Taking a snap of the Milky Way galaxy on a starry winter night with your digital SLR camera is one way to enjoy the wonders of the cosmos. However, if you are a professional photographer, managing these cosmic digital images can sometimes be difficult, what with all the storage, sharing, and versioning. What you need is a digital asset management (DAM) software that will help you store, upload on your website or blog, and share these images with your friends or colleagues.
More broadly, if you are a digital content manager, graphics designer, video or audio editor, or any other professional who deals with digital assets such as images, audios, videos, animations, software etc. one of your biggest challenges is managing and distributing these digital assets amongst your peers or clients.
DAM software helps content specialists to manage their workflow related to editing, retrieval, storage, and distribution of digital assets. In essence, it is a type of content management system designed for managing digital assets.
As a web-based software, Box lets you share digital assets with your peers and clients on live projects. The software’s content platform-as-a-service (PaaS) manages content and creates projects on the web and mobile.
But Box isn’t the only option out there. Depending on your business requirements in terms of cost, file storage capacity, peer sharing, etc., there are various types of DAM software that can be an alternative to Box.
Developed by Canto, Cumulus’ digital content library lets you create, organize, search, and share digital content on any platform (online, web-based, and SaaS). The software helps you to manage brand assets and configure them without custom coding. Cumulus integrates with other platform-based applications such as web content management, project management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, etc.
To collaborate with your peers and clients on the same project, you can share and assign rights to digital assets through the Cumulus Portal. The portal has a mobile-friendly technology based on HTML5 and Bootstrap™, which offers read-only / download-only user access.
Specifically designed for iPhone and iPad, the Cumulus mobile app is included with Cumulus X (enhanced version of Cumulus) for installation. Through this mobile app you can search, share, comment, markup, upload, download and review content on Apple devices.
Amazon Web Services powers the software’s Media Delivery Cloud, which allows you to deliver images across the world and remove duplicate files to save resources and time.
Adobe Drive Adapter and the Cumulus InDesign Client enables you to access digital assets managed from Adobe applications such as InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. by tracking changes made to images, videos, and other digital assets.
- North American customers — annual subscription for on premise and cloud is approximately $30,000 per year for at least 50 users
- Other regions — the software provides on premise licensing or cloud solutions for approximately €30,000 per year
- Integrates with popular web-based and SaaS digital business platforms
- According to Capterra user reviews the software has a user-friendly interface, which enables you to share digital assets with teams, departments, and vendors
- According to Capterra users the software is sometimes slow in downloading heavy images
- The new version of Cumulus X does not integrate well with Adobe InDesign as compared to its competitors
As a DAM software, CELUM includes ERP, CRM, PIM, or web content management system features that allow you to synchronize digital assets with other software platforms such as Adobe’s product suite.
Another essential feature of this software is managing batch image and video uploads. You can also create search widgets and customizable search options to find your digital assets.
If you are in the midst of a creative process such as creating a graphics logo, CELUM tracks the tasks during the creation of the logo and provides version control.
One of the essential features of this digital asset management software is managing your creative projects on social media by monitoring likes and share of digital content that you created.
CELUM organizes and manages all digital asset file types (JPEG, AVI, FLV, etc.). It offers metadata extraction, conversion, and preview for more than 200 files formats on the software interface.
The software is available free for trial. You get more pricing information based on request.
- Manages social media campaigns that utilize images, videos, and audios by storing these digital assets in a separate digital library
- Allows you to edit and store Adobe and Microsoft Office files
- The user interface of the software is not streamlined as compared to other DAM software e.g. it does not have an export and import feature
In comparison to Box, Widen Media Collective operates through a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform to manage your digital assets. The software’s lifecycle and rights management feature allows you to enable or disable rights of digital assets to your employees or clients. This feature also allows you to control the version of digital assets from its creation to expiry. You can custom design Widen Media Collective according to your brand identity by using your logo and color scheme if you are a digital publishing house specializing in graphics design.
Tracking and reporting is much easier with this DAM software as it enables you to track individual digital assets in terms of the number of pageviews and downloads.
The software allows you integrate your website or blog through its plugins designed for Sitecore, WordPress, and Drupal.
Available free for trial and priced from $20,000 to $30,000 per subscription.
- Through the software’s tracking and management feature, more than one user can access a digital asset and edit it at the same time
- According to Capterra user reviews the software vendor, Widen Media Collective, provides great customer support and resolves issues
- Widen Media Collective 2.0 API has some limitations in terms of integrating a company’s website to the software content management system which were not present in the previous version of 1.0 API
- According to Capterra user reviews, file uploads of images sometimes freeze and have to be re-uploaded again
The niche feature of this software is creating a library of your digital media assets for easy storage and retrieval. Third Light IMS provides a smart visual searching feature that enables you to browse images through a visual interface in the form of smart folders, collections, and thumbnails. Moreover, you can organize all your images according to tags and metadata based on keywords, copyright, and author data with the visual search option.
The software converts and resizes images for various platforms such as mobile, print, and videos for the web. This means that you do not have to install any software to convert the images to any other file formats.
The software also integrates with Adobe Suite products such as InDesign, Adobe Bridge, Illustrator, etc. through its plug-in.
The software is available in three versions — standard, priced at $220 per month; premium, priced at $4490 per year; enterprise, priced at $8970 for single payment. For more information on pricing, visit the products page. The software is available free for trial as well.
- The software offers comprehensive customer care support with tutorial videos to enhance the learning curve of employees
- Provides a library management system to catalogue and search digital media assets, which is not a core feature of other DAM software
- Capterra user reviews don’t include complaints about the software
The core functionality of Bynder is to assimilate your corporate identity with the digital assets that you are managing through its cloud, SaaS, and web-based platforms. Bynder also lets you collaborate on projects with your peers and clients while working on a creative project such as designing a banner, creating animations, and editing digital images. This means that all stakeholders of a project get an update on the project status and completion.
An interesting feature of Bynder is that it provides a ‘Brand Store’ for companies to design and sell their own promotional brand identity in the form of business cards, stationery, white paper covers, etc. In short, this feature allows companies to enhance their advertising function by designing their own promotional brand identity and selling it through Bynder.
The corporate package is available for $2250 per month. For more information on pricing click here.
- You can customize the company’s brand identity in terms of logo and color schemes within the software interface
- Bynder has an intuitive user interface as it lets you search images with the visual preview to identify the images that you are searching, which makes it easier to find the images that you are searching
- Creating your corporate brand according to the corporate identity guidelines of the software is time consuming
Do you think any of the DAM software mentioned above can be an alternative to Box for your business?
Leave a comment below to let me know which other alternatives you can think to Box. You can also view Capterra’s Digital Asset Management directory or TOP 20 Most Popular DAM Software to manage your digital assets.