NewSpark.io announced a new release of Media Manager, a digital asset management platform. This latest build offers more features and improvements to help businesses of all sizes organize, store, and access their digital assets such as images, documents, and videos. The streamlined platform has been redesigned from the ground up with a focus on intuitiveness, allowing users to save a significant amount of time on core tasks around asset management and publishing operations. One of the enhancements in Media Manager is NewSpark’s AI tagging tool, a technology that uses computer vision to analyze and automatically tag assets with relevant keywords and phrases. This makes it possible for users to recall and re-use specific pieces of media assets for new projects through a search function. In addition to its search functionality, the platform also offers a range of tools for ingestion and publishing of assets. Users can create custom project folders, add tags and metadata, and collaborate with team members securely inside or outside of their organization. The platform is now available for a 30 day free trial.
The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) announced EBUCorePlus, a new media metadata standard ontology for media enterprises. It is defined by EBU Members for the media community. It follows up on two long-standing EBU ontologies: EBUCore and CCDM (Class Conceptual Data Model). The two were merged and revised. The result is EBUCorePlus, the new standard that can fully replace its predecessors. It inherits both the reliability of EBUCore and the end-to-end coverage of the media value chain of CCDM. EBUCorePlus is specified using the ontology web language and therefore strictly semantic.
EBUCorePlus serves as a plug and play framework. It can be used out of the box, either in its entirety or just a subset of its elements. But it may also be adapted and extended to enterprise-specific needs. Especially for system integration tasks and defining requirements, projects benefit from EBUCorePlus as a business – not technology – oriented language.
The EBU’s free CorePlus Demonstrator Kit (CDK) can help with extending development skills from entity-relationship models to ontologies, from tables to triples, and from SQL to SPARQL, and is available in cloud, hybrid and on- prem versions. It contains a graph database, populated with the EBUCorePlus ontology and sample data.
Xpublisher GmbH announced their editing system will feature a cloud-based SaaS architecture, making their multichannel publishing system accessible and ready to use from anywhere. The Xpublisher Multichannel Publishing system is part of Fabasoft’s PROCECO business process ecosystem.
Expanding and enhancing business logic is possible at any time with no need for custom programming, as well as increasing the number of users, the amount of storage space, and the scope of services. The graphical BPMN editor lets users design their own workflows that will help to digitalize complex work processes and boost collaboration. With a personalized worklist, everyone has an instant overview of all pending tasks.
Integrated digital asset management keeps all the content organized in one place, and by adding metadata, it gives users drag-and-drop control over their data. They can edit these assets from their desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop and InDesign as well as Microsoft PowerPoint. Xpublisher Digital Asset Management can be licensed either as part of Xpublisher Multichannel Publishing or separately.
The new Xpublisher guides users throughout the content production process. Xpublisher specializes in output for digital channels as well as fully or partially automated processes for producing magazines, books, technical documentation, legal documents, and financial reports.
Access Innovations, Inc., provider of Data Harmony software solutions, announced a partnership with Aptara to provide intelligent publishing solutions to book and journal publishers. Serving as a digital publishing provider since 1988, Aptara is proficient in designing and developing custom content for Fortune 500 companies and other organizations from all industries. They create, enrich, and optimize content to ensure it can be reused and repurposed — future-proofing it for all known and as yet undiscovered outputs.
Both Aptara and Access Innovations have extensive content experience, from structuring to conversion and metadata enrichment. Having the depth of experience will provide the combined client base with a full range of services to help reduce expenses while creating the digital-first experience most publishers need to compete in today’s evolving publishing industry. With this partnership in place Aptara clients can expect to see smoothly integrated options for taxonomies, and other metadata enhancement offered as a regular production flow service. Access Innovations clients can utilize significant additional options in production and distribution options.
TransPerfect, a provider of language and technology solutions for global business, today announced a new MediaNEXT integration is available in the Brightcove Marketplace. The solution gives users a new way to leverage TransPerfect’s MediaNEXT creative media localization management solution with Brightcove’s Video Cloud platform. MediaNEXT is TransPerfect’s specialized media division that offers a wide variety of media globalization solutions for international storytelling. MediaNEXT’s hybrid model for media localization leverages a cloud-based technology platform and a worldwide network of production centers, recording studios, and mixing rooms.
The combination of Brightcove’s streaming technology platform and MediaNEXT’s extended media localization capabilities provides users with a comprehensive solution for managing global media content with minimal effort. The integration pulls source material automatically and securely from Brightcove into MediaNEXT for translation and localization. Upon completion, audio and text tracks are routed back into Brightcove.
Adobe announced a definitive merger agreement to acquire Figma, a web-first collaborative design platform, for approximately $20 billion in cash and stock. Figma’s mission is to help teams collaborate visually and make design accessible to all. Founded by Dylan Field and Evan Wallace in 2012, the company pioneered product design on the web. Figma is making it possible for everyone who designs interactive mobile and web applications to collaborate through multi-player workflows, sophisticated design systems and a rich, extensible developer ecosystem.
The combination of Adobe’s and Figma’s communities will bring designers and developers closer together to unlock the future of collaborative design. Adobe and Figma will benefit all stakeholders in the product design process, from designers to product managers to developers, by bringing capabilities from Adobe’s imaging, photography, illustration, video, 3D and font technology into the Figma platform.
The transaction is expected to close in 2023, subject to the receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions. Upon the closing Dylan Field, Figma’s co-founder and CEO, will continue to lead the Figma team, reporting to David Wadhwani, president of Adobe’s Digital Media business. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently.
Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia DAM (previously Widen), Channel Portals. They allow businesses to easily create and share branded, secure, and up-to-date digital product catalogs with individual partners to accelerate sales and ensure products are accurately represented in the market.
In-store displays, sales conversations, email promotions, and websites all require current product content. Channel Portals makes it easier for a business user to filter down a product catalog to the information and assets each group needs to market and sell the products, and then share it in an portal. Channel Portals removes the need for ad hoc spreadsheet exports and zip files of images, videos, and PDFs.
Using Channel Portals, sales teams can access product details for training purposes or create a custom portal for each dealer and distributor channel, exclusively featuring their organization’s branding, including logo, font, and colors. Customers can embed Channel Portals into a webpage or share them via a link, made public or password-protected.
In addition, Acquia released task management for product enrichment, which extends Acquia DAM’s product information management (PIM) capabilities. Task management for product enrichment allows product managers to automatically delegate tasks for writers, marketers, and creatives as new products are added to the system.
Canto, a provider of digital asset management (DAM) software, released Media Delivery Cloud, a new solution that enables customers to directly connect images from their Canto library to their website, e-commerce platform and other content distribution platforms. With Media Delivery Cloud, companies can deliver images in real time at a global scale – reducing duplicate work between creative and web teams, eliminating the need to create and store duplicate assets, while optimizing web load times.
By publishing assets directly to e-commerce and web, Media Delivery Cloud enables brands to accelerate their digital asset supply chain and ensure consistency across markets. Media Delivery Cloud enables brands to:
- Automate publication of digital assets directly from your Canto library to your website or e-commerce platform
- View locally hosted content from servers close to users, with faster page load times and a better end-user experience
- Remove duplication and cut down on storage costs by displaying a single asset in different formats
- Auto-resize and crop imagery in the formats needed, removing the burden on creative teams