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
- Automatic character conversion
- Adding comments
- Changing the file name or other settings of an article
- Publishing to a digital channel
- Searching for Digital articles
- Creating a print variant
- Viewing to which Enterprise files the article is linked
- Comparing article versions
- Restoring a previous version
- Bookmarking and sharing an article
- Exporting an InDesign layout to a Digital 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
- Copy and paste components
- Set properties for the component
- Change the component type
Figure: Adding a Slideshow component to the story.
Note: The information about article components is based on the default set of components. In Content Station 11.xx and higher, your system administrator can hide one or more of these components, add new components, change the way components appear in the Component window, and control the way they look and behave once they are added to an article. The components in your installation of Content Station may therefore be different than what is shown here. When in doubt, contact your system administrator.
For more information, see Working with the components of a Digital article in Content Station Aurora.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.36 or higher.
Working on a publication is team work. In a typical workflow therefore, an article will go through many changes before it can be published.
To discuss or communicate these changes, comments can be added.
Step 1. In the article, select the text to which you want to add a comment.
Step 2. In the toolbar that appears, click the Comment icon.
The Comments panel opens. An empty comment has been created with the cursor placed in it.
Note: The position of the comment in the panel reflects the position in the article relative to any other comments: if the new comment is placed after an existing comment in the article, it is also placed after that comment in the panel.
Step 3. Type your comment in the panel. When done, press Enter, click the Comment button, or click anywhere outside of the comment.
For more information, see Using comments in a Digital article in Content Station Aurora.
Knowing how many paragraphs, words and characters an article contains is essential for a writer. This is indicated in the status bar at the bottom of the editor.
- For a component text field: (Requires Content Station 11.45 or higher) When placing the text cursor in the text field of a component, the total number of characters in that field is displayed on the left side of the status bar.
- For the whole article: (Requires Content Station 11.4 or higher). The total number of paragraphs, words, or characters is shown on the right side of the status bar. Choose which one to view.
The calculation is done for the following components:
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.48 or higher.
Entering often used special characters such as arrows, copyright symbols, or quotation marks (also known as 'smart quotes') can be cumbersome because they require a dedicated panel or keyboard shortcut.
To make entering such characters easier, an automatic conversion takes place when entering a specific character or combination of characters.
Example: Entering (c) results in the © character, entering +- will create the ± character, and so on.
The table below shows the default set of character sequences and the special character into which they are automatically converted.
|Entered characters||Converted characters|
|1/2<space> 1/2, 1/2.||½<space> ½, ½.|
|1/4<space> 1/4, 1/4||1/4<space> 1/4, 1/4|
|3/4<space> 3/4, 3.4.||¾<space> ¾, ¾.|
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.
The aim of creating a digital article is of course to publish it at some stage. This can be done to a custom channel such as a Web CMS.
Note: Take note of the ways of optimizing images for publishing to a digital channel.
Publishing a Story to a digital channel is done in a few steps:
Step 1. In the top right corner of the Digital editor, click Publish.
The Publish options window appears.
Step 2. Choose the target and (optionally) project that you want to publish to.
Step 3. Click Publish.
For more detailed information, see Publishing to a custom channel.
Info: This feature requires Content Station 11.34 or higher.
Apart from using the default ways of searching for a file in Content Station, Digital articles can also be found by using the components that the article contains as the search criteria.
Example: Search for all Digital articles that contain media components of type 'slideshow', 'image', 'social media', and 'video'.
Performing such a search is possible by using a Custom Search.
In a 'digital first' workflow in Content Station, stories are first published to one or more digital output channels or to 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 done by 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.
When working on a Digital article, a version of the article is saved at various moments (see Viewing and restoring file versions using Content Station Aurora).
Restoring a previous version as the current version can be done by done by using the History panel in the Search results page, or the History panel in the Digital editor (see Viewing and restoring file versions using Content Station Aurora).
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.
Stories that have been created as a layout in InDesign for use in a print workflow can be turned into a Digital article by exporting the layout from InDesign.
For more information, see Exporting an InDesign layout to a Digital article in Content Station Aurora.
- 16 October 2019: Added a note to section 'Publishing to a digital channel' about cropping and down-sizing options for images.
- 2 October 2019: Added section 'Automatic character conversion'.