Index Manager and Color Factory x64 Release
64-bit version of Index Manager and Color Factory are now available to upgrade!
MAY 7, 2018
More files and indexes can be hosted on the same server allowing you to optimize hardware/costs.
Full support for Unicode file names and file paths in Index Manager.
Larger files! With the new 64-bits versions, huge documents, such as Gigabyte-sized TIFF or PSD files, can be processed.
Activation of an additional sync license for Index Manager to push metadata to MongoDB is no longer required.
Considerations when upgrading from a 32-bit to a 64-bit
Color Factory (build 800 and newer)
ODBC connections will need to be re-setup
Earlier (i.e. 32-bit) versions of Color Factory used 32-bit ODBC drivers to connect to databases. With a 64-bit version of Color Factory you need to reconfigure any system DSNs to use 64-bit drivers.
Index Manager (build 800 and newer)
Starting with Index Manager 8.0 build 800, the software is 64-bit. This document outlines important things to remember when planning the upgrade.
The new Index Manager’s configuration is compatible with your existing configuration
However, indexes will be built from scratch and stored in a new location. In a system with many assets, this requires you to plan a service window to give the indexes time to build.
The old indexes will remain in their folders, making it possible to uninstall the 64-bit version and reinstall an earlier 32-bit one if such a need should arise.
Future versions of Index Manager will be 64-bit only, so you will need to make the migration at one point or other. Bug fixes and security improvements will not be offered for the outgoing 32-bit version.
Index Manager Enterprise x64 supports “license stacking”
This means that several Index Manager Enterprise licenses (up to 4) can be activated on the same server to increase the number of assets that can be indexed. A single server can index 3 million assets (same as before), but by adding additional Index Manager Enterprise licenses a single server can now support up to 12 million assets. This will naturally have a bearing on the server’s hardware requirements, but it also means you may be able to host your entire archive on fewer servers than was possible in the past.
Consider hardware requirements
As the new Index Manager will build indexes from scratch the first time it starts, you should consider whether the drives where the index data is stored have sufficient available size. Memory requirements have also been adjusted – check the updated Index Manager system requirements for pointers.
How to remove old index data folders
After updating to a 64-bit version of Index Manager, the old index data folders that were created by the 32-bit version will still remain in the file system. These can be safely removed after the update to free disk space.
The following folders created by a 32-bit Index Manager can be safely removed after updating to a 64-bit version:
IM x86 …\Indexes\[Index Name]\IM_DATA\IM2_INDEX
IM x64 …\Indexes\[Index Name]\IM_DATA2\IM_INDEX
New FotoStation Client Update
A FotoStation Client update has been made available for FotoWare partners and can be obtained using
“Check for updates” in the FotoStation help menu.
MAR 1, 2018
FotoWeb Upload Sub Action
The FotoWeb Upload sub action enables you to upload assets to a FotoWeb server directly from within FotoStation.
In addition, when setting up the action you can select the destination archive and folder on the server. Metadata requirements are also honored, so if files lack required metadata, you will be required to fill it in before the upload begins, ensuring consistent information for your assets.
Uploads tracking is in place to allow you to resume failed or aborted uploads, whether to FotoWeb using HTTP or via FTP.
A new transfer state marker visualizes which files have been uploaded. This marker is enabled by default but can be disabled in the archive’s marker setup.
Documentation on FotoWeb Upload sub action
Faster Printing from FWP Archives
We understand that printing pictures from an FWP archive can take some time because the high-res has to be downloaded to the local FotoStation.
In this update, you can choose to print only a lower-resolution preview version when printing pictures in an FWP archive for faster processing.
Updated print documentation
Updated Security Settings
FotoStation Client now offers more fine-grained control over metadata editors. You can now
1) prevent users from modifying and selecting metadata editors other than the one configured by the system admin, or
2) let users choose from the available metadata editors but not modify them.
Documentation on Limiting access to program features
Natural Sorting of Macros
Metadata macros are now sorted in a natural order in the list views.
- This update is made available to partners only, through Auto Update. This requires a partner NFR key.
- This will not yet be communicated and/or released to customers
- This release is only available in English. The public release will include complete localization.
