Introduction to Content Automation Inputs

This article applies to the following Content Automation permission levels: 

✅  Contributor ✅  Author ✅  Designer  ✅  Admin

Key terms

Document: Documents can be created by users from their available suite of templates. Documents are the individual pieces of collateral that live inside a project folder e.g. brochures, web ads, signage, business cards, social media tiles etc. These documents can be edited based on the inputs available in that template. Documents may or may not require approval in order to be exported and downloaded, shared or printed.

 

What are inputs?

An input is a globally accessible tag that gives authors the ability to populate a Content Automation document with the content. There are various types of inputs that can be utilised to help make documents as customisable, or as stringent as necessary.

 

Different types of inputs

  1. Text inputs are the most widely used input type. This enables users to enter text with different format options which will appear in the specified section of the document. They are useful for everything like simple text strings, headlines, URLs and even fully-fledged body sections.

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  2. Number inputs only take a numerical value that can be set with a minimum and maximum value. These number inputs can take the form of a range slider or a field value, which is much like a text input. A number input is great for defining the value of a style for a particular element, the price of a product (that is always within a certain range) or even the size of an element.

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  3. Image inputs enable users to upload images that are stored in Outfit's Asset library directly into a document. You can use the image reposition/cropping tool to adjust the display of the image.

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  4. Choice inputs let authors choose from a predefined set of values to populate or customise a document. Choice inputs can be used for a variety of methods and are extremely useful.

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  5. Colour inputs give authors the ability to add a custom colour to an element. While it’s understandable that managers don’t want authors setting random colours and perhaps creating off-brand material, it now gives those brands that have the capability to use multiple colours to create fully customisable collateral.

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  6. Spreadsheet (CSV)inputs allow authors to create repeatable sections of content, however, the values of a spreadsheet are always text-based and live within spreadsheet cells, much like you would in Excel or Google Sheets. Spreadsheets are great for long, database-driven cases like creating multiple business cards as they can store a lot of information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do use these inputs inside a document?

Check out this article: How to edit documents using inputs

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