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Configuring selective publishing at the folder level in Dynamic Media

You can choose to publish or unpublish assets to or from AEM or Dynamic Media at the folder level, using either Manage Publication or Quick Publish instead of relying solely on the Dynamic Media Configuration whose settings are global to all folders across your Dynamic Media instance.
For example, with selective publishing you can work on assets for products that are not yet live. In such a case, a marketing team can access smart crop images and dynamic renditions that are synched to Dynamic Media so they can create promotional materials, all without the need to publish those assets to Dynamic Media for global delivery.
Copying assets to and from folders clears the publish state of those assets. However, when you move assets to and from folders whose folder property is set to Selective Publish , the publish state of those assets is maintained.
If you decide later to change the Selective Publish settings in a folder, those changes affect only new assets that you upload to that folder from that point forward. The publish state of existing assets in the folder remain as-is until you manually change them from either Quick Publish or the Manage Publication dialog box.
The folder level Dynamic Media Publish mode option always defaults to the value that is found in the Publish Assets setting in your Dynamic Media Configuration. The following steps in this topic, however, show you how to manually change this default value at the folder level (as described in the following steps) to override the Dynamic Media Configuration value.
Regardless of whether you rely on the Publish Assets value set in Dynamic Media Configuration , or the Dynamic Media Publish mode value set in folder level properties, you are still able to choose Immediately , Upon Activation , or Selective Publish. For example, you can set the Publish Assets value in your Dynamic Media Configuration to Upon Activation , but set the Dynamic Media Publish mode value at the folder level to Selective Publish , vice versa, and so on.
After you configure selective publishing in a folder, you can do any of the following:
To configure selective publishing at the folder level in Dynamic Media
  1. In AEM, tap the AEM logo to access the global navigation console. On the left side, tap the Navigation icon (just above the Tools icon), then tap Assets > Files.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Edit the properties of an existing folder - In Card View , Column View , or List View , navigate to a folder whose properties you want to edit. Select the folder, then on the toolbar, tap Properties.
    • Edit the properties of a new folder - In Card View , Column View , or List View , near the upper-right corner of the page, tap Create > Folder. In the Create Folder dialog box, enter a title (required) for the folder, then tap Create. Select the folder, then on the toolbar, tap Properties.
  3. In the Sync mode drop-down list, select one of the following:
    Sync mode
    Description
    Inherited
    No explicit sync value on the folder; instead, the folder inherits the sync value from one of its ancestor folders or the default mode set in your Dynamic Media Configuration. The detailed status for Inherited shows by way of a tool tip.
    Sync everything in this folder sub-tree to dynamicmedia
    For publishing to Dynamic Media to succeed, assets must be synced to Dynamic Media. Selecting this option will include all assets in this sub-tree for synchronizing to Dynamic Media. The folder-specific settings override the default setting in the Dynamic Media Configuration.
    Exclude everything in this folder sub-tree from dynamicmedia sync
    Exclude all assets in this sub-tree from synchronizing to Dynamic Media.
  4. In the Dynamic Media Publish mode drop-down list, select an option. Be aware that the Dynamic Media Publish mode option always defaults to the value that is set in the Dynamic Media Configuration. You can, however, manually override this default Dynamic Media Configuration value by using one of the following options.
    Be aware that, regardless of the Dynamic Media Publish mode option you select, any updates you later make to an asset that is already published, those updates are immediately published without any further user action.
    Dynamic Media Publish mode option
    Description
    Immediately
    When assets are uploaded to this folder, the system ingests the assets into AEM and provides the URL/Embed instantly. This option is tied to AEM publishing only and there is no user intervention necessary to publish assets.
    This option is not available if you selected Exclude everything in this folder sub-tree from dynamicmedia sync in Sync mode in the previous step.
    Upon Activation
    When assets are uploaded to this folder, you need to explicitly publish the asset first before a URL/Embed link is provided. This option is tied to AEM publishing only.
    This option is not available if you selected Exclude everything in this folder sub-tree from dynamicmedia sync in Sync mode in the previous step.
    Selective Publish
    Assets are published to your choice of either AEM or to Dynamic Media for delivery in the public domain. Both publishing methods are mutually exclusive of each other. That is, you can publish assets to DMS7 so you can use features such as Smart Crop or dynamic renditions. Or, you can publish assets exclusively to AEM for secure previewing; those same assets are not published to DMS7 for delivery in the public domain. This option is not available if you selected Exclude everything in this folder sub-tree from dynamicmedia sync in Sync mode in the previous step.
  5. In the upper-right corner of the page, tap Save & Close , then tap OK to return to AEM Assets.

