Canto has announced Cumulus 7, the latest version of its digital asset management (DAM) product.

This version promises significant performance gains and enhancements for security, web-based DAM, automation and usability. New features foster better asset control, faster production, and more efficient collaboration.

The user interface has been improved to be easier to navigate. Users can also set relationships between assets, meaning (for example) that images used in InDesign or XPress page designs can be connected to the original image file in the Cumulus database. The new interface allows the user to easily find 'Alternates' or 'Variants', or trace other relationships between assets.

"Cumulus 7 delivers a lot of innovative techniques, and users will find that the system's ability to automatically manage how assets relate to each other is invaluable," said Jennifer Neumann, Canto's CEO. "Manually managing all the relationships between assets is outright impossible. By solving this relationship-management issue a Cumulus DAM system becomes a must-have solution."

A new Shared Collection feature lets teams share the same assets. This feature can be set as project based to make it extremely easy to find the relevant asset without needing to explore the entire asset archive. Assets can also be labelled with visual tags.

Additional improvements include new 'Actions' to automate workflow steps, new image-conversion and processing features, creation of PowerPoint presentations and printing improvements. PDF proof sheets can be created, even if you don't have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer.

Cumulus 7 Server and Client software also run natively as Universal binary applications on Intel-based Macintosh computers, so the Client is now 'Cocoa-native'.

Contact Canto distributor JPY for further details.