Libris

Libris

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Your team needs easy access to photos, videos and more so everyone can upload, organize and share all of your creative assets. Our simple, secure cloud-based digital asset management platform gives your team control and flexibility so everyone can upload, organize and share assets in a way that works for them. Research shows teams using Libris digital asset management save over 26 hours a week. But with Libris, you’ll do more than save time and money. Trusted by over 600 clients, Libris empowers you to make the most of your digital assets.

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Libris review by <span>Chris P.</span>
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"Powerful and comprehensive photo management"

What do you like best?

The amount of control given to the user is powerful: controlled access, metadata, organisation of images. These are invaluable tools as our picture library expands every week. The Lightroom integration is fantastic and gives an immediate, real time ability to update our library to distribute images to employees and external agencies who may need them.

What do you dislike?

The entry point isn't cheap for smaller organisations, and the backend presentation of images could be a lot more modern/slick to help employees looking for images who may be familiar with search criteria or image libraries.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a comprehensive and powerful system in the right hands which gives you complete control over how you use your image library. The integration with Lightroom is useful but the plugin has some frustrating bugs which duplicate folders when syncing. A demo period would be recommended to make sure it is the right product for you, and the entry point isn't cheap.

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

Flickr is our current system, and while it has a nice presentation which our employees love, it doesn't have the powerful backend tools to help help make us searchable to other organisations and handle the increasingly unwieldy size of our image library. By having total access to all our images in one place, we can now make our image library a more manageable and powerful tool not just internally but to show off our product and culture.

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Libris review by <span>Jeremy H.</span>
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"Outstanding Tool To Manage Digital Assets"

What do you like best?

This tool is allowing for the creation of an outward facing Digital Library, allowing alumni, friends and fans access to a digital repository of Cornell athletics history. Photos can be viewed for free or purchased for posterity. Video clips, game stories, newspaper clippings and more will be available for viewing. For each image and document, there is a corresponding workflow that will allow them to be tagged with metadata and uploaded to the system so they will be searchable in the library.

What do you dislike?

Libris Is an easy to-use web-based system that is easily navigated, but grouping photos for one-time distribution can take some extra time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time in implementing, make sure you have a well thought out philosophy on how to use it. We sought input from other users regarding creating a consistent metadata naming system.

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

In addition to creating the digital library, it also will allow us an opportunity to sell photography that will create an addition revenue stream.

What Digital Asset Management solution do you use?

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Libris review by <span>Terrance M.</span>
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"A tool that increases efficiency."

What do you like best?

My favorite feature of Libris is the ability to create separate galleries that one can send to a third party. You can also password protect those galleries so that it is secure as possible and only available to the people you intend. It is also nice to be able to distribute the files and links to others without worrying about files sizes and delivery. It keeps the team on one accord allowing us access to the files we need to work on together.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the pricing of adding another editor after the initial buy in. If we want to add an editor we must pay a lot to add more.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need software that allows the freedom to distribute and share files and edit then this is for you. It is easily one of the best organizational softwares on the market.

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

Libris allows our business to be more efficient. It is also now easier to share information with third parties that we regularly contract with.

Libris review by <span>Jay B.</span>
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"Libris is, by far, the best value"

What do you like best?

Libris is feature packed as a cloud-based solution for managing a few or thousands of digital files. I extensively tested about half a dozen such service and Libris was and is the clear winner. It's amazingly simple to set up and use. It has increased our photography team's efficiency in processing and providing files and has made clients very happy with the ease of obtaining the files.

We are a medium-sized shop with 6 photographers. The system currently holds about 10,000 images. It's fast, integrates well with Adobe products and is obviously a well-designed system.

The Libris team is very responsive and open to suggestions.

What do you dislike?

There's really nothing I dislike, but I have a couple suggestions for improvement that relate to automatic notifications of incoming files and in more specific administrative privileges.

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

We had tens of thousand of images floating all over the place, including online, on optical media and on internal servers. None of these allowed for properly processing images so that they are readily available and searchable by clients. Libris does all that and more.

Libris review by <span>Kerin K.</span>
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"Life Changing"

What do you like best?

Ease of upload, search, organization, sharing capabilities, permission levels. We have many different user cases and I love that i can keep people in the areas that they belong and keep control and see what is being downloaded and by whom.

What do you dislike?

It isnt cheap, which is fine, it is completely worth it to the organization. I would like to have more editor seats for the price we are paying.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it.

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

Finding photos was a huge challenge when I started here. You had to remember the date of the game where the thing you were looking for happened. Was such a time suck. This has freed us up to spend more time designing and less time searching for what we want.

I love that I can share galleries with people not in the system, just by providing them a link and a password. Makes it so much easier and faster to get people things when they request them.

Libris review by <span>Greg C.</span>
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"Libris is great tool for all professional photographers"

What do you like best?

Libris, and the whole Photoshelter experience has greatly enhanced my business over the past 4 years and really streamlined my workflow and product delivery to my clients. The online sales tool has been great at generating extra revenue and is very simple to set up and fill orders.

The Photoshelter team offers top notch customer service and are always very helpful answering questions and troubleshooting.

What do you dislike?

What's not to like? It's a clean, easy to use product, and it works. My clients and I both are very please with it!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have already recommended Libris to several clients as well as colleagues and will continue to do so. The ability to store images, deliver and share with clients, as well as having an online photostore all in one spot is a great tool for my business.

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

Product delivery, and having a cloud based archive are the two best features. For years I delivered images to my clients on CDs, then DVDs, and it was very time consuming and honestly not a very good medium. Having a photoshelter account where my clients can access the images they need when they need them has saved me from doing a lot of run around or busy work that doesn't generate revenue.

Libris review by <span>Danna B.</span>
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"Easiest and best organized file management system to organize your images and users."

What do you like best?

Everything created for ease of operation from organizing images, downloading individual images and entire appointments, managing access of users, images searches and printing options.

What do you dislike?

Images can be set up to purchase by selecting a tab for individual print orders, print packages and digital download. When we set up these three options for our graduation images, the customer will only see two tab options when searching by the graduates name. The third tab for packages doesn't appear. The customer has to select the "graduation" collection and click through several other collections and galleries to find the image rather than the simple name search. We offer all three options to our customers, so it makes it a little confusing and takes up a little more staff time to assist the customer through the process.

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

Access can be given only to those who are responsible for using the images. This option allows a person in another department to be responsible for supplying images to there co-workers rather than our staff supplying the images to all the departments on campus. Libris streamlines the image process allowing our photographers more time to shoot.

Libris review by <span>Tina B.</span>
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"Libris helped us organize our digital assets more efficiently"

What do you like best?

I love how easy it is to drag and drop photos to either upload or move them around, share with others, copy images into multiple galleries, create lightboxes, etc.

What do you dislike?

Tagging can be a little clunky at times when trying to tag multiple photos, but I've found work-arounds to clearing tags from all images and adding new ones. The fact that Invited Galleries are not listed alphabetically on the portal view is a big downer for some of our users that do not have back-end access to our library.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're thinking about using a digital asset management application, do it. You will wonder how you ever lived without one!

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

We are now able to share images among ourselves, particularly when someone unexpectedly has to work from home or on the road, we can share images more easily between departments, we can tag our assets, we can share lightboxes with external contacts, and so much more!

Libris review by <span>Megan C.</span>
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"Completely changed our photo management"

What do you like best?

I love the ability to set passwords and expiration dates on downloadable galleries. Being able to share photos quickly with both internal and external teams has become so much easier.

What do you dislike?

Some Lightroom metadata is not searchable, but there are definitely ways to work around this. There are also some bugs with the Lightroom uploader plugin that have not yet been resolved, but I know the team is working on them (syncing the Lightroom catalog with Libris causes empty, duplicate galleries to appear in Libris). Once those bugs are worked out the integration with Lightroom will be absolutely wonderful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely give Libris a try. There is so much ability to customize your portal and make it your own. Customize appearance, your metadata, user access. Being able to give different departments different levels of access has made this a dream product for us.

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

We have completely changed our photo management system. Instead of photos being stored over various computers and servers, our library is now consolidated. Staff can just search for what they need specifically, instead of wading through years of irrelevant images. We especially love being able to keep track of photo ownership, instead of stumbling across an image on someone's desktop and wondering if we have rights to use it.

Libris review by <span>Charles L.</span>
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"Affordable meets Versatile!"

What do you like best?

Unlike some DAM systems, Libris has a front-end accessible library interface, allowing users to browse content without an account, a must for our organization which serves numerous media outlets.

What do you dislike?

The capabilities for video are limited. The platform seems to be centered around photos/graphics.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The backend is a bit clunkier than other DAM systems, but once it is mastered, the service can be more of a tool than other DAMS systems.

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

Distribution of media assets has become a breeze. We can share assets for viewing without granting download access which helps us to vet requests as legitimate or not before we commit to giving users access. Our previous DAM system cost us more than double what we pay for Libris and had only half of the performance.

Libris review by <span>Kenneth L.</span>
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"Frustrating but useful"

What do you like best?

It makes it much easier to find high-res file and display them then doing them off of an internal server

What do you dislike?

It's hard to show the location of files other employees. On our internal server in click info on a file and copy the address and slack it to other employees. I wish there was something like this I can do with the dam.

It also struggles with galleries that have over 4,000 or 5,000 file, it can take a while to preview them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I wish it was easier to send file paths to certain files.

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

We have over 50,000 image files and we needed an easy way to sort them download them and share them. It's much easier now that we can use the light boxes

Libris review by <span>Linda P.</span>
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"Libris is great tool"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to founded passwords and expiration activities on downloadable galleries. Obtaining able to share pictures quickly with both inside and external teams provides become so much less difficult.

