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HOW TO select your Canto package

HOW TO select your Canto package

Now that you have selected Canto as your DAM solution, how to pick the right configuration package for your needs. Are you worried about your storage needs – is 1TB enough? And how about the number of Users (administrators and contributors) – do you have many outside parties that contribute content?

Let’s start with storage.

 

The amount of storage

How much cloud storage do you really need? We see very few customers go past the 1TB. A great way to get an idea of how much storage you really need is to look at how much you’re currently using. It is also a good time to start cleaning up and re-organising your files and folders. Canto has inbuilt de-duplication which is really handy at helping you clean things up. Here are a few other things to consider when choosing the storage amount.

Type of data

Some types of files require much more space than others. Video files are the largest. Audio files rarely surpass 20GB. Images can vary in size and quality. Document files don’t take much space at all.

Archive

Any of your data that is not accessed frequently, is no longer in active use, and may not be needed in months, years, decades, is suitable for Cold Storage – a much cheaper option than the normal Hot Storage. The assets in Cold Storage can still be accessed, searched for, previewed, and requested for download, or moved back to the Hot Storage. More on the Canto Cold Storage here.

One of the major benefits besides security and offsite storage is the scalability of cloud storage. You can easily purchase more if needed.

Number of user licenses

The next big question in choosing the configuration is: how many user licenses do we need.

There are 3 types of users – Administrators, Contributors and Consumers.

There are 2 types of licenses – Users or Consumers.

Both Admin and Contributors (any combination) are grouped as user licenses, they distribute content to Consumers.

Administrators control your Canto account; they are business users (not IT). Contributors can upload content, add metadata, organise your library.

Do you have external agencies, photographers or other independent parties that contribute content to your library? If so – and they don’t need to have access to your Canto account – all they need is an Upload Link to upload the content to, and the Admin can then approve the content to be added to the Main Library. It is a much more controlled process, and it saves you money for getting additional user licenses.

 

I hope this article has been helpful in clarifying some things on the different package configurations of Canto SaaS DAM. There are custom configurations available, if necessary. Make sure you talk to databasics about your needs, we are happy to help.

Top 10 Canto Features 2018

Top 10 Canto Features 2018

Approaching the end of the first quarter of 2019, we are looking back at what great features Canto introduced in 2018. Besides the ever popular – ease of use, modern interface, free updates throughout the year, ease of content sharing and collaboration, and other popular features, the latest features continue to establish Canto as a strong player in the DAM market place.

The following features introduced in 2018, have our top votes.

 

Style Guides

Creating your brand style guide is now easier than ever with the introduction of Style Guide feature at the end of 2018. You can create public or private style guides to be shared with your team, partners or public. All you need to do is showcase your colours, typography, imagery and copy. See more in our blog HOW TO create a Style Guide.

Asset-level reporting

Are you interested to see how a particular asset is used? Admin can set up Usage History and Activity sections of a single asset. This information will then be visible in the asset information window.

 

WCAG 2.0 compatibility

This is a big win for Canto User Experience. The WCAG 2.0 compatibility makes Canto more accessible to people with disabilities. You can find the Keyboard shortcuts to help navigation here.

 

Drupal integration

Pull content from your Canto library directly into Drupal.

 

Amazon Translate and Set Your Preferred Language

Besides the powerful Amazon Translate feature that would translate the extracted document text for you right there inside Canto, each user can also set their own preferred language in Profile Settings.

 

Free API keys

Canto has made it easy to build an integration with the DAM using self-generated API keys.

Inbuilt CloudFront – Content Delivery Network

Canto now uses AWS CloudFront, a highly secure global content delivery network from Amazon that delivers content to almost anywhere in the world with low latency and high transfer speeds.

 

Add a note to specific area of an image

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In the preview view, you can add a note or a comment to a specific area of an image.

@mention users

Set up self-registration for multiple Portals

If you’d like to setup self-registration for multiple portals at once, it’s now easy to do through Users & Groups Settings.

 

 

 

Expanded S3 Regions for Optimal Performance

Store your files in Sydney with this new AWS S3 location. Being closer to your files means faster upload and download speeds.

We chose these features based on what our customers ask for most frequently. That being said, we feel we need to mention a few other features that are frequently requested and are now part of your Canto DAMS:

  • Asset Request – distribute low resolution and/ or watermarked content, or send request for original
  • Edit Existing Keywords – easily edit existing keywords in the Configuration Options in Settings
  • Superzoom in full screen
  • Folders and Albums show Portal information – see in which Portals you can find the particular Folder or Album
  • Terms & Conditions viewable from Portals
  • Follow Folders – you can now follow Folders along with Albums
  • Updated reports page – all analytics on the same page
  • Easy access to My Uploads, My Collections, Portals and Workspaces – select them from the left pane.

