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The Evolution of Imaging Applications

The final component of imaging evolution is the software environment to create and make use of images. We can track the development of the digital image itself along with seismic changes with advances in software and hardware development. Let’s take a look at several eras in computing that have driven the use of images to new levels.

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Foundations

The Evolution of Formats

This is the third post in a set of four which outline the nature of images, formats and applications. As the complexity of digital images has grown, new formats have appeared to enable these capabilities. In fact, formats have always largely been purpose-driven. They are created as standardized containers that facilitate saving particular types of

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Foundations

The Evolution of Digital Image Data

  In photomechanical imaging, the characteristics of the image are self-evident: it includes the tonal and color information, along with a grain or dot structure. This corresponds to the most basic digital images, which were originally just a rectangle full of colored dots representing tone, color and resolution.  As technology evolved, digital images have become

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Foundations

Images, Formats and Applications

This week we’re going to examine the relationship between images, formats and applications.  (Note that in this four-part series of posts we use the terms “image” and “photography” in a very expansive sense. It can include both still and moving images, 3-D, and computational imaging.) It’s essential to separate your understanding of an image from

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Cloud Libraries

Why Do I Need a Separate Tool for File Distribution?

Image: Town Hall Square, Vilnius, Lithuania ©Peter Krogh 2019 It’s common for a master library application to have some ability to distribute files—and some distribution tools can also function as a library—so why should you use different tools? There are several good reasons, but they all fall under the heading of “it’s very difficult to

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Cloud Libraries

Software Independence

It’s very intuitive to think of your media collection as being “in” a piece of DAM software, but I think it’s important to understand it a different way. The software that you use to view and organize your collection is really pointing to a set of files and hosting some information about the media.  While

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Cloud Libraries

Guidelines for Sound Digital Asset Management

Regardless of the exact details of your system, there are some best practices that everyone should strive for in collection management. Standardize  As you create and adjust workflow, it’s important to standardize as much of it as possible. Having standard practices helps to prevent mistakes, and also helps you to recognize and recover from mistakes

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Cloud Libraries

Consolidate and Unify

Any project to implement good asset management will begin with consolidating the material as much as possible. This means you’ll want to create central storage, and bring as much of the relevant material together as possible.  Benefits of consolidation Consolidating the media is the first step to creating a secure, resilient archive of the media.

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Cloud Libraries

DAM Hierarchy of Needs

In 1943, Abraham Maslow published a hierarchy of human needs, starting with basic survival and moving all the way up to self-actualization. This is a pretty useful metaphor for the way you can approach collection management. In building your DAM ecosystem, I propose an alternate hierarchy of needs – one that starts with the security

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Cloud Libraries

Library As Platform

In the next two weeks, our blog posts will focus on the nature and structure of media libraries. This broader context will help inform the choice of the right tool for any particular task.  Integration and connectivity are becoming central opportunities and challenges of the modern media ecosystem. The integration of mobile devices and connected

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