Xinet V19 pre-release webinar

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

Tags: Xinet, NAPC, E6


There's big news on the horizon- join us and get a preview of whats coming up in December in the world of Xinet. NP is holding a pre release webinar this December 1st, going over their next major release- Version 19. I won't spoil their thunder, but there's some great enhancements coming.

 

We've been running a  Version 19 beta internally for a few weeks, and it's great stuff. Alongside major news about SMB support and SAML there are some really, really cool improvements in the display layer.

E6 of course will be fully compliant and able to take advantage of the new nuanced abilities provided by the upgrade right out of the gate. We'll also have a information-rich list view in E6 at the same time, for users that need to see lots of files on each page, with metadata and a preview. It's DAM good, if you have that need.

Join us and NP on the 1st, and see what all the fuss is about!

 

Stay in the loop: Sign up for the December 1st webinar-


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See you on December 1st

 


 

Wait, is that ... Xinet? What's new in E6

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 10:57 AM

Tags: GUI, Xinet, Elegant, DAM, NAPC, metadata, SSO, E6

    Welcome back from the holidays! To start your year off right, here's a list of some really cool improvements we've made over the last 2 months or so in E6, our Xinet interface. We're focusing on usability, performance, and generally easing the adoption of using a DAM system, both for casual and power users.

In no particular order, here's what we've been up to-

We released a new theme- 'Air'. It allows a single background image across all pages, custom volume and folder icons, and lots of other neat features. Check it out:


New 'uploader' plugin- a really nice interface for editing metadata on lots of files. It does drag and drop, and drag and select to choose the files you want some metadata applied to, etc... We'll port the code to Batch Keyword Apply in the next couple weeks, so your cybrarians will have a *much* easier time of setting and correcting metadata on groups of files. And of course, we kept the best bits from the original version- individual progress bars, feedback to the users.

'Steal a Link' in SuperMail- both when browsing in E6 and from the Mac desktop. You can now get a SM link copied to your clipboard to add into a personal email. We had lots of folks who didn't want to send a SM to themselves, then copy the link from there into their email client.

New versions comparison function- you can compare 2 files side by side and zoom in on them. Choose different versions of the same file, (even if the filetpes are different!) and compare them.

You can now export and Import E6 sites- Host to host, or on the same host. We had someone build a site on a Dev server in Cali, export it, and import it into the Prod server in Chicago. Cool stuff!

Gallery view- who doesn't love themselves a Gallery? We then added drag&drop to it, because well, drag&drop.

E6 AFR with SuperMail- with fine grained permission rights. It's awesome - reusing the SuperMail interface, it's 100% reliable (a marked improvement over the OOB experience). Check out Sully's video here: bit.ly/E6_AFR

True SSO- we built a SAML plugin for E6 that will work with any idP out there that 'speaks' SAML 2. It just works, as I like to say. 

Better Navigation- We're always looking for how to bump productivity and ease of use. We added in the ability to navigate up through higher levels using the breadcrumbs along the top. Little triangles of joy I call them. The developers try and tell me stuff like "it's built with AJAX, so no page load hit", but I just nod my head and enjoy the experience.

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Internationalization- It's a global world, and people want a familiar touch. We fully support any and all date formats automatically, based on your browser's settings. If you're in the US, you see month/day/year. If you're in Europe, day/month/year. Text is easily customised too, everything can be translated usng a simple text file.

InPress plugins compatibilty- We wrote E6 with an eye towards openness and ease of integration. All InPress plugins are fully compatible with E6, as are all WebNative Basket plugins. 

Documentation- We're documenting everything on our online docs, usually the same day a new feature get's released. Click the help button on any page, and you go right to the correct help page for that subject.


   


 

    So, start the new year off right, and push that 'update' button in Elegant6.  Or,  jump the E6 install  line by dropping us a line - helpdesk@napc.com . Make the subject "E6 install" or "I need me some E6" (fastest response for that one), and the installation elves will get cracking.

    We also hold a  weekly E6 training, every Friday at 12:30 Eastern.  http://bit.ly/E6_Class

              Make your users happy. Make your work life better. E6.

 

 

 


 

Decrease your digital clutter this Spring

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:06 AM

Tags: digital assets, Bynder, Archiving, Xinet, DAM Systems, digital asset management, DAM, ProofHQ, brand asset management, NAPC, assets, graphics, productivity, production

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Unlike the elements of nature we, the human species, are not busy adding to the spring canvas with sprouting leaves or blooming flowers. Just the opposite. The changing of seasons sets off some internal urge to declutter, organize and air out our spaces with a good, deep cleaning.

