I really, really want to find duplicate records/assets by some useful identifying information aside from less-than-helpful options Cumulus Desktop Client currently provides. I've never had good luck with File Data Size or Asset Creation Date. The first option in the Find Duplicates dialog box arguably holds the most unrealized promise but, like many features was myopic in conception and implementation. "Compare Names Using Field... [drop-down list of Record Name or Asset Name]".
Give the option of expanding that to include other fields or add an entirely new option to pick a filed to compare. The prime candidate would be "XMP Original Document ID"... or any of the XMP fields Cumulus Captures from the XMP Media Management Schema, for that matter... oh heck, IPTC Date Created too (as it also captures the time).
As I write this I'm resorting to several hacks to determine the duplicate assets one of my photographers placed into a cataloging hot folder. The asset are automatically renamed so I can't rely on the Record Name or Asset Name options.
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 →
Advances in Adobe's XMP Specification (PDF, Part 2 - Additional Properties) means by-and-large the Cumulus DocWatch plugin for InDesign can go away! Adobe CS5 applications (verified for CS5 but CS4 has most of the required elements) can take advantage of newer properties, most notably in the Media Management Schema.
All of this beg's the question: What the heck do we an InDesign Plugin for, anyway? I think the answers is: Not much.
XMP has matured to the point were Canto can (almost) ditch the Cumulus DocWatch Plugin for InDesign CS5 and above, possibly CS4 too.
Arguably, the single most powerful feature in Cumulus is the category. Sure, the ability to have hierarchy trees (taxonomies) isn't unique to Cumulus, but it's all about the metadata! More specifically, it's all about the category metadata inheritance! Canto provides the inspiration for this crazy-why-didn't-they-think-of-it-already-feature from their Category Permissions functions. Continue reading →
Canto Cumulus 8.5 introduced field validation via regular expression pattern matching. I've yet to do anything with it, but have been meaning too. We deal with ISBNs in our Cumulus catalogs and have always thought it was a prime target for validation. In the course of researching information for a different post, Google led me down the rabbit hole of links and found these little Gems: The first is the Wikipedia page for ISBNs where they break down each part of the number to show what it's used for and provide sample code for calculation. (hot!). The second is from Stackoverflow, discussing regular expressions for ISBN-13 and ISBN-10.
I'm can't wait to try it out in my catalogs! Stay tuned for results...
Nobody likes to type repetitive information over, and over, and over, and over, (gasp for breath) and over again. When it comes to adding metadata to your assets, metadata templates are your friend. Not only can they save you time and a possible carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, they also help ensure data consistency. 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 →