- See the Release notes for a complete list of bug fixes and changes/improvements
FotoWeb Feature Release 11
The next Feature Release of FotoWeb 8.0 is now available for download!
Dec 21, 2017
Crop & Download
We have combined two popular tools and created a new tool that simplifies the crop and download experience. Select your files, click Crop & Download, create a crop frame and then download. You can create and share presets to make the user experience even more streamlined, similar to the export tool. The cropping will not be applied to the original file stored in FotoWeb.
This is useful in situations where a tight integration towards FotoWeb is not yet in place and users are required to download files from FotoWeb at a given size and upload them to e.g. a third party CMS while matching the size requirements defined in that system.
Crop in Action
We have made the cropping tool available in workflow actions as well. This means that the actions can be configured to allow pro users to perform a crop before an asset is sent to a destination (FTP, File System or email) without affecting the original file stored in FotoWeb.
A potential use case for this feature is in an editorial workflow where an image editor suggests a crop of a subject in images and sends them directly to layout. Layout will then receive the cropped images and can place the ready-processed images directly into an InDesign article.
Show your customers how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qtT9D_GQ7w
User identities in Actions
Actions can now be configured to send assets that include information about the user who executed the action. The information will be stored in the metadata of the processed files when enabling this option in the Operations Center. The original asset will not be affected.
FotoWeb users with permission to change site appearance will now be able to customize even more, directly from the main interface. These customizations include site logo, login logo, and CSS. The custom site logo will also be used in emails sent from FotoWeb. Also new is the possibility to change the page title that is shown when accessing FotoWeb in your browser.
Show your customers how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i3nj8UJkWo
Re-design of Pro user interface
The Pro user interface has been through a thorough facelift in Feature Release 11, and new improvements have been made for pro users. Changes include the following:
- Recent searches are available when clicking the search bar
- Expandable pin bar
- Icons in action list
- Cover image in album list
- Fullscreen preview with next/previous controls and metadata preview.
We have added the possibility to print assets directly from our user interfaces. The configured built-in fields such as Title, Description, and Tags will be present together with the preview when a single asset is printed. It is also possible to print an album which would print all thumbnails and their corresponding filename.
- Different encryption secrets per site
- Support for PIWIK analytics
- API for metadata view is now public
- New fields in base metadata configuration
– Field 425: Publisher (Dublin Core)
– Field 426: Format (Dublin Core)
– Field 427: Type (Dublin Core)
– Field 428: Expiry Date (Dublin Core Terms)
– Field 429: Access Rights (Dublin Core Terms)
– Field 430: Audience (Dublin Core Terms)
– Field 431: Product Name (IPTC Extension)
– Field 432: Genre / Concept (IPTC Extension)
Dec 12, 2017 – Connect 8.0 Has been released
Connect 8.0 Has been released to customers
Dec 12, 2017
Connect 8.0 fully supports file transfers to and from Index Manager FWP 2.0 Servers. This gives you increased flexibility with Index and Workflow servers locations, allowing them to reach each other across the internet. The transfers can now be done completely without access to file shares, and with greater reliability and consistency than FTP transfers.
This allows Connect to become a strategic solution for your customers’ transition to cloud. Using Connect, you can now start building workflows that moves files to the cloud, or migrates archives to FotoWare’s SaaS offerings. This version of Connect will be fully compatible with our Managed Index Service, POOL, when we launch it.
New! Index Manager as channel destination
The FWP 2.0 powered Index Manager destination allows you to transfer files directly to Index Manager servers anywhere in the world.
HTTP Only Index Manager source with FWP 2.0
The Index Manager source is now improved with support for HTTP only connections using FWP 2.0
Support for older versions of Index Manager is still maintained, but will require access to the file shares as before.
Announcing FotoWare 8.0
Never has digital asset management offered this many features to increase the value of your assets.
Jul 06, 2015
FotoWeb 8.0 – IT’S REORGANIZED
A Complete and Easy-to-Use Digital Asset Management System with new powerful features:
New responsive and touch-sensitive interface
Create and manage individual collections with the new album feature
Browse your assets with powerful taxonomy structures
- Collaboration tools
Interact and discuss specific assets or entire collections of files with online comments
- Actions & Markers
Execute Webhook posts to any web server with Actions and Markers
- CMS integration (optional)
Publish pictures directly from EpiServer, WordPress, eZ Publish and other CMS systems.
