Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hotfix Feature Release May 09 2017



  • New feature allows publisher users to drag & drop ad (JPG or PNG) previews directly on to ad reservations in Virtual Publisher
    https://screencast.com/t/bavk7Kw6Xy
  • New SMA and VP file delivery tags added for 
    • SpreadSideCode
    • ColorProfileName
    • ColorProfileCode 
  • Fixed bug in VP weight calculator causing some reports to show 0 on weights.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hotfix Features Release

Some new features have been released!


  • VP book plans can now have custom size settings. This allows publishers to run a custom sized issue of the magazine. Please make sure to also setup your ad size shapes to work in the new trim size.
  • SMA issues can control which ad sizes are to be used for a given issue. This feature requires that you have the setting "Allow only one issue per ad" turned on. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30th 2017 Release Notes

Virtual Publisher & SendMyAd

  • Company Profile moved from the left menu to top right menu profile menu. Please look for this in the top right of your screen.
  • Ad Details View: Users can now see ad status and filename on spread ads which have been split. More details have been added to the small thumbnail at the bottom of the spread split view.
  • Added publisher setting to skip spread split re-approval of split children if parent spread is approved before split.
  • Print Ads and Ad Reservations position tags area has been moved from an accordion style form item to a drop-down + tag type form item. This form item was different on the the ad reservation form than the print ad details, now they are both the same interface.
  • Issue Reports can now be downloaded as excel spread sheets and keep the report's styling.

Virtual Publisher

  • Regions: Regions for each item can now be managed from a single checklist style editor. This option is better for customers with large region lists and demographics. You can turn this interface on in your company profile -> Virtual Publisher Settings.
  • Markets: (Beta) New Demographics option has been added to the left menu
  • Signatures: Cover signatures larger than 4 pages now have the option to set the front side page count. Previously we only supported stacking all but 2 pages on the front side of the cover.
  • Signatures: Can now see supplied items in the signature manager list view. This helps users know where their insert falls in the signature.
  • Signatures: Can now create snapshots of selected signatures list.
  • Signatures: Special signatures can now be run as book covers, in order, or saddle style.
  • Signatures: Special signatures can now have custom trim sizes. This allows the user to run a section of the book as a different size than the rest of the book plan.
  • Signatures: New option to change more than one signature's data at a time. Using the bulk set option in the actions menu allows the user to set multiple values at a time on signatures. (More of these will be coming to vp)
  • Reports: New page content list report in VP reports view shows a list of all of the contents for each book plan.
  • Reports: New manufacturing report in book reports
  • Reports: New report configuration editor for book reports. Users can now change the reports to download as filename and have custom column order and displays.
  • Rights: New VP right added to allow control over who can delivery pages out of VP
  • Book Plan: New option to run a portion of the book as flipped over and backward reading.
  • Book Plan: Clipboard tab selection, scroll position and sorting are now remembered. This makes the user experience smoother.
  • Book Plan: Faster more precise drag and drop system. The new drag and drop planning system should visibly speed VP planning up. 
  • VP Book Plan: Less obnoxious plan warnings. New plan warning system shows a warning icon in the toolbar. Before it would show a popup constantly until the problem was dealt with.
  • Warnings include: Signature overlap and underlap, Positional coverage problems, inserts not at signature split.
  • VP Book Plan: New warnings for files found in the plan with coverage issues.
  • Magazine Viewer: Magazine viewer invitation system now supports multiple emails per invitation.

SendMyAd


  • Print Ad List View: New option to bulk deliver completed SMA ads from the ad list view for publishers only.
  • Print Ad List View: New filter option to show only ads that have no reservations "Materials Only". This is useful for figuring out which ads do not have merged ad reservations.
  • Print Ad List View: Increase ads per page count to 200.
  • Pickups: New option to keep pickup status the same as the source when picking up. This option allows publishers to bypass re-approval of pickups. Notice: This option is only available if the pickup is not reprocessed in any way.
  • New option to change the date which the ad uses to calculate due date. This new option can be found in the publication details and allows publishers to change the base date that the ad due date is calculated from.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 15th Release Notes

