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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.

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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.

Top 10 Most Important DAM Features

Top 10 Most Important DAM Features

Digital asset management (DAM) has become an important part of an organisation’s content management strategy. The requirements for DAM go far beyond just a solution for storing digital assets.

Last month we invited you to give us your opinion via an online survey on what features are most important to you in a DAM. We split the survey in 3 sections: User Experience (UX), Functionality, and Capabilities.

Based on the survey results, all 3 seem to be equally important to DAM users, with Capabilities taking the top spot with 4 entries making the Top 10, and UX and Functionality with 3 each in the Top 10.

These results list out the top 10 most voted for suggestions, we’ll be publishing the complete results in later content. We’re sharing the results of the survey with you under Creative Commons to help enrich everyone’s understanding of DAM. If you have something to add, please leave a comment on this blog, as we are keen to find out more. You can view a recorded webinar on this topic where we extend the results of the survey with our knowledge and experience working on 100s of DAM projects.


1. UX. Ease of use – simple easy to use interface








No surprise 95% of respondents want their DAM solution to have a simple, easy to use, intuitive interface. DAM is about making content available to users – an easy to use solution makes it achievable. With user adoption as one of the most challenging aspects of DAM implementation (take a look at our Top 10 Mistakes When Implementing a DAM Solution), if a solution allows you to perform basic tasks without user training, we have the basis for the success of the project.


2. Capabilities. Integration – ability to integrate with popular platforms/ applications







Integration has been tipped over the past 10 years as the most important DAM requirement of the future. Now that time is upon us and integration is number 2 most popular feature.

Digital asset management has always been about organisation’s infrastructure – it needs to integrate into an organisation’s environment.

Touching on the user adoption again – integrating your DAM with other content management platforms within your organisation allows more users to come into contact with the DAM, allows them to work on assets and distribute assets while still within their preferred platform, streamlining workflow and improving productivity along the way.

3. Capabilities. Permissions – having easy access to allow or restrict permission to assets







Permissions are an important part of any enterprise solution. Voted number three most important feature highlights how DAM has moved from a workgroup style solution to enterprise wide for most organisations. Importantly for an organisation, permissions keep its assets and brand secure. You have control over who, when and how uses your company’s assets.

4. Functionality. Sharing – the ability to share easily without using traditional email/ attachment









Why is it important? It’s all about collaboration. Sharing saves time and space on your hard drive as you can share assets directly from a DAM using share links or URLs. Send large files via branded portals, reinforcing your brand at the same time. Reuse and re-purpose already created media without having to re-create.


5. UX. Easily searchable – search tags to easily find assets









DAM used to be all about Can’t find it, can’t use it – and this survey shows it still is! Sharing the spot for 4th /5th spot. A digital file that can’t be found is not an asset. DAM solutions these days provide different ways of making the assets easily found: keywords, tags, custom queries. More sophisticated solution provides automatic tagging to reduce the time to curate your content.


6. Capabilities. Multiple file formats – capability to store multiple file formats (images, videos, presentations, etc.)







This is an easy one and has been core differentiator of DAM to other content management solutions since inception. Now organisations do not want to be limited with just still image files, but store, share and manipulate with images, documents, videos, presentations, and other types of files all at once without any barriers.


7. Functionality. Automation – possibility of automating routine tasks






Digital asset management combined with automation creates the basis for a seamless, streamlined workflow environment. For many organisations these workflows enable quick and cost-effective operations to find, create, re-purpose and deliver the media assets, making DAM of critical importance.


8. Functionality. Bulk metadata edit – ability to add metadata to multiple files at once





It is often the simple things in life that make it all worthwhile. When working with thousands of images, having a fast and time-saving option to improve your processes makes a big difference in getting the job done and the project successful.


9. UX. Easy preview – easy media preview of all formats








Again, it’s the simple things in life! What would a DAM be without thumbnails and previews of ALL content regardless of format? Not a DAM!


10. Capabilities. Customisable – customisable to suit diverse needs






Isn’t it always a case – as soon as you implement a DAM solution someone asks: can it, could it, would it? DAM projects are different from other enterprise solutions in that there are iterative in nature. The reality is an organisation’s use of content/media changes quickly. We are at just the tip of the iceberg in how media will be used in corporate communication. Just watch any futuristic movie and you will see much more media being used for all forms of communication.  A DAM solution that can easily adapt to an organisation’s needs becomes a great investment and a long-running solution.

These finding are based on 37 respondents of our online survey. Thank you for taking this survey!