DAM Lowdown: Updated Widen Media Collective, New Canto Platform for Cumulus

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It’s another DAM week, and this week’s digital asset management news includes the updated Media Collective from the venerable Widen Enterprises, a new Canto Platform for integrating Cumulus, and a beta version 3.4.3 of the open source FocusOPEN Digital Asset Manager. 

Widen Updates Media Collective

Madison, Wisconsin-based Widen Enterprises has updated its software-as-a-service (SaaS) digital asset management product, Media Collective, with a host of new features.

Version 6.1 offers a new Upload Wizard that quickens the upload process, facilitates the addition of metadata, and allows for security settings to be adjusted and categories to be assigned. All asset data can now be exported, there’s a new slide show function for shared links, and videos can be screened in high-def.

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Metadata controls have also been simplified, orders can be reviewed by administrators, and a new user interface for Dynamic Media Builder freshens up that add-on. Dynamic Media Builder enables the creation of custom, pro-grade print promotions.

The update, which is already in place for existing Widen customers, comes a few weeks before the company’s first User Summit in Madison in September, for which the company expects attendees from about 40 organizations. Widen, which describes itself as the eighth largest premedia/prepress services firm on the continent, cites its 60 years of experience in helping customers manage their assets.

Canto Launches Platform for Cumulus Integration

Canto’s recently updated Cumulus DAM software can now be integrated into other systems or apps, or into a website, via the company’s newly announced Canto Integration Platform. The platform allows functionalities such as import, tag and search to be integrated with any other system or solution using HTTP Web services.

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CEO Ulrich Knocke said in a statement that “our customers want to integrate Cumulus with standard enterprise applications so they can optimize processes and communicate more rapidly and efficiently.” The efficiencies, the company said, are achieved when users can work in their regular applications, while being afforded the media access and management provided by Cumulus.

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Canto said that the new Platform allows its customers to integrate across a wide range of complexity, from simple Web integrations to large-scale customer portals involving many users. SharePoint and WordPress integrations are available from Canto, and the company’s partners offer other integrations.

New Beta Version of FocusOPEN Digital Asset Manager

Open source DAM vendor FocusOPEN has released a beta version 3.4.3 of its Digital Asset Manager, with about two dozen new features. These include enhancements to workflow controls, personal workspaces for asset collaboration before publishing, batch uploading of assets and metadata, improved API functionality and a greater range of metadata filtering.

This version of the open source .NET DAM system is being released first to commercial users, with the free version available by year’s end.