What do you dislike?

If only there was an improved approach to provide you with the portal to be able to a huge group, while continue to restricting privacy (not readable to the public), with out them having to signal within their account each moment. Our previous DAM treatment had an option of which would allow anyone in only a range of designated IP addresses to access typically the portal without logging inside.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For all those looking for an online digital assets management system, I motivate you to explore Libris. Through their trial we were capable to fully evaluate the software and determined that it fit our needs. Because a customer we now have never had any issues with support and any type of issues were quickly resolved.

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

Zero business problems to record. Libris reps are easy to contact and helpful with any problems or questions I use. They are always looking to make their product better.

Libris review by <span>Jarrod R.</span>
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"Great service with many helpful features"

What do you like best?

The best thing for our organization is how easy it is to share large batches of photos internally and externally without giving people access to our entire library or putting the library at risk for mistakes.

What do you dislike?

The mobile experience could use some improvement, both in terms of viewing the catalog and uploading.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you are comfortable with the mobile format. Make sure your current library/catalog can transfer over properly. Ours was not able to carry over with the same tagging structure.

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

Libris has helped us more easily share images to internal and external clients and also taken a burden off our e-mail server. We used to send tons of e-mails with photo attachments to fulfill requests and now the vast majority of those are links to galleries/collections instead. Much more efficient all around.

Libris review by <span>Karl M.</span>
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"Gotta start somewhere!"

What do you like best?

Very thorough approach to image librarianship. Covers needs well.

What do you dislike?

Sharing folders with others is a confusing exercise. We operate within a large corporate setting, and I'm finding the permissions toggles to be a bit of a whack-a-mole experience! "Where did I just see that setting?"

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check it out, has plenty to offer especially if all you do is imaging and video. May not be the right thing for people "on the run", but we're willing to keep at it.

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

Terrific at unifying our far-flung communications crews. Some great potential here, all we need is a paid, dedicated, librarian to run things, instead of all us busy people adding things when we can, in "stolen moments!" Crothall Healthcare is a sector within Compass Group North America, and our sister sector, Morrison Healthcare, is named "owner".

Libris review by User
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"Excellent DAM tool for our non-profit"

What do you like best?

Provides a user-friendly and tool enhanced solution to our photo storage and sharing needs. What I like best is the multiple platform/device tools, sharing capabilities and security. Frustration with alternatives that we tried like Box, Dropbox and internal servers is now gone! I can upload and access from anywhere, and quickly access galleries without long load times for viewing. Thank you, Libris!

What do you dislike?

The "old-style" FTP uploader is not impressive. It would be nice to have the option of a visual thumbnail reference rather than just filename. Also Custom Metadata tags are not embedded in images if you export the images from Libris. Boo!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend Libris. They have been very responsove to our needs, and provide a great solution to our Media Library needs.

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

Creating easy access galleries for internal and external use with quickly viewable images. Old system took forever to load. Easy to provide access to our external resources for upload - MUCH better than our old system, which did not always get shared with everyone, links expired, etc.

Libris review by <span>Angela G.</span>
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"Great solution for digital asset management"

What do you like best?

Seems simple, but I really like the ability to drag and drop folders! Our previous DAM solution did not offer this, and it's been a game-changer.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was a better way to offer the portal to a large group, while still restricting privacy (not viewable to the public), without them having to sign into their account each time. Our previous DAM solution had an option that would allow anyone within a range of designated IP addresses to access the portal without logging in.

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

We have been able to eliminate numerous methods of storage and combine them into one location. No more sifting through Google drives, external drives, personal drives, DropBox (and trying to remember where each asset was saved) to track down our assets.

Libris review by User in Sports
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"PhotoShelter has been a convenient an efficient upgrade as our company's new photo library."

What do you like best?

Being able to access PhotoShelter whenever and wherever I am is important, which I am able to do. There are multiple uploading and file sharing options. Contains a user-friendly interface.

What do you dislike?

A faster way to sort through and delete photos would be nice. With all the photos we have, it can take some time to sort through them all once they are uploaded. User notifications are also something that would be helpful, but I believe tha is a feature that is going to be implemented soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Know exactly what you are looking for out of your software so that you can ask the right questions and determine if Libris is right for you. We identified out primary needs and Libris has satisfied those while continuing to develop and improve for its users.

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

No business problems to report. Libris reps are easy to get in touch with and helpful with any problems or questions I have. They are always looking to make their product better.

Libris review by <span>Cassidy G.</span>
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"My Experiences With Libris"

What do you like best?

This is an easy, efficient, and organized way to store all of our images in one digital space. Finding the photos that we need for social media, print advertising, and other needs is a quick process through the search function. Best of all, photos can easily be sent to the correct individual or department with no hassle. When I'm needing to find a photo for a specific project, I almost always use this platform instead of shuffling through our in-house photo server.

What do you dislike?

My only wish for the future is to have a blanket function where we can set permissions for multiple past galleries, rather than having to go back and set permissions individually. Libris has many helpful functions for setting permissions for new folders and galleries that we create, but this is specifically referring to the galleries we created before we made the switch to Libris. Some of our "Invited Users" are not able to access galleries that are password protected, so we have to go in and set the permissions by hand for them to being able to download images.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I definitely recommend Libris to those who want an easy and efficient way to store and share their photos.

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

The best benefit of Libris is the ability to quickly send galleries to the individuals who need access to certain photos. We are constantly covering events and having styled shoots, and since we are a university, our images need to be sent to a variety of different departments and people. This platform solves the problem we have of efficiently getting our photos where they need to be.

Libris review by <span>Henry K.</span>
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"Libris has made organizing and file sharing a breeze."

What do you like best?

The features Libris offers has allowed us to organize pictures better than ever before giving up a professional look when sending pictures and albums to faculty outside of our department. Sending links to emails allowing our faculty members to view, download, and share files has sped up our productivity within our department. It has also made it easy for outside users to access certain albums without having to individually send out emails with links.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve after switching over to Libris took a little bit of time but after a short period of time and receiving email tips to get me up to speed from Libris, I'm back on track and moving faster than ever before.

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

Through Libris we have solved the problem of functionality as well as productivity. No longer do we have to worry about an outside faculty member trying to find what they need. We now have assurance that when we send a link to someone that they will be able to access what they need and ONLY what we have allowed them to view/download.

Libris review by <span>John R.</span>
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"The Perfect Solution for Our Needs"

What do you like best?

Although there are many great features of Libris - speed of access, ease of configuration, ability to handle raw files, etc. - the gamechanging feature for our needs is the ability to customize levels of access at an extremely granular level. We have a lot of outstanding imagery that we want to allow our employees to share via personal social media channels, while at the same time limiting the potential for folks who think they have "marketing skills" to create off-brand collateral.

What do you dislike?

If I could ask for one feature, I would like to see the possibility to automatically build gallery trees from an FTP upload. In the process of migrating our existing server over, It would have been hugely beneficial to simply upload the entire drive and allow current users to navigate up and down the existing directory structure while we continued to build out the final structure for new users.

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

We have long struggled with the tradeoff between access speed and space, and accessibility for on-campus users versus off-campus - and Libris solves both. Previously, we hosted all of our servers on campus, which afforded us solid speed, but we were limited in server space by the physical demands of hosting storage devices. We recently moved all of our servers to an off-site hosted solution, but our IT folks could not troubleshoot the bottleneck between our campus network and our off-site storage for image preview. (It was quicker to browse through directories at the operating system level from a free hotel WiFi than our on-site wired network.) Moving to Libris solves both of those issues. Our per/TB cost is slightly lower, with the additional benefit of quicker, more consistent access speed.

Libris review by <span>Taylor C.</span>
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"Libris is the best digital asset management system for universities of any size"

What do you like best?

I like Libris' user-friendly interface. It makes managing a large amount of files simple and enjoyable. As a university photographer, Libris helps me quickly and efficiently deliver files to external clients and my internal team alike.

What do you dislike?

Libris can make improvements on accessibility and providing clear alt-text values.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris will completely change your workflow for the better. It will greatly reduce the amount of time spent looking for photos on a project. It will also greatly improve your visual presence.

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

Our marketing creative team can be much more efficient in product design and delivery. We don't have to spend lots of times searching for a particular file or image, the process is much more streamlined. This helps our team deliver high-quality pieces much faster.

Libris review by <span>Daniel R.</span>
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"Libris has saved us time and money"

What do you like best?

Libris has given us the ability to share photos not only across our team but our entire institution. We are able to easily upload, tag, and categorize which makes finding the right photos easier than before. We are also able to better promote usage of our images through the set-up of pre-existing albums, which we promote via table tents and other means at events. This allows participants to visit at a later time and grab and share photos on their social channels.

What do you dislike?

It's not really a dislike but we had to spend a bit of time preparing for how we wanted Libris to be setup. This way we weren't just uploading images without any purpose.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For those looking for an online digital assets management system, I encourage you to explore Libris. Through their trial we were able to fully evaluate the software and determined that it fit our needs. As a customer we have never had any problems with support and any issues were quickly resolved.

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

We spend a lot of time searching for photos, not only internally but for clients. Libris has allowed us to speed up this process and even transfer it to our clients. They are now able to search and download on their own.

Libris review by <span>Jordan S.</span>
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"Making organization easy."

What do you like best?

Libris makes uploading files and folder organization easy. With their ability to tag key words/phrases to images or files - we are able to do our job as designers more effectively and efficiently.

What do you dislike?