Selectively publish assets to Dynamic Media or AEM as a Cloud Service using Manage Publication

Before you can use Manage Publication to selectively publish assets to Dynamic Media or to AEM, be sure you have either set the Publish Assets option in Dynamic Media Configuration to Selective Publish or configured selective publishing at the folder level.
Copying assets to and from folders clears the publish state of those assets. However, when you move assets to and from folders whose folder property is set to Selective Publish , the publish state of those assets is maintained.
To selectively publish assets to Dynamic Media or AEM as a Cloud Service using Manage Publication
  1. In AEM, tap the AEM logo to access the global navigation console. On the left side, tap the Navigation icon (just above the Tools icon), then tap Assets > Files.
  2. In Card View , Column View , or List View , do one of the following:
    • Navigate to a folder whose assets you want to publish. Select the folder, then on the toolbar, tap Manage Publication. You may find it helpful to use List View so you can more easily check the publish status of a particular folder.
    • Navigate to a folder whose assets you want to publish. Open the folder, then select one or more assets. On the toolbar, tap Manage Publication. You may find it helpful to use List View so you can more easily check the publish status of a particular asset.
      If Manage Publication is not seen on the toolbar, tap the ellipsis button instead, then select Manage Publication from the list menu.
  3. In the Manage Publication - Options page, under Action , select the type of activation you want.
    Action
    Description
    Publish (to AEM)
    Select this option to publish assets to AEM for secure preview.
    Publish to Dynamic Media
    Select this option to publish assets to Dynamic Media for delivery in the public domain or so you can use features such as Smart Crop or dynamic renditions.
    This option is available only if Dynamic Media Publish mode is set to Selective Publish in the folder's properties.
  4. Under Schedule , set the timing of the publishing.
    Schedule
    Description
    Now
    Select to publish the assets immediately.
    Later
    Select to publish the assets on a particular date and time.
  5. In the upper-right corner of the Manage Publication page, tap Next.
  6. In the Manage Publication - Scope page, do one of the following:
    • If necessary, select one or more assets that you want to remove from publishing.
    • In the upper-right corner of the Manage Publication - Scope page, tap Publish or Publish to Dynamic Media.
  7. Tap OK.

Selectively unpublish assets from Dynamic Media or AEM using Manage Publication

  1. In AEM, tap the AEM logo to access the global navigation console. On the left side, tap the Navigation icon (just above the Tools icon), then tap Assets > Files.
  2. In Card View , Column View , or List View , do one of the following:
    • Navigate to a folder whose assets you want to unpublish. Select the folder, then on the toolbar, tap Manage Publication. You may find it helpful to use List View so you can more easily check the publish status of a particular folder.
    • Navigate to a folder whose assets you want to unpublish. Open the folder, then select one or more assets. On the toolbar, tap Manage Publication. You may find it helpful to use List View so you can more easily check the publish status of a particular asset.
      If Manage Publication is not seen on the toolbar, tap the ellipsis button instead, then select Manage Publication from the list menu.
  3. In the Manage Publication - Options page, under Action , select the type of de-activation you want.
    Action
    Description
    Unpublish (from AEM)
    Select this option to unpublish assets from AEM.
    Unpublish from Dynamic Media
    Select this option to unpublish assets from Dynamic Media.
    This option is available only if Dynamic Media Publish mode is set to Selective Publish in the folder's properties.
  4. Under Schedule , set the timing of the de-activation.
    Schedule
    Description
    Now
    Select to unpublish the assets immediately.
    Later
    Select to unpublish the assets on a particular date and time.
  5. In the upper-right corner of the Manage Publication page, tap Next.
  6. In the Manage Publication - Scope page, do one of the following:
    • Select one or more assets that you want to remove from unpublishing.
    • In the upper-right corner of the Manage Publication - Scope page, tap Unpublish or Unpublish from Dynamic Media.
  7. Tap OK.

Publishing assets to Dynamic Media or AEM using Quick Publish

You can use Quick Publish for simple asset activation cases. Quick Publish publishes the selected assets immediately without any further user interaction. Because of this, any non-published references are also published automatically.
To use Quick Publish to publish assets to Dynamic Media or AEM, be sure Selective Publish is enabled either in your Dynamic Media Configuration or in the folder properties of the selected folder.
To publish assets to Dynamic Media or AEM using Quick Publish
  1. In AEM, tap the AEM logo to access the global navigation console. On the left side of the page, tap the Navigation icon (just above the Tools icon), then on the right side of the page tap Assets > Files.
  2. In Card View , Column View , or List View , do one of the following:
    • Navigate to a folder whose assets you want to publish. Select the folder, then on the toolbar, tap Quick Publish. You may find it helpful to use List View so you can more easily check the publish status of a particular folder.
    • Navigate to a folder whose assets you want to publish. Open the folder, then select one or more assets. On the toolbar, tap Quick Publish. You may find it helpful to use List View so you can more easily check the publish status of a particular asset.
      If Quick Publish is not seen on the toolbar, tap the ellipsis button instead, then select Quick Publish from the list menu.
  3. Select one of the following options from the Quick Publish menu list.
    Quick Publish option
    What it does
    Publish to AEM
    Publishes the selected assets immediately to AEM.
    Publish to Brand Portal
    Publishes the selected assets immediately to Brand Portal.
    This option is only available if your AEM Assets instance has Brand Portal already configured.
    Publish to Dynamic Media
    Publishes the selected assets immediately to Dynamic Media.
    An asset must already be synched up to Dynamic Media. If necessary, ensure that Sync mode in a folder's properties is already set to Sync everything in this folder sub-tree to dynamicmedia.
  4. Tap OK, then tap Close,

