What is Image Library Software?
Image Library Software helps photographers, marketers and designers organize and share their images. Some solutions focus solely on image management, but most image libraries are managed in a Digital Asset Management solution. This will allow you to manage all your content in one central place. Not just your images, but also your documents, design files and videos.
Why is smart image management important?
If you are working with big amounts of images (pictures, stock photos, design files or any other rich media content) a good solution is crucial for an optimal workflow. A good Image Library or Digital Asset Management platform will eliminate any wasted time spend on searching a certain file, and will enable you to share your content instantly.
What are the benefits of Image Library Software?
Benefits of a Image Library may seem not so obvious to an inexperienced content manager. “Why would I need a Digital Asset Management in place, if I have Dropbox or Google Drive?” you may ask. The trick is — a Digital Asset Management system is a tool with extensive features that go far beyond any simple image storage solution.
Get an instant visual overview of all your images. A good Image Library should have thumbnails and full previews of not only your images, but also your videos and design files.
One central place for all your files
Create a 'single source of truth' for your visuals. Eliminate the need to search for your images in servers, desktops, mailboxes from you and your colleagues.
Fast and easy search
You and your team or clients can not only browse your visual content, but are also able to find the right material with an intuitive search. By adding tags and other relevant metadata you will make sure that everyone can always find the right images within seconds.
Keep track of all your versions
Automatic versioning should keep track of all the different versions of your file, so you never lose a version again!
Share with ease
Either share your images with direct share links, or publish your image library in a branded portal. Choose between a public portal for your brand images, or create multiple private portals for client material.
Store files safely
Even if we speak about millions of assets, they should be stored securely and confidentially.
Sharing is great, but not all of images should be accessible by everyone. A good Image Library software should allow you to set granular permissions, to control who can see, download or edit your files.
Home of your brand
Your images are beautiful and deserve to be viewed in an equally beautiful place. You should be able to brand the environment in which your content is viewed, to make it really the home of your brand.
How can I organize my image management?
There are many different ways you can handle the management of your visual content. Before you choose your path it is worth the time to evaluate the different options and consider the unique advantages and disadvantages. In this section we will analyse the most commonly used options.
For most companies this is the first obvious choice, because they are usually already using a local or network server for the management of their general files and images are automatically added as well.
Cloud storage (like Dropbox and Google Drive)
Using cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Google Drive can be a reasonable option for solo entrepreneurs or small teams.
A DAM solution like Swivle
A DAM Image Portal like Swivle is a great solution for small to medium companies and enterprises who want to streamline the management and distribution of their images.
Swivle is the most intuitive Image Library solution in the cloud. The perfect place to organize, share and distribute your images and other rich media.
"I have evaluated 4-5 different DAM solutions but Swivle is by far the most complete one. Low starting cost and easy to add on users and features as you go makes it perfect for an evolving business."
Fredrik Nelson, Chief Information Officer - Stenströms
"We've used lots of different options for our storage needs and they have all been too expensive, slow, inaccessible or lousy user experience. Before we switched to Swivle, the organization of our more than 150,000 files was nightmarish. Now, it's easy."
Andrew Jason, Editorial Director - Spotlight Media
"We compared many different Digital Asset Management systems and Swivle was the most flexible solution at a very reasonable cost and easy to set up. You can start using it within a day, not within weeks like with other DAMs."
Martin Dominik Zemp, Editorial Staff Member - Entlebucher Anzeiger
Swivle is all about beautiful and intuitive image management
With Swivle you will always have an instant visual overview of all your content: we have thumbnails and full in-browser preview for all your design, marketing and sales content.
Swivle automatically adds metadata to your assets to improve file search capabilities. Basically, this is information about your files, such as date, name and file type. More importantly, you can add custom metadata such as keywords and tags.
Lifecycle and rights management
All copyright and license info is available in Swivle. Expired content is automatically made unavailable for your team or your clients.
Share and build your Brand Image Library
Home of your brand
Your beautiful visual content deserves to be housed in an equally beautiful place. Swivle can be fully branded and is so pretty you can show it directly to your clients.
Create multiple portals for each project, brand or each team
With Swivle you can easily create multiple portals, each with unique content, unique content and a unique subdomain.
Public or password-protected access
Create a password-protected environment for your private content and a public portal for your public brand assets.
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Swivle: a product by WoodWing Software
Swivle is a part of WoodWing Software, a global market leader in digital asset management software and multi-channel publishing solutions since 2000.
Woodwing has offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific, and furthermore we work closely with over 80 partners in more than 100 countries.
Our software is used every day by leading companies like Bavaria, Time Inc, Bol.com, Yamaha and L'Óreal.