Face Detection with Lightroom and Daminion Server

February 03rd, 2019 by Dean Kruger

Lightroom is the defacto standard that most photographers know and use. The only drawback is that it does not play well with teams. However, using standalone software when working in a team leads to a multitude of administration, security and concurrency nightmares.

Since we last wrote on Lightroom, Adobe has added some exciting features.

Running both Daminion Server and Lightroom keeps the broad spectrum of your userbase happy. From the eccentric creative photographer to the pragmatic systems administrator and every type of user in between

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Daminion 6.0 released

January 29th, 2019 by Daria Kotilainen

After 9 months of hard work, we are happy to announce the release of Daminion 6.0, a simple yet robust digital asset management (DAM) solution for small and mid-sized teams!

The new Daminion 6.0 version comes with several major improvements such as a re-modeled web client, video preview in web client for all video formats, new user roles editor, improved access control for Active Directory authentication, extended API calls, simplified login to the web catalog, and a range of other optimizations and enhancements.

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Do you really need a DAM system?

January 27th, 2019 by Dean Kruger

Do you really need a DAM system?

Can’t find your content? Where are those digital assets you purchased last year? Have you released the incorrect versions of photographs, paid a fine for copyright infringement?

Most companies continue to struggle with digital transformation: customers insist on digital content for product lines. They expect a social media presence and communicate digitally. As more and more companies become digital content publishers, they accumulate a large number of files that need effective management.

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Developing your Content Management Strategy with Daminion Server

January 20th, 2019 by Dean Kruger

Using Daminion server for small teams to develop your content management strategy

Using Daminion server for small teams to develop your content management strategy

A successful digital asset management system in your organization turns your content into a valuable business asset. It enables easy management, organization, sharing and tracks high volumes of digital assets from a central location.

A robust digital asset management system empowers the administrator to be in control of various aspects of managing your digital library.

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Daminion 5.8 released – a simple digital asset management system

March 07th, 2018 by Daria Kotilainen

Daminion version 5.8 has been released!

The new release includes major improvements to the Web client, making it even better and allowing companies with a predominantly Mac environment to use it as efficiently as it is used by Windows-based companies.

Major improvements include:

Required Metadata

A digital asset is valuable only if it can be found quickly by anyone in the organization. Digital assets that you add to the catalog should be described in detail to make searching easier and more precise. You can now define required metadata fields so that new digital assets will be indexed only after filling out a set of required metadata.

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Daminion 5.5 Released ~ a simple digital asset management solution for small and mid-sized teams

October 18th, 2017 by Daria Kotilainen

We are delighted to announce the release of Daminion 5.5, a simple digital asset management solution for small and mid-sized teams!

Web-client was significantly improved in this version so companies that have Mac computers can use Daminion to improve their workflows too.

Daminion 5.5 version released

Major improvements in this version include shared collections in web client that allow you to quickly share documents with colleagues and clients; faster batch tag-assignment; support for video playback in web client; drag’n’drop tag assignment in web client; faster optimization of the database; the “Does not contain” condition for some tags in advanced search.

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Artem (Creative Effects) ~ Case Study with Digital Asset Management System

March 25th, 2017 by Daria Kotilainen

Founded in 1987, UK Company Artem Special Effects – based in Perivale, West London – is celebrating its 30th year in 2017.

 

Richard Hince, Electronics Supervisor at Artem, a European company that works with animatronics, pyrotechnics, prosthetics, atmospherics, rigs, and props, shares his company’s experiences of using Daminion Server.

Over the years we have attempted to organise these files in various ways, using a number of different software tools. None have been particularly successful, and none were used effectively.
 
This is where Daminion comes in.
 
From the very outset, we could see that it was going to ‘tick all of our boxes’ – easy to implement, fast, intuitive, and best of all, very cost-effective.

 

As our name suggests, we have traditionally provided special effects to the Film and TV industry. We still do, and provide all services that might be expected from us including pyrotechnics, atmospherics, props, sets, prosthetics, modelmaking, and so on.

Costumes made for the launch of the Microsoft game ‘Titanfall’

Our motto is “if you can dream it, we can build it” and indeed, we have helped realise some of the wildest dreams. Enormously varied in nature, projects can range all the way from an animatronic snail to a full-sized set of motorised train carriages.

