Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15th Update

VP Features

    GENERAL
  • Approvals system now allows customization for notifications and force approve in order for each file type.
  • New option to subscribe to scheduled rollouts. This allows you to get an auto email when a rollout is scheduled and completed.
   
    BOOK PLANNING & PRODUCTION
  • New cover signature offset system. Cover signatures can have up to 8 pages on the front side of the book.
  • New options in the signature details list view to inject a signature as a selected signature's start position.
  • New option in the signature details list view to auto-rename all signatures from a selected position.
  • Plan Items clipboard view has same filters as SendMyAd. This allows users to get the same list view as SMA.
  • Ad clipboard has new filtering pulldown which can now show both placed and unplaced items. 
  • Ad clipboard includes filter to show insertion orders and materials without insertion orders. This allows users to more easily see what ads have been merged with incoming ad reservations and which have not.
  • Merged ads are no longer removed from the system but are now archived in the removed folder. This allows complete restoration of data merged content. 
  • Folio number and Proposed folio can now be seen on the ad clipboard.
  • Insert system has been completely redesigned to allow same full flexibility of a vp book plan.
  • Inserts now have exact weight option which overrides paper weight calculations.
  • Plans now have optional glue weight and ink weight fields.
  • Plan sections now have option to set an editorial due date and an ad due date. This can be combined with a new SMA feature to require section selection on the ad upload form.
  • Plans can now be setup to have a forced grid size based on columns and or rows. Can be setup in the publication details.
  • New downloadable bindery report in signatures view.
  • Delivery of completed pages in Virtual Publisher now has downloadable report.
  • Delivery of completed pages in Virtual Publisher now has section field and section filtering options.
  • Many enhancements to the ad data merge interface, easier now to merge an ad material with an insertion order.
  • Added ad credit hold system. Red overlay on ads with credit hold.
  • Added cancel ad system. Red overlay on ads with cancelled mark.
  • Nearly fully integrated Virtual publisher with Datatrax ad point of sales system.
  • Many enhancements to ad import view. Import details added to plan history, added downloadable report, details added to plan log, easy view table of changes, and option to mark items red in the book plan which were changed.
  • New externalId option added to import ads screen. Allows publisher to choose a different field other than materialsId to key off of ads.
  • Added option to mark editorials as advertisements in the editorial csv data import.
  • Ability to increase text on plan snapshots.
  • Split spreads will always stick together now in VP when dragging from clipboard, to clipboard or around in plan view.
  • New option for Virtual Publisher companies to not remove margin on incoming editorial files. By default VP removes margin on incoming files.
  • Added new field option on insert details to denote if insert is supplied or not.
  • VP only ads can now be changed to and from SMA + VP or VP Only.           
    WORKITEM SYSTEM
  • Removed need select issue in work items list view.
  • Workitems no longer editable after the file is complete.

VP Bug fixes

  • Issues with pickups not working on CSV ad imports.
  • Some fields not emptying on csv ad import updates.
  • Fixed bug with editorial details view displaying out of order in rare situations.
  • Ad merge system bug fixes. Merging ad data should work correctly now.

SMA Features

    GENERAL
  • New option to subscribe to scheduled rollouts. This allows you to get an auto email when a rollout is scheduled and completed.
  • Approvals system now allows customization for notifications and force approve in order for each file type.
    PRINT ADS
  • Section selection option now available on ad upload form for companies with Virtual Publisher. This allows publishers to force advertisers to select a section before uploading.
  • Added ad credit hold system. Red overlay on ads with credit hold.
  • Added cancel ad system. Red overlay on ads with cancelled mark.
  • Nearly fully integrated Virtual publisher with Datatrax ad point of sales system.
    AD CREATOR
  • Ad creator now has new "internal data field" option to map an ad template field to an existing field in SendMyAd. This makes reporting and list view easier to see specific template data.

SMA Bug Fixes

    GENERAL
  • Ad sizes view no longer shows ad sizes from publications which are disabled.

