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2018 in Review

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Alex wetten

Published on 20th December 20185 min read

2018 has seen some significant updates and changes to OpenAsset. We’ve updated our UI, improving the overall look and feel of our product. We’ve released a number of new features, brought Artificial Intelligence into our DAM and we launched our Employee Module.

All of our updates and changes are driven with our users in mind. We want to make OpenAsset work smarter and harder for you, your team and your business. Improving search, streamlining workflows and connecting OpenAsset to your other integral platforms, has been at the core of some our biggest developments this year. So, here are a few of the highlights of 2018 and what they mean for users of OpenAsset.

Image Similarity Search

The release of our first Artificial Intelligence-powered feature offered a completely new way of discovering images. Users of OpenAsset Cloud can now commence a search simply by selecting an image then viewing similar results drawn from across the entire image library. The feedback we have received from customers suggests that Image Similarity Search is helping them with tasks such as building mood boards and bulk image tagging. In 2019 we will continue to develop the scope of AI in image similarity, with continued AI R&D and product updates across other aspects of our DAM.

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Employee Module

The Employee Module began as a feature request from a client who wanted to reduce the time spent updating and building resumes. By automatically synchronising data between OpenAsset and your EPR system, the Employee Module allows you to generate documents at the click of a button. The ability to link images and projects to employees also helps to improve knowledge management and to highlight the accomplishments of your staff.

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Viewing and managing file information

The design and functionality of the file information page received a major overhaul. The page offers an improved interface allowing users to zoom into images, view images in full screen mode and browse through selections of images. The process of editing file information and adding or removing images from albums has also been simplified and it is now possible to batch edit files, saving you time and improving the overall experience of viewing and editing files in OpenAsset.

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Software Integrations

OpenAsset have recently partnered with Zapier, an online automation tool that allows you to set up integrations between OpenAsset and a wide range of online applications. They are simple to set up and allow you to automate tasks or set up alerts based on triggers, bringing greater efficiency to OpenAsset workflows. A number of our customers have successfully automated workflows using ‘Zaps’ between OpenAsset and applications such as Salesforce and WordPress. We think this partnership will offer exciting opportunities for connecting OpenAsset with applications organizations use every day.

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Alongside updates to OpenAsset, we have introduced a video platform and an on-demand webinar channel. These resources offer users a range of options for keeping up to date with news and information about OpenAsset, as well as tips and best practices for using our product.

Coming up in 2019

2019 promises to deliver more updates, new features and integrations. Here are just a few of the things our users can expect to see:

  • faceted search for files and projects
  • export and import file, project, employee and user data
  • viewing multiple projects in Google Maps within OpenAsset
  • support for InDesign and PowerPoint files
  • improved file share support

We are very much looking forward to the new year as we continue to support firms in achieving their aims and goals through their use of OpenAsset.