- Audio & Video module (optional)
Supports virtually all containers and codecs in any browser, with flexible download options.
FotoWeb 8.0 Pro – WORKFLOW REINVENTED
A powerful workflow client & advanced Digital Asset Management system:
- Batch mode
Work in batch mode when you transfer or process assets, edit metadata or approve content
- Automation tools
Automate and schedule powerful custom workflows, actions and metadata ingestion
Identify special attributes and asset groups with visual labels
- Search and filter
Intuitive search, filter and sorting options turn selection processes into fun
- Drag and drop
Organize files by drag and drop to albums, actions, the selection panel or the pin bar
- BookmarksSave your search status as a bookmark – all used search words, filters and archive selections are saved
Announcing FotoWare 7.0 Service Release 6
An easier route to great pictures
With the new CMS Export module for FotoWeb, any picture in your FotoWare Digital Asset Management system can be used on your website or intranet solution. Size, crop and improve your pictures to really make them stand out. Revoke pictures manually or set a date when the pictures should be automatically revoked. Go ahead and make your website shine with great pictures!
FotoWeb HD for iPad
Access your assets from anywhere with FotoWeb HD for iPad! Search or browse archives, and view the contents of individual folders in
archives. Check the quality of pictures with the image zoom. Make selections and share them on a FotoWeb Screen to review your picks with your colleagues.
Rate and prioritize pictures and send them to other users or systems in seconds. Create several upload jobs, each with different metadata requirements.
New mobile UI
Use any mobile phone or tablet to search, browse and preview content in FotoWeb archives. Browse individual folders in an archive. Scroll infinitely through your assets without having to navigate between pages. Check image quality with the image zoom, display image metadata and use the map view to see where the pictures were taken. There are also several different grid layouts to choose from.
Infinite scrolling has been introduced in the FotoWeb Classic interface. This means you can scroll through your assets without having to navigate between pages. When you reach the bottom of the grid, new thumbnails will be loaded automatically to let you keep on scrolling. The grid page also automatically adjusts to your browser size. This navigation method is now available in all FotoWeb user interfaces!
FotoWeb for Android
FotoWeb for Android lets you search and browse archives on the FotoWeb DAM server, preview and zoom in on high-resolution pictures and read file metadata. Upload files from your phone and add metadata to them in the process.
Announcing FotoWare 7.0 Service Release 5
We are very excited to announce the release of the FotoWare suite version 7.0,Service Release 5. The update contains a number of new and exciting features, which we are confident that you as a professional will appreciate
New template set for public sites in FotoWeb
FotoWeb gets a completely new set of templates that are designed specifically for public use. The templates will give the users a completely new experience. For those who publish images or other data to inexperienced FotoWeb users, the new templates are easy to use and understand. The templates can be set up to search in many archives simultaneously, and the user can monitor the number of hits in each archive (Enterprise version only).
We have also introduced infinite scroll, making browsing through large archives or hits much easier than jumping from one page to another. The new public templates also work seamlessly on handheld devices like iPad and iPhone (Responsive Design), and the enhanced zoom tool also works on iOS devices.
Improved workflow control in FotoWeb
FotoWeb now boasts a new workflow module that lets you edit metadata before delivering files to a destination. Required metadata fields can also be set and work similarly to FotoStation. We have also made it easy to add the same metadata to several files when running them through a workflow. The new workflow module is also substantially faster than the previous version.
Automatic geotagging in Color Factory
Pictures that are processed in a Color Factory channel can now automatically receive geodata (GPS based coordinates) based on the Country/City information found in the metadata. If the image already contains GPS coordinates, Color Factory will insert Country/City and exact location.
With SR5, IP communications between all FotoWare applications support encryption. This implies that client-server communication is transferred in encrypted form, and the same applies to communications between e.g. Index Manager and FotoWeb servers. Connect also supports secure connections to FotoWeb and Index Manager archives.
Finally, server configuration in the Operations Center can also be SSL-enabled to add security throughout the system.