Our organization requires that different companies download different sized files per their regulations. And Libris only allows one custom field size. If there was one thing I could add/changed - it would be the addition to multiple custom fields.

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

Organization. Organization. Organization. We have files upon files and Libris is allowing us to go through and upload our files in an efficient and organized fashion.

Libris review by <span>Aimee S.</span>
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"Love Libris!"

What do you like best?

Libris makes it so easy to organize, share, search and download our organization's photos. Prior to Libris, we wasted a lot of time searching for photos. Now it only takes seconds to find the perfect photo and then either share or download it!

What do you dislike?

I wish the admin site was as pretty as the portal site.

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

We are are large organization and Libris is our solution to sharing photos campus-wide. Within our department, Libris allows the designers to download high-res photos for print materials, and the social media and web coordinators to download lower-res versions for their projects.

Libris has even enabled me to quickly share the photos with our students via the quick share tool.

Libris review by <span>Holly N.</span>
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"Perfect for Photography"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and folder structure. It's how I organize my own folders, so it's very user friendly. I also love the online access.

What do you dislike?

It can be a little bulky while viewing assets with the multiple panels. We like to star photos, which requires all panels open, but the view of the photo is smaller than I'd prefer. Or maybe it's the side of the far right panel that's a bit too much.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For the price the service is unbeatable. Yes, there are a coupe other asset management systems that look fancier or have some fancy capabilities, but for a hefty fee.

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

Being able to share photoshoots with various departments across campus easily.

Libris review by <span>Kaitlyn O.</span>
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"Great product, but issues staying connected and loads slowly"

What do you like best?

Libris allows us to easily store and find photos for our different needs, as well as share files easily with others.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it takes a long time to place the photo into the document using the extension and the extension often gets disconnected causing the links in our design files to become unlinked. I have also had some issues placing .png files where it places in a black background with the file rather than a transparent one.

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

Libris allows us to minimize the amount of time spent looking for appropriate photos and allows us to provide certain users with access to the libraries so that we do not have to pull photos for them.

Libris review by <span>Ricardo O.</span>
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"So Far So Good."

What do you like best?

The ability to choose the size of the file. Giving different ranges of resolution.

What do you dislike?

The fact that you have to recreate the password every time when you send a gallery, instead of being able to save the password.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Allow for consistent password sharing for gallery, without all of the steps. Perhaps similar to what happens when you order something online. When there's an option like "Same as Billing Address". Perhaps adding a function for gallery sharing passwords, "Same As _________ Password" or "Same as ________ Gallery". Instead of having to reset so many times.

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

My department shares one login. Organization. Limitations. The files storage and dispense information functions allow production to go up.

Libris review by <span>Aimee G.</span>
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"Great Experience"

What do you like best?

Great for file organization, storage and sharing. Very helpful for sharing large groups of photos to other teams within our Marketing Department. Libris helps us create a better and more organized workflow than what we were using before.

What do you dislike?

Hard to navigate at first. As a Graphic Designer, I wish there was more connection and user capability with Adobe CC. I don't like that it is that much of an extra cost per month. Also, I noticed that Libris does not allow us to use the same password for multiple gallery permissions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for keeping all of your files organized without using up all of your space on your company's server. Also great for keeping your files protected while maintaining a streamline navigation for others. Libris makes it very easy to do our jobs as a Creative Department.

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

Before Libris we were uploading all of our photo and video files to our server. This created a chaos of cluttered folders, files, and the navigation was nearly impossible. Libris has helped us not only actively stay organized and allowed us more space, but we can now share our photos with other departments in the easiest way possible! We can also limit their access, which is something very important to us.

Libris review by Administrator in Design
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"Good Overall Platform and Customer Experience"

What do you like best?

Ease of uploading small or large number of files via drag and drop or FTP. It's simple to rename batch files and reorganize them. I love the custom branding of the outward facing portal. Customer service and tech assistance are always quick to help. They were able to do a work around for us when we were pushing a shop initiative that really sold us on the platform.

What do you dislike?

Using permissions can be confusing if the right buttons aren't exactly pressed. I'd love a more extensive/easy way to upload metadata that sticks to the files (custom). I would also like the ability for version control or downloading a web resolution file rather than having to store hi and web resolutions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Not sure it works as well for Web companies that also do print and deal with large volumes of photography. We need to store both versions, which is a bummer because it's redundant. But somewhere that just needs to hi-res files or 300dpi files would be fine.

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

We needed a place to store our assets safely and sort them for marketing purposes. We had no tagged imagery and it was spread out over a dropbox. We are using Libris to tag our assets and make them searchable in the portal so we can find things much faster.

Libris review by User in Retail
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"It's the ultimate photo and video storage experience for any user"

What do you like best?

That an photographer or vendor not within the company can upload photos into our library from anywhere with just a link. Being able to tag and add metadata within the images to make it easier to find the right images for certain projects. Also, knowing that we can put an expiration date on on the folders we are sharing outside of the company in the case that we are only working with these vendors for a short amount of time.

What do you dislike?

When you upload .eps files, the colors don't show up correctly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is worth the price and really user friendly. There are a lot of benefits in the program.

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

Being able to take all of our photography and videos and combine everything into one filing system that anyone can use and share. I really like the benefits of having a folder structure within Libris to store everything in a filed system. Having the opportunity to tag and put metadata on the images for easy finding. The ease of knowing that we can add expiration dates on the files that we send to vendors, in the case that we only work with these partners within a certain timeframe. Being able to watermark and licensing the images if needed, which I haven't used yet but will probably be used in the near future. I like that is is fast and easy to upload images into appropriate folders. And having outside photographers from anywhere submit images into our library with just a link.

Libris review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Great Value"

What do you like best?

We are a non-profit, so we had limited funding available for this project. I appreciate the fact that Libris was a very affordable solution. The ability to search on the platform is very helpful, and the interface is very intuitive. The staff is also very helpful.

What do you dislike?

I wish I had sent my hard drives to Libris to upload. I plan to next time. The desktop uploader is very helpful for smaller batches, but not as convenient when uploading 10,000 images at a time. I also would love if it were possible to crop within the tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take advantage of Libris's willingness to upload your assets for you.

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

All of our images were saved on our network, slowing down our bandwidth and making it very difficult to search for specific images. Now, our entire team can search for all of our images in an instant. (It took forever to load our hires images on our shared drive)

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"The solution we were looking for!"

What do you like best?

As a part of a small but highly effective marketing team, the photography department was looking for an efficient way to upload, catalogue, tag and distribute our digital assets. We especially like the ease of categorizing plus the ability to track the use of assets.

What do you dislike?

I regards to access permissions, the system has gotten confused when the nesting of folders and subfolders is changed. The solution is to remove and re-establish permissions, which has been tedious but does solve the issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Our decision to use Libris was influenced primarily by budget. However, the features and ease of use are fantastic. Request demo and ask a lot of questions. We researched 5 different solutions and I would consider Libris the best solution for smaller photography teams with a moderate yearly budget.

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

We have been able to allow external users (media, contractors, etc) easy controlled access to curated photo collections while monitoring their usage. We are able to upload in real-time to cloud database which is great when working with our social media team. It was great to be photographing commencement while the social media team was back in the office, posting updates and in real time.

Libris review by Administrator in Banking
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"Great tool for managing our photo assets"

What do you like best?

We like that we can easily give our employees access and they're able to easily search our library and integration with the Adobe Creative Suite so our photos remain linked no matter where they're saved or which designer opens the file.

What do you dislike?

Mostly technically issues, for example, it seems to log us out very frequently from the web browser and the connector, which breaks our links. Interrupting our workflow to remember and reenter a password multiple times a day is quite frustrating. The desktop uploader will also time out frequently while I'm uploading folders. Managing permissions for folders is a little cumbersome since sometimes I can't just give a user access to the top level folder and all subfolders, I have to make sure they're not excluded from the subfolders.

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

The main issue was too much time was spent searching for photos on our server. With Libris we were able to tag them. We've also been able to open certain galleries to other internal employees which saves a lot of time and emails.

Libris review by Administrator
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"Review of Libris Account - Company Asset Portal"

What do you like best?

What I like best is how visually appealing the portal is. Our sales force and users will be able to easily see what assets they need to download and it is also very, very easy to navigate. Another option I like, is that there are several ways that you can login to a Libris account. You can be a user, an invited user, share a link with someone or enter a password. This is very important for our portal due to the amount of different people using assets.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike is the lack of contributor features. I think contributors should be able to have some sort of back-end access due to for our account there is 1 admin, 1 editor, 0 taggers (editor responsible for this task anyways in role description), and several contributors. Contributors have to upload, the editor has to approve the upload, make sure the title is correct, then place it in the right folder or create a new folder on the back end if they want it to be seen.

Also, I would like to see customizable templates in the future for photoshop, illustrator and indesign in the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great tool!

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

We are solving with migrating our sales force from Share Sync to Libris for all of our company's assets. Benefits are numerous of capabilities, light boxes, etc.

Libris review by User in Higher Education
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"Libris for Higher Education"

What do you like best?

The best part of Libris is the ability to have multiple albums, all nested within one another. It is helpful for re-occuring events, like homecoming and graduation, or for portraits of students or faculty.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how all of the photos load from oldest to newest and not the other way around, and that when you click on one photo to enlarge it, when you go back to the full album you have to restart from the beginning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Though there are some difficulties with the software, I think as they continue to imporve it will become less and less of an issue. The more that we as users give the system feedback, the faster they implement changes that make it more functional for our uses.

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

It is helping us give access to users all across campus. It is also helpful because we can only give access to certain folders for certain users, thus preventing any usage of stock that is not fully ready or that we use for our promotional pieces specifically.