Virtual Publisher

  • Regions are now managed via profiles instead of per issue. VP users will now see a new option to select a region profile set for their current plan. This new option will allow publishers greater flexibility when reusing sets of regions from issue to issue. If your plan does not use regions, this will not effect you. If you do use regions, users should go to plan details and select a region profile.
  • Regions lists are now importable and exportable to CSV format.
  • The "Inserts" tab in plan details has been changed to "Supplied Items". We felt like the word inserts was to inclusive of items found in the book when in fact the list has always contained both inserts and onserts.
  • New demographics and attached mail system, allows publishers to manage demographics and attached mail on VP book plans. This new system comes complete with weight and thickness calculations for onsert items and poly bagging.
  • Much better supplied item templates system. The supplied item templates now support much more enhanced features for managing supplied items such as inserts, onserts, polybags, and other attached mail types.
  • New regional book list tab in the VP plan details. This new tab shows a complete list of regionalized plans with circulation counts, thicknesses and weights.
  • New final editions tab. This new tab adds functionality to combine both the regionalized book plans with the demographic items and poly bags of the book to create and maintain a final list of magazine editions.
  • Change to the regionalization calculation. There has been a big change under the hood of VP and how we handle regionalized books. In previous versions of VP, we only generated regional versions of the book plan once an item with a region was placed on the plan. The new version of the software will now auto generate regional editions of the books based on the full list of regions selected in the region profile option in the plan details form.
  • Special signatures now supports perfect and saddle style specification independent of the parent book plan.
  • Special signatures now supports input for front page count and back pages count for saddle style signatures.
  • Special signatures now support more custom label styles like "Alpha","Numeric" and "Roman Numeral"
  • Special signature markers can now be seen on the book plan view. Previously no signature separation markers could be seen.
  • Execution Type field added to Supplied items, Signatures and Special Signatures. This new option will allow users to define how items are tipped into the book at their position.
  • New user avatar system allows users to upload photos of themselves or avatars to make the application more user friendly.
  • VP Plan display settings moved from top right menu to the plan actions menu.
  • New left menu for VP Reports. We have been getting a lot of requests for VP specific reports and more visual reports, so we've added a new book reports view that shows downloadable reports in a list view.
  • Tasks can be shown or hidden when viewing the book plan magazine viewer.
  • Supplied items on the book plan now show a nice tool tip with details.
  • Issues can now have custom metadata added to them. We've received several requests to allow custom metadate to be printed on the issue details form, VP and SMA now support this feature in the publication details setup form.
  • Several new metadata tracking fields have been added to the book plan details
    • LAP
    • Grind Off: Area that is ground off the spine of a pre-bound piece.
    • Head Trim: Area that is trimmed off at the top of a piece during the binding process.
    • Job Number:A custom job number that can be included for printing purposes.
    • Total Circulation: The total run of book circulation.

SendMyAd

  • New avatar system allows users to upload photos of themselves or avatars to make the application more user friendly.
  • Issues can now have custom metadata added to them. We've received several requests to allow custom metadate to be printed on the issue details form, VP and SMA now support this feature in the publication details setup form.

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 28th Release notes

VIRTUAL PUBLISHER

 General

  • New reports list view makes finding and viewing reports easier.

Book Planning

  • New ability to set a single page size in a plan to a custom size. This can be found in the page details action menu and can be used to produce single custom page sizes.
  • New type of percentages data can now be viewed on the vp book plan footer. This can be setup from the plan display details in the top right corner.
  • Magazine viewer now shows section labels on the page display.
  • Magazine viewer now shows special signatures.
  • Special signatures now support front and back side feature for saddle stitched book plans.
  • New user right added to allow or disallow users from creating plan versions.
  • Special signature support added to VP book plan ladder view.
  • Users can create multiple editorials on a book plan at a time.
  • Users can now create multiple ad reservations on a book plan at a time.
  • VP Runlist view has been converted to a fixed header table and the totals and header fields can now always be seen when scrolling.

Book Production 

  • Selected Edition can now be used in the file delivery path when delivering VP plan pages.

Editorial Management

  • Editorial details view now has a new view menu at the bottom right. This new menu allows users to see 3 new options when viewing editorials. Shape, Shape and preview and Preview only. This is handy for seeing story shapes once the actual preview has come into partial page stories.
  • Editorial list view can now be edited in bulk. This will save editors a lot of time. 
  • Editorial Assignment users in the editorial details view can now be searched for in the drop down details.

Editorial Planning

  • Users can now add custom fields to the editorial planning view. 
  • Row heights can be set on the editorial planning view.

SENDMYAD

  • Issue reports enhancements including live filtering by time and deadline types.
  • Send ad view now has search inside of publication drop down. We have done away with the old search input field and combined it into the publication drop down.
  • All select drop downs in the site have been re-skinned using a better technology.
  • New company level setting added allowing publishers to hide old issues from all views x number of days after the issue's run date.
  • Added a new notification email that can be sent when the advertiser changes the issue on any ad.
  • Publisher dashboard now moved to statistics view in left menu.
  • Publisher dashboard Tabs now moved to left menu items for easier access.

