Canto has announced that Cumulus 7.1, the latest version of its Digital Asset Management software, is available for immediate download. Cumulus 7.1 brings product fixes and updates across the entire product line. Cumulus users can personalize Native Client workspace layouts for specific tasks. Users of the Web Access Clients can benefit from asset relationship management options previously available only in the Native Client.
Workflows have been improved with enhanced client/manager approval options, where users can set up trigger notifications that automatically email clients when files are ready for review. In addition, Web-direct asset links can be copied from within the Native and Web Access Clients for pasting into email and other applications. When the recipient clicks the link, the asset is presented for download via the user's preferred web browser. Improvements to the Cumulus Native Client include a category pane that can be split to additionally show the selected asset's thumbnail, preview, metadata, and a calendar. Calendar dates are links that find and display assets catalogued or modified on the date clicked. Once a collection window layout has been configured with the panes and views a user prefers for certain tasks, the setup can be saved for recall.
The Cumulus Web Access Clients have been updated to support split view and asset relations options first introduced in the Cumulus 7 Native Client. On the back end, the Cumulus Server can be mirrored to another Cumulus Server for backup and Web Access Client load balancing. In addition, user-created sets can be exported and imported. The initial release of Canto's Brand Management solution, BrandAssistant, due Q4 2006, will be based on Cumulus 7.1. The Cumulus 7.1 upgrade is available free of charge to Cumulus Workgroup and Cumulus Enterprise customers on Software Maintenance (SM) subscriptions. Customers can download the upgrade from Canto's website.