Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21st 2018 Release Notes

Virtual Publisher

  • Signatures & Onserts tab have been joined into one single tab. This reduces clicking and allows users to see all of the book content in a single stack.
  • Non-Advertising and Neutral postal options added to ads and editorials.
  • Big updates to weights, calipers, and ad calculation systems in preparation for USPS Page Certification.
  • New configurable left side menu. See preview here.
  • Clicking on a folio in the clipboard will scroll directly to the item in the plan. This can save a lot of time looking for content.
  • New precision positioning tool can be found in the page menu, allows users to finely position page items.
  • New ability to quick merge ad reservation that are custom sizes by drag and drop.
  • Multi page ad reservations are now supported in CSV ad imports. The new required field is named  "Page Count".
  • New support for multiple text boxes per text assignment in editorial assignments portion of the site.
  • When adding book plans, more common folio setup is now used as a standard to make it easier.
  • Clipboard is now displayed on signatures list view.  
  • New option on inserts and onserts to allow extra weight and caliper to be added to special execution types like "Magnastrip" and "Hangers".
  • Wording of "Thickness" across the product has been changed to the more standard "Caliper".
  • Removed options on inserts and onserts to count advertising and editorial. It is now required to count all reservation content in book plan items. All reserved content on inserts and onserts are now counted as they are set.
  • Snapshots now show regional versioned pages on the last page.
  • Pressform data can now be imported and exported. 

Editorial Manager Indesign Plugin Release

  • Many enhancements to the user interface
  • Support for multiple text boxes per assignment

Assignment Manager InCopy Plugin Release

  • Many enhancements to the user interface
  • Assignments now open as multiple text boxes per assignment when available.

SendMyAd

  • Multi page ad reservations are now supported in CSV ad imports. 
  • New option to control VP licenses when adding users. Virtual Publisher required.  The new required field is named  "Page Count".

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 4th 2018 Release Notes

Virtual Publisher Enhancements
  • Plan display settings moved to new icon in the toolbar for easy real time plan display settings changes.
  • Large update to plan item calculations. Previously item calculations were not truly done by square inch calculation for each page, now they are. This results in highly accurate page coverage calculation per edition of the book.
  • Removed left menu option "VP Stats" after a review found that this view was not only slowing down the system but also collecting a large amount of info that was not in use by any publisher. The reports system has access to all of the same data in a better format, so we removed this piece of the UI.
  • New ability to download book as single pages in one pdf.
  • Right click menus available on vp book plan.
  • Spread details view enhanced to support more complex books
  • Weights and measurements enhancements now support editioned books.
  • We've added the option to deliver to dropbox locations.
  • New slack integrations for group channel notifications.
    • This includes a new option to send a pdf or jpg preview to a slack channel or person.  Users can now go to slot details view in VP -> Actions -> Send to Slack -> You can send a single file to multiple channels you have defined in the slack setup portion of the portal.
  • New option to add and remove users to a publication's access directly from the publication details view. The option to do this from the group details still exists but it is not possible to manage access both ways.
  • When adding a publication, users can now select more than one rights group to associate the publication with more than one group.
  • Edition naming conventions can now be customized to match what each publisher prefers when producing editions.
  • New option added to control which plan warnings show in the plan warning system. 
  • New plan warning added for book plans with polybags and belly bands to ensure the proper mail class is selected for the belly band.
  • New feature to allow approval of each page while in the spread details mode of VP.
  • New option to add a 14 page signature added.
  • Support for CDS subscription circulation file export and import to update the circulation information by zipcode and edition for VP book plans.
  • Desktop drag and drop now allowed on all uploaders in the site.
  • New vertical bindery report available in the VP reports area.
  • New pressform option to add single pages to a pressform instead of whole signatures.
  • Group details view now has tabbed view for publishers with VP licensing system. This makes it easier to see license groups vs the main groups list.
  • Support for viewing special signatures in VP spread mode added. Clicking through spreads in vp should now perform better.
  • The publication details view -> action menu was changed. All non actions were moved to our more standardized "More" tab at the top. We know this may appear strange at first but it is a more appropriate location.
  • Plan sections can now be downloaded as a CSV file.
  • Issue reports can now be nested into sub groups for easier compartmentalization of reports.
SendMyAd Enhancements
  • When doing spread ad pickups, users are now given the option to also pickup the split children ads as well or only the unsplit parent ad.
  • We've added the option to deliver to dropbox locations.
    • This includes a new option to send a pdf or jpg preview to a slack channel or person.  Users can now go to slot details view in VP -> Actions -> Send to Slack -> You can send a single file to multiple channels you have defined in the slack setup portion of the portal.
  • New option to add and remove users to a publication's access directly from the publication details view. The option to do this from the group details still exists but it is not possible to manage access both ways.
  • When adding a publication, users can now select more than one rights group to associate the publication with more than one group.
  • Desktop drag and drop now allowed on all uploaders in the site.
  • Group details view now has tabbed view for publishers with VP licensing system. This makes it easier to see license groups vs the main groups list.
  • Custom metadata can now be added to digital ad tracking.
  • The publication details view -> action menu was changed. All non actions were moved to our more standardized "More" tab at the top. We know this may appear strange at first but it is a more appropriate location.
  • New Dynamic Digital Ad type created to support more flexible digital ad uploading.
  • Issue reports can now be nested into sub groups for easier compartmentalization of reports.
Photo Portal Enhancements
  • A list of users who are in the photo task group can now be seen on each photo.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Hotfixes August 31 2017

