When a node is rendered in a panel pane, hook_node_view() is not invoked. (I use Panels 7.x-3.4.) Is there any alternative to change rendered node content in any other hook?

I have tried with hook_ctools_render_alter(), but the HTML output of the node is presented as one large string. I need to change node content in one particular field, so I need to access a $node variable as an array, as it happens with hook_node_view(). I need to execute custom PHP for changing the output of one of the fields.

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  • hook_panels_pane_prerender - contains some configuration parameters of pane, but I don't see possibility to change part of content there Jun 22, 2016 at 8:21
  • hook_panels_pre_render - I don't see as option too, it is higher level of settings from whole display and panel Jun 22, 2016 at 8:25

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If you are just editing one field you can use template_preprocess_field(), hook_field_display_alter(), or hook_field_display_ENTITY_TYPE_alter(). Those should also fire in other contexts if you use that field outside the panel pane in the future (which may be a good or bad side-effect depending on your context).

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