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Release notes for client version 5.42 can be found here.

AP Sports Agate Changes

The Associated Press has released three waves of Sports Agate changes:

  1. Baseball, Soccer, Auto Racing, Tennis, and Golf
  2. Football
  3. Basketball, and some Hockey

The ruleset changes need to be installed in the order they were released. 

TownNews's BLOX Total CMS team has preceded the releasees with ruleset changes. To fully support all that the Associated Press did, we added both rulesets and client code. The Football release requires client 5.41.06, but client 5.41.10 is the recommended version. 

In addition to the rulesets and client version update, if your BLOX Total CMS site is an Appliance based site, you also NEED version 2.24 of the Appliance OS to get clean feeds from the syndication channel. While rulesets and the client code can safely (actually it is recommended) updated while users are logged in, the Appliance 2.24 update will require a reboot and thus you will need to schedule that when no users are logged in. 

Finally, the new feeds come in with the ANPA/sports/agate section tag and NOT zsports/agate. You likely were not importing these automatically as they were not used prior to AP's changes. If you can't find the new assets, look in the Syndication Tool in the above section. Add an importer if you want, but be highly selective as not all sports are coming in that way yet. 

Client 5.41 Release Notes

5.41.10 Released 2019.12.06

Major Improvement to Syndication Tab) The Syndication tab in the Asset Manager in the BLOX Total CMS client for Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy finally shows in the Status column if a previously imported asset now has an update that can be imported. As in the past, users will still need to return to the browser interface to re-import an updated asset. JIRA INDESIGN-1572

Minor Asset Manager UI change for Syndication tab) The Syndication tab now shows the same checkmark and update icons found in the browser interface for Editorial > Syndication. Previously update was unavailable and imported, as text, was displayed. JIRA INDESIGN-1572

New Spawn Template Option) The Spawn Template function used by Template Masters to update the Adobe InDesign templates for BLOX Total CMC now allows the Default Paragraph Style to be overridden with a style other than [Basic Paragraph]. This doesn't affect translation, but it does affect the creation of other items such as text frames used by some 3rd party advertising systems. JIRA INDESIGN-2447

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Asset Manager UI change) At some point BLOX CMS started providing 300-pixel wide preview images but the Asset Manager in Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy allowed the Preview: panel to be less than 300 pixels wide and that then caused the previews to get cut off. The Preview panel now has a larger minimum width which prevents the text preview and the image preview from getting cut off. JIRA INDESIGN-2713

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Template Master Spawn Template Bug Fix) A prior version of the client had added the ability to set the Default Paragraph and Character Styles during the use of the Template Master feature Spawn Template. But that feature frequently failed for two different reasons. This has been fixed. In addition, the Add Version suffix option of Spawn Template would fail with Creative Cloud 2020. This too has been fixed. JIRA INDESIGN-2715

Minor Logging Change) When using the Override .adinfo file function if nothing was found to be overridden, we now log the position of the .adinfo file as well as its contents. JIRA INDESIGN-2729

Improvement) Client 5.39.05 added a very useful warning dialog for the presence of duplicate rulesets. At design centers or hub sites where users are swapping domains frequently, it is sometimes difficult to know which domain they are currently using to track down the duplicate ruleset. We now include the domain in the dialog. JIRA INDESIGN-2730

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5.41.09 Released 2019.12.02

Bug Fix) A change a few versions back caused assets that have frames on the pasteboard to send incorrect segmenting information to Page Tracker. Depending upon the page and the position of the frames, the segmenting could extend left to overlap some other assets or could extend right and off the edge of the pasteboard. This, in turn, could lead to bad segmenting in Live e-Editions. This has been corrected. NOTE: if a story jumps to a page in the same InDesign spread, there will be no segmenting information on the jump portion of the story. If the page is in its own spread, as we do with BLOX Total CMS > Documents > Combine With >, then the segmenting on the jump will be correct. In other words, do not alter the page order. JIRA INDESIGN-2678