Selectively publish or unpublish assets by way of search results

Search results can show assets from across asset folders that have different Dynamic Media publish settings. Where you have selected one or more assets from search results, and the assets have different Dynamic Media publish mode settings, you can trigger Manage Publication from the toolbar, to publish or unpublish.
To selectively publish or unpublish assets by way of search results
  1. In AEM, in the upper-left corner of the page, tap the AEM logo to access the global navigation console. On the left side of the page, tap the Navigation icon (just above the Tools icon), then tap Assets > Files.
  2. On the toolbar, near the upper-right corner of the page, tap the Search icon (magnifying glass).
  3. In the Type to search text field, enter a keyword, then press Enter.
  4. Near the upper-right corner of the page, tap the List View icon.
  5. Near the upper-left corner of the page, tap the Filters icon.
  6. In the left panel, expand Status , then expand the Dynamic Media search predicate.
  7. Use the Published and Unpublished check boxes to further refine the search results based on the published state of Dynamic Media assets. Optionally, you can use these check boxes in conjunction with the Publish search predicate to refine the search results of Published and Unpublished AEM assets.
  8. Do one of the following:
    • Select one or more assets that you want to publish or unpublish.
    • Near the upper-right corner of the Search Results page, tap Select All.
  9. On the toolbar, tap Manage Publication. You may need to tap the ellipsis icon on the toolbar to see Manage Publication.
  10. On the Manage Publication - Options page, select the desired action.
    Selected action
    Publish Assets setting in Dynamic Media Configuration
    Assets are
    Publish
    Immediately or Upon Activation
    Published to AEM and Dynamic Media.
    Publish
    Selective Publish
    Published to AEM only.
    Unpublish
    Immediately or Upon Activation
    Unpublished from AEM and Dynamic Media.
    Unpublish
    Selective Publish
    Unpublished from AEM only.
    Publish to Dynamic Media
    Immediately or Upon Activation
    Not published to AEM, or Dynamic Media, or both.
    Publish to Dynamic Media
    Selective Publish
    Published to Dynamic Media only.
    Unpublish from Dynamic Media
    Immediately or Upon Activation
    Not unpublished from AEM, or Dynamic Media, or both.
    Unpublish from Dynamic Media
    Selective Publish
    Unpublished from Dynamic Media only.
  11. Under Schedule , set the timing of the de-activation.
    Selected schedule
    What happens
    Now
    The selected action is performed immediately.
    Later
    The selected action is run on the selected particular date and time.
  12. In the upper-right corner of the Manage Publication - Options page, tap Next.
  13. (Optional) In the Manage Publication - Scope page, review the Publish Target column in the table for the selected assets.
    Publish Assets setting in Dynamic Media Configuration
    Selected action
    Publish target
    Immediately or
    Upon Activation
    Publish
    AEM and Dynamic Media
    Immediately or
    Upon Activation
    Publish to Dynamic Media
    None
    Selective Publish
    Publish
    AEM
    Selective Publish
    Publish to Dynamic Media
    Dynamic Media
    Immediately or
    Upon Activation
    Unpublish
    AEM and Dynamic Media
    Immediately or
    Upon Activation
    Unpublish from Dynamic Media
    None
    Selective Publish
    Unpublish
    AEM
    Selective Publish
    Unpublish from Dynamic Media
    Dynamic Media
  14. In the Manage Publication - Scope page, do one of the following:
    • Select one or more assets that you want to remove from publishing or unpublishing.
    • In the upper-right corner of the Manage Publication - Scope page, tap Publish or Unpublish to begin the action.
  15. Tap OK.

Checking the publish status of an asset

You can use Timeline with Card view , Column View , or List View in AEM to quickly check the publish state of an asset.
To check the publish status of an asset
  1. In AEM, in the upper-left corner of the page, tap the AEM logo to access the global navigation console. On the left side of the page, tap the Navigation icon (just above the Tools icon), then tap Assets > Files.
  2. In Card View , Column View , or List View (screenshot below shows the List View ), open a folder that contains assets you have published or unpublished.
  3. Select an asset so it appears with a checkmark. See screenshot below for example.
  4. Near the upper-left corner of the page, from the drop-down menu, select Timeline. The Status region in the left-panel shows the publish state of the selected asset. When you use List View , an additional column for Dynamic Media publish state appears.
    • A folder that is configured to sync to Dynamic Media will display the Dynamic Media column by default.
    • A folder that is not configured to sync to Dynamic Media will not display the Dynamic Media column.

Troubleshooting Selective Publish

An asset that is not synced to Dynamic Media but has a Dynamic Media publish action triggered on it results in the following error message and solution: