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Today you can add new Callout Capsules to Hubs!

  1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
    Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago

    We have some exciting news, Hubbers! As of today, the Callout Capsule will be available in the HubTool for everyone. We initially enabled a limited version of the capsule to help keep imported Lenses from Squidoo as intact as possible, but we have also been listening to the numerous requests to roll it out sitewide. This capsule can be a great visual enhancement to Hubs, allowing you to highlight important pieces of information in an attractive way. 

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/11820008.png

    New Callout Capsules can only be placed full width, and while viewing the capsule in edit mode, you can choose from three different styles:

    Colorbox
    The Colorbox style will center your text in a box with a grey background color. You can input a title, body, or both.

    Classic
    The Classic style will align your text to the left between two horizontal black bars. You can input a title, body, or both

    Quote
    The Quote style allows you to draw attention to specific quotes you may want to emphasize. When highlighting quotes made by others, we recommend that you input the text of the quote along with the name of the person who said it. You can also highlight a quote from your own Hub, similar to a newspaper pull-quote. Unlike the Colorbox and Classic styles, the Quote style does not display a title.

    We hope you enjoy the new Callout Capsule!

    1. calculus-geometry profile image86
      calculus-geometryposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, this is a really cool feature to add.  I like the quote-style option, it looks very  nice.

    2. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Cool.

    3. MyFairLadyah2 profile image63
      MyFairLadyah2posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks. You've been listening

    4. Margaret Schindel profile image91
      Margaret Schindelposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Marina, this really is exciting news! When used judiciously, callouts are a wonderful formatting option to draw the visitor's attention to the most important information, especially since online behavior tends toward scanning articles, particularly long ones.

      One question: Would the team consider adding the option to link the image to the online source where we found the quote, if available (and desired)? Attributing the quote to its author and attributing it to its online source obviously are two different types of giving credit where it is due.

      Also, spoken quotes are often published in multiple places with slight variations, and in instances where we can't determine which version is accurate linking to the source of the quote as well as attributing it to the original speaker would provide a source reference.

      Thanks in advance for considering this request.

      1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
        Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Margaret - that quotes would have attributable online sources is an interesting point and not something we considered when designing the capsule! We did, however, consider allowing links as part of the Callout Capsule but ultimately decided against it because we didn't want to provide more avenues for spammers to skirt our linking rules. It's a double-edged sword. I think we'll wait and see how the community ends up using the Callout Capsule on HubPages before adding features and/or changing how it works. That being said, I appreciate that you brought this idea to light and will bring it up for discussion with the rest of the team!

        1. Margaret Schindel profile image91
          Margaret Schindelposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you very much, Marina. I wasn't aware of the issue of misuse of HubPages' link fields, but that certainly makes perfect sense, as does waiting to see how and how much the Callout Capsule is used before adding features or changing their functionality. I'd also like to express once again my appreciation for the HubPages Team's extraordinary responsiveness..

        2. Lionrhod profile image94
          Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Marina, I'm replying to your post directly, because I'm not sure if it increases the likelihood that you'll notice the post.

          I just tried the callout capsule for the first time in a new hub I'm creating. I chose classic mode because of the three it's IMO the most eye appealing, and because the quote option doesn't allow for a subtitle.

          However when I view the page, the callout text is much smaller and harder to read than the rest of the page.

          As I used the callout capsule for what is essentially the central point of my entire hub, I was hoping there would be a way to at least bold the text. 

          If I must, I'll take it out of the callout capsule and put it in a normal text capsule, but I hope you folks will consider allowing us to change font size or at least to bold these.

    5. Austinstar profile image76
      Austinstarposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Could we have a link or two to go check out the new capsule? Thanks!

      1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
        Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        We just added examples of all three styles to the bottom of the How to Create a Hub Using the HubTool Learning Center entry. I hope this is what you meant. smile

        1. ajtyne profile image63
          ajtyneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks. These capsules look great!

