• New Features: Text Editor and Media Manager

    This Box Ally release brings you two exciting changes. These are a new, streamlined text editor and a redesigned media manager. Keep reading to learn more about these great new features.

    Text Editor

    The new text editor gives you the same important features you’re accustomed to with a streamlined design, yet familiar approach to WYSIWYG editing. Here are some important highlights of the editor. 

    Design/Code View

    Previously, Design view and Code view were accessed by clicking the corresponding button at the bottom of the text editor. These view are now controlled by a single button on the toolbar. Clicking the code view button once toggles the editor to code view. Clicking the button again returns it to the WYSIWYG view. Code view comes with other awesome new features: syntax highlighting and line numbers.


    No More Show More

    With the old text editor, the show more/show less button enabled you to expand the toolbar to display all available tools. The new text editor displays all tools from a single toolbar.

    Contextual Toolbars

    The new text editor displays context related toolbars in the editor depending upon the context of the task you are performing. For example, if your document includes an image, when you click the image a small toolbar with image related tools is displayed in the editor.


    When you click a link in your text, the link manager toolbar is displayed below the text. This toolbar lets you edit the link or remove it. You still add a new link by clicking the link manager button on the main toolbar.


    You can insert a table by clicking the table button on the toolbar and selecting the number of columns and rows. By selecting a cell or cells in the table, you can reveal the table options toolbar.


    The Media Manager

    The new media manager has a vastly different appearance from the old media manager, while providing you with the same important features, plus some exciting new ones.


    As before, the media manager is accessed by clicking one of the media buttons on the text editor toolbar, these include the Image Manager button or the Document Manager button.

    More Elbow Room

    At first look, you see that the most noticeable change with the media manager is that the window is much larger than the old media manager. This makes for easier navigation and image management. The window layout is familiar with folders on the left side of the window, files in the middle, and file properties on the right side of the window.

    Show File Types

    One exciting new addition to the media manager, is the option to display files of specified types. With the old manager, the displayed file types were dependent upon how you accessed the media manager. For example, if you clicked the insert image button on the toolbar, then the media manager showed only the image files. The new media manager lets you choose the file types to display by selecting them from the dropdown list at the top of the window.


     Options include:

    Show: All

    Show: Audio

    Show: Documents

    Show: Video

    Show: Images

    Drag and Drop to Add Files

    To add files with the media manager, you can click the add button and browse to the images you want to upload. This method is similar to the old media manager, but now you have another option for uploading images. Drag and drop! Simply select one or more images on your computer then drag and drop them on the media manager window. This uploads them all to the currently selected folder in the media manager.


    To add an image to your text, click the image in the media manager to select it, and the right pane displays the image properties and lets you set the attributes, including SEO related attributes such as title and description and formatting attributes such as height, width, and alignment.


    After you set the image properties, simply click the insert button to insert it into your text.

  • WOD Post Feature Image Update

    Easily add a feature image to your W.O.D. Posts.

    The W.O.D. / blog post featured image lets you assign an image to display prominently at the beginning of a W.O.D. / blog post.You specify the featured image for a W.O.D. / blog post on the Blog Post Images tab. You can add a new image for your post or you can select a previously-added image.

    You have two options for adding a new featured image for a post. The first method is to drag the image file from your computer and drop it on the featured image upload area on the Images tab. The second method for uploading an image is to click the Upload button in the featured images area on the Blog Post Images tab. Clicking the Upload button displays a browse dialog box and lets you browse to your image file.

     

    Featured images are stored in the BlogFeaturedImages folder on your site.

    To select an existing featured image, click the Select Existing button. This displays all images stored in your BlogFeaturedImages folder. Click an image and then click the Select button to choose an existing image.

    The Show in List Views checkbox lets you specify if the featured image should display for blog elements formatted to display as a list, for example List, List with Summary, or List with Body. When unchecked, the featured image does not display in lists.

    New Blog Post Images Tab

    The blog post settings now includes an Images tab. The Images tab enables you to manage blog featured images and blog thumbnail images.

     

    With this release you can also specify if a blog thumbnail image should be displayed in a blog element formatted to display as a list. A new Show in List Views checkbox, illustrated above, lets you specify if the thumbnail image should display for the post in list views. When checked, the thumbnail image, if assigned will display in any blog post formatted to display as a list such as List, List with Summary, or List with Body. When unchecked, the thumbnail image is not displayed, even if a thumbnail image is assigned to the post.

  • Full Name Profile Update

    We recently updated our WOD / Blog posting admin area which might effect you while posting. This might be due to your user settings.

    If you are having difficulty posting, or the 'Save My Changes' button does not seem to be working, here is how to fix the issue.

    If you are not experiencing any issues with posting, you can ignore the below instructions.
    First: Click the 'Users' button from the top admin menu bar.

    Then click the 'Edit User' button from your user profile.

    Then, if the 'Full Name' area is blank, make sure you have your
    full name inserted in the area.

    Once your Full Name is entered in the box, click 'Update'
    at the bottom of the screen.

    Then refresh your browser and you'll be good to go.

    If you already have a name in the 'Full Name' area,
    you can skips all steps.

  • Introducing the New Element Interface

    Box Ally admin Elements

    will have a NEW look!Elements are the key to Box Ally's simple to use content management system. From the beginning, we built Box Ally with an "edit in place" approach, using simple toolbars that overlay the various editable pieces of content on a site. It's one of the things that sets us apart from most other dashboard-based systems. And so it is with great pleasure that we introduce the newest version of Box Ally's Element functionality, to be released very soon. Take a look below at everything that's new.