Libris review by <span>Kevin P.</span>
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"Libris is the real deal!"

What do you like best?

I really enjoyed the simplicity of the site. It really is easy to use.After watching a couple of the video tutorials, I found it very easy to use. I am a big fan of the keywords and search bar interface and can see how this product will help keep people in media production organized with out taking up max space in our internal Hard Drives.

What do you dislike?

I would have really enjoyed to also store my video and Adobe project files. We spoke to the team expanding the video options, but at my request, they just never figured it out or met my mark for satisfaction. I know they are in the process of figuring out how Libris could also store video I just hope it won't take them a while to figure it out.

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

Being able to save our files on Libris cloud base system saves us a huge amount of space on our internal shared drive. Along with saving and organizing our photos having a host site for outside networks to access with out having to send us a request is great.

Libris review by <span>Robert B.</span>
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"Love Libris, Would like more!"

What do you like best?

I love the easy uploading system from lightroom and they easy to use interface. My college never has trouble learning how to use it!

What do you dislike?

Libris really needs a mobile app like the standard photoshelter does. It is really frustrating to not be able to access remotely.

Also we need the ability to mass edit video metadata like we can photos. It is very time consuming to have to add all the metadata to each individual file.

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

We have solved a massive data issue by putting all of our photo and video resources from the entire history of the college into one searchable and organized system. It has been great.

Libris review by Administrator in Research
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"Incredible Product, Invaluable Tool"

What do you like best?

The ability to store caption information with the photos, and the ease of sharing. Plus our customer service has been wonderful, our account rep has really gone above and beyond to get us the best pricing and combination of features for our needs.

What do you dislike?

It can be hard to read long gallery names in the folder tree on the sidebar, especially if they're nested under several collections.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your research. There are a lot of DAM software solutions out there but Libris was definitely the right one for my organization and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a similar product!

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

We've improved our efficiency ten fold when it comes to storing, referencing and sharing photos. We've found that staff are more likely to use better photos when presenting our organization to the public, and we've improved the quality of our publications by cultivating higher quality photos.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Great system for archiving and sharing photos"

What do you like best?

It is easy to create galleries, search photos, and control who can see or download them. It is also simple for users to request access to photos and galleries, allowing you to grant permissions as they are requested. It is also simple to rename photos and galleries, and to also add or change information and tags. There is also excellent customer support.

What do you dislike?

I wish that there were a way to have searchable tags for certain users, but to hide them from the general public so that you could tag with inside lingo, or have a lot of tags without junking up the appearance of the site to users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Support for Libris is excellent. All questions are answered quickly.

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

It is saving me from receiving tons of phone calls and emails that would otherwise require me to search through our archives on a private server.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Campus Sharing"

What do you like best?

The ability to search through photos in a cloud-based solution has been invaluable for my team of designers and web developers. We struggled with managing an older database with thousands of images. Designers spent up to 30% of their time searching for images than designing materials.

What do you dislike?

LIbris provides a lot of flexibility. However, our analog system didn't convert seamlessly to a cloud based product. To make the system most effective, we've had to develop a new storage system that matches Libris' capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris is flexible and will adapt to your system. Map out an organizational structure that works for your organization. Consider the benefits of Public folders.

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

Our current photo archival system was difficult to search and view. Libris has permitted our users on various platforms to search for images easily, cutting down on lost productivity and enhancing visual variety in our design work.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"A great resource for creative departments"

What do you like best?

Plenty of flexibility in organizing files and managing access, which is critical for working with other departments in an organization and with freelancers and vendors. Searching for images—assuming tagging was done well—is a breeze.

What do you dislike?

Some of the metadata management could be more flexible from within the system. For example, the photographer field isn't editable, so we end up punching name or initials into the keywords field or just the file name. Also, there's no way to upload and use a standardized list of keywords, so different users will tag things differently which can make searching difficult.

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

We do several shoots a month for a small college, and needed a space to quickly upload, organize, curate, and share images with many internal and external stakeholders requiring different permission levels. Libris has done the job and helped us establish a consistent workflow for managing our photography.

Libris review by <span>Alan G.</span>
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"Helping us to work smarter, not harder"

What do you like best?

Libris provides us a way to easily compile, display, archive and distribute photos for our national championship events. The system is user friendly, and if needed, would allow someone to monetize their digital assets simply and effectively. What our IT department likes best about it is that we no longer have gigs of photos living on our servers.

What do you dislike?

This is a difficult question to answer. We've only been working with the product for a short time now, and have found little to complain about. There is a small learning curve, but the Libris team has always been helpful and responsive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Utilize the Libris team's expertise when it comes to organization and whether or not this solution can work for you. They have been a valuable asset to our organization.

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

For us, we don't have a large staff and are always looking for efficient solutions to solve time consuming problems. Previously, we kept images on external hard drives and cloud servers, but organization was difficult and fast image location often an even larger issue. Libris has streamlined the entire process for us.

Libris review by <span>Jenni B.</span>
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"Great Experience with PhotoShelter"

What do you like best?

The best thing about PhotoShelter in my opinion is the structure of the system. There are so many ways to keep photos and video archives organized and available with very little searching.

What do you dislike?

With any storage software, work is required to keep it organized. While this is inevitable and no fault of this product, it does take time to keep things in order, add tags, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great solution for archiving photos and video files. I would recommend it!

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

This product makes it so easy to share files with other groups and coworkers. It has saved a lot of time and frustration.

Libris review by Administrator
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"Great for image archiving"

What do you like best?

I like the ability to add keywords, which is important to have team members be able to search for specific images.

What do you dislike?

(1) It would be nice to be able to put the same image in multiple galleries/collections without duplicating the image. (2) I don't like how the permissions of an image don't stay with the image if it is moved to another directory. If I move an image from one folder to the other, I have to tell it again to inherit permissions from the new parent directory. It would be better to have those permissions be the same as the rest of the images in the new folder.

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

We are able to share images with designers without taking up valuable server space. Designers download only the images they need. In addition, we can share images with copywriters via lightbox.

Libris review by <span>Andy A.</span>
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"Value-driven asset management system"

What do you like best?

Great features for the price. We looked at several asset management systems - many that were way out of our budget - and Libris was a great balance of features and price.

What do you dislike?

Some of the UI feels clunky. We had to have several training sessions for the staff who uses it because it wasn't as intuitive as we would like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take full advantage of the trial period and really upload and use the system.

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

We desperately needed a system to organize and back up our images. It lets contributors upload while traveling and gives us almost instant access to the photos.

Libris review by Administrator in Media Production
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"Working very well so far"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use, the ability to quickly share galleries and collections with other groups within my organization and ability to assign permissions. I also like that we can store everything, photo, b roll video, audio files all in one system.

What do you dislike?

I would like to be able to thumbnail video clips to see what they are.

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

Getting images to the end user used to be a hassle. With Libris it has simplified that process so I no longer have to be a middle man in many cases. Once the permissions have been set, they can find images on their own, this has been very helpful. It has allowed our team to work remote more efficiently by having all assets under one system and to be able to quickly help clients get what they need.

Libris review by <span>Theodora R.</span>
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"Solid so far"

What do you like best?

We now have one place for our photos and other digital media files, which we love. It's pretty user friendly once you understand the difference between collections and galleries.

What do you dislike?

It's a little frustrating in the way a user uploads photos and then has to communicate to the editors in a separate email to let them know. Seems like there are extra steps in sharing. Also, there is no option to share the album on social media, which would be nice to have.

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

We are now able to store all of our digital files in one place, something we were lacking before. It's easier to send colleagues to one place to look for a photo they may need as opposed to various places. It has brought our level of professionalism up a notch.

Libris review by <span>Blaise B.</span>
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"Photoshelter Has Made My Job So Much Easier"

What do you like best?

I love the organization within the product that allows us at the USL to organize our photos for various uses.

What do you dislike?

Once in a while, I'm not able to download directly from my phone.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use this product, you won't be sorry. It's incredibly organized and Photoshelter has allowed our organization to be able to blossom because of the ease of use. Photoshelter makes everything a lot easier on a day-to-day basis and I'd highly recommend this product to anybody that is considering making this purchase.

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

We are able to make all our social media possible because of Photoshelter.

Libris review by <span>Dave E.</span>
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"Simple and Useful"

What do you like best?

The large thumbnails and easy to navigate website. I like that the interface is customizable and can be brand to look closer to a Delta Vacations tool.

What do you dislike?

Nothing, I think the tool works great for our team. All of the Designers have begun downloading photos we have curated. Also, we have one point person that uploads, tags and organizes all photos that other Designers receive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use this if you acquire a ton of photos that need organization and sharing ability.

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

The ability to curate all photos we download from stock libraries as well as our partners

Libris review by <span>Jason F.</span>
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"A centralized location for our photo archive to be accessed by all."

What do you like best?

Speed of review. Live transmitting to FTP. Protections and dissemination of our archive.

What do you dislike?

Every software could always be faster.

1. Reduce the clicks to quick send. Right click on an image to create a sharable URL or something to speed the process to send one image.

2. Make sending multiple image at one time easier and more efficient.

3. Mobile App? Responsive Design? Need a way to access on mobile device.

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

• Dissemination of imagery for PR purposes.

• Hopefully sell images again

• Live Transmitting and speed to publish on web/social accounts

Libris review by <span>Julie A.</span>
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"User-friendly and Assistance-friendly"

What do you like best?

The customer-service is fantastic. People are ready to answer questions, no matter how trivial and the online tutorials are very thorough.

What do you dislike?

