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Cumulus by Canto

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Cumulus is a enterprise digital asset management platform that enables companies to centralize how they create, organize and repurpose digital content. Find your files faster and speed digital workflows with Cumulus’ sophisticated search and metadata handling.

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Cumulus review by Matthew G.
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"Archivist's Dream"

What do you like best?

Canto's Cumulus software has been a wonderful tool for storing and retrieving digital assets. I began as an Archivist with a group who was already using the software, but had not really taken much time to learn what it can do. That was my job. Almost immediately I hit the ground running, and I could not be happier with Cumulus as a tool. It is incredibly customizable, and you can manipulate the software to do pretty much anything digital assets management might require. That might be it's only downside too: The software is so customizable that it may take a little bit f tinkering to get things exactly the way you want them, but their training staff do an excellent job of making sure the users aren't lost in a sea of options. They do a wonderful job of helping you customize the software to make it work for you. I sleep well at night knowing that Cumulus is storing our digital assets, and I do not worry about data loss. Cumulus is digital assets management at its finest.

What do you dislike?

That might be it's only downside too: The software is so customizable that it may take a little bit of tinkering to get things exactly the way you want them, but their training staff do an excellent job of making sure the users aren't lost in a sea of options. They do a wonderful job of helping you customize the software to make it work for you. I sleep well at night knowing that Cumulus is storing our digital assets, and I do not worry about data loss. Cumulus is digital assets management at its finest.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to organize your Digital Assets, Canto Cumulus is the way to go. You can do almost anything imaginable with your assets, and if you imagine something new, they will implement it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been tasked at creating a central location for the art editors to store and retrieve the images they use. Cumulus is amazing at this because of the several different ways they can find their images and isolate the ones they are looking for.

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Cumulus review by User
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"Gets the job done, just doesn't look pretty doing it"

What do you like best?

Cumulus is used at my media publication company for easy storage of multimedia components ranging from JPEGS to Adobe CC files. The storage capabilities are astronomical, which is an obvious selling point, and it allows one to see variations of the same file that can all be stored for records, easy access, out-of-office accessibility, and most importantly, metadata indexing (which has its drawbacks, see "dislikes").

What do you dislike?

At the end of the day, it gets the job done, but it is not easy to (a) learn how to navigate, nor (b) avoid glitches in execution. There are multiple ways to accomplish a given task, like search for a file via keywords established at time of uploading with metadata indexing. However, there are such a plethora of options when searching that in many cases it actually makes it MORE difficult to find what you are looking for!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Obviously in a newspaper/publication setting, the purpose of a program like Cumulus is record-keeping, in a manner that makes a massive volume of information accessible to multiple parties from any given device or location. I cannot speak for the mobile access of these records, but for an office like ours where branches and offices are scattered across a region, this program has certainly proved beneficial in keeping records and files consistent and accessible.

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Cumulus review by User in Furniture
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"Making asset management easy"

What do you like best?

Cumulus is so easy to use, love the palette mode for use with InDesign. The ability to add extensive and custom asset metadata for robust search functionality is fantastic. Once I've found what I need the cart makes gathering and downloading or emailing the assets I need efficient. Uploading is a breeze as well.

What do you dislike?

There's not much I dislike, the main issue I have is not being able to overwrite an asset easily. We have multiple people uploading images and if they don't search first to see if it's already in Cumulus we end up with duplicates on our server taking up valuable space. Seems like recognizing a file name and giving you an alert to ask if you want to load another version would be pretty basic functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider not just your current business environment but where you'll think and want to be in 5 years when migrating to Cumulus and determining how to organize and assign metadata to your assets and catalogs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Cumulus to store and organize all of our image assets. It allows us to easily manage, categorize, search and access those assets for use across multiple marketing channels. It's made locating images much faster than our previous system increasing our overall production and design efficiency.

Cumulus review by Laura M.
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"Excellent DAM software choice"

What do you like best?

The Web Client is a smart, intuitive tool that allows our team to communicate effectively and streamline our process. Version history, sharing links to personalized collections of assets, quick and easy commenting, custom fields that allow high level organization, and various format downloading (specifically for photos) are some of my favorite features.

What do you dislike?

The admin role is difficult to learn for an average user. I came with no experience with DAM other than working from a designer perspective. This is similar to walking into another country with zero grasp of the language other than how to order a beer. Thankfully the customer service team at Cumulus is very willing to help you learn the ins and outs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If using this software for large InDesign files, be aware that the linking process can be tricky. Sitting down with a specialist from the Canto team will be worth the time spent to get the details sorted out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are reducing errors in a big way by being able to track multiple versions of our products. Even though we have regular back ups to our server, this didn't allow for the flexibility we now have by seeing multiple versions with comments and users explaining each and every change. Quick searching also speeds up our process big time.