        2. Arachnea profile image84
          Arachneaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Great. I just had an oppo to take a look-see and it's marvelous. Thanks. Any chance a few more of the Squidoo options? I am partial to the image gallery one could add to lenses as well as the video carousel. The suggested or recommended hubs module was great too. I could include links to other hubs which would appear as a list to the right of the lens. I'd use one to list my content related to the lens in question and one to spotlight the hubs of other lens-masters. I realize there's something similar here, but there doesn't seem to be control over which of the hubs is listed and it appears in the body of the hub rather than at the right side.

          1. Marisa Wright profile image92
            Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            If you use more than 5 photos, HubPages automatically creates a gallery.

            We used to have a RSS feed capsule which we could use to list related Hubs easily.  It was removed because it was being misused (mainly to promote one's other Hubs regardless of relevance).   Due to that history of misuse, I doubt HubPages would reintroduce it.  Especially as related Hubs are already shown automatically under the Hub (interestingly, they used to be on the right side too).

        3. snakeslane profile image81
          snakeslaneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you for the new call out capsule and for providing the link here on how to use it. Good work!
          Now that I've tried it out in a Hub I'm wanting the quote capsule to have the option of floating to the the right (half width) so the text capsule can wrap around it. Any way you can do that?

    6. missolive profile image94
      missoliveposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I like it! Thanks for the update.

    7. Valerie P Davis profile image83
      Valerie P Davisposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Woot! Woot! Thanks, you guys are great! I've been missing the callout module.

      On the color question, I think it would be nice if we could choose the same pale blue or pale orange as the side boxes. That would give the hub a coherent look.

    8. Judy Filarecki profile image92
      Judy Filareckiposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for making this available for all Hubs. I only used it once when it was a lens, but it fit perfectly with what I was try to accomplish. I do wish that the light blue option was available also so it coordinated with my backgrounds for right sided information.

    9. colorfulone profile image89
      colorfuloneposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you. I believe I will be using the call out capsule.

    10. Nancy Hardin profile image61
      Nancy Hardinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Marina, this is great. It's a feature that I always liked and I'm glad to see it initiated here. Thanks so much to all of you for including the callout.

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      sheilamyersposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Very cool! I'm looking forward to playing around with the new feature. I promise only to use it when it would be the best fit for a given part of my hub.

  2. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 2 years ago

    Any chance we can get the Colorbox option to actually have options like it used to do? 

    Like just variations where you could pick white or grey text on a black ground.  I do not want the Lollipop School of Design to make a comeback, but having different choices could be very useful without getting lurid.

    1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
      Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      We went with one color scheme because we think having a consistent design across Hubs makes for a better reading experience. You bring up a good point though. There may be a way to provide more color options without compromising that, particularly if we stick with white/black/grey options. Thanks for the feedback!

      1. rebekahELLE profile image91
        rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I hope that HP stays with either one or the above white/black/grey color scheme.  Adding more colors will change the sleek, polished style that HP currently has.  An author can always add more color to their pages with photographs and videos, or on their own website/blog.

      2. Lionrhod profile image94
        Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        To be honest, The color scheme on HP is rather drear and depressing. I wish we did have a few more options here. Maybe not as many as on Squidoo but...

    2. lisavollrath profile image87
      lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      +1. While I'm not looking for the wide variety of colors we had on Squidoo, perhaps a choice between the colors already offered in the small capsule backgrounds? I've been using the blue background for all my recipe hubs, and it would be great if my callouts could match.

    3. Thomas Swan profile image91
      Thomas Swanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I think some other colors would be nice. What about the light blue we can use in polls? Perhaps also light green for a more natural vibe. Those are fairly sensible and neutral choices. Is Hubpages really looking for uniformity across the whole site? I'd rather each author was given the freedom to personalize their hubs, develop their own style, and create a body of work that bears their distinctive mark. Anyway, grey just seems so dull..... no offense to the Hubpages logo designers big_smile

  3. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
    Ramkitten2000posted 2 years ago

    That's great. Thank you!

    Off to add some to my lenses-turned-hubs....

  4. Ann Hinds profile image86
    Ann Hindsposted 2 years ago

    Fantastic!

  5. Wednesday-Elf profile image82
    Wednesday-Elfposted 2 years ago

    Terrific! I loved using this feature in my 'old home' and am delighted it will now be available here in my 'new' home, which I'm enjoying very much! smile

  6. OhMe profile image81
    OhMeposted 2 years ago

    Great news!  Thanks.