The time spent in tagging. We have a busy office and haven't been able to keep up with this portion. But, once it's done it'll be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris is a great way to consolidate all visual assets into one space. Make sure that you have a strong team in place to get it up and running quickly.

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

We needed a place to house all our photographic assets and make them easily accessible to staff and media. It's great to be able to access our images from outside of the office. We're also looking forward to making more space on our servers once all images are transferred to Libris.

Libris review by Administrator in Food & Beverages
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"Using everyday at work for photo archive organization"

What do you like best?

The ease of sharing photos with people both inside and outside of the company. It's great that we can share a link to one specific image, for instance to send to a designer, or a link to a whole gallery to show a director a generic mood board. Also love being able to access the archive from any desktop.

What do you dislike?

Keyword tagging. There are limited options for removing keywords in bulk. Usually required to go through files individually to delete specific words.

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

Members from other teams can search for files on their own using the search function. Prior to using Libris, our photo team to wasted a lot of time searching for assets on behalf of others. We also enjoy being able to create and curate galleries for various projects.

Libris review by Administrator
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"Effective- but not entirely efficient."

What do you like best?

It's straight forward- what you see is what you get. It gives us excellent control over our assets and allows us to decide who gets to view/download what-control like I previously mentioned

What do you dislike?

It could use a lot of expansion. It doesn't give you much freedom as a user- even as an administrator. There are a lot of kinks to it. Some of the responses when we ask for help are also very automated and ultimately don't resolve anything.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's still going through a lot of development. Ultimately the developers strive to make things easier for its customers. I would recommend just being patient. This type of software is made to make your life easier, but it doesn't mean it won't experience it's own growing pains.

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

It helps us manage our photos and send them to partners. It gives us control over our digital media assets and that has been functional so far. It's difficult to transfer all our media into one place but it's working so far. It's a slow process- but worth it.

Libris review by <span>Preston S.</span>
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"Has made file management infinitely easier delegate to many team members."

What do you like best?

The organization of files possible inside of Libris. I also like how quickly the site loads and the functionality.

What do you dislike?

It seems like a lot of options that I am missing out on. Additional tutorials to some of the more detailed parts of Libris would be helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using it for a very large quantity of photos, it is much easier (and faster) than working off of in-house servers.

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

Working within our photo servers on the road has become much easier, compared to working off our old servers.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"The system needs a better intuitive user interface."

What do you like best?

I can upload and login to library from anywhere and use images I have archived from anywhere with an Internet connection.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the browsing experience, where I don't have the option to select various images that are not together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend it to users familiar with Photoshelter. Some features are a bit out of price range for a public higher education institution, which depends heavily on a legislature and taxpayer funding to maintain digital age elements. For those with support in funding for a product such as Libris, I recommend the more custom version, which may be able to implement better user friendly features.

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

We are attempting to archive images and allow access to the images to our in house designers and social media strategist.

Libris review by <span>Howard G.</span>
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"Easy, robust cloud DAM"

What do you like best?

Very easy to use setting up collections and galleries. Simple to share with colleagues. Good feature set of DAM capabilities without the requirement of intensive training.

What do you dislike?

More metadata capabilities. Easier upload through the desktop uploader.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Well priced and easy to use. Not as many bells and whistles as other cloud based DAM offerings but they do the necessary basics really well.

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

Abilty to share with colleagues easily and organize assets in the cloud safely. Can send galleries to colleagues for review and allow them to download needed assets.

Libris review by <span>Adrienne L.</span>
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

I can arrange galleries of photos with easy drag and drop. This makes moving around many files very easy and less time-consuming.

What do you dislike?

Having to edit each photo's metadata. Would be easier to select all photos to which to apply tags.

(There may be a way to do this I have simply not discovered yet.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a good idea to know how many people will need access to using the software as it determines which package you will need to purchase.

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

The ease of sharing photo collections with clients

Libris review by <span>Sam K.</span>
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"Solving Image Management Challenges for Clients"

What do you like best?

Libris allows organizations to store, organize, and distribute (to both internal and external clients) their image assets...be it archives of hundreds or millions of images.

One of the best features is the fact that one only has to upload the high resolution photograph (or any image asset) once...at that point the image can be placed in any number of galleries/groupings without the image having to be re-uploaded or copied. Users have options to access the image in a variety of resolution/file sizes.

I am a corporate communications and marketing photographer with several contracts providing ongoing contributions to large photographic image libraries. My current work is all about connecting people to want to be at, or invest in, certain places through architectural, portrait, and real lifestyle images. Clients use my photographs for a wide variety of online, electronic, and print collateral...they need to be able to search and find images quickly for short notice presentations, proposals, social media...the never ending need for strong visual content to support their communications/marketing messages and goals.

Besides storing the images one can organize and find images based on keywords and other metadata associated with the image(s). That information (metadata) may be assigned with software before the images are uploaded or afterwards directly online via the Libris interface.

Designated administrators within your organization can assign various levels of access and permissions for utilization of the images to others both inside and outside of the firm.

What do you dislike?

Overall it's pretty great.

There's some things to get used to in terms of how folders of images are named and galleries are created...however Libris provides lots of online information and, unlike many cloud-based services, are quite responsive and available with email and phone support during regular business hours. The Libris team will provide best practices advice for structuring your image library.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Designate a staff lead administrator for the company's image management along with a small team of staff that are familiar with how the firm uses image assets to think through the setup/structure of the image library. Also work closely with photographers, videographers, and other consultants that your firm regularly works with to define and streamline uploading protocols for your Libris platform.

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

By referring clients to Libris I am helping my clients organize their images and make them more accessible to people of their choosing inside and outside their company. By managing the images they commission me to create via Libris my work becomes more valuable (useful) to my clients because they can be found and sorted according to the specific communications task at hand.

Libris review by <span>Matthew D.</span>
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"Libris is a complete solution for your DAM needs"

What do you like best?

Their infrastructure is extremely quick and flexible for whatever asset you need to manage.

What do you dislike?

The web interface sometimes has rough edges. But that is really nit-picking because for the most part it is great. The IOS client is useless to check assets from remote (perhaps to send images to a client.)

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

We didn't have a solution to handle and distribute our photo assets to our various departments. Libris solved that in our busy/remote departments..

Libris review by Administrator in Veterinary
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"Photo platform made east "

What do you like best?

We put on a lot of events, so Libris is an easy way to create and share event galleries. The portal is a great professional way to showcase these images. I also like that I can use the library automatically with Adobe, so I don't have to download them.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that participants can't download the images with a watermark. I don't want to upload to sets of images with and without watermarks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use Libris and also do design, add the upgrade to have them connect. Makes things much easier.

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

Our entire organization can view the portal to search for photos. They don't need to come to me to in search of a specific type of file.

Libris review by <span>Britney H.</span>
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"Libris is Great"

What do you like best?

I love the search ability of this archive system. It has completely revolutionized the way we function at UK Athletics. I also love the ease of creating and managing photo galleries.

What do you dislike?

Im not a huge fan of the way some of the user profiles are laid out, but its not a major complaint. More of a minor annoyance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend this for any business needing to share photos, archive photos, or just use this as storage. The customer support is great, it is very user friendly as well. I would urge others to consider using this as a tool to improve use of photos. There is no point in having great photos if you cant find them, Libris helps a ton with that.

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

We used this to solve the problem of archiving the entire photo database for UK Athletics. Its incredible for keeping up with photos long term. It imports metadata from the photos that photographers enter so its very searchable.

Libris review by <span>Andrew N.</span>
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"Easy to use for the whole organization"

What do you like best?

My clients love Libris because it has just enough features to be powerful while still easy to use. Our photo editors can easily tag, sort and organize images so they can be easily found by anyone who has access to them. Access Control Lists make it simple to grant granular, specific permissions to anyone, and revoke at any time.

The Web user interface is simple enough that anyone who is familiar with browsing the Web can use it, search for assets themselves, download them based on specific access controls.

We rest easy knowing valuable photo assets are professionally managed in the Cloud, backed up redundantly and protected from data loss — either intentional or unintentional.

What do you dislike?

Controlled vocabularies and taxonomies can be improved, but from my understanding these features are on the product roadmap.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris is best at managing image and video files, and some documents, including PDFs. It's narrow scope makes it ideal for these media types, and as a purpose-built product it is very strong. Organizations looking for a full-featured solution for any type of media — audio, multi-part files (InDesign, Powerpoint, etc.) should look for other solutions.

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

Most of my clients begin with assets on a mix of DVDs, hard drives and network servers, making them difficult to quickly locate and distribute. Libris has empowered stakeholders within the organization to archive assets in a standardized way, streamlining workflow and making digital assets more valuable by increasing their availability across the entire organization. The ROI on the work product in which my clients have invested has increased many times over thanks to increased usage both internally and externally.

Libris review by <span>Kevin H.</span>
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"A great way to effectively organize large banks of multimedia content and streamline access to it. "

What do you like best?

A really solid user interface that is clear and intuitive. From both the backend and public side, things just look really solid overall! Coming from pulling photos from semi-organized folders on a locally hosted drive, being able to quickly locate specific photos and send them to the necessary parties is a hugely time saving endeavor.

What do you dislike?

I really only have two issues with it so far. First is that I need to locally download the file to utilize it, coming from a server based system I could link to that file (to Illustrator or Final Cut), but now I need to take up space on my local machine to use it. Secondly, when migrating over all of my old, archive content, if I had already moved a photo or album into a new Libris album, the system couldn't then tell me if I accidentally uploaded a duplicate of that photo.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have large amounts of multimedia content, without an effective way to access it across your business, Libris offers a very solid solution.