But it’s not just closets, attics and wardrobes that benefit from organization. Like your lifestyle, your entire workstyle can benefit from a good declutter. You might even kickstart a whole new level of productivity and even, yes even, cost savings! What a way to enter a new season!

If your desktop, archive system, production schedule or asset and graphics library look like your garage (pre-cleaning), then there is still some serious work ahead. Good thing we’ve got the most simple, yet effective, solutions that will help you git ‘er done.

Just as storage containers and label makers make grouping, naming and accessing our personal items a cinch, digital asset management solutions help us easily do the same for our digital files at work.

Digital asset management solutions streamline and organize to give you the single source of truth you and your team need. The right solution can actually make all the difference by helping to break down barriers between internal teams, clients, vendors and staff to accelerate productivity, and increase revenue.

Whether it be ProofHQ for online proofing and collaboration, Bynder for your all-important brand asset management needs, or a more work in progress digital asset management system, like Xinet, organizing and decluttering your workstyle will create a sense of harmony...just like that found in springtime nature.

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DAM Market Set For Exponential Growth

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 08:02 PM

Tags: research, brand, digital asset management, DAM, NAPC, industry report, market analysis

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As posted today on PR Newswire, Research and Markets has released a new research report indicating that the global digital asset management market is expected to grow from $1.16 billion in 2014 to $4.12 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 28.7% during the forecast period 2014 - 2019.

The research report indicates The Digital Asset Management (DAM) market is in its evolutionary stage and exhibits expansive growth in the years to come. This market is expected to grow substantially with fast-paced adoption among enterprises.

Kenny Kirsch, Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer of NAPC noted on this new research report that It's growing and changing for sure. NAPC is excited about what DAM 2.0 will be. In fact, we're not even sure it will be called DAM (Digital Asset Management). The shift now is from agencies to brands...or agencies acting as brand shepherds. The demand for easy-to-use, more configurable and more affordable ways are the prime discussions. We see these challenges amongst our clients now, and we're embracing new solutions to meet their growing needs.

You can Read the PR Newswire release or preview the research report Digital Asset Management Market by Solutions - Global Forecast to 2019

To stay up to date on all the innovation and growth in the DAM market from 2014 through 2019 and beyond, visit our NAPC blog regularly.

 

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Insights on North Plains Ngage 2015 & Xinet 18

Posted by Jeff Zakim on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 01:22 PM

Tags: MySQL, Xinet, DAM Systems, Xinet server DAM Systems, digital asset management, DAM, North Plains, NAPC, Xinet Pilot, technology

Hear about the North Plains nGage 2015 conference and what is coming in Xinet V18 from our intreped travelers, Mike and Larry who ventured out to this years conference in sunny Orlando, Florida. Not only was the weather great, but so was the content, speakers, presentations and hearty discussions with clients, partners and vendors. Read on, you will feel like you were there.

#NGage2015Mike Gershowitz, Vice President 

My Orlando trip for North Plains' nGage Conference was delightful! Just the 85 degree warmth would've been sufficient, but this conference also had a very rich agenda

During Partner Day, North Plains' new executive team impressed me as enlightened professionals who listened while presenting their product development roadmap. They also asked for future contributing ideas, announced some smart, like-minded speakers for an enriched eGage experience and ended an excellent day with a relaxing cocktail party with many global North Plains channel partners. All were eager to collaborate in an effort to best service multi-site Xinet clients, including SYD Conseil - Cogito Digital Management, Bay Digital, and Visual Products Japan.

North Plains most intriguing development roadmap topic to us at NAPC by far was the upcoming Xinet Version 18 release, which further resolves many of the most important issues affecting current users, as well as potential new users. What's still a future is the ability for a 'master' Xinet file system and database to effectively synchronize with local, disparate deployment instances.

Read the rest of Mike's NGage 2015 experience here

 

Larry Chase, Vice President

Well folks, just back from the North Plains nGage Conference in Orlando and it was a great one. We experienced great weather and outstanding company with fellow Integrators and clients from around the world. There was an outstanding Keynote delivered by Robert Rose, a Content Marketing Strategist, Author and Speaker. His presentation on content marketing was quite impressive, and I have since looked up a video of a similar presentation to share.

