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What’s New in Cumulus 10.2

Features of the latest Cumulus

Media Delivery CloudCanto has made improvements on a number of fronts in Cumulus 10.2. Probably the most exciting is their new Media Delivery Cloud for Cumulus based on Amazon’s Cloudfront. MDC centrally stores your visual content and delivers assets in the right format and quality directly to the user when accessing the asset in a third party system.

How it works:  Media Delivery Cloud caches images from the DAM into Amazon’s S3 Content Delivery Network (CDN). This means that media URLs will come from Cumulus and assets can be rendered on-the-fly when requested by the user.

The benefits are many:

• a ‘single source of truth’ ensures all imagery is sourced from the DAM
• originals and variants are centrally managed
• in-house Internet bandwidth and storage costs reduced
• fast page loading times from anywhere in the world
• reduce manual steps from creation to display/distribution.

For more technical details see Canto’s blog.

Improved Portals collections management

For those using Portals, the Cumulus X web interface for unlimited read-only/download access, you will now be able to create a collection, add and delete assets from a collection, and send collection links out.Shared collection link

This is an important feature as it gives Portals to the same functionality as the popular older Sites, now being replaced by Portals with its new mobile-responsive, HTML5  design. A large, intuitive browser makes it easy to navigate and preview content.

Collection links make sharing incredibly easy PLUS they allow you to keep full control of what, how and with whom you share the content to ensure your valuable brand assets are protected.

Adding metadata in InDesign

InDesign metadataAdding metadata is always a chore – especially for graphic designers and creatives generally. Cumulus 10.2 now makes it simpler than ever for InDesign users to apply consistent, useful metadata to assets during the creative process.

The InDesign Client released earlier with Cumulus 10.1, is a powerful Adobe plugin with multi-catalog search, sort, read/write, drag n’ drop, preview and check/in check out capabilities – all from within InDesign. Now with the use of metadata templates, you can add metadata directly from the Records or Information panel making it easier, faster and more consistent.

More collaboration with print templates

TemplateCumulus Portals now give you the ability to create print templates such that you can gather all your photos and graphics into a collection, design and prepare a PDF or presentation with those assets, and use a template for printing or sharing with collaborators.

Set up your preferences choosing from different template layouts to simplify  project production. Metadata and thumbnails are included to ensure all those involved are up to speed.

Find out more about Cumulus 10 and why you should upgrade!

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Written by Linda Rouse, Information Manager

 

 

One Response to “What’s New in Cumulus 10.2”

  1. Ricky Patten says:

    It’s great to see how Canto keeps on improving their product. I’ve been travelling and demonstrating using an iPad for over a year now and people are really impressed that Canto’s web portals have such practical responsive design.
    I’ll be particularly looking to the new collection management in Portals, that is something that I see a need for with our customers.
    Media Delivery Cloud is based upon Image Factory that DataBasics is currently implementing for two customers.
    I’ll be looking forward to Canto’s DAM Summit this year to catch up in more detail on what’s new and to see all the customer stories that will be presented.
    Well done Canto!
    Thank you
    rp

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