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Cumulus and Office Docs Support

by Aug 15, 2016Canto Cumulus1 comment

Cumulus for the office

Canto Cumulus started life as a media asset management system for multimedia some 25 years ago. Since then it had grown and developed to become a comprehensive digital asset management system, providing support for over 300 file formats. In this post we examine what that “support” entails when it comes to working with office documents.

When cataloging documents, Cumulus can capture all document information such as author, dates and version, as well as the text contained in the document. Note that the office document filters can only capture the information already contained in the cataloged documents. Cumulus provides special built-in support for full text searching of documents of the following office systems:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Visio
  • Apple Keynote, Pages and Numbers
  • OpenOffice (Open Document)

Cumulus also supports PDFs and automatically extracts the metadata contained as properties within PDFs.

In addition, during the cataloging process Cumulus can create high quality previews and thumbnails from

  • RTF files
  • MS Office Open XML files and templates
  • MS Office files and templates
  • Open Document files and templates
  • Open Office files and templates

Documents, forms, PDFs, and more

PDF DetailsThis means you can save consent forms and link them to your digital assets, catalog and view PDFs page by page, and presentations slide by slide, and search the full text of a document. You can find all slides that reference an image or all images linked to a presentation and create new presentations.

The captured information will be stored in Cumulus record fields – these corresponding record fields have to be included in the catalog to which you want to add the office documents.

The office document filters can capture:

  • Document description information, such as Title, Subject, Keywords, Headings
  • Document origin information such as Author, Creation Date, Revision Information
  • All document text
  • Custom document properties as defined by user.

Note all office document filters support Asset Cross References (AXR). This is the automatic detection of usage and cross-references of assets within Cumulus.

Multi-page previews

Multi-page previews are available in Cumulus. This means that when previewing a file with many pages — for example, a PDF file, a Word document, an InDesign layout, or a multi-page Tiff image — you see buttons at the top of the preview that lets you easily browse through the file page by page. And you can add comments and markups on any page, and your comments will be linked to the page they belong to.

Slides and presentations

If you have PowerPoint installed on your Client machine, the Cumulus PowerPoint support modules will create high quality previews and thumbnails for PowerPoint assets.

You can also create new presentations out of your cataloged single slides and document pages directly in Cumulus. Cumulus allows you to insert cataloged assets into existing presentations. There are specific processors that allow you to create new PowerPoint presentations from selected PowerPoint assets (slides, presentations), image assets and previews of other asset formats within Cumulus.

Record fields and view sets

Some of the fields ’fed’ by the special office filters and support modules may not be active in the catalog to which you want to add the documents. To include them in a catalog, you have to add the corresponding fields to the Record Fields in the Catalog Settings before cataloging your documents or updating your records.

Once the record fields are there and populated, you need to add them to the relevant Cumulus View Sets so they are visible.

Talk to our tech team to find out more…


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1 Comment

  1. Ricky Patten

    The definition of content is getting broader with every new organisation I meet. There is always more types of multimedia that people want to manage in their DAMS but I also see many organisations wanting to store and retrieve many document formats as well.

    Sometimes the usage scenario is simple, such as an InDesign document or matching PDF that goes along with the images that were placed in it.

    We have always seen a large number of users wanting to manage their more typical office documents like word processing, spreadsheet and presentation files.

    The question is often asked of whether the DAMS or a document management system would be best to store documents. Most typically the clients I talk to already have key distinguishing features for those documents that are best stored in a DAMS. Let me know if you want to find out more about the last topic as this could be the focus of more blog or webinar based content.


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