A new Elvis has left the building as WoodWing Software, which purchased the Elvis Digital Asset Management (DAM) software in October, has released its first update.
WoodWing President Erik Schut said in a statement that the company “promised” when it bought Dutchsoftware, the maker of Elvis, it would “speed up the development of the Elvis DAM and this is the first proof we are delivering.” He added that the next release will contain “a much deeper integration” with Enterprise 8, Woodwing's multi-channel publishing system, and with the company’s editorial management application, Content Station, as well as “a number of other cool new features.”
In the version 3.6 release, a collection can be shared by emailing a generated link. Recipients of the email can look at the collection via a browser or the Elvis client, and then transfer assets there or back. Shared assets can be approved or rejected by the recipient, and their status will show the update.
Users can now set up access rights for shared collections, including a date by which those rights expire. The HTML code of an HTML gallery can also be shared, so that the collection can be viewed in a Web page.
The update is designed to streamline collaboration with photographers by allowing Art Directors to create and send an empty collection with descriptions of photos needed, which can then be filled with photos by the receiving photographer.
Users of 3.6 can import existing taxonomies in RDF or text format and add metadata to assets directly from an existing taxonomies tree. Support for the company’s Enterprise publishing system includes the ability to import and export assets and to incorporate assets into the Enterprise workflow.
Elvis was developed by Dutchsoftware in 2008. It’s powered by the Lucene search engine, and is extensible through integrations with other apps and via plug-ins. Prior to WoodWing’s purchase, Enterprise and Elvis DAM had been part of integrated solutions for a number of WoodWing’s customers.