Instant access to your media bank provided by new iPhone App and Adobe Extensions
In the upcoming Service Release 4 of version 7.0 FotoWare introduces new features and functions that will facilitate the access to, and workflow capabilities of your preferred FotoWare media bank, FotoWeb. The web based Digital Asset Management solution is reaching out to all relevant users of a DAM system, and makes it quick and easy to search and retrieve images and graphics, and place them straight into your document.
New iPhone App for instant access to pictures and media files
With FotoWare’s new iPhone App media professionals can access their archives from anywhere with their iPhone. They can search and browse archives, and professionals out in the field can add metadata to new pictures, and upload to the FotoWare server. Users can get alerts on their iPhone when new pictures from any source arrive, – thus articles can be updated up to the very last minute before deadline.
New integration with Adobe Creative Suite
FotoWare’s new Extension for Adobe CS5 makes it quick and easy for Graphical Designers to search and retrieve pictures and graphics from the FotoWare archive inside the user interface of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Adding pictures and graphics to an InDesign document has never been quicker and easier than this! Finding the correct picture for enhancement in Photoshop, and the corresponding graphic in Illustrator for editing, is just as easy.
Just like the FotoWare plug-in for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint that was introduced in Service Release 3, the new Extensions provide access to the FotoWare media bank inside the native application. Users with login can therefore take advantage of FotoWare’s powerful search technology and find the desired file without leaving the well-known Adobe user interface.
Fotoware release integration with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
FotoWare offers a very specialized and complete solution for storing, processing, retrieving and distributing digital media files, including audio, video and images. Microsoft has opened the possibility for other providers to supplement the Office suite with additional functionality.
- You no longer need to leave PowerPoint or Word when searching for visual elements to support your presentation!
- Search in any internal or external FotoWeb archive inside the PowerPoint and Word interface!
- Resize, crop and rotate the file when dropping into PowerPoint and Word!
- Save even more time by quickly adding your most used files to a list of favorites.
“Office applications allow users to process media files, but our solution is more specialized for this, more complete and provides much better workflow. We enrich the Office suite by giving FotoWare users a professional tool available via the toolbar. With one click they get a task panel where they can search and find media files in both internal media databases and external photo agencies,” says Mr. Syversen.
FotoWare Release Version 7
FotoWare presents version 7.0 of the FotoWare product suite containing new groundbreaking and high speed opportunities.
In the re-designed FotoWeb 7.0 the new image processing engine enables on-the-fly image processing and delivery. When a user requests to download a file or order it using the shopping cart, preset profiles control file format and color space conversion, resampling (useful if you don’t want to download a 300-megabyte TIF file), custom watermarking and application of unsharp mask.
The new FotoWeb Upload Tool allows you to select any number of files to upload using a standard system dialog box and send them all off in a single operation.
Connect 7.0 is the new file transfer automation server from FotoWare. It monitors multiple inputs and distributes files from local or network folders, FTP sites, FotoWeb servers, and email servers.
New in FotoWare 7
- Bringing FotoWeb up-to-speed
- Focusing on usability
- Dynamic user experience
- Consistent appearance and behaviour
- Fewer interfaces/screens (pages)
- Adding important features
Custom File Delivery & Download
Deliver custom files to each user
- Subset of functionality found in Color Factory
- Processes files on-demand
- Integrates with download and shopping cart
- Supports resizing, color conversion, sharpening, watermark, and file format conversion
- Integrates with Color Factory for more advanced processing
Improved FotoWeb Interface
All the user need – in one window
- Direct access all system tools applied directly on the file selected
- Lightbox for quick selection and processing of multiple files
- Quick navigation and browsing of system archives
- Direct and fast fowarding, transfer and workflow
Improved PDF Support
Native built in PDF Support
- Adobe Acrobat not required on the server for PDF support
- Faster indexing and preview generation
- High quality thumbnails and previews
- Previews of every page in a document
- On-demand generation of previews
- Color conversion of all PDF elements
Improved Speed & Flexibility
TCP/IP Socket connection to Index Manager
- Improves speed in “slow” networks
- High-resolution files can be write protected
- Eliminates dependency on SFM for non-image file formats
- All access is traceable (security)
- Retains access to the high-resolution file for integration with other applications
Workpads – Work Faster With Projects
An entirely new way of organizing files
- Users can keep multiple windows open
- Drag’n’drop from main window to add to project/workpad
- Layout of workspace is saved
- Can be printed, shown through FotoWeb
Projects – Designed for Collaboration
Projects compatible between Mac/Win/Web
- Infinite number of projects
- Easily search to find projects
- Projects can be published as “Events” in FotoWeb
- Color Factory won’t purge files that are in a project
Improved Video Support
Flash (FLV) & Windows Media file format support
- Add metadata to video files
- See thumbnails and previews
- Play video files in clients
Dynamic End-User Oriented Interface
End-user customizable web interface
- End-users can define the layout of the thumbnail grid
- End-users can define the information to be displayed for each file in the thumbnail grid
- End-users can define which information and metadata to be displayed in the preview
FotoWare Release Version 6.0
FotoWare helps newspapers, public services and corporate customers to find, process and share their images and documents. With millions of licenses sold in ten different languages since 1994, FotoWare plays a pioneer role in the industry of Digital Asset Management (DAM).
