After a well-deserved holiday, the DAM Lowdown is back with: Changes Across the Board for MyVault, Final Cut Server Says Goodbye, A New Version and Partnership for NetXposure, More DAM Events and Quick Hits.

Changes for MyVault

MyVault Redesigns Website, Focuses on Usability

I find it interesting how many companies offered cloud-based services long before the use of "the cloud" as a buzzword rose to prominence. One such company is My Vault Services LLC and its product MyVault.

However, rather than slap the "cloud" moniker on the same old product, My Vault Services has collected 13 years of user feedback and used it to inform a redesign of the secure web-based storage service.

If you are looking for yet another Dropbox clone, look elsewhere. If you are looking for a place to store and manage important digital assets, then MyVault is worth looking into. 

MyVault Eliminates Long-term Contracts, Standardizes Features

Along with a new look, MyVault also changed its contract terms to allow all customers to operate on a month-to-month basis. No longer are customers required to opt-in to long-term contracts or buy a year's subscription up front.

Furthermore, all features of MyVault are now available to all customers regardless of how much you pay each month or how much space you use. Users now only pay for what they use, starting at US$1.99 per month for 2GB of secure storage.

I wonder if this is a reaction to pricing pressure from the aforementioned Dropbox, or if this is simply a company coming to its senses and giving its customers what they want.

Apple Says Goodbye to Final Cut Server

Although Final Cut Server is different from many of the DAM products covered in this space, I would be remiss if I did not at least mention its demise. Many companies have been built on top of Final Cut Server and the product helped to solidify Apple's position in the high-end video editing industry.

The combination of versatility and strong workflow automation at an affordable price made Final Cut Server a household name. As you can imagine, the Final Cut Server community is less than excited about this decision from Apple.

But fear not, Final Cut Server is being replaced with the Final Cut Pro X product line. And while the new product is lacking certain features that Final Cut Server users had grown accustomed to, Apple has committed to bringing Final Cut Pro X inline with user expectations.

Progress for NetXposure

Partnership with Snowbound Software

Snowbound Software makes document viewing and conversion solutions. The combination of Snowbound's offerings and NetXposure's DAM platform creates an end-to-end solution for image manipulation/clean-up through digital asset management.

In other words, this integration allows companies to view, convert, manipulate, retrieve, version and archive documents all from a unified platform.

Release of Version 6.0

Along with new partnerships, NetXposure also released a new version of its core DAM platform. The new version includes the following features:

  • Automated QR code generation
  • Wordpress, Flickr and YouTube integration
  • Enhanced integration with Adobe InDesign and Flash Media Server
  • Enhanced REST interface
  • Team collaboration and workflow enhancements

Upcoming DAM Events

WebDAM Offers Summer Webinar Series

Starting on July 14, WebDAM (news, site) begins a monthly series of webinars geared toward both new and experienced users of DAM technologies.

The scheduled topics are:

  • Metadata 101: Building a solid foundation
  • Controlled Vocabulary: Implementing a library of keywords to improve consistency and search-ability
  • Building the Framework: Organizing your digital assets for any business
  • User Adoption: Engaging your team with a communication plan

Createasphere Seminars Coming to Chicago

Building on the success of DAM conferences in New York City and Los Angeles, Createasphere brings three seminars to Chicago on July 20. At a cost of US$ 99 for each individual seminar or US$ 249 for all three, Createasphere offers a cost-effective full day of learning.

The seminars are focused on planning for DAM, metadata and search and rights management. More information can be found at the seminar information page.

O'Reilly Strata Conference, September 22-23, 2011

Our old friends at O'Reilly bring the latest version of the Strata Conference to New York City on September 22 and 23. Subtitled "Making Data Work," this gathering is focusing on the rising discipline of data science.

All the information about the conference is available on the conference page.

Quick Hits 

John Hopkins Offers DAM Services

HFS, the organization formerly known as Hopkins Fulfillment Services, has launched HFS Digital with the focus on providing print-on-demand and digital short-run printing options along with e-book services.

You know the publishing industry is changing when book distributors at this level begin changing their respective offerings. Amazing is the word that comes to mind.

SirsiDynix Releases Portfolio 4.1

SirsiDynix Portfolio Version 4.1 takes an existing search and discovery platform and adds digital asset management, optical character recognition, Open Archives Initiatives (OAI) compatibility and classified security capabilities

Daydream Partners with Video Transfer

Daydream reaches across the Atlantic to partner with Boston-based Video Transfer to create enterprise-class video management solutions. Daydream will provide the software, FocusOPEN, and Video Transfer will provide the know-how through services and support.

Learn About the Semantic Web Video Project

Sean Golliher, writing at, makes available a great interview with Thomas Steiner (of Google Italy) and the Semantic Web Video project, also known as SemWebVid. It's a fascinating discussion about the idea of "automagically annotating video using RDF."

Every Organization Has Digital Assets to Manage

You, and your organization, have digital assets and they are available. How are you managing them? This, and other questions, is asked by Nicolas Jimenez at in a great (and readable) piece about digital asset management.


Twitter Shoutout of the Week

@CraigBollig -- Also known as, well, Craig Bollig. Craig is another member of the Widen (news, site) team who, when not advising customers and clients on DAM solutions, plays semi-professional football.

As always, thanks for your time and attention. I will see you next week -- I promise.