Canto releases Cumulus 6.5 for workflow improvements

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Canto has released Cumulus 6.5, an update to its Digital Asset Management (DAM) software for Macintosh and Windows. The new version is optimized for greater performance, improved workflow, convenient administration, and offers enhanced features for enterprise-wide deployment.

The latest version of Cumulus focuses on simplifying administration with enhanced authentication methods including LDAP support and new administration tools for increased system control.

To simplify the administrator’s task Cumulus 6.5 introduces the Server Console. This is a centralized administration tool for the Workgroup Server Solutions and Cumulus Enterprise. The Server Console features the existing Remote Admin and User Manager modules, as well as some new ones such as the Activity Monitor, Backup Manager and Log Manager.

To address customer workflow needs, Actions and Metadata Templates have been introduced in all versions of Cumulus 6.5. Actions is a new time-saving feature that defines sets of procedures. An Action is a combination of certain functions that now allow several procedures to be performed in one quick step. Also, users can now create, modify or use Metadata Templates that are sets of preset field values with additional attributes for selected record fields. The Metadata Template Editor guarantees that all entered information remains consistent.

Other new features include improved presentation features and customization capabilities to ease of use. For example, the application now supports Image Color Management (ICM), ensuring that colors will be accurately and consistently represented, offers enhanced CMYK support in the Pixel Image Converter, and even allows lossless rotation of JPEG originals on the hard disc. The original image quality remains untouched, and optimum image quality is guaranteed when opening an image in any application. This feature will be especially useful for photographers.

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