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UX Improvement: Fixed Header
We have introduced a fixed header which makes it easier to access important features like quick search, lightboxes, search filters (if enabled) and your user profile.
The fixed header also captures system notifications and the selection bar when browsing through your assets.
New Feature: Admin Dashboard
Admin Dashboard provides administrator users with quick access to important information such as pending approval tasks, recent and failed searches and user activity information such as download, upload and login data.
Admin Dashboard is available for customers hosted on our Cloud Hosted Service at no extra charge, and is accessed via the admin tools. If you'd like to learn more please get in touch with our customer support team.
New Feature: Export Categories/Folders/Keywords
It's now possible to export a full list of your Categories, Folders or Keyword Attribute Lists as a .tsv file. Simply navigate to any of the relevant admin screens for those features (i.e Admin > Folders) and you'll see the option:
You can open this file in Excel or a text editor to view, or edit and re-import using the 'Import xxx from a file' option.
Improved Stemming for Search & Keywords
You can now change the algorithm Asset Bank uses to match plurals or similar words when searching.
These options are available to Admin users in Admin > System > Search Settings
New Feature: Google reCAPTCHA
We've added support for Google reCAPTCHA to prevent automated software from attacking your Asset Bank. reCAPTCHA appears on user registration, contact us and other areas of the site that might be prone to these types of attacks.
If you're hosted in the cloud with us you'll be automatically upgraded and don't need to do anything. On-premise customers can continue to use legacy CAPTCHA, or supply their own reCAPTCHA keys. Full details can be found in this article.
New Feature: In-App Support
Administrator Users can now browse our Help Centre articles or contact the Support Team directly, via a new in-app Support Widget.
Simplified Relationship Assignments
It is now easier than ever to assign related assets. On any search or browse page simply select the asset/assets you wish to assign a related asset to, then from the 'More' dropdown menu choose the Asset Type.
Introducing Brand Hub
Say hello to Brand Hub, a new interactive brand guidelines platform created by the team behind Asset Bank.
Brand Hub has been designed to tell your brand story, showcase brand assets, inspire your teams and partners and reinforce brand consistency across your organisation.
If you're tired of sending outdated guidelines in PDFs or linking to static web pages, we think you'll love Brand Hub!
Brand Hub is available to all existing Asset Bank Cloud Subscribers for an additional monthly fee, plus a one-time setup cost.
New Feature: Video/Audio on Hover
Protect your brand with BrandStencil
Not everyone's a designer, and who says they should they be? BrandStencil saves time and protects your brand identity by ensuring consistency across all of your communications material.
Our integration with BrandStencil lets you use your Asset Bank content to build beautiful, bespoke web-editable templates at the click of a button.
Available to all of our existing Professional or Enterprise customers, connecting Asset Bank to your BrandStencil account couldn’t be simpler. Talk to one of our account managers today to get started.
New Feature: Desktop Connector
Our new Desktop Connector enables designers to work productively with Asset Bank and desktop applications such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Powerpoint and more.
Desktop Connector is a standalone desktop application for Windows or MacOS, and is available to Professional or Enterprise customers at no extra cost.
Get in touch with our Customer Support team to learn more.
New Feature: Auto Tagging
Asset Bank's new Auto Tagging feature extracts keywords from images at point of upload or update, saving time and effort when you need to tag lots of assets at once.
New Feature: Attribute Strip
Attribute Strip allows any text-based attribute value to be placed on an image upon download.
This is useful if you'd like to add photographer credit, or a short description to downloaded image assets.
As part of our continued effort to enhance the look & feel of Asset Bank, we have updated several areas of the UI, including text fields, radio buttons, checkboxes and dropdown menus.
Bulk User Delete
In the latest version of Asset Bank, it is possible to delete users in bulk rather than individually.
Simply search for the users you wish to delete within Admin > Users and use the selection tool and 'Delete User(s)' button as necessary.
New Feature: Share by URL
Sharing your assets just got easier, as users with sharing permissions can now generate public-facing download links.
This feature is really useful for quickly sending individual or collections of assets outside of Asset Bank, as an alternative to email or third-party sharing solutions that you may already use.
