Digital Asset Management--Lessons in Asset Architecture
"The introduction of Canto as a tool to manage our workflow completely changed the way we work. Rather than drilling down through nested folders, we find image files almost instantly by searching for part of the client ID number," Mines reports.
"Even lost files are easier to find because the query capabilities are so outstanding. We also make tremendous use of the program's ability to assign key words, which allows us to group items together during later stages of production without having to call up each file independently."
Dealing With the Cards
For example, Mines Press runs baseball cards 42-up on the same sheet. During the proofreading stage each card is assigned a lot number. When it comes time to plate the 42 jobs together, Canto allows Mines Press to query for any images with the same key word, a lot number in this case.
A different view of digital asset management can be seen from the prepress department at Toronto-based Quebecor Litho Plus (QLP), which organizes its assets with a tag-team approach using technologies from Bitstream and DataVation.
As one of the largest prepress facilities in Canada, Quebecor Litho Plus provides a full range of graphic arts services, ranging from creative services to scanning to page assembly and output. With 120 employees, the operation provides plate-ready film and digital files to printing plants across North America.
File management has always been a necessary part of Quebecor Litho Plus' prepress environment. The company acts as a repository site for the archiving of client files. Two years ago, company management began researching and developing applications in digital asset management.
"With the increase in volume of our CTP work, the need to store the resultant large digital files became an issue," reports David Ballantyne, manager of electronic applications at Quebecor Litho Plus.