FrameWrx: Best practices for template locking.

Topic

  • What can you lock on a template.
  • Global template locking defaults.

Template locking is an incredibly important feature because most of your users are not going to have a lot of graphic design experience. Locking is a way to ensure that designs you have created cannot get be tampered with improperly.

Brand integrity is also so important when distributing design collateral. Locking allows you to maintain the integrity of the brand or style you have chosen while allowing users freedom to customize designs.

Locking is important to create simple workflows for your users. Giving users too many options can be overwhelming. Locking gives your users a simple workflow to make quick and professional designs for them to use in any context.

Environment

  • Product: 
  • Component: Content Creation
  • Control System: FrameWrx Content 
FrameWrx by Daktronics is a cloud-based content design platform that enables anyone, anywhere to access professionally designed templates to elevate their brand for event production and promotions. This timesaving platform simplifies content creation, maximizing the impact of digital video displays and social communication. Event producers of any ability can access top-level, intentionally designed templates, created by the professional digital artists who provide content for professional stadiums.  
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Steps

What can you lock?

On the main Locking page, you can select to lock any of the baby buttons in the left menu.

  • Text
  • Images (Media)
  • Shapes
  • Background

The Apply Template button will not show for you end users by default. Paging (scenes or slides if you are using video or presentations) is also auto locked.

You can also click on any element within the design (text, images/media, shapes, or lines) and choose to lock any button associated to the element that has the locking symbol on top of it. This includes all of our design features (ex: curve text, resize, drop shadow) and any media galleries that are made available to the user.

In the left menu you have the ability to lock the Context MenuPosition, as well as Content (for text only) on the right-hand side. 

Every element at the bottom of the right panel you will see an Apply as Default button. Clicking this will apply the Locking settings you have chosen for that element across any of the same elements on the design. You can choose to apply this to new elements added and/or current elements on the design. 

If you want to lock all attributes for a specific element, choose the Lock All Attributes menu in the Context Menu or Right Panel.

👉For example, for text you can choose to lock the ability to change the font or the color. For images, you can lock the ability to add a color overlay. Any specific design feature can be locked per element, or all attributes can be locked, and specific functions can be unlocked. 

By default, FrameWrx will hide any new control added to any element that has been locked by using the Lock All Attributes button applied to it moving forward. This protects the integrity of your existing Templates. However, if you want new controls to show you have two options.

  1. You can re-publish these templates with your new desired Locking settings.
  2. You can contact support and we can turn on a setting that with auto-render any new setting that adds to an element across all your templates.

Once you have set your locking on the template, be sure to click the Save Locking Configuration button on the main locking page. Design Huddle will prompt you to save prior to publish but this is crucial to select, or all your locking will be lost. 

Global Locking Defaults

If you have come up with a Locking strategy that will apply across all of your templates, FrameWrx gives you the ability to set Global Defaults. You can do this by hovering over your name on the top right of the portal and clicking Configure Locking Defaults. Here you can set defaults that will apply for all templates moving forward. You can still configure settings on individual templates, but these global locks will be automatically set from the outset.

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