Bug Fix) There is a long-standing bug in Page Tracker where assets placed on another page will remain budgeted to their existing budget position. We are waiting on the Page Tracker fix, but in the meantime when placing a budgeted asset onto another page, we will now clear any prior budgets for that same asset in the current publication. If, however, the asset is re-budgeted in Page Tracker or Editorial > Assets, the asset will remain budgeted on the original page(s) as the BLOX Total CMS client can't override that. JIRA INDESIGN-2722

Template Master Spawn Template Change) The Spawn Template function used to leave the ruler origin set to Spread. It now changes it to Page. This will make it easier to understand the page position of items when working with right-hand/odd pages. JIRA INDESIGN-2726

5.41.08 Released 2019.11.25

Bug Fix) A site where we had staff doing an installation tested switching domains and was getting errors indicating that fullReset_b is undefined. We have fixed this. This is another issue that was triggered by the performance switch to load certain aspects of the BLOX Total CMS client not at launch, but when needed. JIRA INDESIGN-2712

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If you get a fullReset_b is undefined error, you need to update to client version 5.41.08 or newer. 

5.41.07 Released 2019.11.25

Bug Fix) The Create New Article function would fail to work on a frame containing merged content. This seems to have broken around client version 5.39.07 or so. This has been fixed. In addition, we also log more information about the process. JIRA INDESIGN-2704

Bug Fix) The Create new Article function would do some strange things if the user started with a non-article asset. Now, when starting with an asset other than an Article asset, the initial asset will be released after displaying a dialog similar to the one below. JIRA INDESIGN-2704

Create New Article when Starting with something other than text or an Article Asset

This dialog will appear if you use BLOX Total CMS > Create New Article... and you are starting with something other than an article asset or non-BLOX Total CMS asset text frames. After clicking the OK button, the selected asset will be released. Create New Article is only for Article assets. It does not have the ability to create image, pdf, table, or collection assets. 

5.41.06 Released 2019.11.21

  • Client 5.41.05 introduced two bugs that have been fixed. If you were unfortunate enough to get that version, please upgrade to the newest version.

Bug Fix) At some point in time we stopped gathering Windows ProtectiveShutdownLogs from Adobe InDesign because we accidentally were removing the temporary folder for these logs. This has been fixed. The goal is that we will be better able to tell when Adobe InDesign shut down on its own because of network interruptions (common in all versions prior to Creative Cloud 2018.1) or some plug-in incompatibility. JIRA INDESIGN-379

MacOS Improvement) When MacOS versions of Adobe InDesign crash, we now look for and move Adobe's ProtectiveShutdownLog to our Error_Logs directory to match what we do with Window's computers. JIRA INDESIGN-379

Advertising Bug Fix) The Advertising feature, Create Pages, was flawed in two ways. 1st it would not work if the template name was unavailable if the user also hadn't just completed using Create Edition from Edition File. In addition, a flag wasn't being set to allow a user to manually select a new template name. Both issues have been corrected and this now allows this function to more easily be used with our included VSAD (Very Simple Ad Dummying) feature. JIRA INDESIGN-2712

5.41.05 Released 2019.11.18

Bug Fix) The Lazy Load of image toning preferences introduced in client 5.41.03 was causing an internal error if an asset was placed with Toned Image Search enabled in the Asset Manager. This has been fixed. JIRA INDESIGN-2699

Asset Manager Bug Fix) If a user had specified search text but not a slug to search, when reopening the Asset Manager it would not redisplay the prior search text. This has been fixed. It appears that the Asset Manager has always had this bug, but it had never been reported. JIRA INDESIGN-2701

Asset Manager Bug Fix) If a user had specified search text but not a slug to search, when reopening the Asset Manager it would not redisplay the prior search text. This has been fixed. It appears that the Asset Manager has always had this bug, but it had never been reported. JIRA INDESIGN-2701

New Translation Function for Template Master use) We have added another new Translate Script function for use by the Template Masters in translating Associated Press sports agate. Our rulesets for FBC Glances, NLF Team Rankings, and NLF Give-Aways and Take-Aways call this new function called: addCenteredTabsOverColumns. JIRA INDESIGN-2707 Documentation for its use is at:

For very special sports agate files with twin sets of column headers, addCenteredTabsOverColumns allows tabs to be set centered over a group columns.

Bug Fix) The 5.41.03 release included a faster launching by loading certain functions once they were needed. This saves a couple of seconds during a normal launch. But this function broke how the Element Types menu was constructed and caused it to always show no element types. This has been fixed. JIRA INDESIGN-2708

Bug Fix) The lazy load of components released in 5.41.03 also broke the use of the Update All feature to update the Output Menu. This has been fixed and using BLOX Total CMS > Update and Reset > Update All will once again also update the Output Menu. JIRA INDESIGN-2709

Bug Fix) The lazy load function added in client 5.41.03 removed the ability to see page workflow controls in BLOX Total CMS > Documents. This has been fixed. And you can again change the open page's workflow at BLOX Total CMS > Documents > Set Page Workflow > workflows or BLOX Total CMS > Documents > Set Workflow of All Pages... JIRA INDESIGN-2711

5.41.04 Released 2019.11.06

Minor Bug Fix) If a user clicked the OK button in the Basic Search tab of the Asset Manager in Adobe InDesign a dialog would be displayed that was misleading. The dialog has been changed. JIRA INDESIGN-2668

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Additional Ad Statuses Logging for Out of Date Ads) When using Ad Statuses additional logging will be done for Out of Date ads. Any Out of Date ads will include the following information:

WARNING: (83) In 'layoutCategorizeProblemAds' The Ad's Linked File is Out of Date!

Path: /Users/jwinters/tcms/tcms_purged/Advertising/Ads_Evergreen/0000969963-05.pdf

Place Date: Fri Nov 01 2019 07:24:33 GMT-0400

Modified: Fri Nov 01 2019 07:25:02 GMT-0400

This same information has always been available within Adobe InDesign's Link's panel as shown below. But now it is recorded in the user's log to help with on-site forensics. JIRA INDESIGN-2693

Links Panel showing out of date information for out of date ad

Additional Ad Statuses Logging for all ad problems) Now as a page or document is searched for ads, all ad problems are clearly logged in the user's log file. The logs would be similar to as shown below. JIRA INDESIGN-2693

2019.11.01 12:53:48.688 INFO: (95) In 'layout_AdStatuses_dialog_internal_adProblemFilter' Ad: 0000910041-05, notPlaced

2019.11.01 12:54:16.719 INFO: (95) In 'layout_AdStatuses_dialog_internal_adProblemFilter' Ad: 0000969963-05, linkOutOfDate

Additional Ad Statuses Information for Missing Ads) When a missing ad is selected in the Ad Statuses dialog additional information is displayed to the user and in the log file. The log file will get a listing similar to this:

2019.11.06 12:41:18.788 INFO: (91) In 'layout_AdStatuses_dialog' The user has selected ad: 0000597993-01

2019.11.06 12:41:18.789 INFO: (91) In 'layout_AdStatuses_dialog' The 0000597993-01 ad has NOT yet been placed.

2019.11.06 12:41:18.791 INFO: (91) In 'layout_AdStatuses_dialog' The ad 0000597993-01 does not exist in the default path. But an alternate path exists so will check that...

2019.11.06 12:41:18.792 INFO: (91) In 'layout_AdStatuses_dialog' Checked the following two locations for the 0000597993-01 ad. But neither exists.



