Our workflows incorporate software from leading international vendors. For more information on any of the solutions listed below please contact our friendly staff.
Digital Asset Management
Digital Asset Management (DAM) is evolving rapidly and represents both major opportunities and potential pitfalls for many industries. Simply stated, DAM (sometimes referred to as "Media Asset Management" or "Content Management") is the systematic cataloging and management of digital rich media: text, images, video and audio, so that they can be reused and/or repurposed at a later time. If you have spent time and money creating or acquiring something then that item is an asset of your organisation.
DAM, ECM, Metadata, MAM and BAM are just some of the terms and buzzwords you will come across when you start researching how to manage your digital media efficiently. Creative Folks have been providing cost effective DAM solutions since 1992 and we know how to avoid the potential pitfalls. DAM technology is still a burgeoning concept in Australia and Creative Folks are at the forefront of its development & integration. For more information on Digital Asset Management please click on the links below or contact one of our representatives for a demonstration.
Digital Asset Management 101
Opix Media City
Opix Media Warehouse
Ideal for time-critical publications, EasyCatalog can dramatically speed up page make-up time and ensure your documents remain error free. Trusted by thousands of users in over thirty countries across six continents, EasyCatalog has quickly established itself as one of the most powerful and flexible database publishing solutions for Adobe InDesign.
The source of your data can be something as simple as a file or, via an optional module, an ODBC database or XML file. If you've invested time and money developing a database, why not utilize it to the fullest extent by producing your print catalogs directly from it?
It's not just catalogs EasyCatalog can produce - brochures, price lists, or directories can all be effortlessly generated.
EasyCatalog also offers powerful ways to get your data onto the document - templates can be designed that specify how a record should appear when it is placed on the page. Store these templates in a library and complex pages can be constructed in seconds, containing live data, simply by dragging and dropping.
Millions of design and printing professionals use desktop font management; it’s an essential part of their workflow. These users are responsible for the public face of the corporation. Wherever they are situated in the enterprise, these users are voracious consumers of fonts, and it is not uncommon to find thousands of fonts in active use on any given workstation. Any IT Manager who supports a font-intensive workflow such as those utilised by design, printing, and publishing teams, knows how time-consuming font problems can be. Helpdesk tickets related to font issues are a regular occurrence.
But enterprise font management is about more than helpdesk tickets and frustrated ‘creative types’; it is also about compliance. Although some IT managers don’t realize it fonts, like other digital assets, are licensed property. And because of this, it is vital for organizations to centralize, track and control their font usage.
The benefits of a centralized (as opposed to workstation-specific) font management solution include legal license compliance, simplified license management, improved IT efficiencies, document design consistency, and reduced production downtime and overall cost savings.
Universal Type Server
Opix Media City by Six
Opix Media City is the combination of two key functional blocks Media Warehouse and Media Factory. Opix Media Warehouse is, as the name suggests, a digital warehouse essentially designed for managing, researching and editing individual media assets. Strictly controlled access permissions allow the authorised user to search for archived assets, or re‐purpose them for uses such catalogue, print or web. Opix Media Factory allows users to implement database driven job tickets with all job components stored digitally within the job envelope. Time sheets, progress points, even digital proofs can be tracked and stored within the envelope allowing for greater accountability within the job. After completion Media Factory will archive the job for later retrieval.
Complimentary to the Opix Media City is Opix dbEdix. A database‐supported client/server system for the structured creation of various communication and advertising items, such as product catalogues and price lists. The distinguishing quality of the Opix dbEdix solution is that it integrates all phases of the advertising process into a single system from conception to design and print.
Opix Media Factory
Opix Media City
My Web Center
Pre-Press & Creative
Creative Folks have been providing time-saving PDF workflows from products such as Helios UB, Enfocus PitStop & Switch, Axaio MadetoPrint and Adobe InDesign Server for over a decade. For our creative clients we have the complete Adobe suite of products as well as QuarkXpress, Apple professional software, the WoodWing range of 'Smart' plugins and many other third party applications.
WoodWing Smart Plug-ins
Switch 11 Smart automation
Producing video content for broadcast DVD or the web requires a careful balance of hardware and software, together with expertise in workflow and file management. Creative Folks provide powerful and reliable solutions for all your video needs from a single workstation to an entire network of edit suites that require integrated collaboration.
Our solutions combine the latest Apple & Adobe technology with blazingly fast servers, robust storage and high speed networking components. We can design, build and deploy an optimum solution for any business.
Adobe Production Premium
Apple Final Cut Server
Apple Final Cut Studio
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Switching to a new editorial system, upgrading your Microsoft licenses, or ensuring your anti-virus protection is up-to-date and providing adequate coverage, can involve a considerable investment in software licenses. Software as a Service (SaaS) allows for the 'rental' of software for a flexible period of time with the initial capital expenditure being replaced by a monthly operational cost. Although the SaaS business model has been around for almost ten years, it is still a relatively new concept to many people, and its advantages are largely unknown.
The Benefits of SaaS Include:
1.) No more large upfront investments. Omitting the initial capital expenditure also means reducing the risk of investments for new startups.
2.) A simple yet cost-effective alternative to new software license purchasing. In some cases the subscription license is a safe way to try out the software within a production environment for a certain period of time.
3.) Software upgrades are generally provided free-of-charge. Most vendors in the SaaS space ensure that the latest versions of their applications are provided to the user so you will always use the best tools available at any one time.
4.) Customers can add and subtract users as required. This is especially handy if your license requirements fluctuate seasonally or as the result of the completion or beginning of projects.
Currently we offer the SaaS solution on Microsoft, Trend Micro and WoodWing products. So if you would like to know more please contact us at your earliest convenience.
WoodWing Smart Software Subscription