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Opening, saving and closing articles in Content Station 9

Opening, saving and closing articles in Content Station 9

Note: This article describes how to open, save and close an article that can be edited in Content Station. For information about articles that are edited outside of Content Station, use the following links:

Articles that can be opened for editing in Content Station

The following types of articles can be opened for editing in Content Station 9:

  • InCopy articles. This is the default type of article used by Content Station. It contains formatting information and may contain layout design information. It is typically edited within Content Station by using the Multi-Channel Text Editor (although Content Station can also be configured so that these files are opened in InCopy).
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Note: The InCopy articles need to have been created in Adobe versions CS5, CS6 or CC; articles that have been created in CS4 can only be opened in the Multi-Channel Text Editor when the Enterprise Server plug-in “Content Station CS4 Article Conversion” is activated.

  • Plain-text articles. These contain no formatting or layout design information. They are edited in the Plain-Text Editor of Content Station.
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  • HTML articles. These contain formatting information but no layout design information. They are edited in the HTML Text Editor of Content Station.

Note: When the Enterprise Server plug-in 'Content Station CS4 Article Conversion' is activated, these articles are converted to InCopy articles and are opened in the Multi-Channel Text Editor.

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Articles and article components that cannot be edited in Content Station

The following types of articles and article components cannot be edited in Content Station 9:

  • InCopy article templates. These articles cannot be opened in Content Station and can only be edited in InCopy.
  • All other article types such as those for Word, Pages, and so on. These articles cannot be opened in Content Station but can be opened outside of Content Station in their respective applications. For information, see Opening, saving and closing files with Content Station 9.
  • InCopy articles that contain graphic components. The action that can be performed depends on the version of Content Station used:
  • When using Content Station versions older than 9.4.4 or when using Content Station 9.5.x: these articles cannot be opened in Content Station and can only be edited in InDesign or InCopy.
  • When using Content Station 9.4.4 or higher or Content Station 9.6.0 or higher: the article can be opened but the article component that contains the graphic cannot be edited. It is shown as grayed-out and with an icon:

An graphic component that cannot be edited

Notes:

  • A graphic component is a frame that only contains an image. This is typically created by placing an image in InDesign or InCopy and turning it into an article component.

Opening articles

There are various ways of opening an article in Content Station and various methods of how an article is opened.

Ways of opening an article

To open an article, do one of the following:

  • Double-click the article
  • Select the article and choose File > Open followed by one of the following commands:
  • Open
  • Read-Only
  • New Window
  • Read-Only in New Window
  • Select the article, right-click it and choose one of the following commands:
  • Open
  • Read-Only
  • New Window
  • Read-Only in New Window
  • Select the article and use a keyboard shortcut:
  • Cmd+E / Ctrl+E Open a selected article for editing
  • Cmd+O / Ctrl+O Open a selected article in a new Tab as read-only
  • Cmd+Alt+E / Ctrl+Alt+E Open a selected article for editing in a new Tab
  • Cmd+Shift+E / Ctrl+Shift+E Open an article for editing in a new window

How articles are opened

Depending on where in Content Station you open an article and which of the above mentioned methods are used, it will be opened in one of the following ways:

  • In a new Tab. This method is used when:
  • Double-clicking an article outside of a Dossier.
  • Selecting an article outside of a Dossier, right-clicking it and choosing 'Open' or 'Open Read-Only'.
  • Selecting an article outside of a Dossier and choosing File > Open > Open or File > Open > Read-Only.
  • Within the Dossier. This method is used when:
  • Double-clicking an article in a Dossier.
  • Selecting an article in a Dossier, right-clicking it and choosing 'Open' or 'Open Read-Only'.
  • Selecting an article in a Dossier and choosing File > Open > Open or File > Open > Read-Only.

Note: Each opened article is added to the Opened Articles pane where it can be accessed by clicking it.

  • In a new window. This method is used when:
  • Selecting an article, right-clicking it and choosing 'Open in New Window' or 'Open Read-Only in New Window'.
  • Selecting an article and choosing File > Open > New Window or File > Open > Read-Only in New Window.

Articles opened in different ways

Figure: Articles opened in different ways: in a new tab (A), in a new window (B) and in a Dossier (C).

Actions after opening

When the article is opened for editing, the following actions take place:

  • The file is checked out of the system. During this state, other users are prevented from editing the file.
  • An icon appears in the 'In Use By' column of the Document pane for the article: a yellow pencil for you as the user who has checked out the file, a yellow padlock for all other users.
  • (InCopy articles only) When selecting the article, the name of the user who has the article open for editing is displayed in the Preview pane.

How to see if an article is checked-out

Figure: You can tell that an article is checked-out by the icons in the Document pane (A) and the name of the user who has checked-out the article when previewing that article (B).

Saving articles

While working on an article, you can:

  • Save the changes as a new version and continue editing the article
  • Save and close the article and continue working on a copy of the article
  • Check-in the article and close it

Saving the changes as a new version and continue editing the article

When editing an article you can save the made changes and continue working on the article by:

  • Using the key combination Cmd+S / Ctrl+S
  • Choosing File > Save > Save Version
  • (Multi-Channel Text Editor only) Clicking the File button in the toolbar and choosing Save
  • (Plain-Text Editor and HTML Editor only) Clicking the Save button in the toolbar

During this process, a new version of the article is saved to the Enterprise system.