Ad Creator 

  • Ad creator ads now have XMP job ticket when they are delivered or downloaded.

Monday, May 16, 2016

June 2016 Release Notes:

As many of you may have noticed, this release cycle was a little longer than normal. That is because instead of doing our usual release phase we moved all our services into a more stable cloud based environment. This was a huge move for us under the hood and the plan could not accommodate both a software release and a systems migration. Most users should be experiencing much faster performance from both SMA and VP as a result.


What's new?

Virtual Publisher:

  • New planning reports functionality gives publishers access to highly configurable issue based reporting. For more information please contact a sales representative.
  • Large enhancement to auto issue creation system, allows for issues to be created automatically with many new date offset and incremental options.
  • Newly redesigned login screen.
  • Many list views converted to new fixed header style tables, making it easier to sort and see table headers.
  • Added support for dropping 3 or more page spread on to right side plan positions
  • Added support for delivering saved plan versions to delivery locations.
  • Special signatures can now be counted as regular pages in the book plan. See the new check box "Include in page count" in the signature details view.
  • All table rows in the main list view are now easier to see when checked off.
  • All table rows in the main list view now show the last selected row.
  • Dashboard in VP have been removed. The dashboard will now be called statistics and can now be found under "Information" in the last side main menu.
  • Better support for A/B splits on ads and editorials.
  • Better visibility of inserts when multiple inserts are dropped on top of the same position. 
  • Minor UI updates to the  page, ad and editorial details (lightbox) view. 
  • Redesigned draggable rows UI in all of site. Easier to user and matches normal standards.
  • Several new fields now visible in the issues list view.
  • New advanced non-latin character support. Before now many aspects of the product did not support entry of special characters found in the non-english language. This should now be corrected site wide.
  • Users can now save plans as versions and also deliver the saved versions of plans to different locations. 
  • File deliveries view now contains data filtering options.

SendMyAd:

  • New planning reports functionality gives publishers access to highly configurable issue based reporting. For more information please contact a sales representative.
  • Large enhancement to auto issue creation system, allows for issues to be created automatically with many new date offset and incremental options.
  • New preflight feature allows warning or reject if a font with a specific name is found in the file. This can be seen in the preflight profile configuration screen.
  • Newly redesigned login screen.
  • New planning reports system includes filters for multiple publications and filtering by date ranges.
  • All table rows in the main list view are now easier to see when checked off.
  • All table rows in the main list view now show the last selected row.
  • Newly redesigned contact selector on ad upload form. New form allows for greater flexibility of finding ad contacts.
  • 3rd party approval ads no longer allow revisions when the advertiser re-uploads.
  • New deliveries menu allows publishers to see all of their file deliveries in one view.
  • New option to warn or reject if specific list of font names are found in the uploaded ad.
  • New option to limit ad sizes by issue. This new option allows publishers to create an ad size which will only be available for specific series of issues. This can be managed on the ad specification details form.
  • Minor UI updates to the ad details (lightbox) view. 
  • Redesigned draggable rows UI in all of site. Easier to user and matches normal standards.
  • Several new fields now visible in the issues list view.  
  • 3rd Party ad approvals no longer allow multiple revisions. Users can only revise one time per approval.
  • New left menu "Deliveries" view available for publishers. View shows all outgoing deliveries from SendMyAd.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 31 Release

January 31 Release Notes

SendMyAd

  • New easier to user lists for group details and approvals details views.
  • New Blanchard Systems branding applied system level outgoing emails.
  • Fixed bug that was causing some kindle fire tablet previews to look blurry.
  • Can now warn in ad creator ads for dpi or color space.

Virtual Publisher

  • Editorial list view now has assigned filter.
  • New VP Dashboard information
    •  You can now see publication level numbers by selecting a publication and no issue in the dashboard.
    • You can now see company level numbers by selecting no publication and no issue in the dashboard.
  • Net Cost and Rate field added to Run list view.
  • Option to reject and comment on added editorial tasks.
  • New company preference to not fill merged ads with white background. See "Auto fill ads with white background when merging." in your company profile. This option will allow you to place transparent ads directly on to editorial pages and if the ad has a transparent background, it will keep it.
  • New user preference to show weights in grams instead of pounds.
  • New recalculate editions buttons shows up when publication has editions.
  • Draggable guides now available in the merge tool.