Release notes for Aug 31 hot fixes


Signature, Supplied Item changes

  • VP: Signatures tab renamed to "Signatures & Inserts". All inserts are now managed from this list.
  • VP: Supplied Items tab renamed to "Onserts & Polybags". This list now contains only items running outside of the book.
  • VP: Inserts now show in book plan as all pages by default. Old style inserts will still exist but are being phased out.
  • VP: Inserts are draggable on the book plan by grabbing the name label.
  • VP: Inserts are now shown as starting on page, instead of starting after page. We found that publishers think in placement term as "In the fold". This means our previous form setups of placing inserts "After a page" were wrong and confusing.
  • VP Polybags and wraps now show extra information on the form like:
    • Creation Date
    • Created By User
    • Last Update
    • Thickness
    • Weight
  • VP: Support for offline option in polybags, wraps and onserts
  • VP: Support for include percent forward to adjust the percentages on the plan to include in the percentage counting or not.
  • VP: New option to override the page numbering for specific inserts without effecting the main plan folio numbers.

Edition System Changes

  • New inline id field added to the edition list view. This id can be used to identify unique books by their content.
  • Changes to the edition calculation engine to support compacting region markets into the distribution region when possible.
  • Changes to the edition calculation engine to support demographics breaking single editions out for states or local markets.
  • Easier to manage regions list per plan by clicking on whole row

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30 Release Notes

Virtual Publisher Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Demographic support
    • Demographic support for inserts, onserts, special sigs, ads and edit. (Ads and Edit will need your review, im sure it is not perfect yet)
    • Demographic rules system added for exclusive, not exclusive etc
    • Demographic combination rules support for running with or without specific demo.
    • Bulk set data option available for demographics list.
  • Enhanced Regions support
    • Distribution Regions: This is a new type of region that dictates how zip codes are handled in the given region zone. This is the new top level region required to support multi-level regionalization.
    • Distribution categories added for (us subs, can subs, etc). The distribution category also further defines which postal code set to use. 
    • Postal code management for Canada and US
      • Support for 3 digit and 5 digit codes
      • Can add and remove by whole state
  • Editions and Regions:
    • New Editions list: We moved the editions tab from the book plan details to the left menu. This makes it more possible to see final data and reports related to editions.
    • Regions for the issue are now managed in the "Regional Books" tab. It is assumed that all regions running will be used that are selected from the master region profile list. This list is also manageable per issue as before it was not.
    • Better display of missing regions on page details views
    • New notice on page details if parent page is found to be in a special signature or insert that is already regionalized. This helps the user not have to add more regions when the parent signature is already regional.
    • Regional globe icon now shows up on regionalized signatures at the top of the page near the name of the signature. This helps the user know that the signature is regionalized. 
  • Mail enhancements 
    • Mail classes can be setup on inserts and onserts
    • Mail weights are now counted by class and shown on the editions list view.
  • Press Manager Area:
    • Can now create and manage presses
  • Press Forms Area:
    • Can create and manage press forms
  • Reports
    • Changes to Book Reports -> Manufacturing Report, to support new press forms as the field name field.
    • New book reports custom report creation tool. This is a beta release but you can now create your own custom reports out of book plan data. More enhancements will come to this later.
    • Rights can be assigned to view each available book report in VP.
    • New press forms area added to the bottom of the "Manufacturing Report".
    • New configuration option in book reports to hide the top "Information" area of the report.
    • New editorial placements report available in Left menu -> "Reports" list view.
    • New Editions -> CDS Summary Report
    • New Editions -> CDS Weights Report
    • Coming Soon -> CDS Regions & Demographics Report 
  • Paper Splits Area 
    • In the signature details users can now add paper splits to a signature. 
    • Paper split information is displayed in some reports.
    • Warning displays now when paper split is not covering all available regions
  • Flipped positions in book support:
    • Magazine viewer now supports flipped pages
    • Several display bugs were fixed.
  • Special Inserts
    • This is a new area in which you can add inserts from the signature list view. Special inserts always show in the main book plan, unlike the old style inserts. 
    • Special inserts always show up in the full run of the book. You do not have to open an extra plan to see the insert details anymore when using this feature.
  • Signatures
    • Signatures now have a standard default color applied for easier identification of the signature's architecture. 
      • Dark blue = cover
      • Light blue = body
      • Floating Square = insert
      • Floating Rounded Square = special signature
    •  Signature preview bar now shows inserts and special signatures as floating above the run of the book unless the pages are set to run in the normal flow.
  • Inserts
    • Inserts and Insert Templates can now have customized colors for better identification.
  • File Delivery
    • There are 2 new file delivery tags. 
      • ZIndex - This option allows the delivered file name to have a numeric indication of placement in a vertical stack of files found on a single page. This can be useful when one or more items are stacked on top of each other on a single page.
      • ZindexAlpha - this option allows the delivered file name to have an alpha indication (like A,B,C) in a vertical stack of files found on a single page. 
  • Custom Page Sizes
    • When setting a custom page size from the actions menu in VP, the opposing side of the page will now be automatically set to the same size. 
  • Ad Reservations
    • New option to create custom ad sizes is available. These custom ad sizes can be created at the time of creation of the ad reservation in VP. This allows the user to not have to choose an ad specification.
    • New option to drag jpg previews directly on to ad reservations in the ad reservation details view. This allows users to show an ad preview for ads that do not or will not have a corresponding pdf uploaded later. 
    • New option in the actions menu of ad reservations to duplicate the ad reservation.

SendMyAd Enhancements & Bug Fixes

  • Ad list view support for seeing custom meta data. If you have custom metadata fields added, you can now see this info in the ad list view
  • Created new checkbox on the ad size details to allow a publisher to make it available for publishers only. This is good for in house ad specs that are not to be visible to advertisers.

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.