Cumulus review by Markus H.
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"Escaping the fileserver chaos by using a DAM"

What do you like best?

Cumulus provides a huge collection of filters to handle media files natively. So are fine with photographers sending us material in RAW formats.

The web interface became very powerful over the last years and helps us to work with external partners - even when digital assets are huge in files size or its content is confidential.

What do you dislike?

In the first versions (10.0.3) it was really complicated to implement a SSL certificate to use with Cumulus' tomcat webserver.

When the iOS apps did not support SSL connections to our catalogue server we could use apps only via VPN.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Our decision was made after we compared the interfaces that are provieded to access data from the catalogue by external applications.

Cumulus offers APIs / webservices and is able to mirror the database to a second SQL-Server. This helped us a lot.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We managed to find our digital assets that were spread across different fileservers and very hard to overlook before we put them in cumulus.

Using and developing a scheme for meta data helps us to perform workflows based on our DAM database.

Cumulus review by Oliver U.
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"Perfect for our needs"

What do you like best?

After nearly two years of using the software i can say that this DAM fits perfect to our needs. The migration of the old DAM system was accompanied by Canto very professional. The handling of more than 200k of highres assets in several portals is fast and easy. Managing the files with the native or web client is fast and intuitive. Working together with the guys from Canto showed us how close they are to their product. Customized features like an InDesign package download were no problem. The good integration of the software into InDesign was one main reason for the purchase. Using the system as a distribution platform and a collaboration platform helps us a lot to do our work in a very effective way. Until now a very reliable system.

What do you dislike?

Due to the versatile possibilities the software offers, sometimes the handling seems a bit complex.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Migration and setup of a new system should be done very close with Canto. Take your time for the first setup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using the system as a distribution platform and a collaboration platform helps us a lot to do our work in a very effective way. Until now a very reliable system. Distributing our Marketing Materials with a Sites portal based on Cumulus saves a lot of costs. Updating documents is fast and easy.

Cumulus review by Phillip V.
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"Highly Configurable and Easy to Use."

What do you like best?

The software is highly configurable, so I can customize it to meet the specific needs of our workflow, and the company, Canto, has been very dedicated in ensuring that we get the most out of the product, by resolving any questions, issues, or configurations in an efficient manner.

What do you dislike?

Although the product is feature-rich, some of the nicer features; versioning, the adobe drive integration, are only available if you are capable and interested in utilizing a central asset location.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Canto has worked hard to improve and expand their API making it a must-have for companies looking to integrate their DAM solution with their existing systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have 300,000+ Illustrator files and growing. Cumulus has given us unprecedented access to all of our old assets, and given us the tools to search for them and through them for highly specific content. Ultimately that has increased our productivity and made us far more efficient.

Cumulus review by Laura K.
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"Robust features and multiple ways of access"

What do you like best?

The flexibility of deployment and implementation was paramount for our organization, as we ended up hosting the solution on premise due to our large file sizes. We love how the metadata is written back to the asset. Additionally, the various ways to access the assets through the web, through apps or through a desktop client made the user adoption go very smoothly.

What do you dislike?

Customizing the software during the installation and implementation phase was more time consuming than we had anticipated and with the new releases of software and portals we have encountered some delays and hiccups (we are working through them). Out of the "box" reporting is significantly lacking compared to the other options, but you can buy a 3rd party addin for that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to map out your expectations very clearly and ask a lot of questions prior to implementation. Try to think of all the use case scenarios and ask how the solution would address them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The visibility on where are assets have gone and where they are going is greatly increased, in addition to increasing the visibility of knowing what assets we have while enabling a strong search functionality has decreased duplication of assets and increased productivity and efficiency.

Cumulus review by Silke Karen A.
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"If it is running, it's a good DAM"

What do you like best?

I mostly like the history of the assets - you can see who made changes and go back to older versions. Although you get notifications if someone else works on a assets you want to check out. The search is really complex so you are able to find the things you are looking for - if the assets are tagged correctly.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately we often have Cumulus Server problems: Sometimes it is slow, other days you can not access any assets because the connection failes or other problems occure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working as a Webdesigner. Instead of having many files for one project, we now have one asset to work on. When the work ist done everyone is checking their assets in Cumulus - so everyone has access to them.

Cumulus review by David C.
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"Time tested stable solution"

What do you like best?

I like that Cumulus has been around for so long and the product continues to evolve and maintain the support team. It is a stable solution that does what we need it to do to help manage assets. There are a lot of features that we do not use but are there when we would like to use them without having to call for custom development.

What do you dislike?

It is not easy to extract data out of Cumulus or import data into Cumulus from other systems. There are a lot of features that without proper training and support will not get utilized.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were simply trying to solve the location of assets within our marketing and product efforts along with categorizing our assets and having a simple way to search for them.

Cumulus review by Phillip H.
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"Cumulus Enterprise"

What do you like best?

