Know more about the features and bug-fixes that are being rolled out from Bold.
Renewed User/Author creation UX:
New UX for Authors and users creation.
Add Social media links to authors:
Add upto 9 social media links to authors
Facebook app permissions update:
Bold is now up-to-date with the Facebook's latest permissions to auto-post stories to your Facebook page. Read story below to know more.
Mandrill Template for Verification Emails:
The Mandrill Template for Verification Emails can now be set using Settings > Integrations > Mandrill
Important bug fixes:
Fix to ensure the stories several elements load only on-demand. Lazy load implementation.
Fix to ensure Static page publish containing script tags don't fail.
Fix on cache purge to ensure that content readers always get the latest content that is published/re-published.
Fix to ensure latest and relevant stories are shown in story search APIs.
Fix to ensure that Push Notification failures on OneSignal are reduced when many tags are selected for the story.
Fix to ensure Twitter embed links don't error out while including them.
Fix to ensure the search results in Bold workspace do not show the yellow highlight which is usually reserved for browsers.
Fix to ensure trending tags API is functional. Documentation available here.
History and context: Bold has a feature where the user can post to social apps such as Twitter and Facebook simultaneously as the story is published in bold. To do this, Bold requires permissions(previously publish_pages and manage_pages) that are granted by the the admin of the Facebook app to the Bold publisher account so that Bold can publish to the Social App pages on the admin's behalf. This is done by the following steps:
Setup Facebook Integration in Bold; Settings -> Integrations -> Add Integration -> Select Facebook or Twitter -> Enter the API key and Secret -> Save.
Setup Social Sharing; Go to Settings-> Social Sharing -> New Connection -> Select Facebook or Twitter -> Grant Fb/Twitter permissions to Bold.
Publish your first story while simultaneously publishing it to social platforms; New Story -> Save story -> Manage -> Advanced Options -> Add Social Card -> Select the social account. -> Complete story and publish.
For Customers who have already set permissions: Facebook would have already migrated their permissions. The link for reference is here.
Note to clients who are setting permissions for the first time in the new fashion: The reason we have asked for 6 permissions is to adhere to the permission migration mapping followed by Facebook. So when in the workflow where you are adding a new Facebook connection, all the 6 permissions will be displayed out of which the following are mandatory for Quintype Bold:
The Recommended Tags feature will be deprecated as of 18 Jun 2020.
Create stories and switch its templates now on the go, as all story templates are now responsive.
Syndicate stories from any third party application and update existing stories in Bold as well which allows a variety of different use cases when it comes to syncing content between your Print CMS and Bold.
Talk to your dedicated account manager at Quintype or write to us at email@example.com to know more.
Story update and publish was taking time
Workspace was loading slow at times
No sitemap generated by Bold will ever be empty. This ensures lesser Google Search Console errors.
Configure and select channel while triggering a push notification Based on the Push Notification provider.
To setup and manage Push Notification channels, go to Settings > Configure > Push Notification
Most functionalities in managing a collection, can now be performed on your mobile browser.
Try out Content > Collections > select a collection, on your mobile browser to experience it.
Format text in text elements using your mobile browser.
Simply select text entered in Bold text elements, in your mobile browser to see various formatting options.
The workspace search and filter now lets you filter by the date on which the story was published.
Go to Workspace > Filter > Published At
Quintype's Independent Authentication service is now live. Built for robustness and scale, the feature rich application in its first go-live includes all APIs typically required for an authentication service, and is listed here.
The index sitemap (e.g., https://yourdomain.com/sitemap.xml) that Bold generates for your website, now has a Topic Sitemap (e.g., https://yourdomain.com/sitemap/sitemap-topic.xml) which contains URLs for the various Tags that are used in stories of your website.
Bold now allows you to configure the stories that you want indexed in your index sitemap based on when the story was published.
You can do this in Manage > Sitemap
Story elements can now be added with ease even on your mobile browsers.
The Hero Image of a story can now be removed.
The media gallery is now equipped with options to filter through images based on attribution, author and location.
The Custom Slug field in the Story Details inspector now has an field that auto-adjusts to multiple lines so that the entire slug is readable.
