With version 6.3 of its cloud-based digital asset management system, Media Collective, Widen now offers enhanced search, a new Ratings function and a new knowledge base.

An enhanced batch editing feature allows users to edit metadata for a group of assets to which they have been given permission. Users can also now make and share comments for their permission-based assets, with system alerts or emails sent to the intended recipients of those comments. Users can configure whether they receive alerts or emails.

Ratings, Collections

Using a new Ratings function, assets can be rated on a five-star scale, with the thumbnail reflecting the average rating in real time -- just like your favorite online restaurant guide. Users can employ a search filter using ratings.

The interface for search results has been revamped to improve navigationand functionality, such as more visible Download and Asset Detailsbuttons, and new notification icons. Enhancements to Collections includea new page for Details and a redesign for Global Collection thumbnails.

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Version 6.3 features a new 5-star rating system.

Widen Marketing Manager Jake Athey said in a statement that the enhancements make “the learning curve more manageable for newer users and alleviates some of the training and user adoption felt by DAM administrators.”

Learning Opportunities

Widen has also unveiled a new knowledge base, with video tutorials, white papers, recent articles, and chat/email functionality for getting information from Widen support staff. 

Six Decades of DAM

The Madison, Wisconsin-based Widen has been involved in asset management for six decades, preceding the digital age with premedia and color management services that were originally for print. The company still provides premedia services, even as it has built out its cloud-based DAM solution.

The core product, the Widen Media Collective, features intelligent search, on-the-fly conversion, unlimited user roles with configurable permissions, an upload wizard with pre-entry for metadata, an analytics dashboard and single sign-on authentication.

Last fall, the company rolled out version 6.2, which featured a new digital watermarking integration, enhancements to analytics, the ability to generate PDFs in the background, and a new administrative interface for modifying templates. At the same time, it launched two new services -- DAM Administrative Services for day-to-day management and DAM Strategy Development for consultation or in-person training.