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New 'Share by URL' feature
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.
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.
The pagination controls have been updated, with larger hit states (especially relevant for mobile and tablets) and improved styling.
New content alert email
Users can now choose to subscribe to a 'New content alert' email. An admin user would configure this to run daily or weekly at a given time of the day. When run, users who have subscribed will get an automatic email notification if new content has been uploaded that they have permission to see. This is a great way for users to stay up to date.
Admin users can configure the frequency via:
Admin > System > "New Content Notification Settings"
Admin users can also decide of all new users should have this set by default. Finally, users themselves can opt in/out via their profile page.
Improved email templates, with logo option
We have improved the format of the emails generated by Asset Bank. They are now displayed in a nicely formatted HTML template and use better fonts. You can now also configure Asset Bank to include your organisation's logo at the top of each email.
To add your logo, please read the instructions found here:
Admin > Content > Email templates  > "Set the logo image to include in emails"
Automatic previews extracted from ZIP files
You can now choose to have previews automatically generated for ZIP files you upload. Asset Bank will look inside the ZIP and find the first file it can use to generate a preview (e.g. an image, artwork file, PDF, etc.). This will then act as a visual cue that is generally more helpful to the user compared with a ZIP icon.
View the assets you have just Bulk Uploaded
When a Bulk Upload has been completed, the uploader can now click a link and be taken through to a set of search results that shows the items they have just added.
Arrow key through assets in zoom view
Existing functionality means you can use the keyboards arrow keys to move back and forth through a selection of assets, e.g. in a particular folder or set of search results. This has now been extended so that if you click on an asset on the details page and see it in 'zoom' view, then you can now progress through the sequence whilst staying in this view.
Automatic video thumbnail selection
As a result of customer feedback, we have changed the automatic allocation of the preview thumbnail for videos. Instead of using the first frame (which is very often just black), we now choose a frame that is one second in. Uploaders can of course choose a different frame if they so desire, but this change should increase the chances of the automatic selection being fit for purpose first time.
Upload images to news items and other areas
We have extended the functionality offered in the HTML editor that is used when creating News Items or when adding introductory copy to Categories/Folders. You can now upload images from your desktop to use in these communications.
Bulk actions now more immediate
A user with requisite permissions should be able to act on a set of assets quickly, this includes:
- Bulk update (to apply global changes to a set of assets)
- Batch update (to work through a set of assets sequentially, e.g. to apply more metadata)
- Find & replace (to correct errors in text fields for a set of assets - e.g. a misspelling of a name)
We have made this easier to do by exposing these actions directly on the lightbox, search results and browse pages, making them more accessible to users.
Simplified upload experience
We have condensed both our Single and Bulk upload pages into one. This way the user will get a consistent upload experience regardless of the number of items they are uploading - this includes an upload progress bar that was previously only shown for multiple uploads.
Simplified permission pages
We have updated the page that shows which permissions a particular User Group has. It is now much easier to read as labels for options are now displayed in situ, rather than in a separate table.
Extended mobile & tablet support
We have extended our mobile device support to include gesture control. It is now possible to swipe through a sequence of assets, pages of search results or pages of assets within a particular category.
New Folder/Category and Access Level picker
We have updated the user interface for the folder/category and access level picker. This makes it quicker to select the relevant tag either via an expandable folder structure or using an auto-complete finder.
New Share via Facebook option
When sharing a single item that you have permission to download, you now have the option to share via Facebook. This will share a web optimised version directly from Asset Bank to Facebook.
Extension of the 'Share' email feature
In the previous release we added a Share button to the asset details page. Allowing a user who has download permission to choose to email the asset directly from Asset Bank to an external recipient. We have now extended this so that it can be used to send multiple assets to external recipients. The 'Share' button is now visible on search results pages, browse pages and from the users' lightbox.