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New Options for Asset Transformer
The Asset Transformer Module is a powerful tool for repurposing images stored within Asset Bank for your public-facing websites. To improve the usability of the module we've included all-new options:
- Define the compression of returned JPEGs to help optimise images for your website, improving deliverability, performance and SEO ranking.
- New PNG and WEBP formats allow you to maintain the transparency of repurposed images.
None of the above options require any additional configuration within Asset Bank, merely a parameter appended to the URL to retrieve the asset.
New Feature: Asset Zoom
The devil's in the details so now you can see everything an image has to offer with full, in-app zoom functionality. Easily pan and zoom with your mouse, keyboard or the on-screen buttons.
New Feature: External Uploader
External Uploader allows contributors outside of your organisation to be able to upload to Asset Bank without needing a registered account. Perfect for ad-hoc or one-time contributors such as external photographers or third-party agencies.
Admins provide a unique link to an upload area which a contributor uploads to. The uploaded files remain hidden until reviewed and approved by an administrator user, at which point attribute metadata can be added just like a normal upload.
New Feature: Adobe InDesign Extension
Adobe InDesign Extension sits natively within InDesign, allowing users to sign-into their Asset Bank account and import files directly into an InDesign project. Now, everything can be done within one app!
New Feature: Filter Bar
Filter Bar is our brand new search and browse feature that provides users with a streamlined way of narrowing their search results. Adding search criteria through the attributes in the Filter Bar will return results immediately on the page rather than needing to visit a separate screen.
New Feature: Asset previews when sharing
If you share a single image or video file via the Asset Bank Share feature (by email or URL), the recipient can preview the file before downloading it. This is useful if you want to share a large video file with many recipients who can view it in situ without having to download it first.
New Feature: In-app OAuth2 Management
If you're already taking advantage of Asset Bank's API then you'll be glad to hear we've introduced OAuth2 management in the front end of the site. Under Admin > System you'll now see an API tab where you can manage your API settings and add new OAuth2 credentials.
New Feature: Change Default Language
If your site has multiple languages enabled you may find that the majority of your users wish to use the second language as default. Now you can change the default language of your site in the Languages page.
New Feature: Admin Dashboard
Admin Dashboard provides administrator users with quick access to important information such as pending available storage, active users/user allowance, outstanding approver tasks, recent/failed searches, user activity information such as download, upload and login data and more.
Admin Dashboard is available for customers hosted on our Cloud Hosted Service at no extra charge, and is accessed via the admin tools (Admin > Dashboard). If you'd like to learn more please get in touch with our customer support team.
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: 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
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.