Elvis DAM has a modern and intuitive user-interface to manage and find any number of digital assets. Administrators can specify which users have access to what data and customize the user-interface. Importing assets and sharing collections with external staff is just as easy as editing any of the 400+ metadata fields. The user friendly interfaces helps shorten training time for new users and increases the user acceptance rate.
The tabbed interface enables user work on several tasks simultaneously and view multiple projects from one central screen. Users can drag most-used locations to the favorites panel to create quicklinks to folders, collections and saved searches. Users can save their preferences.
The Elvis DAM user-interface is incredibly flexible for creating perspectives . Perspectives enable the interface to be tailored the user's specific needs or preference. For example, you can show only the relevant metadata, vary the size of thumbnails and panels and switch between screen layouts and view options depending on the task you are performing.
Administrators can apply perspectives to user and user groups based upon their roles and permissions settings. Setting perspectives are an excellent way to tailor Elvis DAM for specific workflow requirements for user groups.
Easy, Fast Searching Capabilities
Elvis DAM uses familiar search concepts to make navigating and searching easy - for example, browsing a folder structure or using a google-like search phrase. Users can narrow down search results with facets, filters tags, file types, folders and sort the results to quickly find what you need. Elvis DAM renders lightweight previews to help users visually find the most appropriate item - images, videos, audio, PDF’s, office documents and etc.
Centralize and Organize Assets
Elvis DAM offers various ways to organize assets. Folders provide a familiar environment - especially for those new to digital asset management (DAM). You can keep your existing folder structure when importing assets from a fileserver, or create your own folder structure. By importing your current file structure, you can be up and running Elvis DAM quickly.
Collections (also known as catalogs or light boxes) are virtual containers users can leverage to organize and share assets. Collections are a tool to create relationships between assets and another way to view assets. They can be applied manually as well as automatically inherited through import, archive or check-in processes.
To collaborate, share or review assets users can simply email a link to a collection using the Share Client. The recipient can view the collection in a browser, the desktop client, the web client or in the dedicated Elvis Review App for iPad - all with the exact permissions you have set.
Easy Import Options
Elvis DAM provides multiple import options besides manually import one or many files by a simple drag-and-drop. Elvis provides support for hot folders, wire feeds, RSS feeds and archiving from integrated production systems. Users also can send a Share Link requesting receipts to upload assets.
Adobe Creative Cloud integration
Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud are fully, natively integrated in your Elvis DAM workflow. Users can open files straight from the Elvis desktop client in Photoshop, InDesign, or any other application. Elvis DAM supports the ‘Edit Original’ workflow for InDesign layouts. Furthermore, Elvis will automatically keep track of all versions thorough its auto-versioning feature.
Also, any other type of file, such as Microsoft Office and videos, can be opened directly in its default applications.
Managing Rights and Permissions
Elvis DAM provides strait forward rules and permissions setting making management easy for administrators. Administrators can set role-based permissions on folders and on any metadata field to regulate what users can do with assets. Administrators can decide who can view, who can edit specific metadata fields, and hide sensitive metadata and folders from user groups or individual users.
Date-based permissions enable setting an embargo date on the use of assets for copyright management or brand management.
Metadata and Taxonomy Management
Metadata is crucial to manage your assets. Out of the box, Elvis DAM supports over 400 metadata fields and allows you to define custom fields and groups as well. Metadata enables users to view rights, status, source or any other value for the assets they are browsing.
Besides making searches faster, metadata is essential for regulating use of assets in terms of access, copyrights and brand management. Elvis DAM enables rules and permissions to be placed on metadata.
Editing metadata within Elvis DAM is easy. Elvis DAM has a friendly way to encourage users to enter required metadata. Metadata can be applies to individual assets, groups of assets and collections of assets. The OpenCalais integration automatically enriches your metadata semantically.
Elvis DAM includes a customizable reporting engine. Reports and statistics can be fully customized to meet your organization’s management information needs and leveraged to monitor all activity within Elvis DAM.
Videos and demos
To learn more about Elvis DAM, visit the CyanGate YouTube channel. Our channel includes demonstration and tutorial videos.
Elvis DAM's Technology Overview
At the heart of Elvis DAM is its cutting edge technology. That is why CyanGate recommends it as a digital asset management (DAM) solution. Elvis DAM's key technological innovations are Elasticsearch technology, its scalability using server clustering, APIs, simplified IT management and its processing engine.
Elvis Main Server
Elvis Server is the core of Elvis DAM. The Elvis DAM Main Server takes care of storage, versioning and security of your assets and performs most of the functionality of Elvis DAM, such as searching, preview generation, and etc. Elvis Main Server can be accessed by the Elvis AIR desktop client, a Web browser, the Elvis Review App for iPad, the Share Client hypertext links or any external application that uses the Elvis API. The http(s) communication between Elvis clients and the server enables easy use from remote locations.