One of the main highlights on nGage was the announcement of some very cool updates regarding Xinet, specifically the forthcoing release of Xinet 18. This had all in attendence very eager to learn more about this roll out.

First on the agenda is that of a certification that was granted by the DAM Foundationwhich is an organization focused on the betterment of the DAM ecosystem. The certification is based on a review of the 10 Core Characteristics that make a DAM a DAM. Now Xinet is on the short list of certified DAM software authors. Congratulations to Dale Dawson and team on this.

Read the rest of Larry's NGage experience including details on Xinet 

 

Archives, Archives, who's got my Archives?

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 03:35 PM

Tags: Xinet, DAM Systems, Xinet server DAM Systems, digital asset management, Ad Agencies, DAM, NAPC, data, data management, digital asset protection

We were all thrown into a whirlwind of activity with North Plain's (NP)  notice this year of the End of Life of SGL's FlashNet for Xinet. Here's the State of the Nation with regard to Archives:

In the immediate near term there's a great new archiving solution using modern software. The builder of the integration has a long history of writing to exactly this space, and his current tools allow restores from FlashNet as well. For the medium term, we can help you setup a system that will give you easy access to archives using the familiar tools, while you restore as much legacy archives as you feel needed. Long term- you restore files using the base FlashNet software, for as long as you can find hardware that will support the tape technology in use at time of archive.


SGL's FlashNet is going away, and in it's place we'll be relying on Archiware's P5 Archive. This backup software is robust, modern, with a hugely enhanced toolset, and a long history or being present in this exact space of Graphic Arts. We're excited by the options and capabilities it presents, from hyper-intelligent backups to much better hardware support, to a modern web-based interface. Archive to Disk? check. Perpetual intelligent incremental backups? check. Ability to offload backup off primary disk to either other disk or tape? check. It's great stuff, and we can't wait to help you getting  it in place and using it.

FlashWeb and it's recent replacement WebNative Archive are going away, being replaced by InPress' OnFile. InPress has been building solutions for Xinet for forever, and has a rich history and understanding of how to write robust code for the ecosystem. They have hundreds and hundreds of instances of InPressive and Accelerator out there, and a great tool set that enhances the Xinet experience. NAPC has been doing business with them for years, and are really excited and pleased by North Plains choosing of InPress as the heir to building out the interface between Xinet and Archive. Jorgen and Co. are well on the way to an initial release that will fulfill the common need- an easy way to find archives, submit them for restore, monitor progress, or ask an admin to restore files.

The other large concern we've been facing is how to ensure continued access to legacy archives. SGL's licensing machine is going dark next summer, so if there's a HW failure that requires a new license, one won't be available after that, which is a crippling prospect. We've worked out with NP a strategy for setting up a legacy restore server: a separate, static Xinet setup, one that has a small license but full access to archives through the web interface, to allow for easy user restores while a larger restore operation takes place. We're envisioning this as a small older server (or VM) with the older tape library attached.

In the longer term, for 'deep' archives that weren't worth the effort of restoring in bulk, you'll be able to attach a standalone drive to an even smaller box, and restore the very occasional file through the much beloved X interface. There's never been a license needed for FlashNet to restore through a single tape drive, licenses are only needed to drive a robot or to use the higher level functionality.

We're all over this- we understand the value and need for robust archiving and access to the lifework of your company. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, etc..., etc....

rob

One NAPC Engineer's Vacation in Appalachia

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, May 08, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

Tags: community service, fundraising, NAPC

Appalachia Service Project

Change is brought about by individuals determined to make a difference in other peoples' lives. One of the engineers at the NAPC team witnessed people living in poverty and was moved to action.

NAPC Systems Engineer Scott Creamer describes the mountains of Appalachia as being "like a third world country", and notes that some of the Appalachian people live on pennies a day.

Scott is currently working with the Appalachia Service Project. The ASP operates similarly to Habitat for Humanity, but focuses on fixes existing houses rather than constructing new ones. This year Scott is foregoing traditional vacation locales like Cancun or Hawaii and traveling to West Virginia for a week. He will be working on one of 20 homes selected as the most needing repairs. These are life-saving repairs designed to provide basic standards of living to people in Appalachia: Fixing holes in roofs, repairing windows, and providing basic plumbing and sanitation. 

The group has about 100 volunteers; 20 adults and 80 students, including Scott and his oldest daughter. The group leaves a caravan of vans July 13th, sleep on air mattresses in a community center and work 12 hour days. Scott is excited for the chance to help people, and to enrich his and his daughter's lives with the experience.

"Seeing the plight of these poor people moved me to action...I'm very excited to have my daughter see the world differently. I'm told everyone who goes on these trips come home better than when they left."

Scott currently needs to raise $800 to cover the cost of the trip as well as building materials. Let's help Scott make life better for people in Appalachia together!

Scott's Fundraising Campaign

Ever-evolving Pageflex - Releases version 7

Posted by Paul Hornbeck on Wed, Aug 05, 2009 @ 06:05 AM

Tags: New Release, Pageflex, NAPC, Adobe InDesign

While I try not to focus on one particular subject or promote a specific item in my blogs, I feel compelled to dedicate this blog to the new and rich features made available in the version 7 release of the Pageflex software. This release is full of a great variety of improvements and completely new features that it just screams "blog me!".

If you ask a Pageflex representative what's new in the version 7 release, they might form their answer around the new Adobe InDesign integration. There is now available a Pageflex plug-in to InDesign CS4 that offers pallets similar to what you have seen in PF Studio. This Studio ID plug-in alone moves InDesign closer to Variable Data more than anything in the past. With this plug-in, you can output directly from InDesign to PostScript, PDF, PPML, or JPEG files. The plug-in is available in both Windows and Mac OS formats.

What if you want to take those InDesign files to your Storefront? That, too, is a new feature available in version 7 - Server ID. Implementation of this basically puts an InDesign Server engine under the hood of Storefront as its composition engine - by itself or in addition to the traditional NuDoc engine. Storefront users see no difference in the workflow. They'd be hard pressed to know if the file was from InDesign or Studio - exactly what you want.

Indeed the integration of Pageflex and Adobe products combining to make a unique and powerful solution are worthy of applause, but there is much more in the mainline Pageflex release than that.

Storefront probably inherits the majority of accolade in features obtained in the new release. These features include:
- Ability to drag items in a list up or down (rather than having to click the up/down arrow until you're blue in the face)

- When users need to select an image from a Image Choice, select a datalist, or other action that requires another window, instead of opening a new window, they're now faced with a nifty floating palette

- You now have the ability to remove users, orders, assets, and even deployments in Storefront

- One can now schedule a task to remove Storefront logs (we presume other scheduled tasks may be on the way)

- There are improvements in skinning, specifically in the area of "Inserts" that can be added to more steps than the previous releases

- There are new Pop-up controls in Storefront and Campaign Manager

- Another great feature is the ability to schedule when a Campaign can be mailed in Campaign Manager

- V7 offers a change in the way Pageflex generates PDF files - still using Adobe libraries, but with more Adobe Distiller-like capabilities

- If you're a Storefront administrator like myself and dislike using Internet Explorer, V7 will now let you use Firefox and Safari for these tasks. Chrome users, stand-by

- Several API, Document Actions, programming features, and extensions have been added or improved upon

Of course there are more features and enhancements but the above list would hopefully make you salivate to know more. It's always encouraging to see vendors address customer and client needs and I believe Pageflex has made another step in the right direction with this release.


Xinet Suite-16 Has A Sweet Interface

Posted by Robert Sullivan on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 @ 11:33 AM

Tags: GUI, Xinet, XMP Panels, NAPC

We've been working with Xinet's newest upcoming version release, Suite 16,
and I'm telling you, it is sweet! Aside from the video excitement that Brian talked
about, there are a lot of cool developments in Suite 16.

All of the administration tools from FullPress and WebNative Venture are all in one
web based GUI. The old Java GUI for FullPress will still be available in Suite 16,
but I don't think it will be developed beyond that. Once you get use to the new web
base admin, you'll toss that old interface like yesterdays newspaper anyway.

There are three control bars in the new interface and the top row has six control
categories. You can see in the two screen captures below that as I change the top
row category, the next two rows will change and give you access to all of the pertinent
settings for that selection. It's very well thought out were simple things like the
Volumes/User category also gives you the Venture Permission settings to assign.
 
 

As an administrator I think the "Logging" category is the big boom, no-brainer.
All of the logs that were scattered about before are now under one button. Xinet has
also added some more views to information that users are always asking about.
'Preview Generation' will now show you what is in the pipe line as far as how many files
are being processed. So if a user dumps 25 movie files and 71 images into the system,
you can see the numbers of what is processing, waiting or holding. Helping to take the
guess work out of, what is my system working on.