Today FotoWare announces the transition to full XMP metadata support with the release of FotoWare version 6.0. XMP fits perfectly with FotoWare’s philosophy and indexing technology platform, and is fully compatible with existing installations. The shift from IPTC to XMP metadata support in all FotoWare applications opens new opportunities to the users. Metadata can now be added to any kind of file type, making it fully searchable by a FotoWare system. The multi-lingual support of XMP allows users to write and search for metadata in any language, a function warmly welcomed by international media houses and global players in the corporate market.
What’s all this talk about XMP?
Put simply, XMP is a standard for storing metadata in files. In the past, FotoWare systems have relied on IPTC for storing information with files, a standard which has proved to have many limitations, particularly because it has only been partly compatible with many new file formats. With XMP, however, metadata can be added to any type of file.
For FotoWare, XMP has proved an absolute treat. It has allowed us to retain backwards compatibility while incorporating native support for the new standard throughout our product range. From a user’s point of view, the transition is completely transparent. When adding metadata to files that don’t support XMP data written directly to the file, an XMP sidecar file containing the metadata will be created and follow the file wherever it goes in the FotoWare system.
But we have taken the benefits of XMP a step further: By taking advantage of the multilanguage support in XMP, businesses operating in several countries can effortlessly add metadata in several languages, and it is possible to choose between searching only within a certain language or across all languages.
- Extends IPTC
- Backwards compatible with IPTC
- Add metadata to any type of file
- Full multilanguage support – write and search for metadata in any language
- Fully compliant with the XMP implementation in Adobe products
- Future data exchange standard
- Stay compatible
Cargo – Take control of your workflow!
Are you receiving lots of files to your organization?
Are you working with outsourcing that requires that you share files with someone on the other side of the world?
Ever felt that it takes you too long to find the file that the customer just sent you?
Have you ever felt that sending large files via e-mail or FTP is a problem?
Cargo is the perfect solution for you and your organization!
Cargo from Laidback Solutions sets a new standard when it comes to sending and receiving files. This new groundbreaking solution gives you the ability to build your own professional looking web forms for your customer. Your customer only has to fill out the information that you need internally, select the file and press send. It’s as easy as that. No special FTP client, no more problem with sending large attachments via e-mail with no or little information.
More about Cargo
Laidback release Feedback Solution
Feedback analyses images in a layout and creates reports based upon copyright status of images. If you are using copyright protected images in your magazine or newspaper, there is big chance that you have someone spending endless hours on filling in and writing reports. Feedback can automate the entire process for you, which will free up many hours or even days.
With Feedback you simply point to a folder that contains all your InDesign documents or QuarkXPress projects for the current issue. Once Feedback has analyzed all images you log into the Feedback web interface to create your custom report depending on what information the picture agency needs.
More about Feedback
Laidback Solutions release FileTrain 5
FileTrain is the file transfer and communication robot that will import, forward and distribute using e-mail accounts, FTP, network folders or the web, and further put the right file in the right place using automatic features.
FileTrain 5 is released and comes with lots of new features to make it easier automating digital workflows:
Completely rebuilt interface – easier and clearer.
Easier to configure.
Much improved overview of the different workflows created.
E-mail may now be used as a source for files.
Version 5 can get files from e-mail, folders and FTP-servers.
Improved error handling, every action can be handled individually if needed.