    AD CREATOR
  • Ad creator now has better phone number formatting for alpha based phone numbers.
  • Ad creator image editor bug fixed with squished image when fitting to frame or centering.
  • Placeholder text is now stripped if user does not enter anything.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Feb 25th Update

Virtual Publisher Book Planning Features
  • New HTML5 softproof viewer added for Images and Pages. Java Viewer is being phased out.
  • New Affiliate report added for companies who have more than 1 Virtual Publisher customer.
  • New ad credit hold system marks pages red in the book plan when there is a credit hold on the ad.
  • When ads are in the book plan only and not in SendMyAd, we added information labels to let the user know this.
  • Word count added to story import system.
  • Book plan text size dynamically changes on book plan scale. This works for the snapshot tool as well. This makes text sizes easier to read.
  • Added pdf flattening system to snapshot book plan pdf for faster streaming to laser printers.
  • New swap and merge options on ad drag, simply drag an ad on top of another ad in the plan and see the new options.
  • Added new option to shift book content forward or backward from a specific point. Found in page menu.
  • Enhanced merge ad system to dynamically choose better data and fixed several issues associated with merge.
  • Ad import system change: If field selector is not selected, the ad content for that field will not updated. Previously data was overwritten with empty data.
  • Ad import changes: Import matches ads by  materialsid and or booking number. Previously only booking number was matched.
  • Many new ad shapes added in the ad specification shape selector for easier shape matching.
  • Updated story flow system to support ads which have no proper shape. This is still not recommended but it now works. 
  • Better preflight data for ads in ad details view of VP added.
  • Lots of additions to the VP and SMA api to support third party system data collection and creation.
Virtual Publisher Image Management Features
  • New FTP hotfolder system for sending bulk images via FTP drop.
  • New group creation system for grouping multiple images together on upload or at a later time.
  • Workitem check in / check out system add for images. Also added new rights based system to allow users to only do checkin and checkout work.
  • Work item hover system added to right panel with easy to read tooltips.
  • New HTML5 softproof viewer added for Images and Pages. Java Viewer is being phased out.
  • New left menu workitems area added. Allows users todo and see workitems as a list. Also comes with group management and new rights.
SendMyAd Features
  • Ad creator has 2 new field type options, 
    • Internal data set, allows ad creator field to be mapped to an existing SendMyAd field.
    • Delimited data set allows for the creation of a custom delimited string on the user's ad. 
  • New ad credit hold system added which marks the ad with a red overlay when there is a credit hold placed on the ad.
  • Ship date added to issue import system.
  • Issue run date and Material due date added to add new issue form for easier issue creation.
  • Ad merge system added to list view. Users can now select 2 ads from list view for merging.
  • Added new group right based system to allow publisher ad sales reps to see only the ads they are associated with.
  • New ad rate and net cost fields added to left panel for publishers to manage ad cost details.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 14 Update

Virtual Publisher

  • Moved all view config selectors into gray toolbar
  • New overlap status system implemented any time there is too much content on a page.
  • New overset options menu. When a story is overset, a new option is available to treat the overset
  • New once per upload approval options allow publishers to setup file approvals which will only need approval once even if the file is revised.
  • iPad book review system in VP book plan. Go to the vp book plan on an iPad.
  • New custom paths system allows publishers to create customized delivery paths for specific pages in a plan by setting up folio labels.
  • New background color options in VP Book plan.
  • New dark gray tool bar added to all views to make room for UI components.
  • Indesign plugin renamed from Editorial Manager to Page Manager in anticipation of actual plugin which manages true indesign and incopy editorials.
  • New VP Image Manager plugin designed for downloading and placing FPO and High res images into indesign documents.
  • New Publications Ad List report


SendMyAd

  • Actions menu moved to new gray toolbar
  • Notes and revision history now appear in the digital receipt
  • Ad Creator image uploader has a new button to center the image
  • Ad Creator can now use the traditional SendMyAd publisher approval process. Create publisher approvals at the publisher or publication level just like print ad approvals.
  • New tablet device setups for iPhone 4 and 5
  • New warning when attempting to remove a preflight profile that is in use by one or more color profiles
  • Extended the new custom view and reporting system across the application (publications, issues, etc)
  • New once per upload approval options allow publishers to setup file approvals which will only need approval once even if the file is revised. Configured per approval step. 
  • Many fixes, some new methods and complete documentation for the SendMyAd API. Browse the API manual at http://www.sendmyadsupport.com/api