  7. lisavollrath profile image87
    lisavollrathposted 2 years ago

    Thanks for adding this! It's very helpful when adding quotes to book reviews.

  8. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago

    Thanks! I'm looking forward to using it in specific hubs. I think it highlights text in an eye-appealing style. I like the possibility of using black with grey or white.

  9. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
    Ramkitten2000posted 2 years ago

    Just a tip in case anyone hasn't noticed this, but if you ONLY put a title in the Callout capsule (at least the colorbox style, because I'm not sure about the other two options), it won't show up on the hub. I THOUGHT it did, because it seemed to show up in edit mode, but I just noticed today that it had disappeared. It was still there if I opened the capsule, but it wasn't showing up in edit mode or when viewing the hub.

    I often used the Callout module on Squidoo to set off different sections of a lens with a title -- a heading. I wanted to use it for the same purpose here as hubs (among others), but it apparently only works if you put the text in the body of the capsule. You can leave the capsule title blank, though.

    I hope that makes sense.

    1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
      Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      This is a bug! Thanks for reporting. We're looking into it.

      1. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
        Ramkitten2000posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Oh, okay, great! I do think it looks nicer (when using the capsule for the purpose I was describing) when the text is in the title field, because it's larger and bold. So it would be great if I could move the text back up there.

        Appreciate it.

        1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
          Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Fixed now! Thanks again for reporting this so quickly, and let us know if you see any other problems.

  10. SusanDeppner profile image85
    SusanDeppnerposted 2 years ago

    Awesome! Very good carryover from Squidoo and well executed.

    1. Elsie Hagley profile image80
      Elsie Hagleyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I agree with you Susan.

      My hubs from Squidoo all ready have them, great that all the other hub members will be able to use it also.

  11. SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image87
    SANJAY LAKHANPALposted 2 years ago

    It is a nice addition, but right float option is not there.

  12. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Is there any instructions as to how to use this callout capsule or info as to what it even is.

    1. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
      Ramkitten2000posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Didn't Squidoo have the Blackbox module when you were writing there? That's what the Callout capsule is. Same thing.

      Squidoo had renamed it already -- before the transfer to HP -- and added the other two format options (the quote format and whatever the other one is called, with the lines).

    2. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
      Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I'm happy to add more information to the Callout Capsule tool tip (which contains much of the same information that's in my forum post). What additional information about the Callout Capsule would be helpful?

      We do plan to update the Learning Center with more information about best practices, etc. Perhaps this is what you mean. If so, I will let you know when it's been updated. smile

      1. Paula Atwell profile image80
        Paula Atwellposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Hi Marina, the original call out on Squidoo was actually called the "black box" because, yep, you guessed it, it was a black box with white writing. That would fit the Hubpages theme and be an alternative color scheme that would stand out. Just a suggestion. smile

        1. Marina Lazarevic profile image86
          Marina Lazarevicposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for the input!

      2. Marisa Wright profile image92
        Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Looking forward to the instructions!   I went to one of my Hubs, added a Callout Capsule, opened it and thought "now what?"

        I'm sure it's a great feature if I ever discover what it does.

    3. relache profile image86
      relacheposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Can you explain what parts of Marina's original post you don't understand or what further information you want to know about it, that isn't listed there?  That would probably help her a lot to add more information.

  13. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Ramkitten I don't remember it, so more than likely I didn't use it. Too many bugs there for things that we needed to use, let alone some new brainstorm they came up with.

  14. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    There is going to be a lot of people who have no idea what this is.

    1. calculus-geometry profile image86
      calculus-geometryposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Speak for yourself.   Marina did a perfect job explaining what it is and how to use it.  If some people are completely bewildered (which I doubt), they can always edit one of their hubs, insert the callout, play around with it, and decide whether they want to use it or not. Trying it out is the best way to learn how to use it.

    2. FatFreddysCat profile image92
      FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      (Raises hand)

    3. lafleurdeplume profile image60
      lafleurdeplumeposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      While I appreciate the idea of 'play with it to figure it out' when using a new tool, if I don't understand the purpose of the tool in the first place, I'm not terribly motivated to spend my time doing that.  I was not part of the Squidoo community, and I'm now a contracted freelance writer, so my online time in general will be more limited.  Can someone provide an example of how this new capsule works?  Thanks!

