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What are Cumulus Portals?

What are Cumulus Portals?

Portals Features

The new Portals interface creates a fresh, simplified, modern and intuitive way for general users to explore your digital assets. Portals look great, but the features also create an overall faster and more efficient experience. These include:

  • Portals offer a secure and fast file access to anyone on the web, or you can make it private requiring users to login
  • Quicksearch allows for quick way of finding your files. People are starting to move away from category search which is better for browsing, and choosing Quicksearch as a faster way to find files.

<i>Quicksearch showing the search options</i>

Quicksearch showing the search options


• Metadata can be viewed as either short form or detailed. You get the right amount of info.

• Large previews are available and multipage previews are even supported. You can add the file to the basket or to a collection or download it directly from its preview. From the film strip above, you can open further files in the detailed view.



• Collections can be created and saved by Cumulus account holders.

• Files in a Basket or Collection can be sorted by name, date and type, ascending or descending, and the visibility of categories may be controlled by Container Type.

• Collections can be private or shared or shared just with selected people.

<i>Creating and adding to Collections</i>

Creating and adding to Collections

Integration and Branding

  • Portals integrates easily with third party applications through the enhanced RESTful API
  • Because Portals has been created using CSS and HTML5 it can be adapted to reflect your brand, wether it be logos and text or the whole feel of the interface – it is all possible.



  • One of the most important aspects of web branding and marketing online is the incorporation of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). This has been fully integrated with Portals, making it possible for your Portal content to be searchable and visible through everyday search engines.
  • Developed using HTML5 and Bootstrap, Portals is responsive to any device, allowing for unlimited access to your Cumulus solution at any time, anywhere.


<i>iPhone and iPad interfaces</i>

iPhone and iPad interfaces


Written by Antra Silova, Media Specialist and Oliver Sumner, Professional Services Consultant, DataBasics

March 2016


Find out more about Cumulus 10 features.


Cumulus iOS Mobile App

Cumulus iOS Mobile App

Cumulus on any iOS device

Packaged with the new Cumulus X comes a brand new iOS Mobile app. Built from the ground up, it is designed to match the modern feel of the Cumulus Portals interface for public access, and with the same powerful functionality.

The application gives the user all the read and write functionality of the desktop application whilst mobile. You can upload, download, comment on your assets, search, crop and share your assets, all on your mobile devices.

The Mobile App can also be branded to your organisation’s specifications, allowing for a slick personalised experience for you and your clients. Download it from the App Store – search for Cumulus Mobile App to get the latest version.

Find out more – call us on 1300 886 238 (in Australia) or email info@databasics.com.au

Canto Cumulus 10.1 with InDesign Client

Canto Cumulus 10.1 with InDesign Client

Look at what you can do

The Cumulus InDesign Client is engineered to save time and streamline workflows. Multiply the time spent by many designers and many complex documents across the organisation, and we’re talking about tremendous savings.

  • Search, preview, access and work with assets catalogued in Cumulus, directly from within InDesign
  • Connect to as many Cumulus catalogs as you like
  • Check-out documents and check them back in when updated
  • See only the content that you have permission to access
  • Customise the metadata fields you want to see, via Record View Sets
  • Write back metadata to Cumulus, from within InDesign (with permissions).

Images placed into your InDesign layout are stored as individual assets in Cumulus when the .indd file is added to Cumulus. No relinking of assets is necessary when colleagues later open the file. Cumulus handles it all. It includes four InDesign panels that you can customise as you would any standard InDesign panel, eg resizing and repositioning, then saving the arrangement.

Find out more in Canto’s blog and in their Press release.

That’s not all!

The new InDesign Client allows you to drag and drop assets from Cumulus into your project, using Cumulus panels in InDesign.

  • The “Add to Cumulus” button lets you save your work directly into the DAM – without leaving InDesign
  • Cumulus catalogs the entire layout, single pages, and embedded assets as records
  • PDFs generated are stored as related assets of the source .indd document.

Focus on creativity while Cumulus handles assets linking, variants and versioning. Browse through your content housed in Cumulus directly from a native InDesign palette. It supports both Windows and Mac versions of Adobe InDesign CC2015 and CS6.