When preparing a story for use in a particular Publication Channel, knowing which components to use and finding out whether you have included all required components is not always an easy task. This is where Publish Forms come in: they show you only those components that are needed for publishing a story to a particular Publication Channel and prevent you from having to deal with content that is not relevant for that channel.
For example: The Publish Form of a news story might consist of a header, body text and an image, whereas the Publish Form for a recipe might consist of a title, a list of ingredients, a list of instructions and one or more images or videos.
Figure: Example of a Publish Form for a recipe; it contains multiple fields to fill out.
Figure: Example of a Publish Form for publishing to Facebook; it only contains 2 fields to fill out.
Publish Forms, stories and Dossiers
The introduction of Publish Forms does not change the concept of publishing in Enterprise: it is still based on a story which is represented by the content of a Dossier. In fact: Publish Forms can only be viewed inside a Dossier. Content can also still be used across Publication Channels. What Publish Forms add is an efficient way of collecting the necessary content (in the form of metadata, articles, images and so on) in one convenient view.
Publish Forms as files
Publish Forms and Publish Form templates exist as specific files in Enterprise and can be recognized by the following icons:
|Default icon for a Publish Form|
|Default icon for a Publish Form template|
Icon for a Publish Form assigned to a Drupal Publication Channel
|Icon for a Publish Form assigned to a Facebook Publication Channel|
|Icon for a Publish Form assigned to a Twitter Publication Channel|
You can open a Publish Form from anywhere in Content Station by double-clicking it.When doing so, the Dossier will be opened and the Publish Form will be shown.
Locating Publish Forms
Publish Forms and Publish Form templates can be located by using any of the search features of Content Station. They also appear in places such as the Inbox, Recent Items, and Favorites. The Publish Manager can be used for managing Publish Forms.
Note: Although Publish Forms can only be viewed in a Dossier, they actually do not appear as files in a Dossier (meaning: you won't see them among the list of other files in the Dossier such as articles, images and so on). The reason for this is to keep the Dossier clean of files that are not relevant to use at that time. If you are looking for the actual Publish Form or Publish Form template files, use the Search application, the Publish Manager, or look inside a Dossier in the Planning application.
Managing Publish Forms
As with any other file type in Enterprise, you can assign a workflow status to Publish Form and Publish Form templates, route them to other users and right-click them to access the context menu for accessing further commands.
Managing Publish Forms can also be done by using the Publish Manager in Content Station.