- Selecting some text and making simple style changes such as applying bold or italic
- Changing the properties of a component to control styling such as text alignment
- Applying a Style variant with predefined styles to a component
- Adjusting the style by editing the CSS code
Depending on your needs and expertise, such changes can either be made in a very simple manner or by adjusting code. For details, see the following articles:
Changing the settings of an article, such as its name, can be done in the Properties pane on the Search page.
Tip: Changing the name of the article can also be done by clicking it at the top of the page in the Digital editor.
Select a single article, make sure that the Properties pane is open by clicking its icon on the right side of the screen, and change any of the available settings.
Figure: Change the settings of a selected article by opening the Properties pane and changing any of the settings.
For more information, see Changing the properties of an object or file in Content Station Aurora.
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.
Next, these stories 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 can be created which is optimized for a print environment and placed on a layout.
The process of creating a print variant consists of the following actions:
- A print variant is created in the form of a Print article
- The Print article is subsequently placed on a layout
Creating a print variant can be done by placing it on a layout that already exists (typically done from within the Publication Overview application), or by placing it on a new layout.
For more information, see the following articles:
- Creating a print variant of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora - the concept
- Creating a print variant of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora - configuration
- Creating a print variant of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora
An article is typically part of one or more Dossiers or placed on a layout. To see which files in Enterprise the article is related to, use the Linked Files panel.
Figure: The Linked Files panel shows to which files in Enterprise a file is linked.
For each file, the relation to the selected article is shown: 'Part of' for a Dossier that the article that is part, 'Placed on' for a layout that the article is placed on, and so on.
For more information, see Viewing to which Enterprise files a file is linked using Content Station Aurora.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.10 or higher.
An article typically goes through many changes which are made by multiple people. It can be practical (and even important) to verify which changes were made, when they were made and by whom they were made as work on the article progresses or even after the article has been published.
This can be doneby comparing one version of a Digital article with the version before it.
The following changes are shown:
- For components that contain text: Text that has been removed is shown on a red background with strike-through text; text that has been added is shown on a green background.
- For components that do not contain text (such as image, interactive, social, and video components): changes to the content of the component cannot be shown; only shown is if the component itself has been added or removed.
Figure: Comparing versions of a Digital article.
For more information, see Comparing articles.
Content Station runs in a Web browser and each page that is visited therefore has its own link or URL.
When your are working on an article on a regular basis, simply bookmark the link for later use. This way, you can quickly and easily access the article instead of having to search for it each time.
In a similar way, you can share the link with other users (they will need to have sufficient rights though to access it).
For more information, see Bookmarking and sharing Content Station Aurora links.
- 19 April 2018: Added section 'Comparing article versions'.
- 7 February 2018: Added section 'Applying styling'.