Digital Asset Management Update Woodwing Elvis 4.1The folks at multi-channel publishing vendor WoodWing Software have been busy. A couple of months after releasing version 4.0 of its Elvis digital asset management (DAM) system, and about nine months since it acquired Elvis, the Netherlands-based company is out with version 4.1, which adds full Linux support and such IT-friendly features as distributed storage. 

The Elvis update is available in five major Asian languages -- Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Korean. Remco Koster, Managing Director WoodWing Asia Pacific, said in a statement that the “very high interest” in efficient DAM systems in Asia may be because many newspaper publishers in that region “also operate radio and TV stations and share very large file collections throughout their businesses.”

Linux, Mac, Windows

With full support for Linux, the entire system can be implemented in a Linux-based data center. Elvis had been built for Macs, and the DAM server also supports Windows.

Speaking of the server, its additional storage flexibility now allows users to map one or more folders to a particular category of storage devices so that, for example, all “archive” folders can be directed toward a given group of devices. The company said that this capability can save costs by allowing long-term storage to be automatically written to less expensive devices.

In June, WoodWing announced it had integrated Elvis with 1io’s one2edit in order to improve the workflow of Adobe InDesign. The one2edit application is intended to improve document workflow in that Adobe program.

4.0 in April

In April, version 4.0 of Elvis was released, featuring enhanced integration with the editorial management application Content Station in the company’s Enterprise publishing solution. That update also included the initial porting to Linux, as well as an upgrade of the Lucene open source search engine.

When WoodWing bought Dutch Software in the fall of 2012 and acquired Elvis, the integration of the DAM system into Enterprise was cited as a priority. Elvis and Enterprise, which WoodWing described as “very much complementary,” had already been offered for some time as a combined publishing solution. Enterprise itself was updated to version 8.2 in March of this year, as the company readied the interface and workflow integration for the new Elvis 4.0.