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

Many hours (and therefore dollars) were lost by having our Creative Team sort through years of folders, some organized, some now so much, in order to find the content we need. By utilizing Libris, we're able to cut down drastically on the time it takes us to get that content. Also, by being cloud based, both our Creatives and Venue teams are able to access their content, safely and efficiently, around the globe.

Libris review by <span>Chris P.</span>
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"Great Resource for Users"

What do you like best?

I really like the ease and usability of the Libris system. Nothing is complicated or hard to find in the layout and setup. It's very reminiscent of Finder and Windows Explorer so users quickly can find what they are looking for and download it.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I've disliked so far is the lack of usability on mobile devices natively. Features are a bit harder to use on a smaller screen and the support of an iOS or Android app isn't out yet sadly. Other than that, I'm very fond of the interface, except for the lack of ability to independently resize each column. That isn't a large problem, more a screen layout choice for myself.f

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to test drive it and look around before buying. One of the great things was the ability to load our own assets in before purchase and see how it felt. Being able to then just push that live was extremely convenient. My testing ended up being a large part of the work that I would have had to do during setup anyways, so it was extremely convenient to just make that our live account.

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

Libris brings one central database to our users that can provided assets as needed to each user. Everything can be tightly controlled through the administrator account but also easily provide access to each user that needs it quickly and efficiently.

Libris review by <span>Kevin W.</span>
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"Libris is the way to go if you want to be taken serious "

What do you like best?

The ability to give our clients access to the images quickly and control how they access, download and see them. I also like having the ability to see what they are downloading and what customers have loaded into carts but have not checked out.

What do you dislike?

Everything is great I need more training on the e-commerce side towards how to market my images and get more sales from current clients.

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

Still trying to make interdepartmental purchasing when only a budget number can be used. Right now we use lightbox's and have to send detailed instructions to the client explaining how to use buy the images.

"Purchasing Prints or digital files by budget number.

Prints and Digital downloads of images created beginning March 1, 2015 may be selected and ordered in the Missouri State University Digital Archives by using Lightboxes.

Lightboxes allow you to select and group images from different galleries and collections into one. You may comment, add, and remove images from a specific Lightbox. You may also share these Lightboxes with others. This makes it a great tool to use when collaborating on a project that needs images.

Downloading or purchase of prints:

When images have been added to a Lightbox, the Lightbox will need to be “shared” with Photographic Services. When sharing the Lightbox with photographicservices@missouristate.edu include your budget number in the comments box along with your choice of digital images or prints and the size of prints requested. Please refer to the price list on the Photographic Services webpage or below. You will be emailed your images or sent a link where you may download your images, prints will be delivered via campus mail.

Instructions for creating a Lightbox and sharing:

1. Create a free account at https://msuimages.photoshelter.com/signup/signup/free

2. Add photos to Lightbox by clicking on the photo and then clicking on the “Add to Lightbox” button above and to the right of the photo.

3. After photos have been added and the Lightbox is complete, click on “Lightboxes” in center of top menu. If you want a session CD add only one image from the shoot.

4. To save the Lightbox, you must log in or create an account if you have not done so with PhotoShelter before. (step number 1)

5. Click on the green share button and enter the email address PhotographicServices@MissouriState.edu then add your FOPAL/budget number and instructions such as digital files or prints, sizes in the message box and click “Share Lightbox.”

Libris review by <span>Justin H.</span>
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"Libris: flexible set-up, easy to use, fantastic value"

What do you like best?

Libris is very easy to use. The access permissions to individual galleries and collections makes distribution to multiple clients a breeze. View only, download size limits, original file I can toggle back and forth depending on what the different needs are while maintaining control over the images.

What do you dislike?

I'm not sure I have really found anything I dislike yet. The key is to have a good plan for how you are going to structure your images galleries and collections. There is no one right answer so it might take a little bit of time to figure out how it will work best for you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think you will be hard pressed to find a better product for the price. The flexibility of Libris makes it easy to customize to your specific needs, without being tied into a structure that you can't change after you get started.

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

I have been able to distribute images faster and to more people. I have been able to limit the amount of photos that are downloaded. The previous system I was using didn't really allow me to set up galleries for viewing without also allowing downloading. So now I can send a selection of images for review and only give access to download the photos that are needed instead of an entire gallery. I have been able to maintain control of the images and keep better tabs on what images are being used and where they are being used.

Libris review by <span>Samantha S.</span>
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"Smooth Sailing"

What do you like best?

The interface is easily navigable, and customer service ROCKS!! This has really made a world of difference in my life searching for images compared to using our local servers and our old web-based DAM.

What do you dislike?

There isn't a way to save comments/ratings from lightboxes. It would also be great if there was a more intuitive way to select images to view in a smaller group.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have an idea of how you would like to organize your assets, and have open conversations with your Libris contact. If you do this, you will have everything you want and need in your digital asset management system!

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

Libris (Photoshelter) allows for super fast searching of a lot of assets at a reasonable price.

Libris review by <span>Matt L.</span>
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"Small Media Group using Libris"

What do you like best?

Photoshelter's Libris product is the ideal solution for our organization to organize and market our collective archive. It allows the most flexibility of our member photographers to contribute and manage their individual contributions and for our admin to oversee quality control and presentation.

What do you dislike?

The back-end user interface has a steep learning curve for new users, but this is easily bridged with the support and tutorials offered by Photoshelter. Our primary complaint - and Libris' room for growth - is with the customization and design of the customer-facing website. We are eager to have more control of our presentation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Photoshelter is the gold standard of image management for small media organizations like ours. The support from the Photoshelter team is terrific and efficient. My long-term experience with Photoshelter also reflects consistency and growth in their company.

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

We are a collective of documentary photographers eager to develop a collective archive. The Libris system is a great step towards developing our stock sales business and helps in our joint marketing efforts. We are excited to continue development with Libris and expand the role of the archive within our business efforts.

Libris review by <span>Dominique l.</span>
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"Ease of use, peace of mind"

What do you like best?

Libris enables me to safely store and easily share visual assets, simplifying the workflow of the diverse range of teams I have introduced it to.

What do you dislike?

I had previously been frustrated at the lack of video capability but now that this has been resolved, the teams with which I work are able to store video and stills files side-by-side and share them accordingly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think about the last few image retrieval and distribution tasks that were required of you or your organization: How long did they take? How easy were the images to retrieve? What control did you have over the distribution - in terms of who would see them and for how long, and whether they could be seen or downloaded, and at what sizes. Is there duplication in that process every time it reoccurs? Is any part of that process reliant on an individual person or their memory?

Investigate how Libris could simplify that.

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

Individual team members have organizational assets distributed on disparate hardware platforms, easily becoming misplaced in the short term and lost to the organization in the longer term. I strive to achieve user-agnostic storage systems in the organizations in which I work, so that institutional knowledge is not lost every time a team member moves on.

Libris review by <span>Bill S.</span>
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"Excellent Photo Archive System "

What do you like best?

Powerful tools, control over permission, easy uploading.

What do you dislike?

Don't understand why "tagger" seats cost extra. We would like to have various people in our organization help tag content, this is an unfortunate limitation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you know who will be responsible for various tasks once you get the system. Human element is key to success!

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

We didn't have any photo archive system before, so this is a huge improvement. We now know where things are and can control access, distribute as needed.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Endless compliments"

What do you like best?

I love that it gives us an intuitive aesthetically pleasing way to organize and share as many or as little images as needed, in the most efficient way possible.

What do you dislike?

The size restrictions when viewing photos are frustrating. My clients and I need to be able to zoom in and out of images to look at details, and full screen sizing is simply not enough. The "Large" viewing option is also not large enough when scrolling through large galleries at times. We also need the ability to download a batch of images in a Lightbox, which currently is not an option. I would like to be able to customize the order in My Library. I would suggest giving the Administrator access to decide and limit what data Taggers can change. It would be nice to be able to add notes to Invited Users to track what they have permission to view, and other personal notes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris is the best decision I have made so far in my career. The flexibility and level of customer service is absolutely outstanding. Their commitment to incorporating requested suggestions is sincerely appreciated.

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

Libris has immensely increased the efficiency in my workflow. I am able to handle far more tasks on a regular basis because a large portion of my time searching and sending images to clients has been eliminated. I can easily monitor which material is being used, which helps me deliver more useable content in the future. Thanks to keyword searches, I can often offer options that I may not have thought of initially. Permissions gives me the flexibility to share only what I want, but keep all images together in one place.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Libris has been a huge time saver - a fantastic tool in finding images easily and quickly."

What do you like best?

The robust search engine in Libris is phenomenal. We're able to find images based on so many different variables - and so are our clients. We no longer need to depend on the physical storage for this function, nor do we need to incorporate the various approaches individuals might use to search our digital assets.

What do you dislike?

I would like to see the ability to mark galleries as "open" for any user to download. It would help bypass the extra communication often needed direct users to use our global password despite it being incorporated into the gallery descriptions.

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

We have a very limited number of employees dedicated to maintaining and contributing to our visual library. Libris has greatly helped in streamlining our process so that it has been much more manageable for our small team to keep up with (and even enhance) our library offerings. Because of Libris, we can concentrate more on the areas that really matter - such as providing selections from photo shoots that will be most useful and entering key information to each folder and gallery to better serve our clients and eventually our archives.

Libris review by User in Civic & Social Organization
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"Libris- Greta for photo organization"

What do you like best?

