Picturepark, the Swiss DAM company, has just released its long awaited version 8.4. The new version supports asset classes, controlled vocabularies, custom icons for categories, a widget dashboard and more robust permission based capabilities.
In a YouTube presentation the Picturepark rep shows how the new asset classes differ from categories. The first are hierarchical, have unique metadata and definition value management, while the latter are hierarchical only. Controlled vocabularies are extremely important, for example in enterprises where taxonomies are industry-specific.
Picturepark 8.4 can now also have groups of categories that are mutually exclusive, and categories can have custom icons to better show people a category isn’t just a folder.
More improvements include a widget dashboard, with blogs, activity lists, etc, all viewable only by the person with the right permissions.
It’s now waiting for more detailed information. The YouTube presentation is a great video, but such presentations can’t reveal all the ins and outs of the new system. I expect the full details to become available in the coming weeks.