It’s almost here! The new Story Creator 🎉
It’s almost here! The new Story Creator 🎉

It’s almost here! The new Story Creator 🎉

In March 2018, we gave you an updated version of Prowly, which underwent a complete interface makeover; we also improved the well-known functionalities and added some new solutions. The only exception was the Story Creator, that is, our content editing tool. We are planning to update this part of Prowly already in October this year!

In developing our application, we are always guided by the desire to improve its efficiency and facilitate your everyday work. We are inspired by the ideas of our customers, market trends, and technological innovations. The new Story Creator will be much faster, while navigating certain functions, like adding elements, will be more intuitive. New solutions will allow you to have more control over the text and visuals (we added the possibility of cropping the header image), and SEO management, which is an integral part of creating content online (more about this in the table at the end).

New looks

Although one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the first impression is always very important. The new Story Creator has a redesigned interface and layout. Old functionalities will get a whole new look. Here’s a screenshot of the main screen:
Main view of the new Story Creator

Main view of the new Story Creator

The new Story Creator will be more transparent. We simplified the way it looks. Also, some new functionalities will be added, and some of the existing ones will be slightly modified.

New elements

Adding new elements to the body of your press release will still be done by means of the “plus” icon:
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Once you click on the plus button, a list of elements will appear. The list now has more elements and displays in a convenient, vertical arrangement with a search option:
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Cropping images

The second functionality Prowly users use very often is uploading a header image into the press release. We know that this sometimes wasn’t quite as easy as expected, and this is why we have introduced a couple of changes so that your images never look like this again:
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After the update, you will have a lot more options for cropping your header images:
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So you can, for instance, achieve this effect:
In new Story Creator you gain more control over cropping your images

In new Story Creator you gain more control over cropping your images

New functions of the asset library

We’re also planning to introduce some changes to the inconspicuous so far asset library in Prowly, to which you upload files to later add them to the body of your press release/story. After the update, you will be able to group the files in the library into folders and tag graphical elements.
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This, however, is only a little preview of what’s to come. You can find all the functions described in the table below. The magnitude of changes we’re about to introduce is obviously dynamic and we’re still working on it. We will be introducing you to these changes since the beginning of October so that no one would be surprised on the date of switching to the new Creator.
I believe that you’ll be happy with the new Story Creator. My team and I are doing everything in our [super]power to make it happen. See You 😊

New functions

Fonts

  • Font settings
    You’ll be able to choose font format: serif or sans serif in all text elements of your press release.
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Press release elements

  • Divider
    A line to separate the elements in your press release
  • Cropping header image
    You may pick a section of an image that you’d like to display as the header of your press release. Click on the plus button and select the image file from your computer. Then, you will see a window for additional configuration, where you may pick proportions (16:9, 3:2, 2:1). Once you’ve selected the exposition, hit Save to save your settings. The image will load and you can also choose in what format it will be displayed: Full-screen width, Adjusted width or Full-screen width with text.
  • Table
    Add a table to your press release.
  • Template button (CTA)
    Add a CTA (Call to Action) to your press release.
  • Social Shares (social media settings)
    Settings concerning the sharing of your press release (title, description, image) in social media: Facebook and Twitter.
  • Date
    Add a date in the body of your press release.
  • Instagram
    Add an Instagram post to the text of your press release.

Drive to which you load files in Prowly

  1. Media library folders
    You can aggregate files into folders, tag files, change their names, search them, and more.

Press release settings

  • Sharing content in social media
    You can pick a dedicated image for your Twitter and Facebook posts to increase their conversion.
  • SEO settings
    Canonical, Meta title, meta description, meta keywords, Nofollow, 301, Norefferer, Noopener
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List of changes:

  • Preview
    You can see how your press release will look like on frontend
    Changed icon
  • Auto-save
    Saving changes automatically
    More frequent autosave
  • "Dragging" elements
    Drag and drop elements to change their order
    Changed icon
  • Lead
    A text box where you enter the lead of your press release
    The visual aspect of how the function is found changes. Also, to open the menu, you must click on the plus button, not only hover over it.
  • Paragraph
    Add a paragraph
    The visual aspect of how the function is found changes. Also, to open the menu, you must click on the plus button, not only hover over it.
  • Title
    Add title
    The visual aspect of how the function is found changes. Also, to open the menu, you must click on the plus button, not only hover over it.
  • Subtitle
    Add subtitle
    The visual aspect of how the function is found changes. Also, to open the menu, you must click on the plus button, not only hover over it.
  • Annotation
    Add an annotation, and specifically add a paragraph with text in a smaller font
    The visual aspect of how the function is found changes. Also, to open the menu, you must click on the plus button, not only hover over it.
  • List
    Add a bulleted or numbered list; bullets are always in the same color the customer has set as the theme color for the press office. Text in the list may be in bold or italics, or underlined. You can also add links.
    You can add new elements to your list by hitting Enter; adding a list was split into two separate functions: an ordered list and an unordered list. The visual aspect of how the function is found changes. Also, to open the menu, you must click on the plus button, not only hover over it.
  • Image or gallery
    Add graphical content in the form of a single element or an image gallery to your press release. Note: upload the materials to your internal drive in Prowly first
    Changes are pending
  • Middle Hero Video
    Add a video in the so-called parallax over the whole width of the screen; YT and Vimeo videos are acceptable
    Changes are pending
  • Embed (external script, e.g. Google map)
    Implement a fragment of a code in your press release which will embed any content you want in the website’s code, e.g. a Google map
    The name is changed from Embed to Custom code; also, the was this embedded code is added changes – it will no longer be pasted in a pop-up window. Now you will stay in the same window and, more importantly, you’ll be able to edit the code.
  • Integrations – Twitter
    Add a tweet to the text of your press release that will pull in information from the source, e.g. if the number of re-tweets rises, it will be visible on this element
    The way this function is navigated changes – use the plus button to select “Twitter” (element type) and simply paste the link to the tweet.
  • Integrations – Giphy
    As in Twitter
  • Integrations – Vimeo
    As in Twitter
  • Integrations – YouTube
    As in Twitter
  • Integrations – Facebook
    As in Twitter
  • Integrations - Prowly stories
    As in Twitter
  • Media contacts
    An element containing an image and other data allowing to identify a specific person, e.g. the author of a given press release
    Previously, you could add a media contact only at the end of your press release. Now this element will work just like all the other elements which you can put in any place of your story.
  • Configuration
    General press release settings: title, interface language, press center and tab to which a given press release is assigned, tags, journalist’s toolbox, related press releases
    Press release settings will be accessible from the level of the Story Creator – you won’t have to leave it to access them. Now they will also feature SEO settings (more about this option in the table with new functions) and an option to create stories to be shared in social media.

Elements remaining the same

  • Journalist's Toolbox
    Download non-formatted text and go to all attachments with one click
  • Superscription
    A text box where you place the superscription of your press release
  • URL (Link) 
    Add a link in the form of a nice tile identified as a separate element of your press release to which a graphical element and text fragment is loaded
  • Thumbnail image for social media and tile Add an image to be displayed in thumbnails and social media
  • Middle hero image
    Add an image in the so-called parallax over the whole width of the screen
  • Middle hero video
    Add a video in the so-called parallax over the whole width of the screen; YT and Vimeo videos are acceptable
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