Libris is fantastic for organizing photo assets across multiple users, especially if you need to be able to share some photos publicly or semi-publicly. One big plus is that they don't have a ton of high level clients yet as far as we can tell, so they're great at listening to user feedback and agreeing to build out new capacity. It allows for syncing metadata across multiple photos and easy searches based on metadata.

What do you dislike?

You currently can't search by star rating for your photos, but they assure us that's going to change.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris is great for organizing and sharing photo and video assets.

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

Previously, we had been unable to effectively organize our many photos and videos in a way that let multiple people upload and download them and allowed them to be easily searched by a wide variety of people. Liberia has solved al those problems for us.

Libris review by <span>Stacie G.</span>
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"Libris photo cloud is awesome!"

What do you like best?

I have been looking for a photo and video management tool like this forever it seems. As the Marketing Director for the Rapid City CVB, my team and I are always searching through our photo and video library for content to use on a daily basis, plus we are always adding new content to our library to keep it fresh. Libris has been awesome so far, if i need a photo i search via keywords and all the relevant photos or videos come up, various file types and sizes...it's so seamless and even better it's saved myself and my team hours upon hours that we normally spend searching for photos and videos. This is BIG and we love it!

What do you dislike?

My team and I have been using it for several months and i haven't found anything I dislike yet.

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

This solves time management issues as well as issues we've had in the past of not being able to find certain photos because they were not saved in the correct place or labeled correctly. Another major benefit is this allows us to give limited access to media and other vendors so they can access certain photos so we don't have to upload photos constantly to an email service or another large file transferring service...it's a huge time saver!

Libris review by User in Higher Education
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"Libris Photoshelter"

What do you like best?

It is so easy to use. I can now find photos quickly because of the tagging and refined search features. It is also easy to share galleries with my colleagues and outside agencies. Hired photographers can tag and upload their photos easily for us to get quickly. Libris is always up and running and can be accessed from anywhere. We can upload our photos at a shoot to make more room on our photo cards (if there's a computer available where we are.)

What do you dislike?

I would like others to have the option to download the photos that I flag as OK to download without the use of a password.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are uploading the file folders yourself, add tags to the entire folder before uploading. Then go back and get into more detailed tags, if you need to. This will get you up an going a lot faster. Think about the way you want to organize the folders in a way that makes sense to you and to those that will be using them.

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

The photos, our digital assets, are in a safe place and are easily accessible. It is a time saver, as well as insurance and piece of mind that the photos won't be lost if a computer hard drive goes.

Libris review by <span>Aristeo R.</span>
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"Very Unique Shelter"

What do you like best?

Within Photoshelter, I enjoy the lightboxes I can create and make specific folders for projects. This is extremely helpful especially when I can share these folders with other colleagues.

What do you dislike?

My only wish is that Photoshelter was easier to navigate. I sometimes am lost trying to find specific photos and ultimately just end up searching them if I am having trouble with the left menu.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be open-minded about the software and plan on being experimental with what the program can do.

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

I am using this service primarily to fulfill graphic design purposes for Austin Peay State University. Photoshelter has made it easier to network and share content.

Libris review by <span>Stanley L.</span>
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"Organize your organizations photos"

What do you like best?

Being able to share your photos for your organization when people cannot come to your directly is necessary today. I put Libris to work for one of my biggest clients Chick-fil-A.

Now all the photos that were on CDs/DVDs in someone's desk drawer are online and easy to access through keyword searches. We can also limit the access to who we want to see the images to the world if we choose.

The best stewardship you can do for your images is to have them where they can be used over and over.

What do you dislike?

I wish someone would just upload the images for me and keyword them for me. The downside is simply me having to do some work. Well that is the only thing I can think of as a problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They will help you but you can always hire me to help you know how Chick-fil-A uses the system and other organizations I help setup on it.

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

this is a great solution for delivering images to clients and for the organization to use images shot for other jobs rather than continuing to have to shoot new images when they already existed before but no one could find them.

Using images more often and improving the communication of the organization. It is saving us a lot of money and time.

Libris review by <span>Brooke B.</span>
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"Love Photoshelter and its easy use and organization help"

What do you like best?

The organization it allows between coworkers and the ease of access it allows for us to share photos and download photos

What do you dislike?

You have to scroll through to where you were every time you exit from a photo view back to the list of photos.

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

Its a great place to store photos and now everyone has access in our office to any photos we may ever need. It's fantastic organization for our office and makes everything simple and easy.

Libris review by <span>Chris R.</span>
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"Making Digital Image Management simple and affordable"

What do you like best?

The instant-on implementation, 30-day trial, and very reasonable price-point made it extremely easy to test, prove, and purchase Libris as our digital image archive and delivery platform. Real content was loaded and the system rolled out to select users for feedback, all within the trial period and without the red-tape and research phase typical of large-scale IT projects. By the time a decision had to be made, overwhelmingly positive feedback had been received, time had been saved, and benefits of new features had been experienced first-hand.

The metadata-aware search feature alone has enabled the entire marketing department to find content themselves - saving staff photographers' time responding to email inquiries - and to reuse photos that would have been lost in the archive, increasing the ROI of the assets we have and continue to create.

The presentation is much more visual than our prior "solution", and very much on-brand.

What do you dislike?

"Invited User" management is a little lacking insofar as back-end admin capabilities. I'm not able to create, edit, or delete records, leaving me at the whim of whomever signs up and what they enter for information.

The Search feature is whole-word, exact-match only, limiting the ability of users to discover images if they don't exactly match the embedded keyword or caption data.

As an organization-targeted platform, integration with MS Exchange or other authentication systems to enable single-sign by in-house users should be a HIGH priority.

Since we use our account as a private image library for in-house consumption, being able to share photos and videos to social media channels as directly embedded content rather than linked content would be beneficial. Social media managers could save time sharing from our galleries by eliminating the intermediate step of downloading just to upload again, yet without exposing our entire archive publicly.

Integration with Adobe Lightroom (two-way sync) was initially finicky and appeared to have sync issues that prevented it's adoption in our implementation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Between "unmanaged cloud file storage" and "global enterprise class Digital Asset Management", there exists Libris. While the latter offers capabilities Libris doesn't (yet), it often comes at 10x the cost.

Libris has tremendous flexibility to manage, present, and deliver photo and video assets at a price that's very nearly an expense item rather than an infrastructure project. Implementation is fast, and training is extremely easy. Research your teams' needs. Identify whether your current system or workflow (or both!) is the problem. Then make use of the wealth of tutorials, reports, blog posts, and other resources Photoshelter offers to improve your workflow, understand the capabilities of Libris, and determine if Libris can work for you.

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

We create images largely at the request of key employees for use within our organization for marketing and communications. Previously the finished files were synced into a generic cloud storage system. End users kept direct links to specific folders in old emails to access their images, which were stored in multiple sizes in sub-folders. Other images were not discoverable from these direct links, or even from a top-level link due to the system not being metadata-aware and becoming increasingly disorganized over time.

This wasted time in the export process creating multiple resolutions, space in the storage system, time on the end users desk searching for old emailed links, time on the photographers desk searching for and providing links, etc.

Libris' flexible collection/gallery structure and metadata-aware discoverability - all under a custom subdomain - means end users need only remember one simple URL to gain access to the images they commissioned and additional ones they might also find useful.

As our organization's internal and external communications become more visual, being able to find existing content to use in new ways extracts additional value from our creation efforts. Empowering design and communications teams to locate images themselves and download the sizes they need means they no longer wait for a photographer to respond with a link or a new file size. Concept-to-execution time has been reduced for some projects as the searchable archive serves as our own ever-growing stock photo library.

The visual nature of gallery thumbnails is a quick way to see the consistency within and across galleries. This becomes a quality-control tool: as photographic equipment and image processing tools / techniques change, or as images come in from different sources, those that look different stand out from the rest. When needed, images can be re-processed and replaced.

Libris review by <span>Mads P.</span>
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"Pulling out all the stops with Libris"

What do you like best?

Libris solves a lot of the database management headaches we've had the past couple of years with Flickr, which we started using back in 2008 for lack of a better alternative.

Organizing everything straight from Lightroom, creating contextual user access, monitoring download patterns, giving users access to much better search options, handling tiff files with no silly workarounds, and getting rid of the feeling of being wrapped inside a social network really has made a big difference in our digital asset management.

What do you dislike?

While Libris handles all our core database challenges and provides a streamlined and simple interface the platform is not yet firing on all cylinders - but we can't wait to be able to customize the display of shopping carts, public folders, and other things which are currently in the works behind the scenes, and the future looks very bright for this platform.

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

Libris ensures that we can

- integrate offline workflows in Lightroom directly with our online database, the importance of which can't really be stressed too much,

- provide customized user access,

- improve database serchability,

- and a whole lot more...

Libris review by <span>John V.</span>
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"University Assets Management"

What do you like best?

The accessibility for our department and the entire university is very easy to use and has unlocked hidden potential.

What do you dislike?

Libris isn't hosted on a secure server, and our website is, so we can't embed galleries on our website, which is a bummer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris has really changed the way that our department and university interact with our assets. Previously, they were just being held on a folder based server, but now anyone can browse or search for photos quickly, beautifully, and easily. I have already received calls from other universities asking my opinion and I always tell them to check it out for their needs as well.

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

Our department, as well as our internal clients have access to our diverse library. Before, they didn't know which photos we had, or possible holes that needed filling. We can also deliver photos quickly without using other services.

Libris review by User in Higher Education
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"Helpful Service to Sort Through Thousands of Photos with Ease"

What do you like best?

For my job, I have to find the exact picture to fit the exact question at the exact time. With the extensive metadata options provided by Libris, I can do just that. There's no easier way to find what I'm looking for, compare photos and quickly download than Libris.

