IPHONE MEDIALIBRARY APP AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
15 Jul 2011
Logicmighty launch their first mobile application for the Medialibrary software product which is available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store. The iPhone app is a free download and allows users to access their media library from an iPhone. The app integrates with the medialibrary web service api - a component that is installed on the server providing an open and extensible interface. This version of the mobile application provides search and browse functionality.
LOGICMIGHTY LAUNCHES MEDIALIBRARY – EASY TO USE WEB-BASED DAM SOFTWARE
24 May 2009
MediaLibrary is an intuitive digital media asset management system to centralise and share photography, documents, artwork, logos, video and audio clips from any PC or Apple Mac. Designed for communications, marketing, creative and photographic professionals, MediaLibrary is accessible across an organisation intranet or the internet.
User access to the MediaLibrary is simplified by assigning different role names for groups of users. An administrator creates a role name defining a set of functions and permissions allowed within the library. Access may vary from casual users with read only rights to privileged users who download media files and share certain administrative tasks. The role based user management feature saves administration time as the number of MediaLibrary users increase.
Staff access the MediaLibrary across their organisation intranet. Integration with Microsoft Active Directory allows simple mapping of domain user groups to a MediaLibrary role providing 'Single Sign-on'. MediaLibrary user access by Active Directory is effortless and maintains security without a user name and password to log in.
Alternative access is across the internet through OpenID. Users insert a single identity for all web applications including MediaLibrary. Access by OpenID is equally easy and secure.
A simple way to locate media files is through keyword search. Keywords are generated automatically from title or description text to identify a media file before uploading into the library. Predefining keywords to tag media files manually is unnecessary. The automatic keyword generation feature has labour saving administration benefits.
MediaLibrary holds different file sizes and appropriate photo resolutions to use for presentations, the web or print. Media files are found instantly using advanced search, browsing areas, categories, projects and light boxes. The image management software automatically generates a thumbnail, preview and low resolution format when a high resolution photograph is uploaded. Additional security levels allow privileged users to download high resolution photographs. Casual users, including external agencies with read only rights, press a request media hyperlink to send an email to the administrator. For approved requests, an email with the requested media URL is returned to the user and a download media hyperlink appears on the users’ browse requested screen. The requested media feature streamlines administration of ad hoc requests from staff and external organisations.
Some media files require conditions of use or permission from the owner, copyright or data protection holder. Owner information is recorded with a media file and an expiry date reminds the administrator to renew consent or permission. Hard linking of documents to media files alert the user to comply with conditions of use. The hard linking feature ensures media files are used legally and protects owner material.
Project folders group together digital assets associated with an event, activity, campaign or publication. Administrators create projects for user groups to propose ideas, view media files and record comments. The projects feature is an efficient way to share, discuss and approve preferred media files outside a meeting.
When an image file is displayed on the search screen, other related media containing similar key words are displayed automatically in order of relevancy. The related media feature presents an alternative group of files without the user entering additional search text.
The fastest and most efficient way to populate the MediaLibrary is by batch file upload with common information. Media files uploaded by external agencies may be quarantined for administrator approval before appearing in the MediaLibrary. Mandatory fields force a user to supply essential information and index media files. The batch upload with common information feature ensures media files are tagged efficiently and instantly searchable.
Separate areas within the library hold exclusive or contentious media files accessible by specific login. The areas feature allows parts of the media library to remain private and accessible only to nominated users.
"Our latest product is an ASP.NET web server application that utilises AJAX technology to give a better user experience from within a web browser. Basing our product on Microsoft's .NET framework has provided a rich environment for adding new functionality, allowing us to react quickly to customer requirements," says Martin Webster, technical consultant.
