It’s the last DAM Lowdown of the year. And, in digital asset management news before the ball drops, North Plains and FocusOPEN update, the DAM Survival Guide goes free, WebDAM looks for partners, Widen and ConceptShare get together, and there are DAM changes a-happening.
North Plains’ Updates Xinet and Telescope
North Plains, which has been filling out its product line with several recent acquisitions, has announced new versions of its Xinet and Telescope DAM products. The updates include compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite 6, and the ability to readily transfer assets and related metadata from Xinet to Telescope through a new ConnectR interoperability.
FocusOpen Releases 3.4.4
Open source DAM vendor FocusOPEN has released version 3.4.4 beta. The company said the new version includes 55 modifications and a variety of bug fixes, such as the addition of a lightbox slideshow feature and new filtering options.
Review of Free DAM Survival Guide
The DAM Survival Guide, written by DAM expert and CMSWire.com columnist David Diamond, is now available in a 100-page free PDF version, compliments of DAM vendor Picturepark. To see if it meets your needs, check out my review.
WebDAM Launches Partner Network
Topping off what appears to be a boffo year, DAM provider WebDAM is launching a Partner Network for Referral, Technology and Reseller Partners. Referrals include a one-time commission for each sale, Technology Partners get integration tools and development support, and Resellers can access sales and marketing resources for selling WebDAM as a standalone solution or as OEM.
Widen Integrates with ConceptShare
DAM system vendors have been busily announcing integrations with other systems, a sensible approach given that they’re only assets if used. The latest: Widen has announced an integration with review and collaboration platform ConceptShare. Widen’s alliance is intended to improve how its flagship product, Media Collective, works with ConceptShare’s annotation tools and review flow.
DAM Changes Ahead
Finally, speaking of Widen and on the verge of 2013, CEO Matthew Gonnering takes a shot at predicting the radical changes ahead in DAM software, driven by cloud-based platforms, the rise of digital natives and a greater emphasis on content marketing.
Have a DAM good New Year!