    The New Element Toolbars

    First off, we've redesigned the Element Toolbars. You're used to seeing black bars at the top of each element. Our new toolbars are more modern and discreet. They're designed to blend into your site while still serving their main purpose of marking your elements and providing access to the element menus. The element menus themselves have been redesigned as well, sporting fresh new custom icons. Take a look at the new toolbars and menus in the image below.

    The New Add Element Bar

    Next, we've updated the Add Element bar found at the bottom of each editable region. The old Add Element bar was a thick, black bar with the same weight as the Element Toolbars. We felt this made it difficult to distinguish between the tops of elements and the bottoms of regions. We have replaced this bar with an add element button and a thin line to mark the location where you can add elements when in edit mode. This approach more naturally blends with the design of your site while at the same time subtly marking those locations where you can add elements.

    As before, the Element Toolbars and Add Element buttons are displayed only in edit mode to logged-in administrators. See the new Add Element Bar in the image below.

    The Add Element Modal:
    Beautiful, Responsive Design with Fewer Clicks

    Now comes the most exciting change — the new Add Element modal. Clicking the Add Element button now brings up a beautifully-designed, responsive modal with fresh, custom icons representing each of the available elements. Simply click (or touch) the element you want and it is immediately added to your page. See the Add Element Modal in the image below.

    The modal adapts to the size of your device's screen, enabling you to easily add elements on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. Plus, if you're a click counter, you'll notice that the new modal requires two fewer clicks for every element you add!

    Sharing is the New "Copy"

    We've also updated our copy element functionality. For one thing, we're now calling it "share" instead of "copy." For the most part, sharing an element works just as copying an element used to work. With sharing, you can place an element in multiple locations across your website. Updating the content of the element in one location automatically updates it everywhere it is shared.

    However, we have made one big improvement in sharing vs. copying. Previously, when you copied an element, you had to select the element you wanted from a dropdown list that included every single element on your site. This list of elements could get very long and it could be quite cumbersome and time-consuming to select the element you wanted.

    So, we've addressed this issue by creating a new Is Shareable property on the advanced settings of every element (see the image below). Now, only those elements that are marked as shareable are included in the share element list. By default, new elements will not be marked as shareable. However, when we release this new feature, we will automatically mark any element that you have currently copied as shareable.

    All you have to do to share an element is to select the "Share an Element from Another Part of Your Site" dropdown list on the Add Element modal (see image of the modal above). Remember, this list displays only the elements you have marked as shareable, so if you don't see the element you want, you'll need to go to the Advanced tab in that element's settings and check the Is Shareable checkbox.

    But Wait, There's More!

    The new Element UI is a major upgrade and a big step forward for the Box Ally Platform. However, there are some other features, enhancements and resolved issues included in Release 2014.9 as well. For full details, see the 2014.9 Release Notes below.

    Launching on September 2nd

    Because of the significance of the changes in this release, we felt it important to give you advance notice of what is coming in 2014.9. These changes are tentatively scheduled for release on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. We look forward to bringing you these updates soon!Release Notes for September, 2014 New Features

    • Added an Is Shareable checkbox on the element settings Advanced tab. Selecting this box marks the element as shareable, and it makes it available for selection on the shared element dropdown list on the Add Element modal.
    • Introduced the Add Element modal, offering a completely redesigned, mobile-friendly experience for adding elements to a page. This also reduces the number of clicks required to add an element by 50%.

    Enhancements

    • Redesigned the Element Toolbars, giving them a more modern and discreet appearance.
    • Improved the appearance of the Add Element bar.
    • Reduced the Element Toolbar markup and sped up the addition of an element.

    Resolved Issues

    • The checkout page would hang when the user entered the zip code if the currency format used periods for the thousands separator and commas for the decimal.
    • USPS First Class shipping was not calculated and presented as a shipping option for the customer, even when it was selected as an option in the store settings.
    • Clicking the HTML button on the UI resulted in a minor display issue of the text field.
    • The text area on the Blog Summary, Checkout and Payments Page, and on the Policies tab extended below the bottom of the frame, blocking the WYSIWYG controls located at the bottom of the field.
    • Selecting the HTML button on the text editor displayed the HTML code, but clicking the Design button did not revert back to WYSIWYG mode, and the editor continued to display HTML code.
    • Changes made within the Image Editor were not saved.
  • W.O.D. Publish Time Now Available!

    You spoke, and we listened!

    Custom Publish Time for your W.O.D. posts are now available.

    Do you post W.O.D.'s in advance? Want to post a W.O.D. that goes live on your site at 6pm daily? Previously, the publish date was your only option for controlling when a W.O.D. post went live. You could write posts in advance, but those posts went live at 12:00am on the publish date. With the addition of the Publish Time on the Blog Post Basic tab, you now control the date and time of when a post goes live. If you want a post to go live on Friday at 6pm, all you do is set Friday’s date and enter 6:00pm as the publish time. If the publish time is not important to you, then simply leave the default time of 12:00am. The publish time is based on the time zone in your site's settings.

    We have also added Meta Tags Description option to your posts.
    The W.O.D. post Meta Tags Description now automatically defaults to the text of the post summary. In the past, if you did not enter a Meta Tags Description, then none was used for your post. By defaulting the Meta Tags Description to the auto summary text, we're taking an even more proactive approach to your SEO activities for W.O.D. posts. But what if you don't want to use the auto summary text? No problem. Simply enter your own Meta Tags Description as you have done in the past.

    Enjoy the new features and we're working hard to keep them coming.

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