Cumulus has been an amazing product and has really developed over the years to be both initiative and easy to use. The management of assets is so important and is usually an afterthought. We have been using Canto for many years and have recently started to offer it to our clients and they are truly amazed.

What do you dislike?

There is not much, not to like! This is an amazing product and offers a lot to love.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your business has a number of products or does a lot of marketing, this product might be just right for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to offer amazing and quick access to approved assets. Working with file formats, file sizes and being able to send to clients for quick review

Cumulus review by chet b.
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"it keeps on ticking!"

What do you like best?

We love it's ease of use once it's all set up and running. we have roughly 60,000 images in our database which we use to create ad materials for our regional supermarket chain in the northeast.

What do you dislike?

Some of the preferences settings require a little digging to get to. the GUI could use some tweaks. but once you find what you are looking for, it's good to go.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are constantly challenged with a ever growing workflow of images that need to available advertising and also current with packaging. Designers need quick access and power search options to find what they are looking for. we are looking to expand our use of meta data for all of our assets as well as UPC tracking.

Cumulus review by Pascal M.
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"A pain in the beginning, a relief when you found your workflow"

What do you like best?

The possibility to customize the catalogs, especially while working in a big company. You can decide who can use your catalog or what they can see. No need for external file transfers like wetransfer or dropbox, just send a link via cumulus with no data restrictions.

The structure / workflow is basically like the structure on your computer, you add folders, subfolders or just delete them. Drag and drop your content - there you go everything is up.

What do you dislike?

Big dislike is the instability if you have a huge catalog (which is the case while working as an advertisement photographer) cumulus is getting very slow then, or even breaks down. Currently the workaround will be every year another catalog.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a lot of clients or internal work with individual data sharing - go for cumulus!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The internal sharing ability, instead of copying files into 1000 places, you just upload it to cumulus and give everyone access who needs access. Or vice versa, you don't want the data to be shared anymore, just restrict it.

Cumulus review by User in Photography
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"Perfect digital asset management software for our company with many divisions and different needs"

What do you like best?

We´ve been using cumulus from canto since ... 4 years in our campany. The time before the organisation of our marketing material was not ideal. It was a problem to exchange data from division to division (national and international) - we used memory sticks or hard disks. For me as a windows user it was impossible to exchange data with a mac user - because we did not use the same network. Data was outworn and there was no version control or right system. Since we use cumulus this belongs to the past! The software is extremely costumizable and canto reacts very fast and professionel to our needs. We`ve created wonderful processes - for example between cumulus and jira (a bug- und issue-tracking-system from atlassian software) - for example between our online marketing and graphic design divisions for the creation of web pages or newsletter. I can count a lot of examples :) !!!

We use cumulus in processes with external partners like design agencys, freelancer and photographers. They use the improved webclient. Since we use cumulus we have access to data from everywhere - this is a great advantage. We love the search function based on key words (in any language).

Cumulus will be permanently enhanced - the version 9.1 has a great adobe integration. A lot of people in my company use the batch processing function. Also the comment function is a great advantage.

We daily use it and we love it. It has improved our work!

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike. Sometimes external partners have problems to use the webclient - but I think this belongs to the exoerience and software affinity of the user.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will not make a mistake by using cumulus!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

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Cumulus review by Andreas G.
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"DAM is all around"

What do you like best?

Experience: Cumulus offers a great product to manage all the assets we have here in the company. You cn store, share, modify, optimize assets (e.g. pictures, videos, documents) and also use these asets in other applications without storing it twice. It really helps us to manage the assets itself and also their meta data, digital rights and so on.

Absolutely recommendable and a must have!

What do you dislike?

Due to the fact, that Cumulus offers a solution to manage a lot of assets it is necessary to focus on the main process first and increase the solution step by step. In the first days it is sometimes a plethora of features an possibilities. But the consultants of Canto could help here perfectly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had a lot of assets (pictures, videos) inside the company - most of them were stored twice or more on different places. Even a customer requested such an assets it was a long way to send it to the customer - and even had to send the asset itself and not only a link or something like that.

Cumulus review by Pia P.
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"Our experience with Cumulus by Canto"

What do you like best?

Wir nutzen die Bilddatenbank von Canto Cumulus seit gut einem Jahr und konnten dadurch endlich Ordnung in unser riesiges Bildarchiv bringen. Die Auffindbarkeit der Bilder ist sehr viel besser als früher. Auch ist es ohne Probleme möglich, alle relevanten Informationen zum Bild (Fotograf, Aufnahmedatum, rechtliche Einschränkungen, Freigaben, Sperrfristen etc.) mit zu hinterlegen.

What do you dislike?