AMP stories now have tags added as meta keywords for better SEO and discoverability.
Integration with WRU.io's recommendation engine is now updated so that retracted or deleted stories are not recommended to users.
Collections can now be automated by adding rules based on Entities in your Bold editor.
Quintype's upgraded user authentication service is now equipped to handle a single-sign-on of users into your suite of websites on the Quintype platform.
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to configure it or write to our sales team at email@example.com
Quintype's member APIs now have the ability to update a user's profile image and name.
This requires integration of your front-end app with Quintype's APIs.
API documentation available here.
Quotes and block-quote elements now allow attributing them to a person entity or an author, and can have images images displayed against the linked person as well.
Bold is now integrated with PushEngage for triggering push notifications.
The editor now allows a Global watermark image and a Section specific watermark image which is returned in the story APIs just as it is uploaded.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to turn the feature and help implement the feature on your web-app.
Capture notes about your stories using Editor's notes.
For publishers who have enabled Metype's UGC widget, the details of the contributor: Name, Phone, Email and Profile info, will be available in the Editor's Notes.
More information on Metype's User Generated Content widget, click here.
Google Analytics will be able to retain an end-user's session when the user navigates between AMP and non-AMP pages on your website.
Contact us at email@example.com to turn the feature on for your account.
The Read-only mode in the story editor now allows you to view a story when someone else is editing it.
While uploading a new image to media library, now extract the artist information and location where the image was taken, on Bold. Extracting of image location is behind a feature toggle Extract Location Exif Data. If image doesn't have a location, you can mark the location on the map as per required.
Another interesting feature is linking of the user/author to an image. Clicking on link to user converts the text field to a dropdown where you can search for the user/author and save to link.
You may notice multiple instances of a story for older images, but we have fixed that bug in this release and won't happen for any newly uploaded media element.
Now access an image on media library and find the usage of the image in various stories or usage of an image multiple times in a story - all listed on usage information tab. Lists 20 latest stories, but load more to find the first usage.
We have redesigned the way you navigate the pages on editor. The whole idea is to allow you to easily access the same on mobile devices too. With this change we are one step closer to make your favourite editor mobile friendly.
Side wrap & Sidebar
Side wrap is the list of the first level items, represented using Icons. All feature pages in Bold is expected to have this bar on the left side (assuming the default is L to R).
Clicking on side wrap, another bar will appear, as an overlay, on the right side of the side wrap and it contains the list of child items.
Any navigation from the sidebar (level 2) to next level (level 3 to n) won't create a new sidebar but instead will repopulate the content inside the sidebar. For all sub-level sidebar, It is mandatory to have "back to parent" button.
Clicking outside of the sidebar will close the action.
The main area of every feature page contains a feature-container and may contain an action bar.
The purpose of the Action Bar is to provide user access to actions/tasks that s(he) can perform while using that particular content. Action Bar provides access to "list of action", Sidebar is for navigating the items.
Action Bar is considered as part of the page, and not as an overlay. And for the same reason, it has Expand Collapse option. The expansion and collapse will affect the size of feature-container (and is not an overlay)
The action bar is in no way related to Sidebar.
We have now enabled web and home page preview for a story in our editor. Click on the eye icon on top right to check the live mobile preview, with desktop story and home page preview also available as options in the dropdown.
BOLD now has a new inspector for configuring all Alternatives including hero image, headline and social alternatives.
Authors should be able to set separate social media image for all providers. In the Add Alternatives section, one should be able to give Alternate Social Media Image for a story. To access the section, global context menu will have the option to add alternatives.
Select images from media gallery or upload to alternatives. Images could also be edited using photo-editor, replaced or deleted as needed. The uploaded image would be used as the OG image for the story for each of the social channels. If there is no social image added as alternative, hero-image of the story would be displayed on social posts as usual.
The use of social image should be configured on the front-end website to take the social-image as the og:image instead of hero image.
Number of cards visible on a paid story can now be configured from the editor. To configure, visit on the editor and set the number of cards that should be visible on your website or amp-page for a paid story.
To share the read time and word count of a story to the readers, we have introduced word-count and read-time as keys in the story response for following APIs:
/api/v1/collections/:id or :slug
These parameters will be re-calculated every time a story is updated.
