DAM Lowdown: DAM Words, TACTIC for Mac, Shakespeare Didn't Know DAM

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It’s been yet another DAM week, and, in recent digital asset management news: DAM glossary, the DAM Value Chain, Windows Azure to the rescue, Shakespeare didn’t know DAM and TACTIC for Mac.

Those DAM Words

DAM systems are all about managing images, but management of those systems is described in words. Like images, words mean different things to different people – and to different vendors – which is why Henrik de Gyor is issuing a call for the creation of a global, agreed-upon DAM “glossary of terms and definitions we could all use and understand in a vendor neutral sense.”

Windows Azure to the Rescue

Don’t have the wherewithal or time to build or assemble your own on-demand video infrastructure for any device? Have no fear -- Microsoft is here.

Recently, the Giant from Redmond announced its Windows Azure Media Services. The service supports video streaming in a wide variety of formats, including HTML5, Flash and, of course, Silverlight, and API’s and SDKs allow developers to create workflows for automatic uploading, encoding and delivery. 

TACTIC for Mac

Southpaw Technology has created a Mac version of its open source production asset management system, TACTIC Team. The Toronto-based company said that every feature in its most recent Windows version 3.9 of TACTIC Team is included in the Mac version, such as support for 2D/3D files, visual effects, digital asset management, video and project/workflow management.

DAM Value Chain

Have you ever wanted to take some features from one DAM system and combine them with features from another? DAM consultant Ralph Windsor proposes that the first steps toward creating that kind of mix-and-match environment, where users could “compose their own custom products,” is the emergence of the DAM Value Chain.

Windsor sees some signs that integration protocols, cloud-based APIs and alliances from such vendors as North Plains, Amazon and ConceptShare are pointing to new ways for assembling systems.

Learning Opportunities

DAM, That’s a Sweet Rose

Yes, Shakespeare was absolutely correct when he wrote “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But he didn’t take into account that, by another name, the image of the rose might be harder to find on your DAM system.

That’s why David Riecks over at the Digital Asset Management Coalition reviews the many considerations for file names in modern DAM systems in his essay, “What’s in a Name?

StorageDNA supports LTO-6

Storage and achiving provider StorageDNA has announced that its archive and retrieval workflow solution, DNA Evolution, now supports Linear Tape Open Version 6 (LTO-6) with Linear Tape File System (LTFS) in its Linux, Mac and compact Thunderbolt field solutions.

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StorageDNA's DNA Evolution

The company said in a statement that LTO “has proven to be the most economical, high performing, and safe long-term storage technology for the media and entertainment industries.” LTO-6, the sixth generation of that storage technology, offers capacity up to 2.5 terabytes and data transfers as high as 160 MB/sec.