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Contact NameNathanael Ritz
CleanPix – digital asset management for PR/Marketing; HD Videos, Hi–Res Photos, PDF’s, Logos +
CleanPix is a tool that simplifies the organization and delivery of all your PR/Marketing files to anyone with access to the web.
Easily organize and locate your files from a single location, even across multiple departments.
Benefit: Reduce stress induced by reliance on networks shared drives and server storage space worries. Save time and cost associated with searching and managing your files.
CleanPix automatically converts video, photos and logos into multiple formats. This includes retaining the professional quality version and previews for everyday use.
Benefit: You save time as you no longer need to hunt for the correct file type saved or accidentally hidden who knows where, and files are reformatted to industry standards. Logos, created by designers, are hand checked for color accuracy when converted and reformatted maintaining brand integrity.
Unlike FTP clients and servers, you don't need to train your user how to download files from CleanPix. You find the asset you want to deliver and your done.
Benefit: Happy end-user! This helps to promote brand loyalty and continued requests for YOUR files, increasing the exposure of your brand. In particular, in situations where there is a deadline to meet.
Many delivery options
With stand out speed and 4 delivery methods to choose from, CleanPix has the tools you need to get your files “out there”.
Produce automatic image libraries linked to the web that you control
Respond immediately to media requests on demand
Build and print contact sheets to hand out during events
Send email campaigns complete with both your press release and high resolution files (all without clogging their inbox)
Easy on your IT team
With CleanPix, you have no special hardware or software to maintain. CleanPix understands that time is valuable and there are few things as frustrating as a tool that is misbehaving. CleanPix made its reputation over the 12 past years in proactively handling all technical support issues. This means everyone, including yourself and the endusers can get on with their day.
Easy on Your Budget:
CleanPix is an affordable solution that is quickly adopted by your team. There are no hidden fees and pricing is scalable to fit your needs. No set-up fee, no download or upload fee. Implement the CleanPix system in matters of days, not months.
Right File. Right format. Right now.™
Latest Version Number8.3.1
Date Of Last Release02/12/2015
User group URLhttp://www.linkedin.com/groups/CleanPix-Corp-World-Wide-Professional-4817905
Company LinkedIn URLhttp://www.linkedin.com/companies/2827559
If the vendor operates through a sales channel they may use intermediaries who have regional focus or additional specialisms in a given vertical market.
This refers to the type of licence the DAM system software is supplied under. Proprietary means that the developer restricts access to the source code (the instructions used to generate the software). Open source means that the developer provides full access to the code so you can modify it yourself. Split model is hybrid and means they may offer both options with some restrictions removed (or added) depending on the model chosen. If split is selected, it is advisable to verify the differences with the vendor.
SaaS by monthly subscription
Use of Open Source Components
Many DAM systems use freely available open source components to deliver key functionality. The products themselves may not be open source, however. This question will help to identify to what extent they are open source.
- Some open source components used, but core product is not open source
Software Delivery Methods
Client refers to the type of hardware or software device that can be used to access or control the DAM system.
iOS is for uploads only at this time, Android app has not been developed.
Server Operating Systems supported
This only applies for installed or hybrid DAM systems and refers to what types of OS they can be run on. This question is less relevant for DAM systems where a third party will be hosting it for you.
Service Oriented Architecture
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) means the vendor's product uses a modular architecture where each core DAM function is delivered as a service which can be separated out independently from other functions. It is important for large-scale Digital Asset Management implementations or more complex integration requirements.
This describes the search strategies that can be used to find assets. If you do not understand any of them, leave the options de-selected. Most DAM systems should support at least keyword search at a minimum.
Index/Search Text Content Of Documents
Some DAM systems can search the text content of document assets and that might be important for your DAM solution.
Controlled Vocabularies are predefined lists of search terms. They can be realised in many different ways but the common factor is the user picks from a restricted selection rather than enters a keyword. Most DAM systems will usually support both controlled vocabularies and keywords.
User Defined Metadata Fields
The ability to configure metadata your own metadata fields is important for DAM systems so you can assign a dedicated field for certain items of information rather than using a generic classification method or one of the vendor's own standard fields.
Cataloguing Interface Options
When cataloguing assets with custom fields, some metadata will be controlled selections, others will be free text. There are further choices like date fields, file attachments etc.
Business Intelligence & Reporting
Asset Usage Records
To enable reports to be generated, DAM solutions must retain records of asset usage, including searching, download and editing of records. The reporting should include the user who carried out the activity and the date/time it occurred.
A detailed audit trail that logs every user action in a central record is useful to gain insight into user behaviour. Comprehensive audit trails allow DAM system users to produce reports that address their unique needs.
A range of built-in reports that you can quickly generate is useful to answer common questions such as the "what is our most popular asset?".
- Most popular assets by download
Dedicated/Scalable Proxy or Derivative Asset Generation
Nearly all DAM systems will generate thumbnails and previews of media, including more dynamic types like video or audio. Some products use a separate server to do this which usually makes them more suitable for large scale asset ingestion and processing.
Multi-Page Document Asset Previews
If you deal with document oriented assets, having a solution which can generate multi-page previews (and also zoom in on them) can save the hassle of downloading a file only to discover it is not the one you need. For assets with very similar content, this can be a useful feature.
Image Manipulation Notes
System automatically edits to industry standard sizes after file is uploaded, original is stored and can be accessed as well.
Some DAM systems may allow video assets to be converted or modified. If that is a potential requirement for you, specify those features which are likely to be needed. EDL = Edit Decision List and refers to providing in/out points when editing video footage.
Many DAM solutions will now allow assets to be stored on the server of Cloud storage providers. This allows asset files to be distributed and/or integrated with other solutions. Some third party services use generic protocols like FTP, others are proprietary.
Scripting & Plug-Ins
Some advanced DAM solutions have a scripting capability that allows users or third parties to add functionality which the vendor did not originally envisage. Usually programming skills will be required to use this, but some tools have visual interfaces also.
In addition to scripting (or sometimes instead of), some DAM solutions will have a plug-in architecture that allows third party developers to extend the core platform.
Multilingual Application Interface Support
The interface means the controls to use the DAM system. This is different from the metadata support which is usually entered by end users when cataloguing assets.
Multilingual Metadata Support
See previous question. Most DAM systems with multi-lingual support will provide it for metadata.
File versioning refers to the digital media associated with an asset record. This is usually the minimum requirement for a DAM system to claim support for versioning assets. See also responses to the related question about metadata versioning below.
Metadata versioning is separate from the files associated with assets. Many DAM solutions will track updated digital assets but only retain a single current version of the metadata. Since metadata is likely to be edited many more times than assets get replaced, this can be an important point to check.
Independent Metadata And File Versioning
This questions assesses whether the solution allows versions of either the file or metadata to be reverted independently or if both are linked to a single shared version instance.