The management of digital assets, in a simple and disciplined way, is important to any corporate organisation. Media asset management software like MediaLibrary brings together collections scattered across an organisation, avoids duplication and frees administrator time as users search for images themselves. MediaLibrary software installed in-house or externally hosted is robust and secure. Aimed at non technical administrators and users, training is unnecessary. The fastest and easiest way to set up a MediaLibrary and avoid IT involvement is to host on Logicmighty servers. Alternatively, the software is available to install on an in-house server. Logicmighty provide technical help for hosted customers to transfer their media files and database to an in-house server.
HOW TO FIND METADATA IN DIGITAL PHOTOS USING FREE XMP EXPLORER SOFTWARE
15 Apr 2009
Logicmighty announces a new software tool called XMP Explorer designed to help professional and amateur photographers handle metadata embedded in digital photographs. The tool is free to use and is available to download from the Logicmighty website. XMP Explorer displays raw embedded data in a variety of formats and allows embedded meta data to be easily modified.
Download the free XMP Explorer tool from www.logicmighty.co.uk
Logicmighty specialises in developing web-based software products for the public and private sector. The latest software product is called MediaLibrary, designed for content managing all types of media files including photographs, design files, documents, logos, video and audio clips. MediaLibrary will be launched at the end of April.
PHOTOLIBRARY PRESENTATION TO SOUTH WESTERN NATIONAL HOUSING FEDERATION GROUP IN TORQUAY
19 Oct 2008
Kathy Bush, Logicmighty sales manager Logicmighty was guest speaker at the National Housing Federation South Communications Group quarterly meeting on 24 September. Tina Partridge, marketing manager for Spectrum Housing Group and Logicmighty customer, invited Kathy to discuss the benefits of her PhotoLibrary software. Representatives from housing associations across Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire attended the meeting hosted by Westward Housing Group in Torquay. Common interests, good practice and initiatives in the housing sector are discussed. Providing a PhotoLibrary for staff and journalists is an important communications role and Photography featured on the agenda.
"It was good to meet many of the housing communications managers that I have spoken to on the telephone. We are starting to build up our housing association customer base with Spectrum Housing and Gentoo Group. 15 housing associations have our PhotoLibrary software on trial to demonstrate the benefits before bidding for funds," said Kathy Bush.
Finding and controlling photographs is a common problem for most communications departments. However, it is easily solved using a web-based software package like PhotoLibrary. Kathy explained, "our software makes finding photography easy for publications, presentations, promotions, intranets and websites. Once categories and keywords are set up and photos uploaded with metadata, users are given a password and specific access rights to share the photolibrary. Housing Associations need a wide choice of photos for their tenant publications such as handbooks, newsletters, annual reports and leaflets. Staff publications include branding guidelines, style guides and "How To Do" books. Browsing the PhotoLibrary via the company intranet or internet eliminates the laborious task of searching through CDs and folders for photos."
Many housing communications managers run the department on their own or with one assistant. PhotoLibrary software saves time because the structure is simple to set up and maintain; copyright and data protection information is easy to control. Using the PhotoLibrary is intuitive and encourages staff to search for photos themselves.
All area offices in Spectrum Housing have shared the Logicmighty hosted PhotoLibrary since March 2006. Tina Partridge, marketing manager said "the on-line photo library facility has helped us enormously in terms of categorising and keywording all of our photographs with relevant details making it so much easier to find images at the touch of a button. We are now able to react so much more quickly to requests from staff and our external customers."
Logicmighty is a Southampton company that provides business software targeted at communications, graphic design, marketing, photography and public relations departments. Existing customers include charity, education, government, the public and private sectors. PhotoLibrary is an intuitive software tool to manage, store, display and share photographs and other digital assets using a web browser. Logicmighty specialises in both software development and web hosting of its’ software products.
RAPID RESPONSE FOR PHOTOGRAPH REQUESTS BY MERSEYSIDE FIRE PRESS OFFICE
05 Aug 2008
Sharing fire scene and incident photographs used to be a laborious task for the communications department at Merseyside Fire. The force photographer copied photos to disc for delivery to the press office. Discs were filed in numerical order with an incident name and date. Journalists called press office staff for photos to accompany a story and staff checked an Excel spreadsheet to find the right image. Print quality photo files were too big to email and had to be copied onto DVD and mailed to journalists.
Andrew Iwediebo, New Media Manager liked the simplicity of Logicmighty’s web based PhotoLibrary software for intranet access by staff and internet access by external agencies. All users search for photos by browsing the PhotoLibrary and emailing permission requests to the Administrator. Photos are now organised into categories and tagged with keywords. The whole process takes minutes instead of hours with little disruption to communications staff.
Andrew Iwediebo explains, “photo legislation was difficult for press office staff to manage in the past but now it is easy. Sharing photos used to take hours and now it takes minutes. In 2005 we purchased a site software license to install the PhotoLibrary on our own server. It is now more cost effective to have the PhotoLibrary externally hosted on Logicmighty’s server.”
Merseyside Fire PhotoLibrary was set up in November 2005and contains over 2500 photos. All incident and event photos are taken by the force photographer who batch uploads photos with keywords, categories and other search terms into the image library. Photographs taken at the scene of a fire incident in Merseyside are made available to journalists within minutes using Logicmighty web-based PhotoLibrary software. Communications staff ensure photo subject matter conforms with legislative fire safety. Contentious photos are discussed with press officers before they are made visible in the PhotoLibrary. Data protection, copyright and permission information is attached to every photo.
All staff at Merseyside Fire receive logins and user access rights from the PhotoLibrary administrator, Andrew Iwediebo. Small files are emailed and large files are burned onto disc. Privileged users in communications, press office and publicity departments populate the library and request permission from Andrew to download photos. External design agencies and publication editors can browse the library and permission is always given to download photos.
Logicmighty develops web-based software products for communications, graphic design, marketing, photography and public relations departments. Existing customers are from education, local government, private and public sectors. PhotoLibrary is an easy to use software tool to store, manage, display and share photographs and other digital assets using a web browser. Logicmighty specialises in both software development and web hosting of its PhotoLibrary software products.
LOGICMIGHTY PHOTOLIBRARY SOFTWARE INCREASES COMMUNICATIONS EFFICIENCY FOR SPECIALIST MENTAL HEALTH TRUST
12 May 2008
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is the first mental health customer for Southampton based software developer Logicmighty. CNWL communications staff upload photos into the web-based Photo Library and find images within seconds using categories and keywords via their intranet.
Stephanie Cotgrove, CNWL communications manager explains, “before Logicmighty PhotoLibrary was installed on our central server, we had a box of CDs containing photos from hundreds of different events and photo shoots. Countless photo files were stored on various PCs within the communications department. PhotoLibrary has allowed us to store all our images in one place and gives the facility to find the right image without having to wade through piles of CDs. It's been easy to set up and even easier to use. The system is used within the communications department for publicity material, newsletters and web images. I can see us extending this to other staff and suppliers in the future. Estates and maintenance department is one staff group that could certainly benefit from PhotoLibrary.”
PhotoLibrary software helps CNWL reduce the time and costs required to develop marketing materials in an organised and consistent fashion. The end result is an expandable image library with improved speed, efficiency and security. Some subject matter in photographs is contentious and security is maintained by restricting access to privileged users. Staff request permission from the PhotoLibrary administrator before downloading photos. Expiry dates, data protection information, permissions and consent are all recorded.
CNWL is one of the largest specialist mental health trusts in England with 3000 employees serving more than 100 sites. The organisation provides a comprehensive range of health and social care services for people with mental health and substance misuse problems and learning disabilities living in central and north west London.
Logicmighty develops web-based software products for communications, graphic design, marketing, photography and public relations departments. Existing customers are from education, local government, private and public sectors. PhotoLibrary is an intuitive software tool to store, manage, display and share photographs and other digital assets using a web browser. Logicmighty specialises in both software development and web hosting of its PhotoLibrary software products.
