Metadata is the lifeblood of a digital asset management system – without metadata, assets are simply files. One quick way to get that important metadata into a DAM like Portfolio Server is to import from an existing source like a FileMaker database or another DAM system. Why retype when you can reuse?
To learn how to import metadata into Portfolio Server, check out my video on the DAM Learning Center:
Although the video and import process is straightforward, things can get a little complicated when the metadata comes from multiple sources, needs to be cleaned up, is not easily accessible, or is in a proprietary format. If you need help with a migration or import for Portfolio Server, our Professional Services team can assist.
March 31st, 2011 by Alexandra Barltrop
At last week’s digital asset management (DAM) solutions seminar in London, leading British Isles cultural heritage organizations, The National Museum of Ireland, The Welsh Assembly Government, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and JISC Digital Media shared their successes in using Extensis Portfolio Server to create a centralized web-based repository for efficient finding and sharing of assets, thereby ensuring history is preserved for decades to come. Attendees of the one day seminar learned how Portfolio Server can help their organizations preserve cultural heritage, increase efficiencies by leveraging collections management system (CMS) metadata, and seamlessly share digital assets.
March 30th, 2011 by Jim Kidwell
It looks like there’s an issue cropping up for many users who have upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6.7. It concerns the use of OpenType CFF fonts, which if you’re in a cross-platform publishing workflow, you know are essential.
It is recommended that if you haven’t upgraded to Mac OS X 10.6.7 yet, hold off doing so for the time being.
If you have upgraded, and are seeing font rendering issues, we recommend that you report what you are seeing directly to Apple on their feedback page.
Some users have found that cleaning font caches helps correct the issue for a short time, but only to have it reappear later. You can use the Clean Font Caches feature in Suitcase Fusion 3 to help you with this process.
For additional reported symptoms, see this thread on the Apple Support forum.
We are happy to announce that today you can integrate Adobe web fonts on your website by renting them from WebINK.
Over 180 fonts that were hand-engineered by Adobe for the best onscreen display are available from WebINK, including many world-renowned typeface designs, such as Bickham Script Pro, Adobe Caslon Pro, and Trajan Pro.
Hypatia Sans, the typeface designed by our very own Thomas Phinney is now also available from WebINK.
Browse the Adobe collection on WebINK for your next project.
For more details about the Adobe partnership see:
I also updated this blog to use fonts from the Adobe collection.
The headline face is now set in Minion Pro Condensed Subhead.
The body copy is set in the popular Myriad Pro Regular.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to configure and manage font servers in a large advertising agency that is distributed across the large geographic regions with thousands of connected users and many, varying licensed font collections?
David Plavin, Applications Manager for Creative Data Servers at Publicis, manages a collection of servers that serve this demanding type of environment, and he does so through a series of Universal Type Servers that are virtualized across regionally located hardware.
Attend this webcast to find out how.
- Tuesday, April 5, 2011
- 11:00 AM Pacific, 2:00 Eastern
- Duration: 1 hour, Including Q&A
During the webcast, David will discuss:
- The history of font management at Publicis
- How Universal Type Server meets the needs of the IT group
- How server virtualization helps Publicis
If you register, but are unable to attend, we will email you a link to a recording of the webcast.
Museums have artifacts, important historical assets, and all the material that go along with those for exhibition (images, background information, etc.). How do they store, sort & search it all? Portfolio Server, integrated with their Collections Management System (CMS), has proven to be an effective way of managing this daunting task.
“Collection management systems are great at managing object information and metadata, but only go so far when it comes to managing the corresponding digital images,” says Edward Smith, our Product Marketing Manager. “The National Museum of Ireland and the Portland Art Museum are great examples of how DAM works with CMS to provide a comprehensive collection information solution.”
“Search results are only as accurate as the data being searched,” said Richard Weinacht, Digital Image Technician at the National Museum of Ireland. “Portfolio Server ensures efficient image retrieval by importing data from accurate sources including file metadata and collection management system exports.”
“Portfolio Server also enables us to embed and display rights metadata, which informs staff of appropriate usage for each image,” says Maggie Hansen, Collections Information Manager at the Portland Art Museum.
Each Museum’s DAM implementation will be highlighted at an upcoming event:
DAM in Heritage and Culture 2011
- Free Seminar hosted by Extensis
- Customer Highlighted: National Museum of Ireland
- Wednesday, March 23, 2011
- 10a.m.- 6p.m.
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London
- REGISTER HERE
Museums and the Web Conference
- Digital Asset Management Workshop, presented by Extensis and Portland Art Museum
- Saturday April 9, 2011
- 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Congress Room
- REGISTER HERE
And if you have not already checked it out, but are looking for DAM information, check out the DAM Learning Center for helpful tips and tools.
*Image courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland Collections.
Whoever thinks print is dead has not seen the poster mania that has descended upon Austin, TX this week…This and more on the WebINK blog.
WebINK is sponsoring a graffiti party/live action art event tonight at the W Hotel in Austin. If you are attending SXSW- check out the details here…
March 9th, 2011 by Jim Kidwell
SXSW is not just one of the seminal interactive events in the US, it started out as the go-to destination for new and developing musicians.
WebINK is proud to carry on the musical legacy by sponsoring the first ever US performance of Big Dada/Ninja Tune artist DELS at the WebiNK Graffiti Lounge.
Spinner recently interviewed DELs about his musical influences and the upcoming trip to SXSW.
DELS will perform:
- WebINK Graffiti Lounge at the W Hotel, Austin
- Monday, March 14th
- 6-9 p.m.
NOTE: Please arrive early and bring your SXSW Interactive badge. The event will most definitely sell out and capacity is limited.