About saving versions

  • Saved article versions can be viewed and restored by accessing the Show Versions window (File > Show Versions...).

Note: For more information see Viewing and restoring file versions using Content Station 9.

  • The number of article versions that are stored in Enterprise is limited to a set number (10 by default). This means that when the maximum number of stored versions is reached, the oldest version is removed the next time a new version is saved. This could potentially mean that the version you want to restore may not be available anymore. Be careful therefore with the number of times you save an article.

Example: Consider a scenario where the maximum number of article versions are stored: article versions 1.1 to 1.10. The next time the article is saved, version 1.1 (the oldest) is removed and version 1.2 now becomes the oldest version.

Note: Enterprise can also be configured to have all minor versions removed as soon as the article is saved to a new Workflow Status. You could therefore see no versions listed when starting to work on an article that has just been moved to a new Workflow Status.

For information about configuring file versioning in Enterprise Server, see Saving file versions with Enterprise Server.

Saving and closing the article and continue working on a copy of the article

You can save and close the current article while creating a copy of the article under a new name by following these steps:

Note: This option is not available for HTML articles and plain-text articles.

Step 1. Bring up the Save As dialog box by doing one of the following:

  • Use the key combination Cmd+Shift+S / Ctrl+Shift+S
  • Choose File > Save > Save As...
  • Click the File button in the toolbar and choose Save As...

Step 2. Enter the name of the new article and define where in the system it needs to be stored.

How duplicate file names are handled in Enterprise 9

Step 3. Click OK.

The currently opened article is checked-in and closed. It is now available for other users to edit it. The newly created article is opened for editing.

Checking-in the article and closing it

When you are finished working on the article it needs to be checked-in. This saves the made changes to Enterprise and makes the article available for others to edit.

Checking-in an article can be done by:

  • Using the Check In dialog box. Use this method when the file name or any of the article properties need to be changed.
  • Not using the Check In dialog box. (Requires Content Station 9.2.1 or higher) Use this method when you know that the name or properties of the article do not need to be changed. This method is known as a 'silent check-in' because it does not display the Check In dialog box.

By using the Check In dialog box

Check-in the article by following these steps:

Step 1. Bring up the Check In dialog box by doing one of the following:

  • Use the key combination Cmd+L / Ctrl+L (requires Content Station 9.2.1 or higher)

Note: For Content Station 9.0 or 9.1, the key combination is Cmd/Ctrl+K.

  • Choose File > Save > Check In...
  • Click the Check In button in the toolbar

Step 2. (Optional) Change the name of the article and the location where in the system it needs to be stored.

How duplicate file names are handled in Enterprise 9

Step 3. Click OK.

The article is checked-in and closed. It is now available for other users to edit it.

By not using the Check In dialog box (silent Check In)

Info: This feature requires Content Station version 9.2.1 or higher.

In this method, the Check In dialog box is not displayed, thereby saving you the time of bringing up the dialog box and having to click the OK button.

Tip: Use this method when you know that none of the original settings need to be changed. This can especially save time when multiple files need to be checked-in.

Note: In Content Station 9.8.9 and higher, the content of the Comments box is cleared during a silent Check In.

To silently check-in an article, do one of the following:

  • Use the key combination Cmd+Shift+L / Ctrl+Shift+L
  • Choose File > Save > Check In (Silent)

You can also silently check-in the article and automatically set it to the next Workflow Status by doing one of the following:

  • Use the key combination Cmd+Alt+Shift+L / Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L
  • Choose File > Save > Check In and Send to Next Status (Silent)

Closing articles

Articles can be closed in one of the following ways:

Closing the article without saving any last-made changes (Abort Check-out)

Use the Abort Check-out feature to close the article without saving any last-made changes.

Note: Any versions that were saved after checking-out the article are maintained in the system.

Example: You have checked-out an image, saved an intermediate version of it, and continued working on the image. When performing an Abort Check-out, the last made changes are discarded but the previously saved version is kept in the system.

This method is typically used when opening an article by mistake, quickly checking the content of the article without having to work on it, or realizing that the article does not need to be edited.

Of course, you can also close the article by checking it in, but using the 'Abort Check-out' method has the following advantages:

  • No version is saved
  • The process of closing the article takes less time

Abort Check-out an article by doing one of the following:

  • Choose File > Abort Check Out
  • (Only when an article is opened in a new Tab or in a separate window) Close the Tab or window, for instance by using the keyboard combination Cmd+W / Ctrl+W.
  • (Multi-Channel Text Editor only) Hover the mouse pointer over the name of the article in the Opened Articles pane of a Dossier and click the X-icon.
  • Click the Abort Check Out button in the toolbar (not available in the Multi-Channel Text Editor when the article is edited within a Dossier).

Note: If in any of these scenarios the file has been edited, you will be asked to confirm that you want to discard the changes; if no changes were made, the article is automatically closed.

Document history

  • 9 March 2017: Added information about the Comments box being cleared when performing a silent check-in for version 9.8.9 or higher.
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