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CMS 8.23 - Release highlights

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Release schedule

The release of Pangea CMS 8.23 is scheduled for May 3rd 2023 at the times specified below:

  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Inc.: 06:00 am - 07:30 am Prague time / 00:00 am - 01:30 am DC time
  • Voice of America: 02:30 am - 04:00 am DC time / 08:30 am - 10:00 am Prague time
  • Office of Cuba Broadcasting: 04:00 am - 05:00 am DC time / 10:00 am - 11:00 am Prague time
  • LibertyNet: 07:30 am - 08:30 am Prague time / 01:30 am - 02:30 am DC time

What's new?

CMS 8 Breaking news widget

Pangea CMS 8.23 includes an improved workflow for creating Breaking news widgets.

The new Breaking news widget edit screen uses the latest CMS 8 design.

Create a new Breaking news widget via Sections > Breaking news.

For detailed information and step-by-step instructions, see our dedicated article:

CMS 8 Graphic Database (GDB) list pages

The following Graphic Database (GDB) list pages are now part of the CMS 8 family:

  • GDB Sources
  • Courtesy Photographers
  • RFERL Photographers

These list pages have been redesigned for improved usability and performance. Find them via Administration > GDB Management.

Want to learn more about GDB Sources, Courtesy Photographers, or RFERL Photographers? Try this article:

CMS 8 User groups list page

The final feaure that is coming to CMS 8 in this release is the User groups list page.

Find the redesigned page via Administration > User Management > Manage User Groups.

NOTE: The User groups list not available for all entities. Additionally, the page is only visible for a limited number of users with sufficient user rights.

Light mode for the Media slider widget

The light mode option for Media slider widgets is back. When you create a Media slider, choose between the following modes:

  • Dark mode: A slider reel with a black background. Ideal for promoting multimedia content (for example, Videos and Photo galleries).
  • Light mode: A slider reel with a white background. Ideal for promoting text-based content (for example, Articles and Live blogs).

The Dark mode switch is now available in the Media slider Layout settings. Keep this switch enabled to use dark mode, or disable it to use light mode.

Find detailed information and step-by-step instructions in our dedicated guide:

Search boxes on 'Sections' and 'My sites' lists

To make life a little easier for our CMS users, we've added search boxes on the following list pages:

  • Sections
  • Infopages
  • Landings
  • Regions
  • You Might Also Like 2.0

Quickly find the item you're looking for without scrolling. Just type keywords in the box and hit the Enter key on your keyboard.

For our CMS users with access to multiple sites, we've also added a search box on the My sites list.

'All' added to the Status filter on the Users list

We've made further improvements to the Users list, which came with the 8.21 release. When using the Status filter, you can now choose All to view users with all statuses.

Bug fix: Some buttons don't work when CKEditor is maximized

Some buttons currently do not work properly when CKEditor is maximized (including Source Code View and Insert Embedded Content). We're happy to announce that the fix for this bug is coming with the 8.23 release, so all buttons will work correctly while CKEditor is maximized. Please accept our apologies for this frustrating bug.

Bug fix: Outdated information in 'Podcast image' tooltip

We spotted some outdated information in the Podcast Image tooltip on the Edit Category (Zone) screen (shown below).

Please be aware that we actually now support podcast images up to 3000px x 3000px (according to the latest Apple guidelines). This rogue tooltip has been updated in the 8.23 release. We apologize for any confusion caused.

Bug fix: Issues searching for AP images

Thank you to our users who reported issues searching for external images from Associated Press (AP). From your reports, we learned that it is not currently possible to find AP images by entering keywords from the image description. We're happy to announce that this bug is fixed in the 8.23 release.

You Might Also Like (YMAL) widget retirement

We plan to retire the You Might Also Like (YMAL) widget as part of the Pangea CMS 8.24 release (currently scheduled for June 13th 2023).

Although this is not connected to the upcoming 8.23 release, we'd like to give services advanced notice about this important change. Please be aware of the following:

  • After the 8.24 release, all YMAL widgets in Pangea CMS will be converted to You Might Also Like 2.0 (YMAL 2.0).
  • There will be no visible changes on public-facing sites.
  • This process will be fully automatic, with no actions required from services.

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