New Feature: Asset Transformer
Need highly available, perfectly cropped assets for your CMS, e-commerce or external web platforms? Our new Asset Transformer module has you covered.
Asset Transformer generates resized and cropped images for use on your websites. Ideal for a variety of use cases, from online product catalogues to social channels.
All images are delivered from a Content Delivery Network for high availability and delivered fast, worldwide.
This support article provides further details, or our support team will be happy to answer any questions or provide a demo.
Say goodbye to scheduled upgrades, as our cloud-hosted customers now benefit from the latest product enhancements and performance improvements without needing to schedule an upgrade.
The great news is that all new core developments and features will be available for you immediately as standard. You won't notice any other difference to your site - just great product enhancements with no service disruption outside of your working hours.
Feature your video assets
It's now possible to bring your homepage to life by featuring video assets.
Choose between two configuration options: videos can play and loop automatically in the background (great for short clips with no audio), or users see a play/stop buttons and a volume control which is ideal for brand expression videos.
Support for Microsoft SQL Azure
We now support use of Microsoft SQL Azure as a database solution for clients who choose to host Asset Bank within Azure.
If you'd like to learn more, get in touch with our support team today.
Passwords for published lightboxes
We've made it simple to secure your shared assets.
When using our Published Lightbox feature, it is now possible to add an optional password for additional security. Used alone, or in combination with an expiry date, you can now be sure that only the intended recipient will be able to access the assets you have selected for them.
Enhanced support for transparent images
Full transparency contained within images and design files is now supported.
We've enhanced our support for all major file types that contain transparency, including PNG, PSD, AI, and PDF. As per the convention, we now show a checkerboard background to indicate which areas of the image or design file are transparent. This enables your users to quickly and accurately identify which files contain transparency.
Larger previews on published lightboxes
It's now easier than ever to share assets with third parties.
The ability to quickly and professionally share your assets with people outside your organisation is a vital capability for any DAM system. We call this feature Published Lightboxes, and as part of our latest round of enhancements, we have increased the size of the preview images to help make it easier for the recipient to find the right file.
API support for OAuth 2.0
Developing API integrations with Asset Bank is now even more straightforward and secure.
Building on the strong foundations of the Asset Bank Rest API, we are delighted to announce that we have now added support for OAuth 2.0 authentication. Without doubt, OAuth 2.0 has become the industry standard for API authentication and is widely regarded as a must-have for any and all API integrations.
New options for your homepage search
We've enhanced our homepage search, making it bolder and easier to read over your featured images.
Or if you'd prefer for the search bar to appear in the header, we can configure that for you.
If you've recently moved to the new design and would like to take advantage of the above changes, please contact our support team today.
Audit Log Report Enhancement
The audit log report will now generate results for all transactions within a given date range. You can also download the report as an Excel file, allowing you to order based on deletions for example.
Publish Lightbox download display name improvement
We have updated Publish Lightboxes so that the names shown for re-size options reflect the usage type name alone. This is much clearer for the end user.
New Share by Email Feature
You can already share items by email during the download process. However, in order to make this feature more accessible and visible we have created a ‘Share’ button that appears on the Asset Details page. Currently this only allows the emailing of a copy of the original to your target recipient(s), however this will be extended to offer more sharing options in future releases.
To activate this functionality post upgrade you will need to go to:
Admin > System ‘Asset Share Settings’
Then set ‘Sharing enabled’ to Yes.
Note, currently this functionality does not as yet respect daily download limits or agreements, so do not activate this if you are using this functionality.
The email recipient will receive a link to download the asset/s:
Improved bulk upload workflow
We have improved the user experience of the bulk upload process by removing any unnecessary text, adding a simple ‘clear uploaded files’ link, and emphasised the target area for the drag and drop upload mechanism. We have also made it simpler to resume a bulk upload if returning to it later.
(Note, if you have changed any of the user facing text on this upload page then this will not be removed by the upgrade. You can review this yourselves and delete if necessary.)
Updated login, registration and share as link pages
In order to improve the experience for your users we have enhanced these pages by removing extraneous text, re-ordered elements to make them follow best practice conventions and increased the visual quality. We will continue to improve the user interface in future upgrades.