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How does Digital Asset Management work?

February 09th, 2017 by Jeremy Zentner

This blog post is the second part of our Digital Asset Management 101 tutorial series, and asks the question- How Does Digital Asset Management work? In the first part of our “What is Digital Asset Management 101 tutorial, we learned that- “Digital Asset Management, sometimes also called DAM, is a software solution that helps you to […]

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Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution 101

February 07th, 2017 by Jeremy Zentner

What is a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution? Digital Asset Management, sometimes also called DAM, is a software solution that helps you to do many things, such as: organize store find retrieve and share digital files Sometimes, some Digital Asset Management solutions, like Daminion 5.0, also have other features built in, allowing you to work […]

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Daminion 5.0 Released

December 15th, 2016 by Murat

After 6 months of hard work I am delighted to share some great news with you – Daminion 5.0 has been released!

This latest version of Daminion has 8 major improvements including a new fully-functional Web Client version, faster image preview, support for Active Directory groups, user roles on a per-catalog basis, improved xmp support, several bug fixes and a lot of minor improvements.

Major Improvements

Improved Web-Client

The new Web Client covers up to 50% of Daminion Desktop Client’s most frequently used functionality and enables ongoing and smooth workflow for PC, Mac, Smartphone and Tablet users, and includes the following features:

  • Import files directly via Web Client, regardless of file format and file size.
  • User management directly via Web Client. No need to bother your IT admin with requests to add new users or change roles for existing ones. User Management is only available for users with Admin access rights, and it works in exactly the same way as in the Daminion Server Administration panel.

  • Daminion Web Client

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How to improve productivity in your design department

December 02nd, 2016 by Daria Kotilainen

Today’s design departments are often small teams that are continually generating designs for customers or product lines. Designers are working on several projects simultaneously, and often for different customers. Clients may submit their own copyrighted material, which may need special identification. 70% of surveyed design teams claimed that they wanted to improve their design productivity

Four Fashion Designers In Meeting Discussing Textiles

Four Fashion Designers In Meeting Discussing Textiles

With so much content being created and updated daily, it can be difficult to access the work that has been developed over the years and to track where it has been sold or who owns it.

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Daminion ranks as the most popular DAM solution for SMB

August 19th, 2016 by Murat

Daminion-TOP50-DAM-for-SMB-G2Crowd

Daminion ranks as the most popular DAM solution for small business by G2 Crowd receiving customer satisfaction scores of 9.36 or higher. This annual Top 50 Small-Business Software Products list based on overall customer satisfaction score.

Thank you to all of our loyal users! We develop the product mostly based on your feedback and completely oriented on solving your tasks and problems!


Murat Korkmazov
CEO and Co-founder at Daminion Software

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A slight change in workflow can result in a huge improvement in productivity: Photo Library Software

July 02nd, 2016 by Anna

Photo Library Software

According to our research, every employee in a company spends an average of at least 1 hour a week searching for digital files. However, marketers and designers responsible for creating visual content, spend much longer.

If your business involves working with thousands of photos, videos and creative files, it won’t be long before you realize (if you haven’t already) that photo library software is a must-have tool when it comes to finding the right files in the fastest possible time.

This blog post will tell you all about

• the benefits of using photo library software;
• a poll to estimate whether or not your business needs a photo archiving tool;
• what your new workflow will look like;
• choosing the type of image library software that suits you best; and
• what we have to offer.

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Daminion 4.6 Released

June 13th, 2016 by Anna
Daminion 4.6 Released - Digital Asset Management System

What’s new

  • RAW images without xmp block now import faster (except RW2 and RAF)
  • RAW Thumbnails display faster in the Import window