 

There are many more features we could talk about. You can find the Release Notes in Canto Help Center.

What are your favourite Canto features? Let us know and we might write a blog about it!

 

Canto – a new look

Canto – a new look

Today, Jack McGannon, CEO of Canto, announced that, moving forward Canto will now refer not only to the company name but also to their SaaS digital asset management product formerly know as “Flight by Canto” or “Flight”.

We believe it’s an exciting change that will simplify the user experience – by keeping the product and company name as one.

Your trusted digital asset management software you rely on to manage your organisation’s modern media/ image library will offer the same great benefits.

Active customer accounts will shift from companyname.cantoflight.com to companyname.canto.com. You may start to login today to your new shorter .canto.com URL. Please note that both URLs will work in parallel during a transition period.  A series of notifications will be given in advance, prior to sunsetting the cantoflight.com access in the coming months.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments info@databasics.com.au

Top 10 Canto (nee Flight) Features To Date

Top 10 Canto (nee Flight) Features To Date

Since Canto (Flight) first took flight in 2015 there have been constant improvements, updates and new features added. Last year we looked back at the top features introduced during 2016. This time we have chosen top Canto features to date, in our opinion. What’s your all-time favourite Canto feature?

 

 

Ease of Use

Always seems to be chosen as the top feature – the ease-of-use and visual appeal seem to be the winners for everyone. The general User Experience improves with every new release.

In our previous Top features of 2016 post, we missed the last update of 2016 – PHL that introduced a whole new look and functionalities to the interface.

There is All Files view option, bulk options, view metadata information in preview mode, add or rename albums and folders easily.

The interface is very intuitive, simple and easy to use.

 

Mobile Accessibility. This on-the-go experience provides responsive design – mobile-responsive interface, sharing and uploading from your any device. More here LHR.

 

Mouse-over preview. See a larger preview by simply hovering your mouse over the thumbnail in list, masonry or thumbnail views is the newest Flight featured released Nov 2017 with the Flight SYD update.

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.

 

 

Video Trim before download

Do you really want the entire video or is only a small section important? Under Advanced Download options, you can download a small clip of the video, just select start and end times, then preview the clip before download. Click here for more LHR.

 

Direct URL

This new feature was introduced in LHR. With this Canto made it possible for anyone to integrate content in Flight with any other web channel, website, social media, blog whatever. It’s never been easier to share content with Flight. We found it so exciting that we created a whole blog post about it.

 

Smart Tags

This is tagging for free! Built on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Rekognition, Flight can now detect objects and other things in an image, and automatically attach relevant tags to each asset. Making it so much easier to find just the right image. Saves time and money. More here CDG.

 

File relations

So simple and so easy to use, group together files that are related to the same project, campaign, or theme. Makes organising your content much more intuitive. See all related files in a file’s preview information page. More here ORD.

 

Upload Links

This makes it possible for you to have as many people as you like contribute content into Flight! Your external agencies, photographers or other independent providers who don’t have access to Flight can use these links to upload files. All this without losing control over your content. Uploaded content needs to be approved by an administrator before it enters the main library. More here ORD.

 

Share Links

Sharing is what it’s all about really. With Flight it’s as easy as clicking a button to take your content to whatever share channel you like. With great options like enable download, watermarks, expiry date, sharing is not only easy but powerful. Then just like Upload Links you can share to as many people as you like!

 

Crop & Resize

How much of an image do you want … the whole of it or just a bit? With Flight you can crop and resize an image when you download it. We’re not replacing Photoshop here … but eh! This is what a lot of people would like to do who don’t have an image editing tool. All this for free with Flight.

 

My Collections

Keep your favourite files in your own personal collection. Simply click the Heart icon and the file will be added to your personal collection of choice. Great for tracking content you are referring to often, a grab bag for a project you are working on … or maybe you need to come back to these images later? More here MIA.

 

Branded Portals

Now this is really cool and takes you into a whole new dimension! Now with Flight you can have a separate brand portal to share and control your brand. Simple and easy to setup this gives you sooo much more value from your investment in Flight. We’ve been so impressed with Branded Portals we created a whole blog and webinar about this one topic, click here for more.

 

Then even more??? YES! With the latest SYD Sydney release Canto extended brand portals even further. Is this crazy or what!

 

Custom branding for Portals was introduced in the FCO update. Create a good-looking portal landing page with albums and search displayed right in front of you. Great if you need to create several differently branded portals for different purposes or for different clients. See our to branding dedicated blog post here.