The dialog will show both the Expected and the Ads Alternate path, if uniquely defined, for the ads similar to the dialog below. JIRA INDESIGN-2693

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Ad Statuses Improvement) Previously, the Search button only activated with the Ad File was Missing. It now also activates when the Link (imported file) has been moved to a new folder or deleted. AKA, you can now use it for Link Missing scenarios. In addition, it used to activate when there was no Placeholder frame, but this has now been deactivated as it would fail to do anything with the found ad. Note: When using the 'Search' button, the ad is Copied to the default destination of the ad. JIRA INDESIGN-2693

Definitive Logging for the Opening of Ad Statuses) Previously, it was difficult to see in the log file if the Ad Statuses dialog was actually opening or not. It is now clearly labeled in the log file. JIRA INDESIGN-2693

Asset Manager User Interface Bug Fix) Our BLOX Total CMS installation team found a UI bug with the new Duplicate when placing feature released in Client 5.41.01. If Auto Release was checked, the new Duplication function erred internally and not all of the Asset Manager's Placement Options were created. This has been fixed. JIRA INDESIGN-2695

5.41.03 Released 2019.10.29

Important Bug Fix) We had several reports from sites indicating that the idle event items, including Ad Statuses and Jump Items, had stopped functioning. We finally got a log from a customer that showed idle tasks piling up but the Manually Triggered Idle Stack Processor not processing anything. We examined that function and reworked the code to be less stringent about some of the checking to allow it to continue working. Hopefully, this will allow those sites that experienced problems to get Ad Statues and Jumps, and other idle functions, operational again. JIRA INDESIGN-2684

Important Bug Fix) We had several reports from sites indicating that the idle event items, including Ad Statuses and Jump Items, had stopped functioning. We finally got a log from a customer that showed idle tasks piling up but the Manually Triggered Idle Stack Processor not processing anything. We examined that function and reworked the code to be less stringent about some of the checking to allow it to continue working. Hopefully, this will allow those sites that experienced problems to get Ad Statues and Jumps, and other idle functions, operational again. JIRA INDESIGN-2684

Important Jump Bug Fix) We discovered a case where the automatic jumping features could become disabled after jumping the first article asset. The user would need to quit and relaunch Adobe InDesign to restore the automatic jumping features. This appears to have been fixed. JIRA INDESIGN-2685

Asset Manager Advanced Search Bug Fix) When doing an Advanced Search on Sections Includes or Sections Excludes, the checkbox to extend the search to all sub-sections was broken. This has been fixed. JIRA INDESIGN-2687

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The selected check box indicates that all sub-sections will also be examined. Thus instead of only 'ap' in this case it will do 'ap*'.

Asset Manager Size Fix for Windows) We had made a change to the MacOS version of the Asset Manager to allow it to maintain its size but we failed to make the same change to the Windows version. We've fixed that and we hope that Windows-based BLOX Total CMS users will have their Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy Asset Managers maintain their size. JIRA INDESIGN-2688

Bug fix for Jump Heads) There was an internal error affecting the placement of Jump Headlines (when they are being used). This error might have prevented the continued lines from getting placed and/or automated. JIRA INDESIGN-2689

Possible Crash Fix during Jumps) During internal testing on MacOS 10.14.6 and Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud 2019 version, we encountered repeatable crashes placing jumps. The crashes were happening when asking Adobe InDesign to swap the markers in the Jump Items to the special characters for the page numbers and section markers. We modified the order so that the section markers are swapped before the page numbers and the crashes stopped in our test environment. JIRA INDESIGN-2689

5.41.02 Released 2019.10.23

New Ad Layout Format Supported) We have added support for another edition layout file format. This new format is a single text file format using the moniker AdBase PGL Text and is exported from Newscycle's Adbase PGL version 8.2. The tab-delimited text file has 4 logical sections: Edition Information, Sections and Pages per Section, Page Content Type and Page Color, and Ad Information. Browser-based preferences to select this new setup are below. JIRA INDESIGN-2683

AdBase PGL Text Browser-Based Preferences

Use these browser-based Preferences to support the Tab-Delimited Text file from  Newscycle's Adbase PGL version 8.2

5.41.01 Released 2019.10.21

Important New Feature) The Asset Manager's Placement Options has a new Duplicate option. When checked, the selected assets will be duplicated prior to placement and the duplicates will be placed. This is very similar to the PrePlaced Asset Policy's Duplicate feature with the exception that the duplication does NOT require a previous placement.

