Cumulus 10.1 introduces the Cumulus InDesign Client – the ultimate time-saver that lets your creative team work more efficiently.  Two-way communication between your Cumulus digital asset management (DAM) system and Adobe® InDesign® reduces errors, simplifies workflow and keeps content fresh.

Working with the new Cumulus InDesign ClientHere’s a quick look at everything you can do with the new Cumulus InDesign Client:

  • Search, preview, access and work with assets cataloged in Cumulus, directly from within InDesign.
  • Connect to as many Cumulus catalogs as you like
  • Check-out documents and check them back in when updated
  • See only the content that you have permission to access
  • Customize the metadata fields you want to see, via Record View Sets
  • Write back metadata to Cumulus, from within InDesign (with permissions)
  • Drag and drop assets from Cumulus into your INDD project, using Cumulus panels in InDesign
  • “Add to Cumulus…” button lets you save your work directly into the DAM – without leaving InDesign.
  • Cumulus catalogs the entire layout, single pages, and embedded assets as records
  • PDFs generated are stored as related assets of the source INDD
  • Images placed from your hard drive into your InDesign layout are stored as individual assets in Cumulus when the INDD file is added to Cumulus. No relinking of assets necessary when colleagues later open the file. Cumulus handles it all.

This powerful new InDesign plugin is the best digital asset management integration to InDesign ever.  The Cumulus InDesign Client supports both Windows and Mac versions of Adobe InDesign CC2015 and CS6.

The Cumulus InDesign Client includes four InDesign panels that you can customize as you would any standard InDesign panel, such as resizing, repositioning and saving the arrangement:

 1. Categories panel in Cumulus InDesign Client

From the Categories (Cumulus) panel, you may see the category tree of any open catalogs. Expand and collapse categories and sub-categories as needed.

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 2. Records panel in Cumulus InDesign Client

Preview multiple asset thumbnails from the Records panel, according to quick search results or the category you selected in the Categories panel.  From the Records (Cumulus) panel in InDesign you may also sort search results, and add/save the currently active InDesign layout as a new item into a Cumulus catalog.  Pretty slick.

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3. Information panel in Cumulus InDesign Client

The Information (Cumulus) panel displays the metadata from the item selected in the Records panel. Metadata fields shown can be adjusted depending on which “record view set” is selected, so your team can be assured they are working with the right file – without having to drown in information overload.  Given the right permissions, some metadata data fields may be edited directly from the Information panel here in InDesign.

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4. Preview panel in Cumulus InDesign Client

The Preview (Cumulus) panel gives you a nice large preview of the asset selected in the Records panel.  Change the preview size, as needed. And drag and drop your image directly into your INDD layout.

The Cumulus InDesign Client is engineered to save time and streamline workflows. Multiplied times many designers and many complex documents across the enterprise, and we’re talking about tremendous savings.  The Cumulus InDesign Client is the perfect complement to the designers’ tool kit, by keeping everything indexed efficiently with digital asset management, while working natively within InDesign.

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Cumulus 10.1 also includes updates to Cumulus Portals and Asset Relations

With the release of Cumulus 10.1, we have also updated Cumulus Portals with new search and filtering options, as well as sorting elements to make finding your valuable assets faster than ever.

One of the ‘wow’ moments for DAM newbies and Cumulus newcomers, is not only being able to assign a plethora of metadata and search for indexed content quickly, but also being able to ‘relate’ assets to other assets.  We realize there are common scenarios where asset relations come in handy, but there are also very unique ‘relation’ types as well. So with Cumulus 10.1 we let you define custom names for relation types that are meaningful to your organization.

We hope you join us for our What’s New in Cumulus 10.1 webinar on February 10th to see this exciting new application in action.