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Why Upgrade to Cumulus 11

Why Upgrade to Cumulus 11

Have you jumped on the Cumulus 11 bandwagon? Not yet? Here is a summary of what you’re missing out on. For more detailed descriptions of features and enhancements please refer to the resources at the end.

Improved InDesign Client – now supports Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud 2018:


  • Select multiple assets from Cumulus at once using the common keystrokes
  • Selected multiple assets can be placed together in documents
  • Right-click on the file and view, modify, etc. that asset in the Cumulus Web Client with the new entry “Open in Cumulus”
  • New “Relink” function – replace any link or resource with an asset from Cumulus Catalog


  • Customisation: a new lighter theme available out of the box
  • Transparency support
  • Playback for audio files
  • Static URLs for all main pages
  • Deep link functionality – to facilitate the integration of 3rdparty applications
  • Field labels in overview, search result pages, and the basket overlay
  • Controls for page navigation display on top of search results
  • Show asset relationships if desired, browse related assets
  • Configure the number of assets per page
  • Static URL for Upload Collections

Web Client:

  • Similarity search – detect visually similar files and potential duplicates
  • Define asset actions in toolbox for better workflows – send a sample workflow that supports the similarity search and handling of similar assets, add selected asset functions to workflow states
  • Asset navigation – navigate through list of files in details view, edit or preview modes with controls and keyboard shortcuts
  • Improved container browsing – Vertical Container Tree on the left side of the window
  • Audio playback
  • Support for native language environments: define a default language, auto-tagging in multiple languages, email notifications in multiple languages
  • Easily change your download collections
  • Select All – Deselect All function
  • New Crop Editor Tool to deliver proper renditions of the asset
  • Focus Area Cropping – a “region of interest” can be defined for images and PDFs. This region of interest is saved along with the asset’s metadata


  • Better overview of workflows – toggle switch
  • New folder filter: combine “including” and “excluding” in a fresh folder filter
  • New action: call-external-script

Cumulus Office Connector (Please note this feature requires additional purchase):

  • Browse in and insert images directly from Cumulus into your Microsoft Word documents or PowerPoint presentations
  • Pull and insert PSD Photoshop files, when placing a PSD file into document a PNG file is generated by Office Connector

Image recognition (AI) and Auto-Tagging – this optional feature allows for all your images to be scanned and auto-tagged by Cumulus. These tags can be added to the metadata of the assets. Please note this feature requires additional purchase.

SharePoint Search Connector – search for Cumulus assets within the SharePoint search, view assets along with metadata and preview, save to SP Document library. Please note this feature requires additional purchase.


Useful resources

If you’ve fallen behind a couple of major releases here is what you’re missing from Cumulus 10and Cumulus 10.2

Wondering what does Cumulus Office Connector do? More here.

From Canto:

Cumulus 11 update

Cumulus 11.0.2 update

Cumulus 11.0.4

Cumulus 11.1

Canto Community

What’s New in Cumulus 10.2

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!


Why Upgrade to Cumulus 10?

Why Upgrade to Cumulus 10?

It’s not just operating systems that evolve – your digital asset management investment needs to do more than just keep up with the changes in technology. By taking advantage of new features and improvements is user interface design and functionality with new releases, you can extend your focus to engaging more directly with your team and your customers through faster, smoother interfaces, quick sharing via social media and easy mobile device accessibility.

For those who have not upgraded to the latest version of Cumulus, there are a number of compelling reasons why it will be worth it – Portals, controlled vocabularies, a new Mobile App, and the new InDesign Client –  to name but a few.

Portals – the next level display and distribution interface

Cumulus Sites was Canto’s first step in developing a public-facing interface that provided clean displays and easy distribution capabilities for digital assets. With the increasing use of iphones and ipads inside and outside the workplace and the need for an interface that is responsive on any device, Portals is Canto’s answer for easy and efficient website scaling on all platforms using Bootstrap and HTML5.  Portals employs Search Engine Optimisation which means your digital assets becomes quickly findable across the web through the regular web search engines. Large hi-res and multipage previews are available and you can create collections and send large files fast either by email or a link for secure, seamless transfer.