Wir sind mit dem Programm insgesamt sehr zufrieden. Mit dem Kundenservice hatten wir allerdings etwas Pech. Es gab viele Personalwechsel, so dass wir immer wieder unseren Ansprechpartner verloren haben. Dadurch sind uns einige Zusatzkosten entstanden, weil besprochene Anpassungen nicht umgesetzt wurden, dann vom Nachfolger in Angriff genommen werden mussten, der wiederum einige Dinge zurückgesetzt hat, die wir vorher haben anpassen lassen, was dann wieder rückgängig gemacht werden musste.

Etwas irritierend fand ich auch, dass man im Rahmen der Verkaufsgespräche eine Datenbank vorgestellt bekommt, die quasi alles kann. Wenn man Canto Cumulus dann kauft, ist die Datenbank aber komplett blank und alle gewünschten Features müssen erst eingerichtet werden, was den Kunden eine Stange Geld kostet. Eine Grundausstattung mit den klassischen Feldern (Fotograf, Stichwort, Aufnahedatum etc.) und einer Doublettenkontrolle wäre schön, für alle Beteiligten einfacher und vor allem auch kostengünstiger.

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Ordnung in eine bislang sehr unübersichtlichen Bilderflut zu bringen.

Cumulus review by Internal Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"System management and support services"

What do you like best?

The system is not "heavy" on the infrastructure -it works how you would hope asset management would work. On a few occasions, we have needed to reach out to support for help and they were everything you could hope for. In one instance, my client was not sure if they still had a support contract, but they also had an issue causing some business impact. Due to some turnover and changing of rolls, my client could not find the correct ownership information either.

Canto support helped get my client their historical invoices, get them back on a support contract, and help solve the problem. It's important to note: support helped me solve the problem, before my client paid the invoice on the contract. I really thought that was impressive, that Canto recognized the severity of the situation, and was willing to help, when they were perfectly within the right to not help.

What do you dislike?

So far we have not had any internal issues or complaints!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After getting the old system upgraded, my client was able to offload some of the work the creative team previously did, to an account services team. That team was able to fulfill client requests for images without getting the creative group involved. It helped speed the responses to clients and vendors as well as balance the workload.

Cumulus review by Stacey P.
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"Cumulus offers great DAM software"

What do you like best?

I like that it is so easy to use. Everyone in our marketing department uses it. Customer support is very friendly and helpful. I've researched other data asset management software and haven't found anything else that compares.

What do you dislike?

Just that we are in different parts of the US, so the timezones are a factor in getting in contact with someone during the hours that I am at the office.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can easily locate all versions of photographs that we have taken based on our keywords. I can easily update photos by the click of a button.

Cumulus review by User
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"Cumulus gets the job done"

What do you like best?

I like all the search options -- by title, by category, by keyword, etc. I like having our photos and pages archived in one spot.

What do you dislike?

I wish you could blow up a photo by double-clicking -- right now it doesn't get that big, and you're forced to download it to see it in detail.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do a lot of photo tagging -- tagging by location, by person, etc. -- and all of these tags are searchable in Cumulus. This is really important, as I am often looking for a very specific photo.

Cumulus review by Florian G.
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"Powerful DAM system"

What do you like best?

Performance. Cumulus is able to deal with more than 100.000 digital assets without any problems in a daily-use environment.

System

What do you dislike?

Roadmap. Upcoming and eliminated features are not really communicated.

Complexity. The system is very powerful but not easy to set up. You will need a consultant to get it running, as there are not preconfigured environments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before buying Cumulus, think about your use-cases and let canto demonstrate them!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

cumulus is used for handling all digital assets. It replaced Adobe Bridge, that was used before and gives much more options and speed in organizing data the way you want it.

Cumulus review by Shawn S.
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"Simple, fast, and powerful"

What do you like best?

Version control and Portals guarantee that users have the most current version of the file they are downloading. This allows us to spend less time cross-checking files to make sure its the current version and more time doing work that actually needs to be done.

What do you dislike?

Unlike the front-end, the back-end is not user friendly or intuitive without previous experience or training. Once you have a good grasp of the back-end everything is much, much easier to accomplish.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pros: Very powerful, is able to manage all of our typical files, Portals is a great way to share curated images and PDFs within our organization, Version control is a life saver

Cons: A few issues after upgrading to Cumulus X from Cumulus 9

Overall, Cumulus is a powerful tool for our us to curate and distribute files within our organization. With multiple thousands of photos in our archive we need a simple, fast way keep files up to date and guarantee that people have access to the most current version. Cumulus fits that bill perfectly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Cumulus to curate our photo archive, push out updated documents to coworkers, and archive final design files from the design team.

Keeping downloadable files up to date has been a great benefit of using Cumulus and Portals. Versioning has allowed us to update files quickly and easily without the need to delete old files, allowing us to guarantee that everyone is downloading the most up to date version.

Cumulus review by User in Sports
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"Nice But Could Use Some Updates"

What do you like best?

