The DAM Playbook
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DAM 10 Core Accreditation
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Contact NameRob Cardenas
Shotfarm’s Product Content Network greatly simplifies the management and transfer of product content between manufacturers and retailers. Use of the network is 100% free and unlimited for companies, their employees, and all of their partners.
Manufacturers enjoy the unlimited use of our simple yet powerful Digital Asset Management system designed specifically for the management and sharing of product-related files. For companies requiring more advanced workflows, Shotfarm offers a growing list of affordable features in its Plugin Store.
Shotfarm offers retailers a single place to gather all of their suppliers’ product images, videos, and specifications. Retailers can download any number of files from any number of partners at no cost. Shotfarm also offers a number of optional low-cost tools that further automate file processing for ecommerce workflows.
Distributors, publishers, marketing agencies, and independent sales reps are free to use Shotfarm in the same way retailers do; download any number of files from any number of manufacturers at no cost. For advanced file processing, Shotfarm offers a number of optional low-cost tools that make image and data preparation a snap.
Product NameProduct Content Netowrk
Company LinkedIn URLhttp://www.linkedin.com/company/522977?trk=tyah
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.
Software Delivery Methods
Client refers to the type of hardware or software device that can be used to access or control the DAM system.
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.
Software Development Technologies Used
This means the programming language or development technology used to implement the DAM system. This question is more important for open source software or if you have IT policy restrictions that require you to use (or not use) some technologies. It may not be relevant if you require a hosted DAM and never intend to host the system in-house.
The Database that the DAM system uses. All DAM systems require some kind of storage for asset metadata and they are usually based on an existing technology - but that may not always be a conventional database. If the DAM will be hosted by someone else (e.g. SaaS/Cloud) this question may not be relevant.
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.
- Linked Asset Search
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.
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.
Many DAM systems allow users to manipulate images by resizing, cropping etc. Choose any features which are important to your users.
- Image re-sizing
- Format conversion
- Change colorspace
- Batch manipulate groups of assets
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.
- No video manipulation features
API means Application Programming Interface and allows third party software to control a DAM system. If you intend to integrate your DAM with another existing solution then you need to choose the API protocol that is compatible with that.
API will be coming out in the near future.
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.
Multilingual Support Notes
Multilingual support will be released in the future.