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10 Update

Virtual Publisher Features

  • Url field added to ads list, VP Plan Items List, VP Ad List Report 
  • Every major list view in SMA and VP are now customizable and savable. Each list column set can be dragged and reordered and saved/edited as a custom name for later viewing. Watch video
  • Every major list view in SMA and VP are now downloadable as CSV files. The concept is that combining this will the new custom view system gives publishers a better reporting system. This means you can make custom views that are specifically designed to be exportable reports.  Watch video
  • Notes UI redesigned to load in right side panel.
  • New option to show VP issue selector as a plan selector instead. This helps when the publisher wants a special name for the plan and does not want to see the issue.
  • New VP delivery system added that allows delivery of completed pages when they are finalized.
  • New VP page position approval system added. Allows pages as a whole to be approved before completion. This can be coupled with the new delivery system to deliver each page as it completes.
  • New Image management system with softproofing is complete. (This has to be turned on for each publisher and is chargeable).
  • New image workitems system is in place which allows publishers to add specific tasks to uploaded images.
  • Story page uploader is now HTML5, no longer requires Flash.
  • New tablet plan builder system in place to fully deploy tablet plans to our customizable tablet app solution.
  • New option in company profile added to disable usage of previous issues as new plans. This means templates only.
  • Fixed some bugs in plan snapshot system.
  • Several new rights added which allows vp to be viewed in complete read only mode. 
  • Changed the 4 and 3 pad folio styles to 0 pad labels with alpha characters as well. Example: Before C1 now C0001
  • Change the Edition tag style to not show ROB in the final file name when delivering. Before: ABC_ROB_001.pdf now ABC_001.pdf.
  • New rights added: Can see clipboard, Can see plan snapshot, Can see plan history, Can see editorial details, Can see VP approvals, Can see VP run list, Can see images, Can snapshot plan, Can add issues, Can add plan, Can download editorial manager plugin, Can import plan data, Can remove editorials.
  • Ability to use a separate "virpublisher.com" email address for notifications, instead of "sendmyad.com".

SendMyAd Features

  • Removal of old view preferences per user and replaced with new customizable view system. Each list column set can be dragged and reordered and saved/edited as a custom name for later viewing.  Watch video
  • Every major list view in SMA and VP is now downloadable as CSV files. The concept is that combining this will the new custom view system gives publishers a better reporting system. This means you can make custom views that are specifically designed to be exportable reports.  Watch video
  • Ad Creator now supports custom phone format fields including dot and dash formats.
  • Ad Creator now supports a new custom field called mixed text, which allows the publisher to hard set a piece of text in front of advertiser entered text.
  • Ad Creator text fields now show how many characters are over the limit if one is defined. 
  • New variables available for file delivery: IssueNumber, IssueVolume, IssueExternalId.
  • Revision detection system will no longer offer to revise files that have been rejected and locked. 
  • New digital ad upload group system allows publishers to pre-configure the types and number of ads allowed in the upload form. Configured per web media profile. 
  • Fix for HTML characters in the digital ad upload form message.
  • Fix for bad characters in digital ad URL field.
  • Minimum and maximum resolution now both appear for "designed for tablet" ad uploader.
  • Improvements in preview quality and information extraction for image files. 
  • CSV reports now enclose fields in double-quotes, and escape quotes within the fields. 
  • Fix for issue import when CSV file has spaces in the filename. 
  • Adds support for digital video types of digital ads.
  • Rejection Reason chart in publisher statistics shows much more reliable information now. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

October 31 New Features

SendMyAd

New Features:

  • New upload groups system for digital ads. Preconfigure the types of ads your advertisers must supply you with in your Web Media Profile settings and keep them organized by group when delivered. 
  • Added ability for advertisers and agencies to change their company type in company details view.

Virtual Publisher

New Features:

  • All PDF snapshots respect the current filtered view. This gives the user more flexibility to make different plan PDFs and report PDFs.  (Video Link: New Snapshot Features)
  • New Snapshot configuration screen allows users to create a very custom plan snapshot and all settings are remembered. 
    • Options added to configure amount of spreads per row
    • Options added to configure slug info
    • Options added to add a note to the plan
    • Known bug being worked out with 3 Spread row pdf creation timing out.
  • Added issue details which can be used in delivery
    • ExternalID
    • Volume
    • Issue  Number
  • Added Upload API option and VP Page option to mark as accepting merge page.
  • Added double click to open slot details from story details view
  • Page overset information added to story details view.
  • Added ability to toggle Section bars, inserts and signature splits in plan snapshot system
  • Added option to see HTML version of plan in snapshot manager. Good for quickly seeing the simple plan in html.
  • Added option to format .75 story page to different corners, also fixed some bugs around this.
  • Added new options to zoom in on slots with slider in bottom tool bar. 
  • There is now a plan template selector at the top of the template toolbar when you are viewing a template.
  • New tabbed style browser for tablet based plans.
  • Added ability to create cover less sig auto flows.
  • Added ability to create single signature book or single fill minus cover.
  • Fixed bug concerning back side book signature menus
  • Added 1/3 Square and Half page Spread Ad specification shapes.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Release Notes: October 29, 2013

SendMyAd

New Features:

  • Moved preflight profile selection under color profiles to allow for more flexibility on file output and preflighting per color profile. Please check your color profiles to be sure your desired preflight profile has been selected. 
  • Option to lock an ad during rejection to prevent further revisions 
  • Raised Internet Explorer minimum requirements to version 9 since less than 10% of Internet users are still using version 8, and 11 is the most current. Internet Explorer users are urged to update to 9 or 10, or switch to Firefox or Google Chrome if possible. 
  • Redesigned digital ads upload form. Upload group system will be coming very soon.