It's basic and easy to edit large groups of images. Uploading is easy but you still have to have the files saved to your drives which use alot of space (at least in the version we use). I do like the search option and if you do a good job tagging items works great.

What do you dislike?

Again, in the version we use you still have to have the space to save the photos. Also, newer applications allow you to send links that they can see images but not use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great way to store and search a large photo database but sharing and downloading images is a minus.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great way to organize a large image database. Using the search can bring up photos that you may not know you even had. Gives you lots of options.

Cumulus review by Fabian W.
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"Great to work with in Teams, but sometimes there are bugs."

What do you like best?

The Asset Organisation and history viewing option. Its a good piece of software to work with in Teams.

What do you dislike?

THere are minor bugs, that will crash cumulus from time to time. Or it's very slow at loading different assets or open catalogues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its a good solution to share and edit files within more people, but sometimes there are some bugs that will slow down cumulus or it needed to be forced to shut.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are working with cumulus to organize, edit and share graphic relevant files.

Cumulus review by Kathrin S.
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"Good asset management "

What do you like best?

Cumulus is great to organize, share and work with big data sets in bigger companies and with different business partners.

What do you dislike?

Long loading time and sometimes the web client is not reachable or rather download links don’t work

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have to work together with a lot of people/colleagues/business partners and need to share and edit big data files, Cumulus is a great product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our company we use Cumulus to edit, organize and share data sets/graphic assets with our colleagues and trading partners

Cumulus review by Melanie S.
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"Cumulus - Over a decade of using"

What do you like best?

searching metadata

fits our workflow

easy to use

time saver finding images

What do you dislike?

I have an older version with only one license. I would much rather have the newer version with web interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cumulus is a leader in DAM. Managing permissions and copyrights is so important for our company. Cumulus allows us to eliminate getting sued (which has happened) a concern for us to deal with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Finding assets quickly

Managing permissions and usage

Preventing miss use of copyrighted images

Cumulus review by User in Printing
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"Very good experience with Cumulus"

What do you like best?

We have tried other solutions in the past, but moving to this product has made the job of organizing, searching and using thousands of images for hundreds of clients a breeze.

What do you dislike?

The interface could be made a bit friendlier and the documentation for the API service is lacking.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to manage images uploaded by hundreds of clients and we have been looking for the solution that would make such management easy and streamlined, while it would allow us to integrate it into our own multi-part solution. Cumulus allowed us to do that and enabled us to automate a lot of the manual workflows we had at the time.

Cumulus review by Marcus S.
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"One dam amazing content management system"

What do you like best?

Everything about using Cumulus is easy for myself and my clients, from managing roboflow, to setting up and maintaining catalogs; cumulus was designed brilliantly with the end-user in mind.

What do you dislike?

There are certainly a few hurdles with getting cumulus' back-end systems lined up to work for the users. Some tweaking is necessary, which can be a little intimidating if you have not worked in cms before, but their support is top-notch and has your back to get cumulus up and running for you and your team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cumulus has streamlined the cms experience for my staff, and enabled a smoother and more effective means to manage all our company's digital content. Cumulus has robust options for my team to use for ingesting and managing all of our digital assets; the Swiss Army knife of CMS.

Cumulus review by Daniel J.
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"A great way to organize retrieve and deliver assets across folder structures and servers"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that I can catalog a multitude of assets of varying sorts across multiple folder structures and servers then easily locate them without wandering blindly through the asset terrain. I also like that I can apply a multitude of categories to assets (if I want) making them even easier to locate in a comprehensive way which a folder structure and/or naming convention will not allow. I also like that I can deliver one asset in multiple sizes, color spaces, resolutions and with specific or generic watermarks without needing to maintain a bucket of all these possibilities in the asset server space.

What do you dislike?

Some of the functionality, such as watermarking, is limited awkward and clunky. I often find myself needing to create complex actions in order to accomplish something that I think is fairly logical straightforward and simple using these interfaces. I also dread updates because as a longtime user, our catalogs seem to become very buggy when upgraded to whatever the latest version happens to be. We have a support contract with Canto and unfortunately their customer service leaves much to be desired. If you're okay being entirely on your own with software, so much the better because Canto does not do a good job of supporting their customer base.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the primary problems being solved is redundancy. While it seems that wasting server space with multiple asset forms and sizes is almost inevitable, Cumulus has allowed us to have multiple "master" asset stores which are mostly uncluttered with bags of redundancy. This is also important because many of our users need to provide one set of assets in multiple varying forms and resolutions, which Cumulus easily accomplishes without a lot of struggle. One of the best things about Cumulus with regard to the benefits is through naming coventions and folder structures combined with the software, our legacy files are complete, well organized and easily accessible even after they've been removed to storage media.

Cumulus review by Executive Sponsor in Computer Software
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"Where it fits!"

What do you like best?

