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Joe Marler
Re: Need some DAM solutions!
on Sep 15, 2019 at 1:56:08 pm

[Ryan Holmes] "What software do y'all use/recommend for digital asset management (DAM)? Primarily concerned with still photography..."

This is a FCPX forum, which is Mac-only and has a built-in DAM. For multi-user access FCPX does not have built-in features for this but Lumaforge and others have figured out some solutions. For NAS hardware and consulting see https://lumaforge.com.

For expanded multi-library asset management some FCPX installations use KeyFlow Pro 2: http://www.keyflowpro.com

On Mac a very simple "poor man's DAM" is use Finder tags then search those via Spotlight indexing or use NeoFinder which can search the previously-indexed content of offline hard drives. This can work for music, stills or video. For a NAS or LAN you'd need to verify the behavior and reliability of Finder tags and Spotlight indexing. Obviously this is Mac-only; Windows clients would not work. https://cdfinder.de

The general issue is photo cataloging apps like Lightroom are designed around a single-user database. They cannot easily be re-hosted on a LAN for multi-user access. For concurrent multi-user access to a centralized photo database, a specialized product is needed.

For more a more elaborate Windows/Mac MAM, see CatDV. I used this several years ago and it worked very well: http://www.squarebox.com

Here is another one called Daminion. I have no experience with it: https://daminion.net

Likewise here is one called Fotoware: https://www.fotoware.com

You might get better response from a photographic forum like DPReview. They have very high traffic over there.


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