updated 09:25 am EDT, Wed June 6, 2007
Cumulus to work with CS3
Canto on Tuesday announced plans integrate Cumulus with Adobe's Creative Suite 3 product line using the Adobe Version Cue CS3 software developer kit (SDK). The company said that Adobe Creative Suite 3 users will benefit from direct access to their Cumulus catalogs and asset collections directly from within Adobe CS3 applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver (without launching any additional software). The Cumulus software would continue to administer asset permissions--even for those connecting via Adobe Bridge CS3. Cumlus allows administrators to offer user- or group-based permission or on a per-catalog or per-asset basis, depending on the Cumulus edition used. The first complete version of the integration is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, the company said and is expected for Cumulus 7.5, which was released this week with enhanced support for Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Adobe InDesign CS3.
"A seamless integration like this is exactly what's needed to encourage designers to take better advantage of the many benefits digital asset management offers," explains Canto CEO Ulrich Knocke. "Now, designers will be able to work from within the creative applications they prefer, while Cumulus ensures asset organization and security needs are met."
Managers, customers and others not part of the core Creative Suite 3 work group can access and share the very same assets, using the Cumulus native client (Mac OS X and Windows) or the Canto Web clients. Canto said that it will offer advanced options such as finding assets based on their relationships to other assets, determining access permissions for users, and configuring catalogs to suit the organization's workflow needs.
The forthcoming integration is expected to offer users streamlined workflow when working within an editorial workgroup environment. The announced solution will offer a directly direct link to Cumulus systems from within the Adobe Bridge CS3 application, enabling users to find, check-out, edit, check-in and catalog new assets. Users can also select an option inside Adobe Bridge CS3 that alerts Cumulus to take further action--archive the file, notify a manager that review is needed, or even create a JPG, PDF. etc variant of the asset for easy preview and optionally make it accessible for Web-based reviews or distribution, Canto said.
Organizations using Cumulus now will gain immediate integrated access to existing catalogs and collections without any programming or professional integration services. Work groups new to Cumulus can migrate with no production downtime.
"We're very excited to see that Canto has begun development with the Version Cue CS3 SDK to integrate Cumulus and Creative Suite 3," said Mike Wallen, senior product manager for Adobe's Creative Solutions Business Unit. "Our customers will be able to access the robust Cumulus digital asset management capabilities without having to leave their favorite Adobe design tools."