Many more features for filtering, e.h. what PDF-version is used, trim boxes of PDF´s and filtering using IPTC-data.
Special filters built for image handling where EXIF-data and IPTC-data or color space can be used for filtering.
Built-in notification feature which can be used for notifying customers using e-mail.
Handling of MP3-files using ID3-tags (ID3v1 and ID3v2).
Call and run Applescripts or shell scripts automatically.
More about FileTrain
vjoon K4 Version 8 Supports Adobe CC 2018, Features Two New Modules
April 10, 2018
• Enhanced user experience with Java-less browser access: K4 KickOff
• Import articles automatically: K4 Drop Folders Advanced
• Speed up jobs: Batch Start Workflow
Now in its eighth generation, the latest version of vjoon K4 supports Adobe CC 2018 and features two new modules. Many details have been refined to streamline tasks and simplify working life. Version 8 is now available worldwide across vjoon’s global partner network.
One of the two new modules is called K4 KickOff. Browser- and technology-agnostic, it conveniently connects various vjoon K4 modules and third-party solutions by way of a central client. The second new module, K4 Drop Folders Advanced, makes it so much easier to import articles, for example, from a Web CMS or Word documents. And a new function named Batch Start Workflow expedites multi-object workflows.
Following in the footsteps of the popular vjoon Overset Manager and vjoon Notes Manager plug-ins, the entire publishing platform supports Adobe CC 2018 with Version 8. These two small yet very effective plug-ins help authors and editors write text to fit, easily spot overset, and quickly navigate through notes. Both plug-ins are available as free 30-day trial versions.
Enhanced UX: K4 KickOff
Featuring a state-of-the-art UI, K4 KickOff is the new dashboard for everyone tasked to work on content. It treats writers, editors, project managers and the head of production to an unprecedented user experience. Remarkably easy to handle, K4 KickOff frees publishing staff of many of the constraints imposed by technologies at the user level.
Browsers are getting increasingly restrictive and technology-dependent. Some no longer support Java. IT departments have to remain vigilant, constantly checking and updating users’ browsers and all their many extensions. The new vjoon K4 client connects the K4 Overview, K4 Web Editor, K4 File Manager and K4 Admin modules to a central hub, regardless of what browser happens to be running on the computer and without having to enable Java in the browser. It also accommodates third-party solutions such as JournalDesigner and Timone page planning systems, or email clients.
K4 KickOff readily adapts to the customer’s requirements. Icons, titles and descriptions may be replaced and the startup configuration can be set up as the user sees fit when the client launches.
K4 Drop Folders Advanced to import articles from Web CMS
The new K4 Drop Folders Advanced module automates the routine for importing articles. It converts text-based file formats such as .doc, .docx and .txt into HTML or ICML on the fly during the upload. The company does not have to have a dedicated Adobe InDesign server on hand to do this. Once this automated routine imports files in HTML format from web content management systems for example, they are processed further in HTML mode, but may also be converted to ICML. Either way, the integrated customizable wrapper assigns objects, uniform structures and formats to provide the perfect package for downstream editing.
This straightforward yet efficient way of connecting a Web CMS to vjoon K4 affords users some very convenient options. They can automatically port articles that were drafted in programs such as WordPress and Drupal to vjoon K4, add styles as they see fit, and edit content that much faster.
Batch Start Workflow to expedite tasks
The new Batch Start Workflow feature accelerates the workflow for multiple objects in a layout. One command is all it takes to launch a workflow for all selected objects; say, multiple images in a layout. This streamlines and speeds up routine tasks to lighten the workload.
vjoon K4 Version 8 R1 is available now from official vjoon integration partners.
Binuscan CMS Server – Up to 30% Ink Savings In Print!
Oct 01, 2006
CMS Server is a software solution designed for optimization in newspaper print.
CMS Server is a transparent step in the ICC workflow, intervening right when PDF pages are sent to the RIP. CMS Server analyzes every object in the PDF documents and converts them to the same color space, based on the press profile, optimized to generate ink savings.
Newspapers pages processed by CMS Server are printed with accurate colors and sharp images matching the original document.
The ink reformulation uses less color ink in black areas, thus allowing color ink savings up to 50%, reduction of smearing and metemarism, a faster production start and less paper waste.