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

Custom coding in Xinet: projects vs. products

Posted by Rob Steinberg on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 @ 03:43 PM

Tags: Technology ROI, Xinet WebNative Portal, Xinet server DAM Systems, Buying DAM Technology, Xinet Plug-ins

Here at NAPC have a robust development group dedicated to making the Xinet toolset more accessible, client friendly, productive and profitable for our customers, and in turn, their clients. 

But we also have a strong bias; we’d much rather build a program that is widely applicable to an industry, with a robust admin GUI so that it’s easily adapted to make your client happy. Quickly and cheaply. We avoid one-off’s whenever possible. They’re a dangerous path.

This bias protects you. It’s not perfect. You forgo some neat, cool, trendy functions that have some real WOW.

You have to work within limits, and let go of some ideas. But you also don’t find yourself trapped in a universe of unique code that’s expensive and time consuming to rework as the underlying software evolves. You won’t find yourself in a cul de sac, with no easy exit. And you won’t end up with an unhappy client, who can’t or won’t wait for resources, or who objects to spending more money.

Our job is to both deliver technology, and to protect you from technology. NAPC’s Brand Control Suite is closely aligned with Xinet’s road map. It’s template based, like Apple’s iLife. Simple. Powerful. Adaptable.

Success means close cooperation between Xinet, NAPC, and you, our client.

That’s what we live for. 

Check the plug-ins at: http://napc.com/xinet-plugins.php

XInet WebNative Suite adds HTML, MP3 and enhanced SWF support.

Posted by Kenny Kirsch on Mon, Jun 14, 2010 @ 11:19 AM

Tags: Xinet, Xinet WebNative Portal, DAM Systems, Xinet server DAM Systems, Buying DAM Technology

There are a lot of chocies for DAM [Digital Asset Management] out there and many of them do a good job with specific features. The reality is - Xinet indexes files like no other DAM does. It's ingestion engine is fast and powerful and gives users the ability to share, repupose and distribute files from any standard web browser.

Xinet has been slow to add many new 'digital' formats to it's list of previewable file types – until recently. With Xinet's Video 4 module you get a lot of the new formats and it does a great job with HTML (see image above).

If you own Xinet already - it's a no brainer. If you don't it's still worth a look. I was very impressed with how quickly it displayed HTML previews and made them browsable and searchable in seconds. 

Is Xinet WebNative a money saver or money maker?

Posted by Kenny Kirsch on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 @ 09:26 PM

Tags: Xinet WebNative Portal, Xinet server DAM Systems, Xinet How To, Xinet Training, online DAM training

It's 2010, the worst is over (or so they say). So now it's time to get focused and see how to leverage what you have and maximize revenue. Make a list of your team's expertise and the technology you own and see what new services you can offer or what processes you can improve. Your clients are looking for what's next, so make your offering what's next! Too often companies get stuck in what they know and aren't willing to put in the extra efforts. 

If you're confused – NAPC offers refresher training, online video how-to's (flatheadu.com) and free 1 hour training webinars every other Friday. 

I have leveraged the Xinet WebNative Suite in a couple of large advertising agencies, saved thousands in freelance and created six figure new revenue streams.  Now it's your turn - we at NAPC want to hear about your success stories; not read about the client you lost.

Snow Leopard and Xinet

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

Tags: Xinet server DAM Systems

Yes, I know- Snow Leopard is out! Best, fastest thing since sliced bread, as they say. "I'm gonna upgrade everything!", the irrational, futuristic you thinks.

Sadly, the voice of reason in the guise of RP has to step in and throw a bucket of cold water into the mix. 

 Here's the skinny in a Xinet world-

SL as server platform- not supported yet. Xinet's working hard at it, since new servers out of the factory are coming with it, but at this point, hang out and enjoy it on your laptop.

SL as client- here the news is better; it's working for the most part, but with a few caveats. There have been some AFP permissions errors, and you lose your contextual plugins, out of box. There's some workarounds to this that are in process, but be careful! 

 

As always, a phased intro is key- try a few machines, run 'em through their paces, and see what you think.

 

Enjoy!