      1. favored profile image58
        favoredposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        lafleurdeplume you can use it for many things, quotes, FYI, anything that you want to draw attention to in your article. It works well in separating specific items or subtopics.  If you would like to see an example you can look at a craft article where it is used for several of these things I mentioned. (Hope this is allowed for example purposes.)

        http://favored.hubpages.com/hub/christm … one-wreath

        Basically you can use it for anything that needs to be pointed out between your paragraphs or capsules.  That's what makes it so useful.  Hope this helps.

        1. lafleurdeplume profile image60
          lafleurdeplumeposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I see them now... ok, thanks for providing the example!

          1. favored profile image58
            favoredposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            You're welcome.  Glad I could be of some help.

      2. Margaret Schindel profile image91
        Margaret Schindelposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        lafleurdeplume, as Marina mentioned, the team has added an explanation of what the three Callout Capsule options are and how to use them to the Learning Center, and it also includes visual examples of all three callout formatting options so you can see what each of them will look like. Here's the direct link to that section of the Learning Center. HTH!

        http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/usin … d_36672947

        1. lafleurdeplume profile image60
          lafleurdeplumeposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you so much!

    4. Lionrhod profile image94
      Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      LOL I was on Squidoo and I still don't know what it is or looks like. Any chance we can get a screenshot of what it looks like?

      1. Margaret Schindel profile image91
        Margaret Schindelposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        @Lionrhod, as I posted earlier in this thread, the Learning Center has been updated with an explanation and a visual example of each of the three callout options. I think that will give you what you're looking for.
        http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/usin … d_36672947

        1. Lionrhod profile image94
          Lionrhodposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Nifty! Thanks much!

  15. DealForALiving profile image81
    DealForALivingposted 2 years ago

    This looks great. Thanks for the addition!

  16. bettyshares profile image76
    bettysharesposted 2 years ago

    Thanks, thats a great idea.

  17. KarenHC profile image85
    KarenHCposted 2 years ago

    This is great news :-)  I just now added a callout box to a page to set off a quote.  It breaks the rest of the text up nicely too.

  18. Titia profile image89
    Titiaposted 2 years ago

    Glad the call out box is for keeps. I used it a lot and will be doing so in the future for new hubs.

  19. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    Well, it is an old Squidoo thing, so I will stay away from it.

    1. Ice cold princess profile image78
      Ice cold princessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      At least keep an open mind and TRY it before deciding it is garbage. HP and Squidoo are 2 very different platforms and you might find that it's not so bad after all.

    2. Titia profile image89
      Titiaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Sorry Linda, but your remark doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Why judge if you don't even know what it is or how to use it.

    3. lisavollrath profile image87
      lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Well, it's a new HubPages thing, so I tried it, and it looks great!

    4. Nancy Hardin profile image61
      Nancy Hardinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Linda Smith, Squidoo DID have some good things during its time. Not everything was bad, just the last year or so was really the pits. But there were some good parts of their page layout. I'm a Hubber now, but I don't find it necessary to badmouth Squidoo to show it. Just sayin'................and I hope you don't take offense, but there WERE good things there.

  20. MelRootsNWrites profile image89
    MelRootsNWritesposted 2 years ago

    I really like the quote call out.  It's a very classy look. 

    I do wish like others the grey box came in, at least, the light blue.  The grey doesn't seem to blend with the layout.

    1. lisavollrath profile image87
      lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I like it, too. I used it today, while editing a book review, adding a quote from the book. Lovely.

  21. SusannaDuffy profile image86
    SusannaDuffyposted 2 years ago

    As long as the capsule fits into the style of HP. I have no desire to see endless variations of squidooo modules transformed into capsules.

    Someone or other mentioned 'rainbow'. Just before the sale to HP, squidooo had some CSS layouts in different colours (Autumn theme in brown and gold, Valentine theme in reds) etc and the callout matched the theme.