This is a great new feature for hub sites needing to place the same Associated Press or another syndicated asset in multiple publications. IMPORTANT NOTE: at the time of the release of this feature, the original asset, and the duplicate asset will have the full set of child assets. Thus, when they go online, both parents will essentially twice the original asset's children. On the plus side, providing the site is using Appliance based BLOX Total CMS version 2.25 or any non-appliance version of BLOX CMS. Duplication allows for the changing of title, slug, print-notes, priority, and workflow. JIRA INDESIGN-1044

Minor UI Change) The Windows OS standards require the affirmative button (OK, Search, Apply) to come before the Cancel button. We've made that change in the Basic Search and Budget View tabs of the Asset Manager. Remember, assets can be placed by double-clicking in the search results and that is faster than clicking once on the asset and then moving to the OK button. JIRA INDESIGN-1044

Change of Pre-Placed Asset Policy) Against our better judgment, we have extended the ability to use the Pre-Placed Asset Policy to duplicate child assets to non-Creative Cloud versions of Adobe InDesign. When duplication of child assets was added in version 5.15.x of the client, it was limited to Creative Cloud versions. Now it has been enabled for all versions of Adobe InDesign. Note: Creative Suite versions of Adobe InDesign will no longer run on current MacOS based hardware as MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) does not support 32bit applications. In addition, Creative Suite applications can no longer be licensed from Adobe. JIRA INDESIGN-1044

Creative Cloud Performance Boost) For Adobe Creative Cloud using sites, we removed what turned out to be an unnecessary internal conversion between the object returned from the web-service for duplicating an asset and JSON and back again. Creative Suite versions still need this slower process because they lack the internal options for the conversion. This is another location where Creative Cloud users have a performance edge for those still using Adobe’s Creative Suite. JIRA INDESIGN-1664

Change in Behavior) When using the Pre-Placed Asset Policy to duplicate previously placed assets, the duplicates will no longer show the original asset's placement is the site is using Appliance OS 2.25 or newer or if the site is using an appliance-less version of BLOX Total CMS as hosted BLOX already has Page Tracker version 1.12 containing the necessary bug fix for correcting placement information. JIRA INDESIGN-1691

Minor UI Bug Fix) The Pre-Placed Asset Policy dialog would show asset Titles with certain characters encoded. This has been fixed and these special characters now appear in human-readable form. JIRA INDESIGN-1846

Improvement) When using the Pre-Placed Asset Policy to duplicate an asset, the duplicate asset ended up with the prior placement information. Thus it had two placements even though it technically was only placed once. This has been changed and only the new placement is stored. JIRA INDESIGN-2461

Improvement) When using BLOX Total CMS > Create New Article... if prior asset information was known, as much of that as possible is duplicated. Unfortunately, that included prior placement information when it hadn't ever been placed because it is a new article. This has been corrected and only the current placement is stored. JIRA INDESIGN-2461

Improvement) When using the Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud version of BLOX Total CMS, the Clone and Replicate function no longer has the cloned assets listing the prior placement. JIRA INDESIGN-2461

Minor Internal Change for performance boost) We removed some internal references for web-services that we haven't used for several years but we still had version checks in place. The version checks have been removed which will provide a measurable, but unnoticeable, increase in performance. JIRA INDESIGN-2673

Minor UI change) The dialog used for Saving Content, Checking In assets, and creating assignments has been modified internally to use some now standard components created for the Duplication of Assets and Creating new Assets. The only thing a user might notice is that the display of the Workflow and Process menus should align better. JIRA INDESIGN-2676

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