I find the presentation of the web portal to be clean and useful, allowing easy navigation through historical image repositories we think this would be a good system for many companies that use the tool as an end location to store final copies and could use a pretty web interface to interact with the system

What do you dislike?

I find the scalability to be lacking, the over all API is very limited unless done through a Canto partner, and more directly the overall file system interaction/usage is pretty bad. Our overall experience has not been good, the customer service leaves everything to be desired, the documentation around the API and interfaces is very poorly done and is deliberately incomplete to require the use of partners to develop or engage your external systems to canto for integrations and such.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were attempting to solve a image repository issue, but the tool lacks the integration abilities to enable usefulness to us, we will probably not use it much longer. We do not think it will add enough value for the pain of integration into our other applications in our environment, but are still looking at file manager and robo flow to see if there is any way we could save the product in our environment.

Cumulus review by User in Retail
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"This software for storing work leaves a lot to be desired."

What do you like best?

I can upload my work to the cloud for future reference.

What do you dislike?

Uploading to cumulus takes forever. It can break in the process and not finish without letting you know. it logs me out continually. It does not allow you to have folders to separate huge quantities of files within a job. You have upload size limits. You can't upload the same file used in two projects, so you have to zip all files in case the file/image has been used by someone else elsewhere in the cumulus jobs. I'm sure there are even more I'm forgetting.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the problem of cloud storage and archival of our work to track and find previous jobs to make new versions or additional work from old ones.

Cumulus review by Zach A.
Zach A.
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"It's a DAM (digital asset management) good system"

What do you like best?

Cumulus lets us link our Graphic designers, photographers, and other users easily. We use it to categorize our assets and keyword them to our standards so they are searchable.

What do you dislike?

Interface takes some time to get used to. There are many keyboard shortcuts worth learning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had the problem of categorizing our assets. Cumulus let us use specific keywords that could be used company wide to help sort and find files.

Cumulus review by Steve M.
Steve M.
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"Cumulus has proven to be an effective tool for storing and retrieving assets within our workflow."

What do you like best?

While the interface is effective, what I like best is the search performance we get with Cumulus. Over 150,000 assets and growing... not a sign of any performance problems.

What do you dislike?

The interface is rich and can be complex to first learn. But like any product that works well, once you figure it out, it is at your service.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If Cumulus does what you need, it is a good buy. We are very happy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using another company's DAM and the search performance was killing us. We needed to continue to provide asset management but with a tool that could scale and manage the number of records we were throwing at it. So far (two plus years), Cumulus has been up to the challenge.

Cumulus review by User in Graphic Design
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"Cumulus-The Museum loves it!"

What do you like best?

Cumulus is a fantastic product that makes my job considerably easier and faster! It saves so much time in searching though thousands of images. We as a museum can spend so much time, days really, searching though images folder by folder in out photography department, it is extremely time consuming. With cumulus you can search through categories and dates. For annual reports, that is key. You can also type in the name or part of a name and it comes up so fast. I would never want do my job with out it, much less go back to the old way!

What do you dislike?

I would make the images bigger for review.

Recommendations to others considering the product

you get what you pay for, invest in quality and you will get quality back!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

saves time and money, when you are none profit, that is huge!

Cumulus review by Omar S.
Omar S.
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"DAM that fits nicely with our opensource infrastructure"

What do you like best?

As the server administrator and escalation point for Cumulus, I appreciate that its web front-end (based on Tomcat) is simple to integrate with our LAMP / Apache based infrastructure. By default, everything is stored in the filesystem, making for easy backups / reversions. And unlike many such solutions, the installer and tools are command-line friendly, which works well for our linux-based server environment. No fighting my way through a bad GUI installer that was knocked-off from a windows installer.

What do you dislike?

Customizing the system side of thing (such as logging, tomcat log rotation, integration with apache, etc) can be daunting if you don't have previous Cumulus and/or LAMP experience. Canto tech support is quickly helpful in resolving such issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider whether your users will be mostly web-based or desktop-based (client).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The primary goal was to get a number of communications specialists across various units to start sharing their digital assets, and particularly stop storing them on their personal systems in a haphazard manner. For that goal, a managed central repository with meaningful tagging and organizing, Cumulus has worked very well.

Cumulus review by Brad M.
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"Very good for cataloging, confusing to use and mediocre as a CDN"

What do you like best?

I like how flexible the system is overall and how much fine-grained control it gives you over virtually anything. This can be good or bad, depending on what you're looking to do with it.

What do you dislike?

It is very confusing to use and many of the features don't seem to work unless you have configured something elsewhere. Confusing schema in general.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get connected with one of their team members and be ready to go through several training sessions before gaining an understanding of how to use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Media cataloging, CDN

Cumulus review by Paul O.
Paul O.
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"Darn Good DAM"

What do you like best?

