This week in the DAM world includes: a new version of Medialibrary, VFinity gets some attention from our friends at Forrester, celum expands its borders, WebArchives partners with Continuum and ADS warns us about the dangers of tape.

Medialibrary Reaches Version 2.0

Medialibrary is the creation of the UK-based services firm Logicmighty and is a web-based digital asset management system. Along with the repository providing a secure place for multiple users to share digital assets, Medialibrary also contains the following features:

  • Support for XMP, IPTC, and EXIF embedded metadata
  • Role-based user management
  • Integration with Active Directory for Windows-based authentication
  • A desktop client file uploader
  • Automatic keyword generation
  • Image and text watermarking
  • Personalized lightboxes, for each user, for sharing and organizing assets
  • Standard and customizable reporting
  • Web service API

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Medialibrary can be installed and managed on local hardware or used in a SaaS configuration. The desktop file uploader is licensed separately from the core asset management system. Pricing information is available on the Medialibrary website.

Forrester Shines Its Light on VFinity

One of the highlights of Forrester's Market Overview: Rich Media Management Software report is the latest version of VFinity. VFinity, founded in 2004 by Shen Tong and several members of the MIT Media Lab, attempts to differentiate itself from the myriad of DAM vendors by being built from the beginning as a set of web services.

Because the core of VFinity is a service-oriented architecture, the product can plug in to an existing enterprise service bus and act as an asset management service. I won't pretend to assume the actual integration will be as easy as it sounds, but your IT staff will be intrigued anyway.

As for the overall functionality provided by VFinity, the highlights include:

  • Search -- custom-built for locating digital assets within the VFinity repository
  • Retrieval -- assets can be downloaded in their original form or transcoded using either the built-in transcoder or a third-party transcoder
  • Ingestion -- ability to consume repositories of assets and associated metadata
  • Support for known and unknown file types -- includes thumbnail and proxy generation
  • Metadata schema support -- metadata standards such as DublinCore are supported and the schema is stored as Unicode

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Celum Goes International

Based in Austria, celum provides a suite of four products for managing digital assets:

  1. Imagine -- supports managing assets across an enterprise
  2. Swift -- provides a lightweight version of the Imagine product
  3. Dynamo -- supports the creation of web-to-print and marketing materials along with providing brand management capabilities
  4. Movis -- manages video, IPTV, and social media offerings