Friday, January 14, 2022

In this software release we are introducing a powerful new tool called Automations, which will help reduce tagging and other repetitive tasks to help your staff be more productive. In addition, we are adding an option to use a fixed aspect-ratio box when cropping images.

Monday, January 03, 2022

In this major release of Flex Templates, we are adding several new design features and updates to improve our front-end experience. We are adding a new video icon style and emphasizing video icon behaviors, a new mobile-friendly grid, and a new utility region for e-Editions. In addition, there are many other features, improvements, and bug fixes.

Friday, December 10, 2021
Friday, December 03, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021

This release of PageTracker features several ground-level requirements for the use of a new product, Distributed Production. For more information on Distributed Production, including how to start using some of these features, read our documentation here.

Friday, November 19, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021

In this release of BLOX Now app Flex Templates, we are adding future support for upcoming audio live streaming. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact customer support at (800) 293-9576 or TownNews.com/support.

Monday, November 08, 2021
Friday, November 05, 2021

In this release, we are making a few minor changes after a recent BLOX Now app software release, expected beginning October 26, 2021, to ensure the best possible user experience and performance of the applications. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact customer support at (800) 293-9576 or TownNews.com/support.

Friday, October 29, 2021

We are adding new functionality in the site URL map that will allow you to designate a specific URL as "searchable" so it can be found in the front-end site search. Then, if a reader enters a search query and that URL qualifies, it will be promoted at the top of the site search.

In this major new release of BLOX Core, we are adding the ability to create search-based, unlimited, automatically-updated collections called Dynamic Collections. We are also adding new functionality where certain designated URLs are able to be discovered in front-end site searches. And lastly, we're making improvements to Access Control and to the BLOX admin user interface, along with a number of bug fixes.

We are adding a huge new feature to our Collections asset: Dynamic Collections. This new collection gives you the ability to populate a collection based on search rules rather than manual selection. There are also several new presentation modes which will provide additional content display options. 

In this release we are adding more improvements to our One-Page Purchase workflow, including an AMP logout button, a new Promo Button block to promote membership offers outside of the paywall, and an improved workflow for readers who are trying to renew their subscription. In addition, there are lots of behind-the-scenes functionality which has been added to support the upcoming BLOX Core release which adds Dynamic Collections and searchable URLs. Lastly, we have several other improvements and bug fixes as well.

Friday, October 22, 2021
Friday, September 10, 2021

Readers can now find, and purchase, specific photo content more easily. With this week's release, the "Buy now" button for photo sales will be included on photo assets that appear in site search results. For example, they may search for a specific sports team, see a list of images, and then purchase them with one simple click.

Friday, August 27, 2021

In September, TownNews will be making significant updates and improvements to BLOX OTT applications. This release features more customizations, a new Video Preview Player, Search feature, Recommended Videos, Resume Watching and Saved across Devices.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Currently, when a user clicks on "Editions" in the BLOX Live e-Editions menu bar, it shows a list of other editions from that publication with the date it was published. This works great for sites which publish a similarly-titled publication on a regular basis, since the main way to distinguish those editions would be by date.

In this release we are adding a new content partner, JSG Communications, to the TownNews Content Exchange. Stock market news from stockmarket.com and pennystocks.com will be integrated into the existing Content Exchange finance section, as well as individual partner sections.

In this Flex Templates release, we are adding a new customization property which can control the aspect ratios on images for BLOX Email Reach newsletters, and a new toggle in BLOX Live e-Editions which controls how the related e-Editions display in the "editions" menu. Additionally, we are making several improvements and addressing some bugs as well.

Friday, June 11, 2021
Friday, June 04, 2021

In this release we are making infrastructure changes that should not be noticeable to admin or front-end users. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact customer support at (800) 293-9576 or TownNews.com/support.

Friday, May 28, 2021

In this major release of BLOX Core, we are adding several new features, such as new article presentation properties, new Access Control methods, and new "get live URL" buttons in the admin. In addition, we are fixing several issues and making improvements to the UI.

Friday, May 21, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021
Monday, May 17, 2021

This release of PageTracker addresses a number of bugs, improvements to budget view, and changes on our roadmap to Distributed Production. There was also a major shuffle on PageTracker preferences, relocating them all to a more intuitive settings panel within the PageTracker application, as well as migrating .enabled/.disabled files into the same preference panel. 

Friday, May 07, 2021
Saturday, May 01, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021

The main focus of this release is IDFA compliance, changes to the e-Edition deployment and iQ Audience+ awareness, and a GA4/Firebase Analytics overhaul. We are also deploying several new features including live streaming improvements and UI changes.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Sometimes a photographer will upload a large amount of photos straight from his or her camera directly to BLOX via the batch editing tool. When this happens, the filename of the photo will be used as the title of the asset, unless they are renamed. In these types of situations, it would be helpful just to turn off the headlines or the captions.

In this major BLOX Core release, we are adding: new options to show or hide headlines within a collection; more asset results displayed in the Editorial application; and a new way of associating blocks to URL maps. In addition, we are including many bug fixes and improvements, as well as behind-the-scenes beta code for a few different experiments that are currently underway.

Friday, March 26, 2021

In this Flex Templates release, we are making some improvements to our Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing, we have changed our weather blocks to show up to 10 days of forecasts, and we are now adding captions and headlines to inline assets such as video, PDFs and audio assets. In addition, several bugs have been fixed.

Monday, March 22, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021

Due to widespread issues that have impacted a high number of our partners, TownNews will no longer be facilitating placement of the Yahoo Gemini content recommendation units provided by Verizon Media. We will be replacing this recommendation unit with a similar, temporary display from another provider, ZergNet.

Friday, March 05, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021

In our recent Flex Templates release, we added new Utility Regions which inject themselves at very specific points within an article's Infinity Scroll area, helping to break up and monetize this content area.

Friday, February 12, 2021
Friday, March 22, 2019

Today we are introducing a new alternative to Google Maps, from a company called Here.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017