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Additional Ad Statuses Logging for Out of Date Ads) When using Ad Statuses additional logging will be done for Out of Date ads. Any Out of Date ads will include the following information:

WARNING: (83) In 'layoutCategorizeProblemAds' The Ad's Linked File is Out of Date!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

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Links Panel showing out of date information for out of date ad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

/Users/jwinters/tcms/tcms_purged/Advertising/Ads/winters_local/29/0000597993-01.pdf

/Users/jwinters/tcms/tcms_purged/Advertising/Ads_Evergreen/0000597993-01.pdf

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 14.0.3.433, 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

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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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