Elvis is getting refreshed again. This week, WoodWing introduced version 4.2 of its digital asset management system, its fourth upgrade since it acquired the tool in 2012.
Elvis DAM has become an integrated part of WoodWing’s flagship product, its Enterprise publishing solution for publishers, agencies and other businesses. WoodWing Software President Erik Schut said in a statement that his company is “committed to keeping this pace” of updates for Elvis.
HTML5 Web Client for Remote Access
The 13-year-old WoodWing, based in The Netherlands, has regional sales offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The first update to Elvis, version 3.6, came shortly after WoodWing bought Elvis DAM, and it provided taxonomies that were designed for easier use and sharing functionality. In April of this year, version 4.0 delivered integration with Enterprise’s editorial management application Content Station, and full Linux support and distributed storage were added when 4.1 was released in July. In August, a mobile version for the iPad was introduced.
Last month, WoodWing released version 9 of Enterprise, which featured tighter social media integration and an extensive channel-oriented revision of the user interface.
The new version, available for downloading in the second half of this month, includes an HTML5 Web client so that remote users can gain access via a browser from outside the system, with key functions being browsing, viewing and downloading assets from the central repository. WoodWing said it chose these features after conducting user research, and this move, coming on top of August’s iPad version, mirrors other DAM vendors’ efforts to offer easy access to DAM-based assets for outsiders, such as agencies or clients.
Brandable Elvis, Infinite Scrolling
The Web client also provides infinite scrolling, where more images are loaded as a user scrolls down, in order to optimize a user’s ability to quickly find the desired assets. Additionally, the client can be skinned with a company’s design to maintain the overall company look and feel.
Back on the desktop, the 4.2 desktop client supports image variations. This means that, when a user has selected the option to “download image as,” the file format, resolution and dimensions can be specified. Metadata travels along, and presets can be used to capture these settings. An updated API allows developers to utilize this function for their integrations.
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