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug when XMP wasn’t read from PSD/PSB images (when importing or reading tags from metadata)
  • Fixed minor bug with viewing RAW images when multiple shared catalogs were created
  • Added EXIF:LensInfo into the mapping list of the Lens tag
  • Improved reading of Creation Datetime and Software tags from PDF documents
  • Minor bug fixes with exporting catalogs to CSV
  • Fixed minor bug when JPEG images were rendered occasionally with inverted colors
  • Fixed minor bug with detecting duplicates
  • Fixed bug with installing GhostScript
  • Predefined Saved Searches (Imported Today, Duplicates, etc…) can now be combined with other tags
  • Optimized loading of JavaScript libraries in Web-Client
  • Fixed bug when metadata were not removed when exporting with “Metadata:None” option
  • GPS data can now be copied/pasted via the Copy Tags/Paste Tags commands
  • Fixed bug when Client occasionally disconnected from Server
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Daminion 4.5 released with 20 improvements: Web-Client, Watching Folders, etc…

April 12th, 2016 by Murat

After 6 months of hard work, we are delighted to announce the release of Daminion 4.5. The latest version of Daminion has more than 6 major and 14 minor improvements. Most features in this release are related to Daminion Server.

Major Improvements:

1. Our new lightweight web-client allows you to access Daminion Server to search, browse, view, and download your digital assets on any device, including Mac, Windows, and Linux tablets and mobiles. It works with all editions of Daminion Server. Each web-client requires one concurrent connection. Although the web-client is currently working in read-only mode, it allows you to manage collections and users.

Learn more about the web-client, how to activate the web-access and grant or deny access to shared catalogs.

Web-Client Screenshot for Daminion Server 4.5 - Digital Asset Management System for Small Teams

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Webinar: The quickest way to find amazing locations for commercials and films

March 21st, 2016 by Anna


Webinar for Film Industry Professionals

Join our 40-minute Webinar for Production Companies/Film Industry professionals.


Host: Dean Kruger, Head of the Research Department, Gatehouse Commercials and Juice Film. Guest speaker: Hayley Bond Agnew, GM & Snr. Location Specialist of Amazing Spaces – the largest location specialist company in South Africa.

Dean Kruger, Daminion expert Hayley Bond Agnew, Amazing Spaces

The theme of the Webinar is how to increase your chances of closing customers in such a competitive industry as film production by being able to put on presentations of location images and sample casts in a matter of minutes.

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Case study: photo library management of UNESCO world heritage carnival

March 12th, 2016 by Anna

Photo library management of UNESCO world heritage carnival

Photo library management of the Aalst Carnival without and with Daminion (multi-user Digital Asset Management software).

 

Stijn De Naeyer, an archivist at the Belgium non-profit organization “Documentatiecentrum voor Aalst Karnaval” vzw (DAK), share their experiences of deploying Daminion Server.

DAK is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1985 with the goal of documenting all aspects of the Aalst Carnival (Dutch: Carnaval Aalst), the world-famous three-day festival held every year in the Belgian city of Aalst. In 2010, the festival was added to UNESCO’s list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The DAK team is making sure that Aalst Carnival will be remembered for ever and a day.

 

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Pre-release WEBINAR on new Daminion 4.5 with photo metadata expert David Riecks

December 26th, 2015 by Anna


Daminion 4.5 Webinar

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Season’s greetings and discount

December 15th, 2015 by Anna

Xmas discount

As 2015 slips away to take its place in history, we are giving 10% discount on Daminion software, additional licenses or program upgrades purchased before the end of the year.

CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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PDF Book: “Secrets of Daminion 4”. Digital Asset Management Best Practices

December 15th, 2015 by Anna
Daminion best practices

Sven Fisher, the author of several seminars and books about graphics packages, has just released his latest ebook “Secrets of Daminion 4”. This 215-page volume, which describes Daminion best practices, contains lots of screenshots that make it super-simple to work with the program.

The book is available in English and German.

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Daminion 4.1 Released

August 31st, 2015 by Murat

This minor update fixes several bugs in the latest Daminion 4.0 version and adds support for previously unsupported formats (Microsoft PowerPoint Show (.pps, .ppsx) and Text formats (.txt, .rtf)

What’s new

  • Added support for Microsoft Show formats (.pps, .ppsx)
  • Added support for Text documents (files with .txt and .rtf extensions)
  • Improved handling of metadata for video formats

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug that prevented azman.xml file from being found when Active Directory security mode was selected in the Daminion Server preferences
  • Fixed bug when PSD files were not exported to JPEG format when original size was specified in the export preset
  • Fixed bug with dragging root level tags into the Tag tree
  • Fixed bug with Checking Out items in Thumbnail Browser
  • .xmp sidecars are now exported along with the original files
  • Fixed bug when “SQL logic error on missing database no such column: m.LinkedInCount” error message was displayed when opening some catalogs created in earlier versions of Daminion
  • Fixed bug when some hotkeys didn’t work properly in Full Screen mode (Enter, Ctrl + numbers, Numbers)
  • Only editable tags (like Descriptions, Keywords, etc…) can now be marked as Unapproved
  • Minor bug fixes
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New Daminion 4.0. Protect your image annotations and find linked documents faster.