NEW HIGH SPEED SELF SERVICE LOGICMIGHTY PHOTOLIBRARY FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE
19 April 2008
The University of Gloucestershire’s central marketing department officially launch their new Logicmighty PhotoLibrary. 5000 photographs are shared with staff over 4 campuses for their own marketing activities via the university intranet. Users are given log-ins, passwords and privileges by the PhotoLibrary administrator. The system works seamlessly on PCs and Apple Macs and is designed for non-technical users. A variety of digital assets are available and statistics show the most popular downloaded images are photos and logos.
Staff in central marketing used to find managing and distributing photos time consuming and labour intensive. Searching for appropriate photos involved checking disorganised archives on a shared computer and hunting through stacks of CD-ROMs or old publications. Sometimes it was difficult to find the right photo and always inefficient to email large files. Now PhotoLibrary software installed on a university server allows privileged users to search for content using a consistent set of keywords and categories. With just a few mouse clicks, an image is found and downloaded as required. The new self-service PhotoLibrary is speedy and flexible, provides a wider selection of photos and complies with branding guidelines for marketing campaigns. Graphic design efficiency has also improved using the Logicmighty Adobe PhotoShop plug-in to find and manage photos directly from a page layout environment.
Ben Parkyn, marketing officer and photo library administrator explains “since we completed the initial set up of the library it has proved to be an invaluable tool. It has enabled our store of photographs to be shared around our campuses resulting in greater variance in our publications. The time saving for our central department is also quite noticeable as people can search for themselves. The rights system has proved useful in ensuring our brand is maintained through suitable monitoring image usage. It is an ongoing project to keep the library maintained but one we deem worthwhile.”
Logicmighty, established in 1987 to provide contract software engineering, is a Southampton company. Since 2000, web-based software products have been developed for communications, graphic design, marketing, photography and public relations departments. Education customers include University of London, Oxford Brookes University, Birkbeck College, Bouw College in the Netherlands, the Institute of Education and University College for the Creative Arts. Other customers are from local government, private and public sectors all around the world. PhotoLibrary is an easy to use software tool to manage, store, display and share photographs and other digital assets using a web browser. Logicmighty specialises in both software development and web hosting of its PhotoLibrary software products.
LOGICMIGHTY SOFTWARE STREAMLINES AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT IMAGE LIBRARY
2 April 2008
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has launched a new efficient self-service PhotoLibrary. Using Logicmighty software, images representing NSW DPI activities are available for all staff to search and download in a range of sizes and resolutions. A wide choice of images is needed by staff to keep publications and PowerPoint presentations up-to-date.
Michel Dignand, Communications Co-ordinator acts as PhotoLibrary Administrator. He circulated a survey to key users following a pilot exercise. “The survey confirmed our opinion that the most important benefit is simplicity to the user. Staff locate images using 3 or 4 search methods. We estimate that many thousands of hours are saved each year using this self-help search and download facility”.
Formed in 2004, NSW DPI is the amalgamation of Mineral Resources NSW, NSW Agriculture, NSW Fisheries and State Forest NSW. Michel Dignand is responsible for merging many image libraries scattered across the organisation into one centralised system. “From the very beginning, PhotoLibrary has proved fast, simple to use and reasonably inexpensive. 3500 staff spread over 130 locations find images for publications and scientific presentations quickly and easily. We spent days sourcing images before Logicmighty PhotoLibrary was set up. Now we generally find a selection in seconds. There are almost 4000 images in the library and that number is expected to grow to around 10000 in the future”, says Michel.
The NSW DPI PhotoLibrary is accessed via the internet and hosted by Logicmighty. Australian customers Assa Abbloy and Sydney Ports Corporation have PhotoLibrary installed on in-house servers. Logicmighty in Southampton provides business software solutions for communications, graphic design, marketing, photography and public relations departments. There are two other Logicmighty web-based products to manage press cuttings and video and sound clips.