There's a nice feature for importing any existing custom XMP panels you may have also.
What was a manual process of adding one field at a time is now a batch in the interface.
If you have custom XMP panels within your Adobe programs you can now import them into
the Venture database very easily. Drop your panel in and select which data fields you'd
like in Venture, create it's own Data Field Set on the fly, and even determine which
fields you'd like to be XMP writable. Submit and it's done. All of those custom data
fields are now available to put into your data templates.

There's a lot more in here too. We'll be talking a lot about new features and I'm sure
NAPC will be holding a Webinar or two as the release date draws near. I think when you
see it, you'll agree with me, Xinet Suite 16, is pretty sweet!

-Sully
  

New Video featues in Xinet v16

Posted by Brian Dolan on Fri, Jul 03, 2009 @ 08:29 AM

Tags: video, reel, Xinet, how to, Xinet WebNative Portal, DAM Systems, Portal, NAPC, NAPC blog

As the Holiday weekend starts up for us all, lets close the week out and chat a bit about all the cool things that are coming to the masses soon.  Xinet is going to be releasing version 16 of it’s suite of tools including a new, faster version of Portal, a unified web interface for all administration, easier tools and setup for PDF Image replacement, greatly enhanced video capabilities, basic web based markup and annotation tools and a whole bunch of other “under the hood” improvements.  Currently, NAPC is testing beta 2 of version 16 and we’re all pretty impressed with it so far.  One of the biggest features I’m excited about is the enhanced video features.  Let me esplain (as Ricky would say).


Xinet, in the new soon to be released version of video in Suite 16, has greatly enhanced how users in Portal interact with video assets.  In the current release of Video 2.0 in Xinet, it is possible to stream many video formats, create keyframes at a preset interval, and really, thats about it.  With the new version, you’ll be able to do much, much more.  First and foremost, the ability to create what I would call mini-reels, is now available as a basket plugin in Portal.  This is how it works:


1)    User logs in to a Portal site and identifies the files they want to work with.  Those files could be video files of various formats, InDesign files, static picture files, just about anything you can have in Xinet.
2)    The user would then add those files to a shopping basket.
3)    Once in the basket, the user would click the basket plugin named “Video Generation”
4)    This brings up a new Web 2.0 type of interface to arrange the assets into whatever order makes sense to the end user.  Asset arrangement is made simple by using drag and drop in a web browser-me likey!
5)    Once in the correct order, the user can set the ‘in and out’ times of the files based on keyframes generated by Xinet or by hours:minutes:seconds.
6)    The user can also set basic fade outs from clip to clip as well.  Gives it a nice touch!
7)    Once the files are arranged in the correct order and the in/out times are set, a new video file can be generated from those assets in either a Quicktime, Windows Media, or Flash format.
8)    The server then generates the appropriate file on the Xinet file system and once done, it gives the end user the ability to download the file to their desktop.

Here's a peek of what it'll look like:

 

This is huge everyone.  Think of it this way, if you have 30 second spots for a client for all of 2008, and they want to create a quick reel of all the ones that won awards (that you made of course!), they can quickly log in to Xinet via Portal, collect the assets, set the times and format and let Xinet make the file for them.  To be clear, this is not intended for broadcast but more for the web or computer screen aka small screen.  I think this is a huge leap forward for Xinet and since I used to work in the broadcast world, it’s pretty exciting for me as you might be able to tell!

On top of that, screen detection for keyframing is also part of the new release.  The current version can be set to sample a keyframe at a set interval say every 5 seconds or so regardless of scene change or not.  That can potentially add a bunch of useless keyframes into your database.  With the new scene detection functionality, you can set the admin preferences so it is “smart” and only creates keyframes when a scene actually changes with tolerance controls.  So, instead of keyframing a movie that is 1 minute long and getting 12 keyframes (when sampled every 5 seconds), you may only get 7 or 8 frames stored in the database. This can be very helpful!

Overall, we have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming release of version 16 of Xinet’s Suite of tools.

Enjoy the weekend all and as always, if you have any questions on any of this information, please give us a ring and we’ll be happy to help!  Want to see this new functionality for yourself???  Give your Account Manager a call and we’ll be happy to show you all the new stuff.

Happy 4th of July!

Brian Dolan