Can anyone recommend a DAM with a centralized database

Started Feb 20, 2013 | Questions thread
digital ed
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Re: Can anyone recommend a DAM with a centralized database
In reply to porterpath, Feb 20, 2013

porterpath wrote:

digital ed wrote:

Seriously consider Extensis Portfolio. I use it for all forms of assets to be managed. This is a general DAM that is also extremely useful for photos. The link is for the server version.

Extensis Portfolio

LightRoom will fall apart in your application with a central DB used by remote users.

Hi ed,

I don't want to use LR as a central DB, I know it will mess up , I only intend to use it or something similar to it for the tethered camera on the front end. Most of the metadata tagging will be done later on. Like I said, if Picasa could sync to our server instead of the web, that would be great for our use.

We may have more than 3 users accessing it. is it all web based or does it limit it to 3 desktop client installs? We'd have 20+ people occasionally accessing it, and then we'd typically have one of the two cameras always on as we take photos regularly through the day (so preferably always accessing extensis). That would leave two users access privileges?

I guess I'll try installing on my home computer and calling their sales team to find out more.

thanks for your input

The link is for the server version. I use the standalone on my home network (7 online computers). I am sure the server version is set up for many simultaneous users as it is a professional DAM for large organizations. You will find it is not cheap but the support provided is right up there with the price. The best thing to do if you are interested is to contact them and have them help you decide if it is appropriate for your organization.

If you are going to try a trial version I suggest that for your home computer you try the stand alone version to get a good idea of what it can do. There is a learning curve so if it looks appropriate take some effort to understand its significant advantages for all types of digital assets.

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