Quintype RSS feeds now have the additional option to filter by Access Levels as parameters. RSS feeds can be generated for all the stories that has different access-levels, a combination of the same or based on access-levels, free stories etc.
The parameters regarding access-levels will work only if the 'Bold-Paid-Stories' feature is off. If the feature is on, only free stories will be available in the RSS feeds.
If the metered feature toggle is on /stories.rss will provide minimal information on paid stories.
/stories.rss?access=public | will return all the stories that are public or free.
/stories.rss?access=public,300 | will return all free stories and stories with access-level set to 300.
/stories.rss?metered=true&access=200 | will return all stories with access level as 200 with only the first story element.
The 40 story limit on the rankable stories in collections have been removed and now more stories that match the filter rules etc will load upon scrolling the left side.
Currently the full page scrolls, we will be updating the scroll to include only the left column in future updates.
We have enhanced the sort in media gallery to include Hero Images and Alternate Hero Images. Now all the images will be sorted based on the uploaded date. Searching images also have been improved with weightage for relevance based on keywords as well as upload time.
PhotoEditor version has been bumped to the latest ( 4.21 ) and this improves stability and better compatibility with the latest browsers.
Quintype now supports text to speech conversation for larger input texts ( upto 100, 000 billable characters ). This is an asynchronous process and Amazon will be generating the audio file based on their resource availability.
Now signing up for Amazon Polly via Quintype is made easier. You do not need to sign up for Amazon Services to get started. We will be using our own storage and will send you the bill at the end of the month.
As soon as the audio-file is generated by Amazon, the .mp3 URL will be available out stories APIs.
Bangla has been added to the list of vernacular slugs supported by Bold.
We have added support for adding social links from Setting>General. As part of this update we have removed Google+. The currently supported social links are : Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.
Automated collections can be created to rank stories that match a certain set of rules. These collections will ensure that all the new and latest stories will be part of the collection without any manual intervention.
We have added support to create collections that match with story attributes and group those matching stories into collections.
Multiple attributes and associated values can be selected and the stories will reflect the rules set up.
Associated Stories to Breaking News asks for publisher mandated meta-data before publishing. Now any story attribute that is marked as mandatory will also be requested before submitting the story.
Loading images were always restricted to 20 in both Media Gallery and while adding images to a story. We have added support for loading images continuously on scroll so that the image you are looking for can be found easily.
Analyze your Instant Articles with GA like never before. Quintype now supports highly customisable snippets that you can use to track your stories, the way you want it.
What can you track?
- story-id | Unique Identifier for the story
- sections | All the sections it belongs to
- authors | All the authors
- primary-section | The first section of the story
- story-title | Story Title
- canonical-url | The canonical URL for the story
- story-type | The Story Template.
You can generate your own ga tracking keys and create values that can be derived from the above fields.
"ga-key" : The name of the Google Analytics Key
"value" : The value pertaining to the story.
Re-circulation from AMP can get better with the addition of a list of internal links below the story content.
Setting up the Related Stories in AMP
'Also Read' content can be set from Settings>Configure>AMP> Related Collection. This field takes in the 'Collection ID'.
How to Find the Collection ID?
Collection ID can be found from the address bar of the browser. Open the collection that you want to add to Also Read from Content>Collection> and copy the Collection ID ( ex: 2411 ) from the URL.
Once set up, the top 5 stories from the collection will be coming up as the linked stories.
The related collections needs to have stories in the first level itself
Ideally the collection should be an automated collection which shows the trending stories or latest stories
Clicking on the links takes the user to the main site and not keep the reader within AMP so that they can subscribe, consume other content etc from the main website.
This will be part of the default AMP provided by Bold.
Bold supports the addition of location to a story. With multiple stories being created with location, we have extended the support to have collections that can work based off locations.
Once the feature is enabled from Configure/Geo-Location*, story creators will be able to tag stories to particular locations from Attributes/Location.
For any auto-mated collection, along with the existing rules, you can now set up a geo-location boundary and all the stories tagged anywhere within the boundary will be automatically be a part of it.
