Spring '15 - Release Notes (2015/04)

Here is brief description of the features recently added to Digesto.

Add images to your email

It’s now possible to inject a “featured” image from your feed into your Digesto emails.


There are 3 different ways to achieve this:

1) Images are already part of your content
Feed Requirement: Image included in your feed, either within the short abstract (<description> element) element or full article (<content:encoded> element). 

If images are already part of the element that you pass in your email i.e. - 
within the short abstract (<description> element) element or full article (<content:encoded> element). You're in luck: there is no need any further tricks - images will be displayed in your email automatically. Just make sure to format it properly (See the section Regain control of your images formatting below for details)

2) Extract the first image from your article
Feed Requirement: Image included in your feed, either within the short abstract (<description> element) element or full article (<content:encoded> element).

If images are already showing up in your Digesto email, but are populated in the short abstract (<description> element) element or full article (<content:encoded> element) - whichever one you are not currently using in your email - we can also extract it for you. Using the {{ITEM-FIRSTPOSTIMAGE-URL}} token in your Digesto template (see instructions in the "Choose to remove or add new article elements" section below) will extract the url of the first image available - whether the image is in the short abstract or in the full article - and make it available for you to use in your Digest template. 

You can use this method to add an image to your email if you did not initially populate, or you can pull out an existing image and isolate it to better control it’s positioning and formatting.

Here is an example that will also link the image to the article (using the ‘first post image” method):
<!-- BEGIN IMAGE CODE --> <a href="{{ITEM-LINK}}”><img alt="" onerror="this.style.display = "none" src="{{ITEM-FIRSTPOSTIMAGE-URL}}" width="100%"></a><!-- END IMAGE CODE -->

3) Use Image Enclosures
Feed Requirements: Image URL is enclosed within the <enclosure> element

Using {{enclosure:image}} Digesto token will pull the image enclosure URL - and make it available for you to use in your Digest template.  

Here is an example of code that will also link the image to the article (using the ‘encolsure” method):
<!-- BEGIN IMAGE CODE --> <a href="{{ITEM-LINK}}”><img alt="" onerror="this.style.display = none" src="{{ITEM-IMAGE-URL}}" width="100%"></a><!-- END IMAGE CODE -->

Regain control of your images formatting

If you have manually added images using the “First Post Image” or  “Enclosures” method described above, you may position or format it directly from the Advanced Layout. Once your image is inserted, you can use the WYSIWIG Editor or hack directly into the HTML code by switching to code view.  

You can also control the formatting of images that are parsed within your article’s content. We have added 2 settings to help with CSS Styling and Images attributes. Note that it is recommended to use both to ensure compatibility for the wide variety of email clients out there.

Image Style and Image Attributes

Use the full blog article in your email

Some of you may prefer to send the full blog articles as opposed to a short abstract. Although this was achievable through using external tools such as Yahoo! Pipe, now you can do this directly from your Digest Layout template using the method described below.

Choose to remove or add new article elements

In our previous release, we added the ability to control each element of your feed. We have now added 6 new elements and provided a pull-down menu to chose from so so you can now:
  • Add new elements
  • Remove undesired elements
  • Edit formatting of each element separately
  • Change the order in which each element will appear in your email
Insert additional elements in your feed:
Here is how it works: To add elements, go to your Digest, under Layout/Advanced Layout. Position the cursor on your template and use the  icon to select and add new elements from the list.  

To delete or edit elements simply select the element and edit/move/delete it.

With the new elements added we are now giving you 11 elements to choose from when designing your Digest template:

IMPORTANT!: before you attempt to use these elements, make sure they are populated in your RSS/Atom feed. Digesto has no control over your feed output. 
  • Title: Title of the article
  • Link: Link to the article
  • Post Date: Publication date
  • Description: Teaser/abstract of your blog article
  • Content Encoded: Full article (typically formatted in HTML)
  • Author: Author of the article. (In RSS this will pull the element populated in the <author> or <dc:creator> elements of your feed ; in Atom it will use <author>)
  • Enclosures: Enclosures are media files attached to your articles. It uses 3 types: Audio, Image or Video. Using these elements will return the URL of the file
  • Categories: List of categories applied to your article
  • First Post Image URL: Image included,  either in the short abstract / <description> or in the full article / content:encoded element of your feed

Add social share buttons to articles

With the click of a button, add Social share links, including Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook. Choose from 5 built in icon sets or use your own icons.

Edit your account info

Use the My Account section to update your account details and password.

Validate your feed

Use the “Validate” option to get your feed validated by https://validator.w3.org RSS and Atom validation service. This tool will confirm compliance of your feed against standards and help troubleshoot errors.


Other Enhancements

  • Add additional people to receive Notification Alerts
  • HTML Code view is now wrapped to avoid lateral scrolling
  • Clear out and reset your Layout using the “Reset” button
  • Marketo Program Name gets validated prior to saving your Digest

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