Release Note 15th May

Dynamic Content timezones

In this release we've introduced a new feature in Dynamic Content to make it easier for teams to plan content across timezones. You can now add timezones and switch between them from a menu in the masthead. The start and end times for editions that you view, edit or create will be displayed in the time of the timezone you have selected.

We've also added the ability to add a start and end time to events, particularly useful if you're working with multiple editions in the same event set up in different timezones.

Note that events and editions use UTC timestamps, all that you are doing when changing the current timezone is changing the offset in which the start and end times are displayed.

This release also includes some improvements to the way you can organize assets using tags in Content Hub.

Adding and switching between timezones

By default when you view events and editions, the start and end date will be shown in the system time zone, that is the local time set on your computer. The system time will be displayed in the masthead unless you have selected another timezone.

To add a timezone choose "Add/remove timezones" from the menu or choose "Date and time" from the settings menu.

Choosing to view and add timezones
Choosing to view and add timezones

In the Date & time settings window, choose the "+" icon and click in the text box labelled "Enter a region, city or timezone". A list of available timezones is displayed showing the region and local time in that region. You can type a city or region name to narrow the selection.

Choose the timezone you want and click the "Save" button at the top of the window.

Adding a new timezone
Adding a new timezone

The timezone is now available in the timezones menu in the masthead and you can switch to a timezone by choosing it from the menu. In this example we'll choose the "New York" timezone.

The new timezone is now available in the masthead menu
The new timezone is now available in the masthead menu

The start and end dates for the editions in the "May holiday sale event" are now shown in New York time.

Switching to the America/New_York timezone. Edition start and end times are now shown in this timezone.
Switching to the America/New_York timezone. Edition start and end times are now shown in this timezone.

With the New York time zone set, it's now easier for a UK based planner to create an event to go live at 9AM New York time rather than having to do the time conversion manually.

When you create, view or edit an edition its start and end date will be in the currently selected timezone.
When you create, view or edit an edition its start and end date will be in the currently selected timezone.

The creation and modification date of content items in the production view are also shown in the time of the currently selected timezone.

Indicating the system timezone

If you have chosen a different timezone from the system time on your computer, then the system timezone is marked in the timezone menu with an icon. In the image below, the system time is set to the Europe/London timezone, but the current timezone is America/New_York.

If the current timezone is different to the system time, the system timezone will be marked with an icon.
If the current timezone is different to the system time, the system timezone will be marked with an icon.

Specifying event start and end times

To help planners working in multiple timezones you can now set the start and end time for an event, as well as the date. When you create a new event, by default it will start at midnight and end at 23:59:59 in the currently selected timezone, but you can choose the time you want or edit the start and end times from the event details window.

When you create an edition its start and end date and time must be within the start and end date and time of the event, adjusted for the current timezone.

You can now specify a start and end time for an event
You can now specify a start and end time for an event

Tags in Content Hub

Adding tags is a useful way to organize your assets in Content Hub. In this release we've improved the tags facet by adding a search box, so it's easier to find and organize assets using the tags that you've added.

In the image below two tags have been added to an asset from the properties pane: "spring" and "signaturecollection".

Tags added to an asset.
Tags added to an asset.

The top 10 most common tag values are shown in the Tags facet in Organize section of the Content Hub window, as shown below. To find assets tagged with "signaturecollection", click in "Find and add image tags" search box below the Tags facet and start typing the tag you are looking for. A list of the matching tags is displayed and in this case we'll choose "signaturecollection".

Adding the signaturecollection tag to the Tags facet.
Adding the signaturecollection tag to the Tags facet.

The "signaturecollection" tag is added to the Tags facet and selected. Only those assets with this tag are displayed. As you can see in the image below, there are 8 assets in the current folder tagged with "signaturecollection" and 4 assets that also have the tag of "spring".

Filtering on the signaturecollection tag.
Filtering on the signaturecollection tag.

If we click the "spring" checkbox, the display is filtered so that only those assets tagged with both "spring" and "signaturecollection" are displayed.

Filtering on those items that are tagged with both spring and signaturecollection.
Filtering on those items that are tagged with both spring and signaturecollection.

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