    I hope the HP callouts will remain in HP shades. Touch wood

  22. justholidays profile image80
    justholidaysposted 2 years ago

    Good news! I find the double black lines with text aligned to the left elegant and perfect match with HP pages. Thank you Staff big_smile

  23. suziecat7 profile image82
    suziecat7posted 2 years ago

    I like this idea. Now I need to get busy writing some new Hubs.

  24. Minnetonka Twin profile image82
    Minnetonka Twinposted 2 years ago

    Wonderful news on the additions to HubPages.

  25. robertzimmerman2 profile image83
    robertzimmerman2posted 2 years ago

    It's just one of many tools at your command to use as you see fit. Dissing ANY idea because it was Squidoo related is not a good way of moving forward.

    Individually or collectively.

  26. joanhall profile image89
    joanhallposted 2 years ago

    Hooray!

    As soon as I got my HP Weekly and saw that it said, "Announcing a New Capsule!", I thought, "please let it be the Callout, please let it be the Callout . . ."

    Thank you!

  27. favored profile image58
    favoredposted 2 years ago

    Nice to see this feature will work for HP. It' s one that I used a lot and I think it does make some things "pop" on a page.  Thanks for adding this and giving us another choice.

  28. Ahdilarum profile image73
    Ahdilarumposted 2 years ago

    Just now I have edited some of my hubs by adding this capsule.

    Enjoyed a lot.

  29. Snakesmum profile image89
    Snakesmumposted 2 years ago

    Thanks Hubpages!   Really missed the Callout feature here, and so glad you have added it.     
    Callout is great for drawing attention to tips and special notes.

  30. Sedan profile image76
    Sedanposted 2 years ago

    Very Nice! Excellent break or separator.

  31. LindaSmith1 profile image59
    LindaSmith1posted 2 years ago

    I am sick of the snarky remarks that I get.

    1. Titia profile image89
      Titiaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I'm sorry, but you started to make them. There was absolutely no need for your snarky remark towards Squidoo. Not all things Squidoo had were bad.

      The call out capsule is a very useful capsule and I think HP did a very good job in making it a very useful HP capsule.

  32. sockii profile image88
    sockiiposted 2 years ago

    Thanks for adding this! It's a great feature for adding emphasis or pointing out a key conclusion or idea.

  33. bwhite062007 profile image89
    bwhite062007posted 2 years ago

    I just played around with it. It's a nice addition. I am loving the quote feature!

  34. makingamark profile image75
    makingamarkposted 2 years ago

    Many thanks for adding this option - I use it all the time and it's great to have this option again.

    It would be really nice to have the same colours for the colour box as you offer for the text options which are right aligned.

    That would help keep control over colours used while also adding some much needed colour into the page.

  35. ZCademy profile image83
    ZCademyposted 2 years ago

    I'm so happy to see Callouts added permanently! I'll have to go to my lens-hubs and check they styling.

    And I want to give a +11 to HubPages' staff for being so responsive. Squidoo always seemed to be a "black box", where you never knew if what came out matched what went in.

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    julieannbradyposted 2 years ago

    That is wonderful news! I seem to recall that the original version was only one color; black background with white font. Gray is good and neutral in color. It would be nice to have other color choices as well. Will patiently await the next modification. Thank you for adding that callout capsule!

  37. Arachnea profile image84
    Arachneaposted 2 years ago

    Awesome! There are a few more Squidoo features which would be neat to have. Are there plans to adopt any others?

  38. Fiorenza profile image82
    Fiorenzaposted 2 years ago

    Wow!  Thanks for being so responsive.

  39. Les Trois Chenes profile image90
    Les Trois Chenesposted 2 years ago

    Very pleased that HP has adopted this module. It's  a great way to divide up an article into clear sections.

  40. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago

    Well, that was fun.  I added a few to one of my hubs.  Thanks again for adding this feature.  I can see where you wouldn't want to over use these on a page as it would look too busy.

  41. Coffee-Break profile image90
    Coffee-Breakposted 2 years ago

    I was just about to ask about it, then I thought it will be soon released. I saw it was imported from Squidoo, and it could be edited, I just didn't have the option to add one.

    Great feature, Thanks!

  42. bizgrrl profile image80
    bizgrrlposted 16 months ago

    The Colorbox feature should come with different color options, rather than just the grey.

 
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