Canto Cumulus 8.5 Introduces World Metadata, Improved Workflow and Easier Administration

Major upgrade to Canto digital asset management system offers multilingual metadata, advanced administration functions, editing and uploads via Cumulus Sites, and more.

Cumulus Sites offers an easy Web interface to Cumulus that supports file uploads, metadata editing and file sharing with anyone on the Internet.
(PresseBox) ( Berlin, )
BERLIN, Germany — 16 MAY 2011 — Canto announced today the release of Cumulus 8.5, a major upgrade to the company’s digital asset management product line. Among the new features and capabilities new to Cumulus 8.5 are native support for metadata in more than 20 languages, and improvements that make automated workflow control easier and more powerful.

“The world speaks many languages,” said Cumulus product manager, Carsten Hesse. “It’s important that we enable customers to reach the entire planet without having to make communication compromises.”

Users can see and search for metadata in their native language, and options are available for translators and others who need to work with multiple languages. In addition to metadata values, virtually all aspects of Cumulus can be localized, including category, layout and template names, and help messages.

Cumulus Sites, the company’s Web-based file sharing interface, now enables users to upload files to Cumulus, and edit metadata. All user permissions are global in Cumulus, so no additional work is required for the management of Web users.

Offering a new option for file distribution, Cumulus can create PDF contact sheets that include direct download links behind each thumbnail. Downloads can be originals, or variants processed on-demand using watermarks and other options. All file types are supported.

“This is great for organizations that distribute catalogs, portfolios or documentation,” said Canto marketing director, David Diamond. “Users click a thumbnail and the download starts. Cumulus version control helps ensure that files downloaded this way are always up to date.”

Workflow automation options have been added to drive advanced production chains, such as creating asset variants, copying files to remote locations for backup or publishing, applying metadata templates and changing permissions. Canto CTO, Thomas Schleu explains.

“Based on events like new records or metadata edits, Cumulus 8.5 can perform on-the-fly image processing, update metadata or production statuses—even change visibility and access permissions,” he said. “Cumulus users now have more control over their workflows than ever.”

Metadata edits can be validated against rules that ensure email addresses and other structured values are properly formatted before a record is saved.

Cumulus administrators have control over account settings, which helps standardize installations, and reduces confusion for users. Administration duties can also be assigned to “deputy” administrators, enabling organizations’ departments to manage their own users.

Improvements made to the Cumulus Vault, the product’s version-control engine, virtually eliminate any performance difference between Vault file transfers and standard network transfers. A new OS-based central asset storage option makes direct Cumulus access from within InDesign and other production applications easier.

64-bit support is available for the Cumulus Server for Windows, Mac OS (Intel) and Linux; the Cumulus Java Classes; the Cumulus Scheduler; Cumulus Sites and the Cumulus Web Client.

Cumulus 8.5 is available at no additional charge to customers on active service agreements with Canto. Installers can be downloaded via the Canto Customer Portal. Purchased upgrades are available to customers out of contract.
Training and installation assistance is available from Canto Professional Services and Canto partners worldwide.

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About Canto & Cumulus
Canto® has been dedicated to helping customers fully utilize their digital assets since 1990. Canto Cumulus® is a cross-platform solution that enables companies to easily organize, find, share and track their ever-increasing numbers of digital files, in any format. Canto’s worldwide network of certified developers offers an impressive assortment of plug-ins and add-ons that enhance the Cumulus product line further.

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