Monday, May 19, 2008

Digital Asset Management

The topic of Digital Asset Management has come up from time to time. How does one manage digital assets in a small agency? How about a large enterprise? What role does metadata play? What do you (meaning me) use in your workflow?

Some agencies incorporate their images in their overall record management system. But, in talking with folks from large and small agencies, as well as privateers, there seems to be no single solution that works for everyone.

I'm looking at Adobe's Lightroom from the standpoint of it's Library functionality. I'm also looking at Bento, Filemaker's personal database application (Mac only). You might be familiar with Lightroom, but who's heard of Bento outside of the small Mac community? The more I look into Bento, the more I like what I see.

With that in mind, what do you use to manage all of your assets? I'd be interested in knowing what else is out there.

1 comment:

techauthor said...

I have been using lightroom for a while now and am just starting to work with the Lightroom 2.0 Beta

The ability to add tags, to sort on date, or camera or lens or many other metadata items; the ability to add your own 1-5 stars ratings and then sort on them, etc make organizing stuff a breeze. You don't even have to touch the "develop" (i.e., edit) portions to get good value.

(LR free download, with a 30 day trial LR 2.0 Beta is, too, though the trial lasts til August for current Lr users).

If you need/want lightroom training try They have a monthly or annual fee for any/all training seminars. Even if you just do a month (about $20) you can view the LR 1.4 sessions and a LR2.0 update.