Fixes:

  • Fixed some spread ad bugs.
  • Fixed text tool offset bugs.
  • Fixed some Chrome display bugs.
  • File processing improvements.

Virtual Publisher

New Features:

  • VP Images now supports fully customizable view system with savable views.
  • Ability added to copy a template to a different publication of the same trim size. See template details and new "Duplicate Button"
  • When making new plans from templates, the clipboard will be carried to the new plan. All editorials created on a template clipboard are maintained with the template.Added overset warning and amount on placed stories in story details view.
  • Added new option to leave story as overset when dropping on the plan and hitting a conflict.
  • Move tablet plan system to its own left menu option. Lots more changes to come here.
  • When a merged page is dragged to the clipboard more information is provided and the ability to cancel is an option.
  • Option added to skip removal of editorials when a plan is removed.
  • VP Pages now allow complete custom metadata configuration just like ads already had.
  • Added ability to change coverage on any story type, before it was manual when the story was in the clipboard.
  • Delete (backspace) key is now mapped to the DELETE action in softproofing viewer. (For removing annotations). 

Fixes:

  • coverage change bug fixes
  • Fixed bug with showing all editorials on template clipboard

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 13, 2013 Release Notes

SendMyAd

New Features:

  • Interface improvements across the site. 
  • Publication codes are now required to be unique within the publisher's set of titles.
  • New option to use a 3-digit unique issue ID for materials ID generation. You must enable "one issue per ad" to use this. 
  • Web ads now allow multiple run dates.
  • New uploader deployed in more areas in the site, now including print ad revisions. 
  • Web text ads can now check word count instead of character count. Determined per ad unit. 
  • "Designed for Tablet" ads now allow device sizes to be marked as optional.
  • Revision Number added to list of delivery path variables. 

Fixes:

  • Issues list variable in email notifications now shows materials due date instead of run date.
  • Duplicating a print ad size will also copy its associated InDesign template file.
  • Links to web ads from email notifications now work properly. 
  • Added paging for digital ads in the table and thumbnail views. 
  • Better performance when submitting the Ad Creator form. 
  • Ad reservation merging bugs resolved. 
  • Launching of trim tool when using custom message is fixed.
  • Interface improvements when managing tablet ad sizes.
  • Advertisers are shown materials due date now, not run date, on materials requests. 
  • Preflighting for the "Separation All" (registration) now works properly after a file is trimmed. 
  • Advanced search supports apostrophes.
  • Various fixes for duplicating publications.
  • Revising a HTML web ad is now working properly. 
  • Web ad tag file upload improvements. 


Virtual Publisher

New Features:

  • New image management module allows publishers to manage and softproof their images. Please contact sales@blansys.com for more information.
  • Users can now see coordinate based notes on the plan view and the magazine viewer.
  • Some enhancements to speed concerning drag and drop
  • Removal of the multi-select drag system. After some analysis we found this feature was not being used and was causing minor conflicts with drag, so we turned it off. Please let us know if you would like it back.
  • Hid change round system. Can be turned back on in your publisher profile setup.
  • Moved Editorial view out one level. Editorials can now be managed without specific plan data.
  • Editorial details view now shows all content in plan from start to finish of story.
  • New compact look
  • More information in footer areas
  • Redesigned dashboard area with more information and better layout.
  • Import plan data screen made more consistent and updated sample files to reflect all features.
  • Adding issue or plan now allows previous issues to be used as new plan sources
  • Removed ability to have multiple plans per issue. Just add more issues as needed.
  • Materials ID field available in ad reservation form if not using automated materials ID system.

Fixes:

  • Thumbnail now shown in revisions bar for original version of a file after uploading a new revision.
  • Added back link to SendMyAd in top bar.
  • Quick search entry field now works properly. 
  • JPEG images with very large physical dimensions are rejected automatically to save processing resources. 
  • Many improvements for new image management module.