I’m happy to announce that Suitcase Fusion 2 has been nominated for a MacUser award in the “Print Publishing of the Year” category.
Products in this category are drawn from the everything that has been reviewed in the last 12 months of MacUser magazine.
The winners (and runners up) will be announced at the MacUser Awards, held at the London Zoo on October 22, 2009.
As they say for Oscar nominations, it’s an honor to just be nominated, and we’ll be very happy if we win in this category. We’ll keep you posted.
A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the nation’s capital for our latest Digital Asset Management forum. In this instance, our feature speaker was Karen Hignite, Records Management Manager at The National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Karen is part of the IT group, supporting 18 departments, 11 regional centers and the National Advocacy Center. Her role is to manage over 40,000 images currently available in Portfolio, upload assets, apply metadata, clear permissions and track usage, negotiate contracts and train internal staff.
They have three main catalogs in Portfolio: one for rights managed imagery, another one for royalty-free, and a third one is a customized video library. This last one is especially interesting, because it doesn’t hold the digital assets themselves, but the location of where the physical video is on a library shelf. Some of the attendees at the forum where puzzled and asked why they utilized a DAM system like this. Karen response was that The National Wildlife Federation has thousands of very long videos, and cannot possible afford the cost of digitizing and storing all those assets, but they needed a way to quickly search and easily find them.
Internal teams search the other two catalogs, rights managed and royalty-free, for various print and marketing projects, including the publication of magazines such as Ranger Rick, International Wildlife, Your Big Backyard and Wild Animal Baby. As Karen describes, their first step in their workflow is to search for existing assets by going to the Portfolio Server digital asset management system. If NWF does not own the appropriate image, they would purchase or request a donation, and once a legal contract has been signed, the image goes to Portfolio Server so that it can later be used and repurposed.
If you would like to find out more about how the National Wildlife Federation created this one-stop shop for digital assets, Karen will be sharing this presentation in our upcoming webcast on October 6th. Please join us.
In addition, please plan to attend our next DAM forum at the Seattle Art Museum, on October 14th. We would love to have you join us for this event that features a case study by Luis Antezana at Methodologie, a communications strategy firm with clients such as The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft and Seattle’s Children Hospital. He’ll be talking about how to utilize DAM in creative and marketing environments, and how to distribute assets to internal and external teams. Event is free, so register today!
September 24th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
We would like to invite you to join us for a Digital Asset Management (DAM) Forum a the Seattle Art Museum. This event will focus on strategies, solutions, best practices and effective technology usage in digital asset management.
Join other marketing and IT professionals to:
- Find out how Methodologie, top Seattle communications strategy firm, saves time and money for clients like The Coca-Cola Company, Boeing, Potlatch, Microsoft Xbox and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
- Learn DAM best practices for creative agencies and corporate marketing departments with a focus on digital asset distribution.
- Participate in roundtable and workflow discussions while networking with your peers.
- October 14, 2009
- 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
- Cost: Attendance and lunch are FREE
- Featured Presentation: Marketing and Advertising Case Study: How Methodologie Agency uses DAM to service Microsoft, Boeing and others
We hope that you’ll be able to join us!
Wait, doesn’t Max look a bit like a favorite former head of a major software company?
September 22nd, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
We at Extensis think that Twitter is a helpful tool to stay in touch with our customers, friends and the press. We’re here to answer your questions about font management, digital asset management and more. We also publish things that we find interesting about typography, design and photography. Basically, anything that’s cool and new, we’re all over it.
As an appreciation of all of our followers, today we’re running a contest. To enter, all that you need to do is retweet this post with your Twitter account.
- One winner will be chosen at random from all of users who retweet this post about the contest.
- Winner gets to choose from either Mac OS X or Windows versions of Suitcase Fusion 2.
- No purchase necessary.
- Winner will receive the product ans serial number electronically. No physical product.
- Available to all Twitter users, except where prohibited by law.
- One entry per twitter account.
Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter on Wed 9/23/09 (follow us so that we can DM you!)
September 16th, 2009 by Claire Taylor
If you are interested in learning more about digital asset management (DAM) strategies and solutions within the retail market, do not miss next week’s webcast.
We’ll be joined by MCL, a specialist change management consultancy for retail. Andrew Lambert, Projects Director at MCL, will explain how MCL utilises various technologies, including DAM, to save time and money for their clients, such as Debenhams, Paperchase, Fat Face and House of Fraser. Richard Bamford, Extensis European Business Director, will also present a session on digital asset management best practices.
Although the webcast focuses on retail, the content and best practices apply to all industries.
24th September, 2009
10:00 AM (British Summer Time) / 11:00 AM (Central European Time)
Another one to file under “Wish that I’d thought of that!” is the new internet sensation Cheese or Font?
Can you appropriately identify whether something is a font name or cheese name? It’s more difficult than you might think.
I think that I’ll name my next font creation “Stinking Blossom” or “Shepherd’s Bounty” to just mess with people. Heh heh.
September 8th, 2009 by Jim Kidwell
This update also includes:
- Adobe InDesign and Illustrator CS2 plug-ins that are powered with our Font Sense™ technology.
- Support for TrueType Collection (TTC) fonts, including the updated Snow Leopard system fonts.
Current Suitcase Fusion 2 users on Mac OS X Leopard v 10.5 or higher will receive this maintenance update at no cost. All current users of Suitcase Fusion 1 are eligible for upgrade pricing. English, French, and German versions of Suitcase Fusion 2 version 13.2 are now available for download from the Extensis website.