Updated FocusOPEN 3.4.8 Administrator Guide

A new Administrator’s Guide for FocusOPEN 3.4.8. is now available to download on the FocusOPEN Developer’s Wiki.  The 122 page document has been fully revised for the new version and includes a description of all the key administration features.  The documentation is free to download.

FocusOPEN Commercial Discount Available

A 50% discount on FocusOPEN Digital Asset Manager Commercial edition is available until 30th June 2015.  More details are available here: http://focusopen.com/best-dam-software-offer.php

FocusOPEN 3.4.8 Released

FocusOPEN 3.4.8 has been released, below is an overview of the changes and bug fixes:

* Collections feature added to allow custom page designs as well as home page
* Collections accessible optionally by external (unregistered) users.
* New AJAX lightbox
* Saved search feature
* Bitmap zoom facility added
* More efficient versioning
* String settings configuration added
* Large collection of new API features including options to send email, store arbitrary data and files via the API as well as user management via API
* Duplicate assets permitted across brands

Bug Fixes
* Fixes to taxonomy export
* Custom home page manager various fixes and improved robustness.

Office and Flash (SWF) APS Plug-Ins

On the FocusOPEN Developer Wiki, we have written two articles that explain how to enable support for generating previews and thumbnails for Office files using the LibreOffice open source MS Office alternative.  A separate article also describes how to use SWFTools to generate thumbnails for Flash (SWF) files and also to automatically insert them as previews so they do not need to be manually uploaded:

Using the APS LibreOffice plug-in to generate previews for Office files

Using SWFTools with the APS generic command line plug-in to generate previews for Flash (SWF) files


FocusOPEN Commercial Edition – 50% Discount Until March 31st 2014

FocusOPEN Commercial edition, which is now on 3.4.7 and includes numerous features not available on the 3.4.3 OS version is currently on offer with a 50% discount until March 31st 2014.  To upgrade an OS licence, go here to register, or use the offer link on the My Account area.

FocusOPEN Advanced Documentation Now Free To Download

From today, advanced documentation that was formerly only offered to commercial users is now available for anyone, free of charge.  The advanced guides provided include:

Copies of all the above can be downloaded from the links given, or via the FocusOPEN wiki.

FocusOPEN 3.4.7 (Beta) Released

FocusOPEN (Beta) has been released, below are the changes.  This release is for Commercial users only.

New Features

* Added new metadata objects functionality allowing arbitrary non-assets entities to be created and linked to assets
* Command line application to launch CSV import jobs via the Windows scheduler created
* Extension to allow FocusOPEN to send custom jobs to the APS
* Conversion of all image manipulation functions to use APS exclusively and settings to enable the web application to be used instead.
* Test harness added to allow APS custom jobs to be launched from within FocusOPEN
* Rotate bitmap previews and thumbnails
* Simple metadata manager added to compliment the advanced hierarchical editor
* Support for bitmap group 0 which has the same size as the original asset but is generated in JPEG format (used for custom preview plug-ins).
* Asset Re-Saver application now supports -f parameter to be passed a list of assets to be re-saved in a text file (delimited by commas)
* CC arbitrary lists of users into messages sent to a given user account (for accounts that might be shared with multiple users)
* Default placeholders for thumbnails and previews where one cannot be generated by the APS (to replace the ‘unavailable’ icon)
* Default placeholder for asset types can be chosen from a given extension in the asset type manager
* Asset preview file migrator application added to allow a second FocusOPEN instance to be used to generate previews and thumbnails and then to copy these to another instance using the checksum (MD5 hash) of the original asset to rename the copied previews to the target asset ID

Minor upgrades and performance tweaks

* Adjustments to allow PDF iFilter to be bypassed entirely and pdftotext used by default
* CSV batch import generates dedicated log files for import operations
* Updated sandcastle object model help files now included as CHM (Windows Help) in source packages.
* Updates to config to prevent upload users from locking themselves out of assets by changing the permissions to a group they did not have access to
* Batch CSV import can be requested to skip invalid rows rather than failing entire job
* Duplicate logging added to batch import logs
* Alteration to require a user to choose the staff option when registering if an email format is used which is staff only.
* Setting to prevent asset being submitted to the APS (for testing and diagnostic purposes)
* Setting to prevent failed imports from being automatically copied to each user’s failed folder
* Download icon now displayed if the file exists rather than because a file hash is specified

