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It’s been a DAM brief week. And, in digital asset management news, Nuxeo releases a desktop sync client, North Plains refreshes several of its key products, Parliament decides to help -- or not -- intellectual property orphans, and Google comes up with a clunky-sounding name for afterlife options. 

Nuxeo Drive

Nuxeo is out with Nuxeo Drive, a desktop sync client for automating the content refresh process between a content repository and local desktops. The light client works with all applications built on the Nuxeo Platform, such as digital asset management, document management, case management and custom software.

The Drive client securely connects with the on-premise or cloud-based repository, and refreshes content when a change is detected locally or in the repository. Content types include documents, images, slide decks and custom content.

Nuxeo CEO Eric Barroca said in a statement that the Drive “goes far beyond simple cloud-based file sharing systems, because the Nuxeo Platform provides a full content management application.” He added that the “beauty of the Nuxeo Drive is its ability to handle customer content,” such as the creation of a custom content type in the Platform to handle insurance claims.

“It can be synced on the client as an XML file,” he said, “edited with a local application, such as an offline form application, and then synced back to the Nuxeo repository, where other team members can access the most recent version. No other solution can do that."

North Plains Updates Product Line

DAM provider North Plains has released updates to its key products -- a version 9.1 of DAM system Telescope, version 2.6 of brand management solution On Brand, and version 17.5 of media production environment Xinet. A variety of new features have been added to improve interoperability, usability and efficiency.

‘Orphans’ in England

We’ve noted in the past about the movement in Europe to allow “orphaned works” to be used without an owner’s permission if a “diligent search” for the rights holder has taken place. Now, England’s Parliament has passed the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act.

The Act allows such works to be licensed, with the fee paid to an independent body and held until a rights holder comes forward. At least one organization of photographers and agencies has protested the Act.

Well, What Would You Call It?

If they’re digital assets, shouldn’t we designate our heirs in the event that we get moved to, you know, that Permanent Cloud-Based Storage? Google, whose corporate goal is to organize all information in this life, decided they should give us after-life options as well, and has set up its Inactive Account Manager.

“Not a great name, we know,” the technology giant notes.

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