July 14th, 2015 by Anna

The new Daminion 4.0 version comes with two major improvements, a lot of minor ones and several bug-fixes.

1. Your tag structure (taxonomy) is now protected from unwanted changes during file import.

As you know, when Daminion imports images it reads the image metadata, saves it in the catalog and then displays it in the tag tree. This allows you to keep your database information synced with the metadata in imported files. But what if you want to import new stock images that may already contain large amounts of metadata that could easily mess up your existing tag structure?
The new Daminion 4.0 version can mark all newly imported tags as Unapproved, so you can easily separate imported tags from your approved tag structure (taxonomy).

Approved Unapproved Tags

2. Relationships between files.

Daminion 4.0 allows you to define relationships between files. For example, you can link and then display all artwork that uses a particular logotype. Photos can be linked to a model release agreement that features the linked photos, or you can find all source images and graphics used in a brochure or banner ad.

Linking Items

Links are bi-directional so you can for example specify that a Logotype that has been used on a Calendar contains a Font.

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Interview with wine photographer Per Karlsson

June 10th, 2015 by Anna

Wine Photographer Per Karlsson

Paris-based, Swedish wine photographer and businessman Per Karlsson gave up a promising career as a top manager with an international corporation in order to follow his passion for photography and the wine travel business.

The photography, which started out as one of many other activities involved in promoting the wine travel business, has grown to such an extent that today Per has one of the largest collections of wine photography in the world.

Per’s photographic work has appeared in many leading wine publications including Decanter, the Wine Spectator and the Wine Companion. What’s more, he and his wife both write about wine in their own online publication, BKWine Magazine, and are regular contributors to Forbes’ wine-related column. They have also published five award-winning books on wine. And, needless to say, the photos that illustrate their articles and books are all taken by Per.

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Case Study: Austrian advertising agency POLAK and FRIENDS.

June 02nd, 2015 by Anna

Heinz Polak, founder of Salzburg advertising agency POLAK and FRIENDS, shares his company’s experiences of using Daminion Server.

POLAK and FRIENDS specialize in creative marketing and advertising. They create brands and corporate identities; they conceive offline and online campaigns for customers in the manufacturing, retail, financial and service industries, as well as in the media, technology and the arts.

“We have been using Daminion for a little over a year and have found in it the perfect solution for storing as well as neatly organising and processing our photo archive, which contains approximately 120,000 photos and videos, with more arriving every day”

-Heinz Polak, founder of ‘POLAK and FRIENDS’

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Best image sizes for publishing on social networks

May 25th, 2015 by Anna

Best Sizes for Publishing on Social Channels

Images play a vital role in content marketing, especially in the noisy social media environment. They support the information provided in your blog or social media posts and help make it stand out. For example, an A/B test on adding images to social sharing conducted by Buffet last year showed that tweets with pictures received:

  • 18% more clicks
  • 89% more favorites
  • 150% more retweets

However, if you maintain your company’s presence on several social media channels at once, you’ll have noticed that their image-size requirements can vary quite a lot.

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A great supplement to Daminion for anyone filming/shooting in RAW

April 30th, 2015 by Anna

If you’re making films, music videos or commercials using RAW cameras and you’re not yet aware of this great new tool, allow us to introduce RAW4PRO software.

RAW4Pro

RAW4PRO accomplishes two tasks with just one click:

  1. it offloads your RAW DNG clips and JPG time lapses and
  2. it prepares small video proxies with time code and audio for easy playback/sharing/editing and cataloging.

RAW4PRO also allows you to see what each of your JPG time lapse sequences looks like. That’s why RAW4PRO is the perfect supplement to Daminion.

