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The Widen Collective DAM System gets a new look and added functionality

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The much anticipated release of the new User Interface (UI) to the Widen Media Collective brings about a new look, new functionality and overall improved user experience for digital asset managers, publishers and consumers using the cloud-based DAM system.

The new UI project has included substantial usability testing, customer feedback, and the help of a third-party design firm, all of which challenged the long-time model of the mature Widen Collective product that’s been in existence since the early 2000′s.

The changes in the new UI are based on the idea of bringing the most important functions and elements of DAM to the most prominent positions. For example, the larger Quick Search bar is the most prominent element you see after you login, and the large asset preview is the first thing you see when you view more information about the asset.



Key pages within the Digital Asset Management application that have been revamped include: the Accounts (home / start) page, Search Results, Asset Details, Order Pickup and more.

The latest release includes a number of UI updates involving how your users search for, retrieve and share digital assets. General user updates within the DAM app include:



  • Search within and faceted searching allowing for a powerful refine search
  • Revised search results display which loads the previews as you scroll and Quick View
  • All new concept of the Selection Panel to work with assets and replacing the “shopping cart”
  • Addition of personal & global collections—a feature for grouping and sharing similar to Lightboxes
  • HD video previews to go along with the on-demand transcoding and embed links

Other administrative improvements include: in-line editing of individual metadata fields, improved handling of editing metadata to assets in bulk, plus other batch editing improvements gained with the Selection Panel. The Admin tools were also updated to include streamlined administrative functions such as a new Role Creation Wizard and other “under-the-hood” performance improvements.

The overall modern theme and grey-scale colorization / application textures are modeled after popular design programs from the likes of Adobe, Apple, Avid, Flickr, Google, iStock and more.

Widen’s Project Services, Help Desk and Client Services teams will be helping all Widen Collective customers transition to the new User Interface through 2012. New UI updates are taking place with the core Digital Asset Management application and Admin Tools in 2011 and add-on modules for Project Collaboration and Dynamic Media Building will be updated in 2012.

Contact us with questions or to schedule a live online demo of the new UI.

Widen Collective customers can find new posts and videos showcasing an in depth review of the new UI changes and features at the new customer resource site


Topics: Product Updates

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