Portals allows for much broader customisation so your logo and branding can be much stronger to match your other public-facing interfaces such as your website. Portals eventually will replace Sites but you can have both interfaces installed and choose between them. Portals only runs on Cumulus 10 but Sites can also run on a Cumulus 10 server. Read more…

Improved Mobile App

The new Cumulus Mobile App has been re-written to provide much more functionality than the older Mobile Client. It mirrors the new look and feel of Portals and is totally responsive to your iOS device. Although it now comes bundled with Cumulus, those of you looking to upgrade will still need to purchase the license to use the Mobile App – but the many benefits are obvious.

Mobile App provides the same functionality as the full Cumulus Client… so you can search, comment, collaborate, markup, review, approve, upload and download content anytime, anywhere! Read more

Do you need a Controlled Vocabulary?

One of the many reasons people start out down the DAM track is to stop the proliferation of images and the inability to find  the required image or asset quickly – with subsequent duplication as a result. A controlled vocabulary goes a long way to assist with the correct identification of assets so they are findable and therefore reusable.

With Cumulus 10 comes the ability to import or setup your own vocabulary or taxonomy of terms that restricts the choice of indexing terms to only those keywords in a specified list and improves metadata input for later asset retrieval. This results in faster searches and searching in a more organised way.

Cumulus 10 introduces a new field “Vocabulary” and a special catalog called $Vocabularies. Once the Vocabulary field type is enabled, Cumulus will only allow the use of those search terms included in your predefined vocabulary list. For each vocabulary field in a Cumulus catalog, the administrator can specify the vocabulary (or the vocabularies) that can feed this field. Importing existing controlled vocabulary schemes into the $Vocabularies catalog works as simple as importing categories. Read more in Canto’s blog

InDesign Client – the best DAM InDesign integration

If there was ever a reason to upgrade, then the new Cumulus InDesign Client has to be top of the list for creatives and designers. This brand new Cumulus 10.1 release offers similar and more functionality than the original InDesign Companion that was released over 5 years ago. The recent Cumulus option, Adobe Drive Adapter, allows creatives to work with all Adobe’s products that use Bridge such as Illustrator and Photoshop as well as InDesign, but InDesign Client provides two-way communication between your Cumulus and InDesign – to reduce errors, simplify workflow and keep content fresh.

Some of the features includes a Categories panel that shows the Category tree of all open catalogs, a Records panel to select specific assets, an Information panel that shows all metadata of the record selected, and a Preview panel. Revert back to older versions of an asset as needed at any time, and all files used are uploaded and tracked automatically as related assets eliminating the need to hunt for, or relink, assets when another person opens the InDesign file. This ability to reference the used assets is significant as you can see at a glance exactly where they have been used. Read more

And there’s more!

There are other features and improvements that come with Cumulus 10 that help to make an upgrade worthwhile – from Custom Asset Relationships through to Category handling via drag n drop.

Asset Relationships refer to the links between related files and versions of files, eg PDFs from Word docs, consent forms with images, graphics used in Office or InDesign docs – these can be identified in Cumulus either as ‘contained’ or ‘referenced’ assets – similarly, ‘variants’ and ‘alternates’ identify assets that are created as variations or alternatives to the original. With Cumulus 10 you can now create your own custom relationships based on the type of asset or any other criteria that suits your business.

Category handling via drag and drop is simply the ability to update a category tree automatically or provide a dialogue box to determine the outcome when dragging & dropping records making it an easy job to add assets to your catalogue.

Last but not least, Cumulus Web Client now offers Print Templates for printing a selection of assets as contact sheets. The selection of assets can result from a search, a collection, or be individually selected. Select or deselect multiple files in a row by using the Shift / Click selection option.

Summary and References

To sum up, Cumulus 10 offers existing users a way to move forward with their existing digital asset management system and take advantage of the changes in technology and new ways of working.

Some useful references are:
Blog entries: Custom Asset Relationships
What are Cumulus Portals?
Cumulus and InDesign Client
How to Create Your Own Controlled Vocabulary
Metadata, Controlled Vocab and your DAM

Cumulus X Features – datasheet.

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.