Location boundary can be set up once the rule toggle is on, and you can edit the boundary to pick the stories that will be part of the localised collections. The boundary can be as precise as required as it can be drawn on the map by the user. The left side of the collection will also show filtered stories based on the locale selected.
Points to Note:
The location can be zoomed in on the map and the boundary polygon can be created with precision.
The boundary polygon should be a closed area ( the first point and the last point should be the same )
If there is an already created polygon, creating a second closed polygon will remove the first polygon.
Using Localised Collections
The Collection API will provide the filtered collections based on the rules.
Future: Indexing the Location Rules set up my multiple collections so that closest matching collections to a users location can be served to them.
Sorting of Images were a mystery for our users for long. No more.
All the latest uploaded images ( from Media Gallery and Story Content ) will show up on the top when opening Media Gallery or trying to add images to stories.
This is limited to all the newly uploaded media content.
This will be extended this to Hero Images & Collection Images shortly.
Our Author API has been enhanced to provide contribution statistics for the author across multiple roles.
The API returns the number of stories contributed-to by the author grouped by different roles.
Pressing backspace at the start of a text element will now merge to the previous text element.
Undo and Redo keyboard shortcuts to bring back deleted story elements.
Chartbeat for AMP can now be configured directly from the editor. Place the Chartbeat UID in Configure>AMP>Chartbeat UID.
Keywords ( both tags and entities ) can now be automatically copied over to SEO Meta Tags. To turn this feature on go to Settings>Configure>Copy Keywords To Meta Tags
We are beta testing a Spell Checker for Vernacular Languages. If you are interested, please talk to your account manager.
Check the story word count and the time for reading the content right from the editor.
Clicking on the three-dot menu and run "SEO Scores" to check your story. Enter the Focus Keyword and check the results.
Focus Keyword is the term or phrase that your expected viewers are going to search for and the search engine should be ranking most for. Checking against the Focus Keyword, we provide feedback to verify or improve your content SEO strength.
SEO scoring is done against Title, Meta Description, Content and Images.
Future: We will be adding a scoring system.
Every publishing house have their own custom workflows. The most common being Draft ( Open )> Submitted > Approved > Published. There might be fewer states or more states according to the newsroom workflow.
Quintype Workflow now supports custom transitions that can be defined by the publishers business logic.
Filtering stories to rank them into a collection can now be done with Story Attributes. Stories can be filtered by a single story attribute or multiple story attributes together.
Certain Story Attributes are essential for the smooth functioning of a front-end website. With Bold, Story or Card Attributes can be set as mandatory and they need to be filled before submitting a story for review.
While creating an Attribute, they can be set as mandatory. If the mandatory story attribute is not filled in, story publish will throw a validation error.
Content Publishing happens along multiple themes. Focus teams working on stories that belong to sports, or politics or human rights should be able to view, edit or approve the stories that belongs to the content themes that they are part of.
Teams can be created based on groups of Story Attributes and members can be added to each of the teams.
Adding team members can be done from the users profile. One person can be added to multiple teams. Actions that can be performed by users are dependent on the editorial permissions.
Text toolbar now includes sub-script and super-script, H2-H6, bold, italics, underline, strike-through etc.
The Advanced Search will now be able to aggregate content across Sections, Story Templates and Collections. Additionally the advanced search will also be able to aggregate stories to any entities associated to collections.
For Example; Magazines in Quintype Platform can be represented with Entities and their Issues equate to collections in our domain terminology. If stories regarding a particular topic, say wildlife are added onto multiple issues, each of these issues belonging to a magazine, the new API will provide the ability to aggregate these stories to the magazine.
Every collection comes with an Issue Date, a preset date that can be set which is separate from the collection update or created date.
API for collections tagged with entities now supports filtering the list with Collection Issued Before and Collection Issued After dates.
Stories can now be tagged with entities and Entity by Slug API will retrieve the entity details from the Entity slug. This will enable reader to click on a slug and then receive the full page of information with respect to the slug and may be related stories as well.
We have enabled the new and improved interface on production and it can be used by individual users. To enable Bold for your account, go to My Profile and click on "Switch to Bold".
