I'm currently readjusting the permissions strategy in my main Cumulus catalog and it's best put as "hurry up and wait!". As I write this I have a scheduler action applying a permissions template for several of my user groups to about 100K records Continue reading →
To Delete $Sources Categories or Not To Delete $Sources Categories?, that is the question. Specifically, should the ability to restrict or implicitly allow an action be hard-coded into the DAM client? Or should that fall to the realm of the permission framework in the DAM system? Recently, I think Canto overstepped a bit by trying to answer that for everybody. Back when Cumulus 8.5.1 came out there was a "bug" in the Desktop Client that prevented all users except for the Cumulus SuperUser to delete or rearrange/reorder $Sources Categories.
A $Sources Category, FYI, is more involved than simply being under the $Sources Category Tree. There are three distinct types of Source categories. Directory Category Mac, Directory Category Windows and URL Directory Category. Continue reading →
I mostly deal with Mac OS X at my "day job", so I'm a bit platform biased. But I can tell you, as a Cumulus Systems Administrator one of the single most frustrating things to do is a large-scale Desktop Client installation or upgrade. Why is that, you may ask? Well to be perfectly blunt, the InstallAnywhere installer is a piece of garbage; yet another product of misguided cross-platform mediocrity. (OK, that may have been a bit harsh. But, this is my blog and my rules. So there.) Fear not, there is a solution.
Here's why I'm so down on the installer Canto chose. The OS X version is incapable of being deployed to multiple computers remotely. Since I work at a Macintosh centric publishing house, that's pretty much a deal breaker for me. Until I decided to take matters into my own hands. The following details my adventures in creating an Apple Installer Package to be used with Apple Remote Desktop for remote deployment of Cumulus Desktop Client.
Somewhere between Cumulus 8.5.2 and 8.6.1, Canto made a change to the way User Live Filtering works in the Native (Desktop) Client. At my "day-job" as a DAM admin, I put in an inquiry with Canto to see if this new behavior was really the intended one or if it was a bug. They had asked if it was possible for me to screen cast the differences between the features functionality in the two client versions. Continue reading →
Calling all DAM users, admins, etc… Is there any interest in organizing a Meetup group? There are active groups in NYC, Chicago, and LA. I figure we have enough DAM users here in Bean Town to get a group together.
Comment below or send me a message. I think it could be fun both a networking and social perspective!
I’ve been seeing a stream of tweets pass my twitter feed today calling question to HP’s purchase of Autonomy. At the time of the acquisition, there was all sorts of buzz that one of HP’s reasons for buying into the ECM/DAM space was to mold itself after Big Blue and shed some of it’s consumer-centric divisions. Is this (another) nail in the coffin for HP? Continue reading →
Whenever I start a new-user training I ask the user, “Have you ever used a DAM before?” The usual answer is, “No”. Then I follow up with, “Do you know what ‘DAM’ is?” again the answer is usually, “No”. This is all to be expected. Continue reading →
In honor of Election Day, I wanted to share how working with Metadata is like Voting. We've all heard the phrase "Vote early, vote often", right? Well it's just like that with metadata. Except with 100% less chance of voter fraud! Continue reading →
I’m rather ashamed to admit I don’t know nearly enough about ILM. Moreover how to integrate an ILM solution into an existing DAM like Cumulus. The frustrating thing is I just don’t seem to know of many (or any) ILM integrations for my DAM. The one thing that comes close is the PresSTORE Integration developed by Canto Partner, Moksa.