Bug Fixes

* Fix to update pixel size as well as reported DPI when changing resolution
* Fix to prevent search URLs to redirect properly if the user was required to login first
* Fix to check the authentication plug-in is definitely configured before using it
* Fix to asset popularity report which was not working with the asset type filter
* Fix to incorrect path being used for unavailable image in the preview handler
* Fix to ensure the user is assigned a User API Token if they login and do not have one
* Modification to prevent logging extracts of pdftotext from not exceeding 100 characters
* Replace asset file now has a progress bar
* Fix to stop database truncation errors for audit trail when sending large asset lightboxes

FocusOPEN 3.4.6 Stable Released & 50% Commercial Discount Until End Of December 2013

FocusOPEN Digital Asset Manager 3.4.6 stable edition has now been released for Commercial edition users and is available to download from the My Account dashboard for registered users with a Commercial activation.

A 50% discount on the regular price of FocusOPEN Commercial is also available until the end of December 2013.

FocusOPEN Beta Released

FocusOPEN (beta) has been released today.  The updates include:

New Features

  • Batch replace function now includes an ‘append’ option for adding selections (including categories)
  • Batch text replace for non-Select fields
  • Added JSON, XML and CSV permalink options to searches (with API session token support)
  • Filter admin asset list by a given lightbox
  • Filter admin asset list processed status
  • Filter admin asset list by those assets having attachments
  • Overhauled export features to enable all fields to be exported or selection thereof
  • New export options to choose alternative row delimiter (rather than newline)
  • Added options to export in ASCII, UTF8, or Unicode
  • Import files direct from user personal batch folder via the web application as well as watched folder
  • Configure both basic search filters and move brand filter to advanced filters (or remove entirely)

Minor upgrades and performance tweaks

  • Modified all batch functions to use paging to reduce performance issues with large batch selections
  • Linked assets now show a rollover preview
  • Move assets in lightbox to top or bottom
  • Filter .DS_Store from imports
  • APS logging to create log of APS commands
  • AJAX features on Lightbox and Cart selections no longer causes page re-load
  • Wider asset preview page
  • Added low/high ranges to asset re-saver
  • Settings to allow PDF iFilter to be completely bypassed in favour of pdftotext if required
  • Adjustment to force CMYK PDF conversions to use first page

Bug Fixes

  • Prevent alias from being able to hijack existing accounts
  • Prevent aliases from being duplicates of full accounts
  • Fix to prevent batch import from importing categories
  • Fix to asset re-saver application
  • Fix to taxonomy XML export
  • Removal of hashed user ID for account re-activations to prevent issues with mail server spam filters
  • Fix to prevent multiple records being returned in searches where they had attachments

FocusOPEN is available for Commercial edition subscribers only.  A special price 50% promotion is currently being offered until the end of August 2013.


FocusOPEN RC1 Released

FocusOPEN Release Candidate 1 (RC1) has been released today and is available for Commercial users who may wish to download it via the My Downloads area of their accounts.

A deployment guide has been made available on the wiki and upgrade instructions will be provided shortly.  Anyone wishing to use is advised to test the release first on a separate installation.

* User Group Metadata – Added ability to configure metadata fields by user group
* Asset metadata export feature to produce data in XML or CSV format
* Support for extracting mapping coordinates and generating Google Maps links
* Filter users by role in user manager
* Batch user management to delete, renew and change user groups
* Setting to allow users to edit assets that are outside their Primary Group
* Arbitrary asset ID filter to make it easier to select random sets of assets
* 64-bit APS installer
* Ability to batch copy metadata schema between asset types for either asset detail, cataloguing view or both
* Forward porting of all changes from release

Minor changes
* Faster category management uses cached categories instead of enumerating them each time
* Ability manually specify video duration
* Option to sort categories as designed or alphanumerically
* Lightbox filter now works off both user and public lightboxes

* Fixes to XML taxonomy export
* Fix to allow non-digital assets to be downloaded if NoPhysicalAssetDownloads=false
* Fix to check a digital file exists before showing download icon
* Forward porting of all bug fixes from release