Quintype Bold supports syndication of YouTube Videos into the Editor. Different Channels can be syndicated into a section and set to be published manually or automatically.
With Quintype Bold, Section & Menu colour can be added from a colour picker. The selected colour will be a part of the API response.
Facebook is rate-limiting logins and engagement requests and to handle that we are introducing a threshold which, if hit, will throttle the requests to Facebook for 20 minutes till the rate-limit resets.
Publisher data can now be made available as a RSS feed export.
Quintype Search API ow supports facetted search. Initial release gives the ability to aggregate search results based on Sections, Story Templates and Time-Range.
Have a magazine that goes to the stands later this week? Create and schedule the corresponding collection from Bold and schedule the publish to coincide with the date the magazine is hitting the stands.
Any newly created collection can be scheduled to a specific date and time. Already published collections cannot be scheduled.
This feature will be available with the new and updated CMS.
Creating a great story involves multiple people. Some of them may be involved in greater capacities than others. There can be photographers, videographers, info-graphics creators, content editors, copy writers, graphic artists, illustrators and many more involved with the creation of a great story.
We are introducing 'Authors' and 'Contributors' to give proper credit to people who worked on the story at major and minor capacities. We have also introduced 'Roles' so that everyone involved can be credited for what they did for the story.
Creating Contributor Roles
Contributor roles work across 'Authors and Contributors' enabling each publisher to set up a set of roles that will describe the kinds of contributions that can be made for their stories.
After enabling 'Contributor Roles' from Settings >Configure >Features a new menu item will be added in 'Configure' which will enable the screen to create Roles.
Using Contributor Roles
Once enabled the author details in our APIs will be enhanced with roles and a new entry will be added for contributors.
This feature will be available upon the launch of the new and upgraded CMS.
Asana is a web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work.
Available with the new iteration of Bold, Asana Integration will enable the users to see the tasks and sub-tasks that are assigned to the user, close the tasks from the editor itself.
For all the tasks that are coming to Bold, the users will be able to create a story and upload a set of images. These images will be shown as the defaults when searching for images in the story.
The list of all tasks with at least one task assigned to you will be listed here.
All the Tasks which has at least one sub-task assigned to the logged in contributor.
The Tasks are organised into:
Today : Set of tasks that needs to be completed today.
Tomorrow: Set of tasks that needs to be completed tomorrow.
Later : All the tasks that are due from the day after.
Create/ Go To Story
From a task, a new story can be created (Create Story), if no story is created for the task already. If a story is created, then you can navigate to the (View Story).
Open the Task and open the Media Upload screen.
Single Task Page
As a contributor opens a task, they will see the sub-tasks , do the respective tasks ( like Image upload / create or modify a story ) and close the subtasks ( or the task itself ) from the page.
The images uploaded to the task are listed in the single task file.
The images that are uploaded into the tasks will be shown as the default images that will be shown for the story created from the task.
Close Tasks at Story Publish
When a story associated to as task is about to be Published, the person who is publishing the story will be able to close the sub-tasks that were created for the parent task.
What happens in ASANA?
When a story is created from a task inside Bold, all the state transitions for the story ( Submission, Approval, Publish etc ) will be added as comments onto the main task in Asana.
Each comment will have details about the story, the editor and the preview links and the published story URL. The name of the user initiating this action is also captured in the comment.
The minimum image width for images in AMP stories are updated to 1200px. This will ensure that the images are displayed in good clarity thereby rendering beautiful AMP content. Ensure that the images that are uploaded to your stories are more than 1200px in width.
AMP stories immerse readers in tappable, full-screen content. Building on the possibilities of the AMP project, this format enables the creation of visual content that is fast, open, and user-first.
Read more about Visual Stories here
From the Quintype Editor, Visual Stories can be created like any other story.
How does it work?
Quintype supports one default template for AMP stories with our Standard Theme
Creating your own Visual Stories.
Visual Stories supports e a vast range of customisations and while Quintype provides an easy way to create the story content, creating Visual Stories need your Website App to support them. Talk to your account manager and discover how your website can use Visual Stories to drive compelling narratives and beautiful templates. If your AMP Story supports more story elements than the ones listed above, we can enable them for your template.
We have integrated with Gupshup to send verification codes to user’s phones.
Press play to listen to first audio release note:
Amazon Polly turns text to life-like speech. We have integrated with service to provide audio files (.mp3) of the story and make it available as part of our APIs. This audio can be streamed by a supported player by the front end apps
How do I use this feature ?
Amazon Polly Pricing can be found here.
Quintype has introduced the ability to customise the title for Push Notifications send from the Editor. This ensures greater control over the content being pushed to the subscribers.
Publishers can configure the default Story Access Level. This ensures that all the stories that are created anew can be set to either Public, Login or Subscription. All the stories created post that will default to this access level.
This can be changed from story metadata before publishing. Contact your Account Manager to enable this and understand how this can help your website.
We will be gradually switching our publishers from the current Adobe Creative SDK Image Editor to PhotoEditor SDK. PhotoEditor SDK provides a large suite of image editing options with in-built social media ready cropping tools, text art etc.
Check out the new Editor Features here.
You can manually enable the New Image Editor from Admin>Configure>Photo Editor
This will be enabled for all from October 31, 2018.
RSS Feeds from Quintype ( your-website/stories.rss ) provides the entire story content. As part of being more subscription friendly, Quintype has introduced the ability to show teaser content in the RSS feed and provide redirect the consumer to your website for the full content.
Once enabled, all the stories that are marked as “subscription” in the Editor, will show only the first story element and then provide a link to “Continue Reading”.
You can enable this feature from Admin>Configure>Metered RSS
You can now upload CSVs, PDFs and Doc files upto 25 Mb in size.
Added email addresses in the author names drop down to better help identify authors with identical names.
As part of enhancing the user experience on collections, the number of stories in a collection can be configured. This will ensure that editors can keep adding stories to collections and not worry about the number of stories being an ever increasing list.
We will be enabling this feature for all publishers on 15th October. If you want to enable this on an earlier date, talk to your account manager.
Syndicating content between Quintype Publishers now retains the cards at the destination.
Editor now supports moEngage as a push notification provider, in addition to One Signal and iZooto.
Publishers need to get an account with moEngage and then contact your Account Manager to add or modify your push notification provider.
The Recommended Collections from Quintype now supports personalisation based on the user, location and the story being read.
Please contact your Account Manager to get the license from our external partner for using recommendations in your website.
Quintype supports an ever-increasing list of feeds that can be syndicated. PTI support has now gone live. The syndicated content can be in open (draft) or directly published to your website.
Copyscape is a premium tool for editorially ensuring that your content is not copied from elsewhere in the internet.
Publishing syndicated stories are now enhanced by auto-filling the SEO details from the syndicated content.
Trending Collections with filters are enabled now. We have updated our elasticsearch version and have enabled the filters for Trending Collections.
Default Values for Author Collections
Saving Author Collections that are created automatically has become more simple as we have started auto-filling the collection Name and Description from the author name and bio.
Any collection updates are now restricted to the latest version of the collection. If any update is attempted on an out-of-date collection version, it will prevent the save and ask the user to refresh the collection page to get the latest collection data.
An older story version can be viewed and also restored from the editor interface. The Activity Log has two new buttons, one of which will display the story version in a new tab and the other to restore the version.
Restoring a story version is possible only from the Activity Log.
Quintype Platform has added support for creating static pages with custom HTML from the editor.
The page to add new static pages can be found at : Add Static Page : Admin>Static Pages
The first release version supports :
For adding Static Page support to your website, talk to your Account Manager/Support.
UC News specifies an API format for content shared to their services. Now stories are also available at the UC News specific API end point which can be accessed at: website.com/api/v1/uc-news.
When submitting a story to UC News give PageNumber and PageSize
UC API Specifications can be found here
Added the option to re-publish a story without changing the publish date. This ensures that the story re-publish does not change the story order.
What happens to RSS Feeds and sites which Syndicated the content?
The story update will go as an update in the RSS and to all the sites which syndicate your content.
Automatically create virtual collections for all authors to ensure that the best stories by the author can be ranked and displayed in their page.
Contact your Account Manager or firstname.lastname@example.org to add Author Collections to your website.