Incredibly powerful, highly customizable, able to ingest practically any format and know what to do with it. It's ability to use metadata intelligently - and be used for ever more possibly formulas via customization - is excellent. If you and your team can clearly form a vision of what they want from a DAM, Cumulus can be created to do just that. It can hook into any data location, it has a good notion of where things should be stored media wise and database wise.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is not for the faint of heart, and with power comes some kludginess. It's necessary; if you want flexibility, something's gotta give and if you want to keep getting more from it, you'll need to learn how to use it. More than anything - if the program isn't doing what you want it to, it's most likely because you haven't learned it. That being said, if it weren't for there very capable tech team, most of the program's power would be hidden behind some very intricate processes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure to check your server capabilities and the protocols it uses to ensure your IT admins are comfortable with how cumulus hooks into the network. And be prepared for a steep learning curve. 5 plus years on, and everytime I'm looking for more power, it's there but you need to check all your i's and t's.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A central location for our media - photos, audio, video, you name it. The more familiar I become with the program, the better it becomes and the more our company uses it. It's a great loop, and we are seeing better efficiency.

Cumulus review by User in Consumer Goods
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"Great for Organizing "

What do you like best?

The program is great for organizing a large amount of files. I use it at work to store images. You can add comments and notes to files and provide a good amount of information. It's a really easy way to share files with a whole company.

What do you dislike?

I find the program to be a little tricky to get the hang of. I wasn't really trained on it, so I had to figure it out on my own. It's not too hard, but it does take some tinkering.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to store files in one place and conveniently locate them. We also can keep notes on files so we dont use them multiple times.

Cumulus review by Ben K.
Ben K.
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"good product"

What do you like best?

how it was able to ingest all of our pictures and then allow us to organize and search for them

What do you dislike?

it was a good product and not much i dislike. when we first starting using it 5+ years ago it was clunky and difficult to navigate. the more current version are much more streamlined.

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is a product that has served us well. it gets used primarily by one department to organize the bulk of photos they have and they are able to use and enjoy using it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it has helped us organize and search for photos.

Cumulus review by Kelvin C.
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"Pretty decent DAM System ( we are on v8.6)"

What do you like best?

We aren't using most of the features for this product, but one that we use alot would be the metadata. That is one of the most useful features for this version b/c any field can be made searchable. We've customized most of these fields and the data shown on preview screens to show our custom data.

Web client is also useful since it helps you limit access to groups within the business without needing to install a new desktop client for that user.

Also the client user interface has been improved a bit from the previous version.

What do you dislike?

The 8.6 version doesn't integrate well with Adobe Indesign in terms of image links from Indesign documents. Within the sites web client interface, it seems complex to customize any of the pages. ( i'm wasn't that familiar with .jsp pages when implementing) .We started with v7 and we are probably still using some features from that version b/c of this. For example i wasn't able to add custom metadata fields to a page using the "sites" UI but was able to do it in earlier versions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have an IIS background make sure to consult with canto when setting up the web client on your servers. It uses an apache web server.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we moved away from our legacy digital photo management system we needed a robust asset management software in its place. Cumulus can do alot more that what we are using it for , but for our purpose it does its job.

Cumulus review by Mary L.
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"Many years with Canto Cumulus and still going strong..."

What do you like best?

I like that Cumulus can manage so many different assets in various catalogs on cross platforms. Our environment has both Mac and PC's and there is very little interference from the O/S's conflicting with Cumulus. This was a big plus when deciding to go with the Canto product. The software is stable; metadata is captured on the fly and more can be customized to suit our needs. If there's a problem, Canto tech support does a really good job of helping to resolve all issues until they're resolved.

What do you dislike?

The program is so vast that even though I've been working with it for years, there are things about it I don't know and I'm still learning about. Unique paths for each record tend to be tricky to work with so moving records (if the business need demands it) can be more involved. The Tomcat server software is sometimes unstable

Recommendations to others considering the product

The Canto product is very versatile so DAM can be a reality for business needs both small to large. The staff at Canto are very easy to work with and can help identify business needs quickly based on their experience and product development over the years. I like that the product doesn't change its character too much from version to version, in that it becomes complicated to learn a lot of "new features"; it instead capitalizes on product improvements that come from the customers they work with. I highly recommend the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We asked Canto to custom design our online photo library interface to a new style that is clean and intuitive for our users using the Canto Sites product.

Cumulus review by Ronald D.
Ronald D.
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"Canto Cumulus Review"

What do you like best?

The organisation of our assets within the company, the possibility to share data and the search functionality.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it's quite slow or even not responding. Would be great, if stability can be assured.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Organize, edit and share graphic assets within different departments in our company.

Cumulus review by Jannik N.
Jannik N.
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"Basically good but a few problems"

What do you like best?

Unfortunately only connected with an "if": the versioning. She once needed, but she did not work. If it works, it would be great.

What do you dislike?

The massive irregularities in the attainability. Often the server is not reachable, or the client crashes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Graphic design and development.