 

RAW4PRO Alex

‘RAW4PRO and Daminion make a great team: RAW4PRO prepares JPG time lapse previews and video proxies while Daminion provides cataloging and tagging. We use Daminion to catalog our footage not only because it’s an amazing Media Management System but also because it’s free! Originally designed as a photo cataloger, it works beautifully for videos and sound as well.’- Alex, the RAW4PRO developer.

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The top 6 things you can’t do in Lightroom – and how to do them

April 01st, 2015 by Anna

There can be little doubt that Lightroom is more popular and closer to perfection than any other photo editing program. However, while browsing on the official Photoshop forum recently, I stumbled upon a long list of things that users would like Lightroom to improve. I was surprised to notice that most of the ideas and requests are 3 or 4 years old. And what’s more, the majority of them haven’t yet received the status of ‘under consideration’ or ‘planned’. I struggle to explain such a lack of attention from Adobe. Especially bearing in mind that all the features proposed would dramatically enhanced Lightroom.

With this in mind, I decided to take several of the most popular ideas (excluding those that can only be implemented by Adobe’s developers), read the threads, do some research and attempt to find solutions. As a result, I’ve compiled a list of plugins andthird-party software programs that are compatible with Lightroom. Luckily, some of them cover more than one issue at the same time.

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New Daminion 3.7: Faster Viewing, Easier Administration, Better Organization

March 13th, 2015 by Murat

Daminion 3.7 - Digital Photo Management Software with Multi-User Support

The new Daminion 3.7 version features more than 20 improvements including faster viewing of large images, easier Daminion Server administration, grouping of similar images, and additional file format support. Plus several minor bug fixes.

Top 5 Improvements

  1. Large images can be displayed much faster – at the same speed as common JPEG images. Learn more…
  2. Integration with Windows Active Directory enables you to sync the Daminion Server with the company’s existing user database instead of manually entering user names and passwords. Users, in their turn, can be logged-in to Daminion Server by specifying their Windows NT/Active Directory passwords.
    Learn more…
  3. Similar images can now be grouped together and displayed more compactly, reducing the number of steps required to access your assets.
    Learn more…
  4. Added support for new media formats including MXF videos and Samsung SRW images. And you can now display quality thumbnails for Cineform video and AutoCAD (DXF/DWG) formats.
  5. The Tray (Lightbox) panel has been drastically improved and now, apart from saving its state after restarting the Daminion Client, it allows you to assign tags, save images as collections, and export images directly from the Tray. Files added to the Tray will still be there after restarting the program. For server catalogs you can even connect from another computer and see your Tray files.
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Pixabay – free high-quality images for commercial use

March 03rd, 2015 by Murat
Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use

I’ve stumbled upon a nice stock photo service called Pixabay. If you think that this is just another photo stock service, you’re mistaken. It has more than 300k high-resolution images available for you to use for free for commercial purposes.

Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use

Perhaps, as well as microstock photos wiping out traditional stock photography, Pixabay and similar services might bite off a piece of the microstock cake in the future.

Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use

I guess the owners of this service aren’t thinking about monetization right now, and just trying to become the largest free stock photo service with quality content. Maybe Getty Images will buy them soon, just like they did with iStockPhoto when Getty Image’s founder Mark Getty said, “If some company wants to ruin my business, I want it to be my company.”

Pixabay - free high-quality images for commercial use
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New Daminion 3.4 supports multiple shared catalogs

November 04th, 2014 by Murat
New Daminion 3.4 version released

With the new Daminion 3.4 you can create multiple SHARED catalogs and open them as multiple local catalogs in your Daminion Client!

Previous versions of Daminion limited users to 1 shared catalog per installed Daminion Server. Although the Daminion Server allows you to import and manage millions of files, it sometimes makes sense to split your digital asset library into several smaller parts, especially in an organization with many departments, where each one has its own particular digital archive.

This was our users’ most frequently requested feature – with more than 50 registered users requesting it – and it’s available at last.

Check out the short video below and discover how to create and manage multiple shared catalogs in the new 3.4 version of Daminion Server

Daminion 3.4 has also benefited from dozens of minor improvements and bug fixes.

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