What do you dislike?

The navigation of Libris isn't entirely intuitive in my opinion. If I'm not sure what to search for and need to browse, I sometimes have trouble determining what I need and where to get it. Clearer directions/menus would improve the experience.

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

Efficiency and collaboration. With Libris, my entire team can look at photos from every photo shoot I upload, making their jobs and mine much easier.

Libris review by <span>Beth L.</span>
Beth L.
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"Libris provides user-friendly archive for Universities"

What do you like best?

Libris allows me to share my team's university photography with others who need them in an organized and efficient way.

What do you dislike?

I would really love to see the ability to have downloads from Lightboxes. My clients use these with the expectation of that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Libris to anyone who needs the ability to store, organize, sell, deliver visual assets at the business level.

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

Using Libris as a delivery method and archive allows me to give others the power to search for, find and choose their own images from our stock, allowing me to spend more time shooting and less on this task.

Libris review by <span>David H.</span>
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"Libris is a great tool for a small university's marketing and communications department"

What do you like best?

Having all of our images in a single storage location, that is easily searchable by keyword; photos are easy to organize and easily downloaded by non-photographers; There is an Adobe Lightroom plugin that if you use Lightroom as part of your workflow, allows you upload directly from Lightroom's catalog. Cloud storage is provided minimizing the need for additional onsite storage.

What do you dislike?

In the Libris system users can rate and give star ratings to images, but they don't carry over to other uses and you can't do a search on those ratings. It would be great to allow our designers and creative director the ability to see and seach on the photographers highest rated images, rather then having to look through all the images from a given shoot.

The other feature that would be super nice would be a way to attach an electronic model release to a given set of images which would be stored on the system rather then having to be stored on a different server.

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

Before Libris, we had a network share of folders that photographs were randomly placed in. There was no way to seach for a given image, and there was always IT dept complaints of how much space we were using. This system solves all of those issues for us.

Libris review by <span>Natalie M.</span>
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"NACWAA upgrading to Libris"

What do you like best?

Libris is ideal for everyone! The photo shelter site is user friendly, very organized, and allows you to share your images across every platform! My favorite aspect of Libris is it's meta data capability, everyone can find our images through any search engine.

What do you dislike?

How can you dislike anything? I suggest you take the time to get to know the system... I promise you will fall in love the same way NACWAA did.

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

To simply put it, we were out-of-date. Our pictures were scattered on different computers, files, hard drives, and sites. It is nice to have one universal platform for everyone at NACWAA to pull pictures from whether they're at an event or in the office.

Libris review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Makes managing our photography much easier!"

What do you like best?

The fact that multiple users can share photos in one place.

What do you dislike?

I am still in the initial stages of using the site, so I am still figuring out the difference between the inner-facing and outer-facing sides of the site. Because some of the terminology is vague or similar (portal, gallery, collection, library), it can be confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's easy to use, responsive, and the tutorials are good.

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

We take photos at an annual meeting, at the request of many different departments and for many different purposes (on-site publication, later print publication, web). Libris will help us get the photos to the appropriate user/requester with a minimum of fuss.

Libris review by User in Higher Education
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"Libris so far..."

What do you like best?

Easy to use. Easy to upload. Works okay with Lightroom, could be a little better.

What do you dislike?

My dislikes may be things that I haven't figured out how to do yet...

I don't like that raw files don't upload with any adjustments you've made. The .xmp file should make a difference.

I don't like that I have to log out and back in to be both a contributor and editor. I should be able to credit myself as the photographer when I'm uploading images even if I'm signed in as an editor. It's highly annoying that I can't.

I don't like that there's no way to just search galleries... if I search nursing, I don't want to see bunches of images, I want to see galleries. If it mets my needs, I'll open it.

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

I'm trying to help co-workers find images themselves, and not have to ask me. No benefits yet, we're still uploading.

Libris review by <span>Lindsey L.</span>
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"Libris takes photo storage and sharing to the next level"

What do you like best?

I like the different levels of contributors that are allowed. From administrators to taggers, there is an access level that fits all of our Libris needs.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that taggers can only move photos once and cannot move them again. If they are in the improper place, it would be convenient if they could correct their move.

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

The level of permissions helps us send images and galleries out, but at the same time, vendors can visit the site to see stocked galleries of general images. It allows us to share the atmosphere of the College Football Playoff National Championship year round.

Libris review by Administrator
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"Encompasses a lot of features for a great price"

What do you like best?

The visual design for assets

Number of users with email addresses allowed

What do you dislike?

Would like more analytics, would be nice to allow everyone to set up a user name and password to access the site ( so when they enter the site they sign in or sign up to be able to access the information).

I would really like an app for our sales force.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are a small to midsized company looking for asset software, consider Libris over it's competitors. It provides more options and flexibility for a great price.

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

Assets and computer storage space as well as the creative cloud connector.

Libris review by <span>Cassandra J.</span>
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"Streamlined our photo process"

What do you like best?

Libris makes it easy to search for and share photos. It improves efficiency and allows you to easily access photos from anywhere you have internet.

What do you dislike?

That we didn't have it sooner! Still improving our internal uploading, organization structure and metadata tagging process, which will make it even more helpful.

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

Efficiency, time saving, ability to share select photos with team members, easy access when working remotely

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Excellent Cloudbased Photo Software!"

What do you like best?

Libris makes images easy to share, easy to set permissions and does excellent customer support. The back-end interface is powerful, easy to customize. Also, the Libris team has been helpful in setting up our interface as an SSO so that we can share images to anyone who needs them within our institution.

What do you dislike?

There are some minor issues with batch processes, especially with Lightboxes requiring individual downloads and permissions settings for each image, but these are minor flaws.

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

With Libris we are able to outsource some levels of photo editing to the individual departments within our institution, eliminating communication gaps and some meetings.

Libris review by <span>Carpenter G.</span>
Carpenter G.
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"Photosheler/Libris- Part of Our Successful Social Media Workflow"

What do you like best?

Photoshelter was the perfect fit for our social media workflow. We needed a way to get professional photography to our team and Photoshelter provided the way via a simple ftp upload.

What do you dislike?

Not much, all products can be improved, Photoshelter seems to always be make changes based on user input. The only thing my users have asked for is a "next" button at the bottom of the page. Many are using their phones and would like to be able advance without scrolling to the top of the page.

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

Our professional photography is getting out to SM immediately. More people are using imagery and our message is getting to our audiences. The writers can write and the photographers can shoot, this is efficiency maximized. Great product.

Libris review by <span>Matt Y.</span>
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"I am in love with Photoshelter Libris!"

What do you like best?

I am a huge fan of the online platform, I travel a lot for work and it allows me to upload from anywhere online. I also like the interface, ease of use and how fast it is.

What do you dislike?

None. I have tried others and Photoshelter is the best of all of them in one.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it.

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

Delivering images to clients, designers and campus community.

Libris review by <span>Jon W.</span>
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"Great product for multiple brands"

What do you like best?

The best thing is making it simple for the design and marketing teams to search/view/download approved images. Also being able to set permissions per brand is great.

What do you dislike?

The one dislike is that permissions don't follow through in the folder structure. You give users access to the brand and they get everything, you can't limited the designers and marketers to seperate sections.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We reviewed lots of different software before choosing Libris and its fulfilled all our needs so far.

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

As we run multiple brands its great how we can limited access depending on the users role and involvement with different brands.

Libris review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Satisfied with results"

What do you like best?

One feature that I really like is how I and my contract photographers can upload shots instantly over wifi. This gives our institution an advantage over local media when shooting for our various athletic events.

What do you dislike?

It is very feature heavy, which is good and bad because I feel like I'm paying for things that I will never get an opportunity to utilize.

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

I have to share a lot of images with a wide variety of clients. Libris makes it easy for me the options I need to do this be it privately through permissions I select or through my public portal.

Libris review by User in Higher Education
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"Both good and bad..."

What do you like best?

I like that it is web based and runs pretty quickly.

What do you dislike?

Dislikes: The search feature is limited. After you search and want to go back to a gallery, it goes back to the beginning of the gallery, not where you were. You can't search within a gallery. You can't make the photos in gallery view larger.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a trial where you really search images and use the system to figure out if it's right for you. I find it could be more user-friendly.

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

Liberia PhotoShelter is much faster than our previous photo library, but we are experiencing some limitations.

Libris review by User in Higher Education
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"Better workflow with Libris"

What do you like best?

Libris allows for faster searching of our photos and quicker downloads once the right photo has been selected. The thumbnails are large enough to see what is needed and the photo sharing is easy with the Lightbox feature.

What do you dislike?

The permissions function seemed to be cumbersome when our photographer was setting up access to our folders. Other than that I have not seen any issues from a user experience side.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Libris is a good resource for searching, collecting and sharing a large volume of assets.

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

We have a huge archive of photos and finding a specific photo for an event or publication piece was time consuming in the past. The search function is much faster with Libris (compared to our previous system) and the download options make asset collection a much simpler process.

Libris review by <span>Leanne O.</span>
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"Great customer service, product"

What do you like best?

This service has transformed the way we have been able to share our photo assets with clients, both internal and external, and work with freelancers. I love how easy it is to quickly share specific photos or entire galleries with other people. It's made workflows so much more efficient. I also love how clean and organized the design is.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes I get confused at the differences between ways to share and the icons. There are many ways to get photos to clients with sharing preferences, passwords, quick send, emails, etc.

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

We have greatly improved how we are able to get photos into the hands of clients and our design team as well as the ability to search for photos easily with key words. It's been wonderful.

Libris review by User in Sports
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