The latest Flight update – SYD has even more customisation options. Including different layouts and album titles.

 

Flight just keeps getting better and better and the Flight team at Canto really listens to their customers. We are excited to see what 2018 will bring! Are you? What else are you looking forward to in Flight?

You can watch our recorded webinar here.

Brand Management with Canto (nee Flight)

Brand Management with Canto (nee Flight)

*Please note: as of May 22, Flight is now Canto. All references to Flight in this article refer to Canto.

What is Brand Management?

 

Do I use the red-on-white or white-on-red logo? Where do I find it?

What font do I have to use?

 

Brand management ensures that your brand assets are consistent, aligned, readily accessible and appropriately used. How can you align your brand assets to your brand management guidelines, brand strategy and approved usage? This article will discuss the importance of creating a consistent message with brand management guidelines and how you can do all that with the help of Flight – Canto’s SaaS digital asset management solution.

Visit our Flight Demo Brand Portal for Great! brand (a brand we created to showcase Flight possibilities). And register for our upcoming webinar: Brand Management with Flight Nov 14th 11AEDT.

Customise the main library and login page

Why not start with branding your own DAM library?

 

Tell your company’s story right from the start. The more branded your DAM solution is, the more people will connect with it and use it. Maintain your brand standards with customising the main Media Library. In Flight, administrators can apply a logo, choose colour theme, upload an appropriate brand image, create a title for your Library (for example, DataBasics Marketing Resource Library), as well as a welcome message.

 

 

Portals

 

What is a Portal?

Like an extension to DAM, a Portal is a web page that provides an easy access to select range of content to a specific target group of users, allowing the functionality you want and the overall look and feel that is required in a fantastic, good-looking interface that is easy to use.

For example, your Flight solution might contain range of content from work-in-progress through to finished content for access by your staff. Then – to make brand content available to the people you work with – you can create a Portal to share out only the brand content.

You don’t need to be a design guru, to create a tailored brand experience to share with your team, clients, vendors, and others. Read more on how easy it is to create custom-branded good-looking  publishing portals below.

 

Private or Public Portals

Decide if you would like your portal to be public or private. Private portals would require login and would only be accessible to select users. Public portals require no login and are limited to only viewing, downloading and sharing.

Portal Access Permissions

With Portals you provide access to select assets from your main library. (Don’t forget to mark the assets “approved” when adding them to your portal). Administrators can configure permissions by allowing specific features in a Portal. Establish privileges for sharing, editing, downloading, uploading, and adding watermarks.

 

 

Share directly from Portal

No need for email attachments. Share directly from your branded Portal with remote team members, outside agencies and collaborators. Great to distribute brand assets for review and approval.

 

Custom-branded Portals

 

Create your brand identity and ensure your branding stays consistent. Determine the look and branding of the portal interface and portal landing page. The brand identity can reflect that of your own brand or that of a client, allowing for agencies to collaborate through multiple branded portals. This means you can work in different portals that represent different brands. At DataBasics we have created several different portals to share resources with partners, potential customers, to collaborate with our team, and to share brand guidelines. Each of the portals has been branded differently, and has different functions. Take a look at our sample Great! brand portal here.

To customise your portal landing page and interface go to Settings – Portals (click on a portal you would like to customise) – select Landing Page or Custom Branding.

Sharing Brand Guidelines

Use Flight not only to share your media assets but also your brand guidelines. Upload you brand guidelines as a document, presentation or video. Share with both internal and external team members, and collaborators will be able to reference the various rules that help keep your brand’s message consistent. Having your brand guidelines listed in a central location will provide a single source of truth to explain crucial information about how your brand is presented across all channels, allowing easy access to everyone who needs them around the world 24/7.

DRM

Add copyright information, Terms and Conditions, and watermarks to your assets.

You can select watermark position and size. Add watermark as you are sharing an asset – share through an email or collection link and just click “Enable Watermark”. Admin can upload a watermark image under DRM Settings.

 

Add Terms and Conditions and Copyright information. You can find the asset information fields when clicking the down arrow:

You can add hyperlinked Terms and Conditions, which would take the person to the linked T&C page when clicked on the link.

 

Monitor your brand

In Flight, admin can see how brand assets are being used, and determine who is able to view, download, edit, and share stored files.

Find the admin dashboard here

Some of the reports you can view in Dashboard

For more in-depth reports you can go to Settings – Account Settings – Reports.

 

Flight is not only the best place to share your digital assets, but it’s also an excellent place to create a consistent brand image, to share your brand guidelines and to control how your brand assets are used and distributed.

See it all in action in our upcoming webinar: Brand Management with Flight Nov 14th 11AEDT