Cumulus review by Krissy K.
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"Cumulus is essential to our business"

What do you like best?

It makes searching though our 72,000+ a breeze. It is so much faster than trying to find it manual in folders on the server. We build grocery ads with hundreds of images in each ad each week. It is a huge time saver, which is a money saver.

What do you dislike?

Currently we are not posting our cumulus to the web so our freelancers are not able to access it, but we are working on that. It is possible.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cumulus helps us keep our ad image up to date because once we archive the new and delete the old everyone building ads with cumulus has the current images in their ad. Versus those who are building ads off what the have on their own computer with images they have saved may not know that there are new images out there to replace what they have. Then they run the old images and that makes the manufactures angry.

Cumulus review by User in Higher Education
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"Great Tool for Museum Database"

What do you like best?

As a designer at a Natural History Museum, we have a lot going on - historical and biological collections, education events, and much more. Our organization of images before integrating Cumulus into our workflow was challenging at best. Now we have the flexibility we need to get our work done efficiently. Overall very glad we're using this system!

What do you dislike?

If I could recommend improvements, I would want the search function to be slightly more intuitive. Its no trouble now, but there was a learning curve involve. Would also like to see preview images be slightly larger.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to take an exponentially growing database of images with a wide variety of uses and make it easy to find what we needed.

Cumulus review by John B.
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"Cumulus is a critical tool for our asset managment."

What do you like best?

As the Cumulus administrator, I love the control that I have over a users permissions and access they have to various catalogs. I can quickly and easily create new users, or modify an existing user profile. This is extremely important due to the fast paced nature of our work.

What do you dislike?

At times, I can feel overwhelmed at the immense capabilities of what Cumulus has to offer, though I'm not sure if that's a bad thing or not. That being said, the support services provided are extremely helpful, and I find it very easy to get help whenever it's needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With over a half a million assets, and growing each day, we would not be able to do our jobs without Cumulus. The tools contained within the Cumulus software greatly increase our productivity and accuracy.

Cumulus review by Christina M.
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"The most robust and cost-effective program we have found"

What do you like best?

I like how malleable the program is and that it offers us an option to house assets in-house and also access them via online services. We can program and add fields as we grow our metadata needs, and the program allows for the most file types of them all.

What do you dislike?

I wish more scripts were available from Canto. We hired OTEC to create custom scripts for us which have reduced asset management time considerably.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This holds more data for less money than other products on the market.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving multi-channel use for our image assets, logos, and videos. Cumulus offers a platform to be able to easily collaborate with multiple departments, and now that it is compatible with Sitecore, it has become a perfect fit for our marketing and branding teams.

Cumulus review by Administrator in Museums and Institutions
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"How Canto solved a huge problem for the photography office"

What do you like best?

The photography office at the museum purchased Cumulus to solve the problem of sharing our images internally with others in the museum in a way that was easy for the staff access and use. Cumulus also allowed for the photo office to control how those images were used which was a great benefit to us in maintaining control over our images.

What do you dislike?

The photo office doesn't have any real dislikes with Canto, since it allows us to control who sees our images and what they can do with our images

Recommendations to others considering the product

After doing our homework Canto was the best fit for our needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the problem of sharing and access to images that otherwise would remain unseen and unused, which created the benefit of having our work used for many different reasons and also having a larger number of staff getting access to view our image database.

Cumulus review by Martin D.
Martin D.
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"Canto DAM"

What do you like best?

For our agency, we were searching for a DAM. After filtering the products, which were highlighted by google, our decision was the DAM from Canto. Honestly it was as good as the reviews in the internet. The features are really great und the use is also easy.

For problems, the support is very helpfully.

What do you dislike?

There are no points at the moment. I gues, most points you may dislike are the missing knowledge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Just a DAM

Cumulus review by Administrator in Apparel & Fashion
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"Cumulus has been a game changer"

What do you like best?

Easy to add assets and tag with meaningful meta data. Version control and approval processes make managing many contributors a breeze.

What do you dislike?

Lacks integration with Adobe software. Would be nice if it intergrated like adobe cloud libraries.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A great solution if you need a robust DAM.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are now able to share assets quickly across our global companies. Less emailing files over and over.

Cumulus review by Internal Consultant in Events Services
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"Perfect sharing plattform for assets"

What do you like best?

The programm is absolutaly easy to use. Also colleagues who basically not using this kind of "online" plattforms are very satisfied by working with Cumulus.

What do you dislike?

To be honest I don't see a point to improve because Cumulus provides all opportunites which we need in our daily work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Few years ago I was charged to find a easy platform for sharing Pictures for reasonable Price. After a research I advised Cumulus to my boss. Today we're working since three years with Cumulus. All the problems with emails with big data size are solved. Also the data storage in CD-ROMs.

Kate from G2 Crowd

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