Search performance is incredible, returning results in milliseconds – no matter whether you have five thousand or one billion files. Elasticsearch make Elvis DAM fully scalable not only to meet your company's current needs but your future growth as well. Elvis DAM indexes all text-based material like XML, HTML, PDF, Word, plus all metadata of the assets, so you can use a wide variety of facets and filter options. Due to the integration with OpenCalais, metadata of the text-based files will be enriched semantically.
The powerful media-processing engine of Elvis DAM renders high-quality previews and thumbnails and extracts all embedded text and metadata. (List of Supported file types.) To handle peak ingestion and meet demands in scalability, the processing engine can either run on the main server, or be distributed over dedicated processing servers. On apple hardware, one processing engine can import up to fifty thousand files per hour.
Elvis DAM has server clustering to expand Elvis DAM's capabilities and speed. With server clustering, Elvis DAM can handle one billion assets.
Little IT Management Needed
When Elvis DAM was designed, special attention was focused on minimizing IT efforts for installation, deployment and system administration. By minimizing IT efforts, IT does not need to dedicate a full time team or individual to maintain Elvis DAM. For small companies and departments, Elvis DAM relieves them of the burden caused by other DAM solutions.
Open Architecture for Easy Customization
Elvis DAM uses open architecture to provide flexibility and customization for Elvis DAM. The open architecture make Elvis DAM easy to integrate with different systems and to customize to fit a company's needs. Java programmers will find Elvis DAM to customize. CyanGate offers Elvis DAM Customization Services and Elvis DAM Integration Services for customers who may not have the time or resources to customize Elvis DAM.
The core Elvis DAM functionality is extendable through open source bundled plugins. Action plugins are used to tailor Elvis DAM desktop client functionality. Schedule plugins extend the server functionality and require no user interaction. The WoodWing Enterprise import plugin that allows you to archive WoodWing publications, issues and dossiers - including all related images, articles and produced PDF's - in Elvis.
Elvis DAM's functionality is extendable through plugins. Schedule plugins extend the server functionality. Action plugins are used to tailor Elvis DAM desktop client functionality. Custom menus and buttons can open dialogues and tabs containing specific features or integrations. A large number of open source plugins are bundled with Elvis DAM.
Geo-tagging and Google Maps Plugin
The google maps plugin visually shows the locations at which photos where shot. To tag assets without embedded geo-location info, use the search to find the location and then just drag ‘n drop them onto the map.
Photo Usage Report Plugin
A common question for publishers: “What’s the cost of the photos in the last issue?” In most cases, license costs for used photos is calculated by hand. Elvis DAM solves this problem through a plugin to give you an overview of all content used in a publication.
Contact Sheet Plugin
Elvis DAM users can create contact sheet. The contact sheet plugin takes a selection of images from the desktop client and opens them in a printable view in your browser. Several views are available from one image with a lot of metadata to twelve images on a sheet with only the filename. The different views and metadata display can be customized for this sample.
External Search Plugins
If your own archive doesn't contain the image you need, you may want to scour external sources to find that perfect picture. Instead of leaving your Elvis client for a web browser to start your search all over again, simply search in your favorite image repository in a new tab, next to your Elvis results. The external search plugin is an excellent tool to avoid duplicate purchases of stock photography and monitor the copyrights of purchased materials.
Create automated server tasks that require no user interaction, for example for:
- Asset ingestion workflows (for example, FTP sites)
- Automated archiving from production systems
- Cleanup of no longer used assets
- Data migration (especially useful when implementing Elvis DAM)
Elvis DAM comes with many more action and schedule plugins. They are open-source, so you can modify and customize them as much as you need. For more info see the complete list of bundled plugins.
Elvis DAM users can create their own plugins for customization. CyanGate creates Elvis DAM plugins too - for example, Video Annotation, Adobe Premiere Integration, etc. Contact us for more details.
Elvis DAM Extensions
Elvis DAM is not a closed environment, on the contrary. Integrations with industry-leading solutions are available, opening up a wide array of possibilities. Below a couple of examples of existing integrations.
Elvis DAM comes with an integration with WoodWing’s multi-channel publishing system - Enterprise. The Elvis DAM user interface is accessible from within a tab in Content Station and items can be dragged and dropped into dossiers directly, creating references to the original assets. Automatic archiving of content from Enterprise to Elvis DAM is another important feature.
The Elvis Media Manager plugin for WordPress allows you to easily insert images, videos and text directly from Elvis DAM into your WordPress posts and pages. A button is added to the WordPress WYSIWYG text editor. Features include automatic resizing of images and HTML5 video tagging.
Elvis DAM Documentation
Information for Elvis DAM is contained at two locations for customers - the WoodWing Community Site and the Elvis DAM - Help Center to provide users and administrators up to date information about Elvis DAM.
CyanGate can talk to you about the Elvis DAM technical aspects and system requirements, setup recommendations and best practices. Contact us for more information on these topics: