custom text component

v4.2: Your Workflow. Your Rules.

Liam Handford | February 26th, 2019

This update adds a number of new features, including HPUB output, Custom Text Components, improved support for Twixl cell styles, device-dependant custom CSS, and a brand new style editor mode.

Custom Text Components

The introduction of Custom Text Components provides the ability to extend the existing number of text components that can be used to create content.

It’s now possible to have up to 15 text components that can be enabled / disabled on the fly and all text components can now be renamed to match your workflows terminology. As with existing components, these can be easily styled and customised via the style manager.

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Custom Text Components can be used to to create alternative headlines and intros which can be styled independently from each other. This provides additional flexibility when creating more complex and longer form articles.

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For a full explanation on how to start using custom text components check out the help documentation.

Twixl Cell Styles – See what you’re working with

Working with Twixl cell styles from inside Canvasflow can sometimes be tedious task, especially if you use a lot to create your app. There can be a lot of going back and forth to check exactly which cell style to use.

To make things a little simpler, cell styles listed in the Article Edit Menu now displays the number of columns and rows the style uses:

twixl cell style

The inclusion of the cell style structure helps to visualise how content will appear in a Twixl app, without using an elaborate naming scheme. Our help documentation on Twixl Articles can be found here.

Device-dependant custom CSS

Device-dependant custom CSS (or Media queries) can be used to to apply different styles to different media types/devices.

You can choose to apply custom css rules to only those devices that are greater, or smaller, than a certain width. For example, you may choose to apply additional horizontal padding to paragraphs but only on tablets and desktop devices.

Style Editor: Article-View mode

There’s now a new style mode to help edit styles. When editing a style from the article builder, you’ll now be taken to the ‘Article-View‘ mode.

In this mode, you’ll see the article content you were working on but with the ability to select each component and access the style editing properties available directly.

Giving context to the style editor makes building great looking articles much easier. You can now see the effect any style change will have on your content in real-time, instead of just individual components.

You can switch between the ‘Default‘ and ‘Article-View’ mode at anytime via the menu button.

Introducing HPub

Canvasflow now supports one click export to HPub – a file format that makes it simple to create and publish rich digital content such as digital magazines. Built in HTML, it makes it easy to create standalone publications or to push to platforms that support the HPub format.

With Canvasflow, you get access to all the great authoring features the platform offers with one click HPub download support.

Contact us to learn more about publishing to Hpub.

Check here for a full changelog including bugfixes and tertiary updates.

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