DAM News Round-Up – 27th July 2020

A collection of recent DAM-related articles from around the web, sourced from DAM Federation member, Planet DAM.

DAM + Slack, Dropbox, WordPress and More: Announcing New PhotoShelter Integrations

DAM solutions provider PhotoShelter have recently announced the roll-out of a number of integrations for their flagship Brands platform.  This new round of connectors includes tools to integrate with Slack, WordPress, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and project management and collaboration framework Wrike.  With the growing popularity of WordPress and cloud storage providers, these new tools should have a wide appeal, especially among fans of open source and free solutions.

IPTC Editor vs Template Editor in Photo Mechanic

Photographer and DAM consultant Carl Seibert takes a closer look at two key editing features within Photo Mechanic – a popular photo ingestion, metadata and image browsing tool.  Both features are concerned with editing IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) data – a standard for embedded information within digital photographs.  With detailed breakdowns of the various features and functions, the article is a useful guide for anyone using Photo Mechanic as part of their workflow.  There’s also an accompanying video to help you decide which of the two tools most suits your needs.

5 Levels of File Organization For Designers: From Noob to Professional

Digital housekeeping is a crucial discipline in most modern work environments, and even more so for content creators and digital asset managers.  In this detailed and astute article, DAM solutions provider Pics.io investigate a number of common issues concerning file management, along with five different approaches to help alleviate chaotic, scattered and disparate content organisation, including local storage, FTP, cloud storage and both first and latest generation DAM systems.

What is Digital Asset Management (DAM)?

DAM consultant Kristina Huddart has published a simple video introduction to Digital Asset Management.  Covering the basic concepts such as what constitutes a digital asset and what gives them their value, this five minute video takes us through the core tenets of ‘digital practice’ and how a dedicated DAM system can help to streamline your workflow, reduce costs by re-using assets, facilitate better collaboration, and deliver your content faster and more efficiently.

3 Requests That Are Slowing Down Your Creative Team (and Easy Fixes)

Digital Asset Management software vendor MediaValet take a look at three types of request that can cause significant slowdown for creative teams, and how a DAM system can address them.  The typical requests covered include those for common assets such as company logos, brochures and campaign media, resized and reformatted images, and smaller, less significant updates that can easily suck up valuable creative time whilst returning very little in terms of business value.

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