What do you like best?
The portal interface on top of Xinet allows for a lot of front end customization to make "pretty". The back end of Xinet is functional and a bit of a workhorse.
With people with the right skillsets, it integrates well with other applications and allows for workflow efficiencies. For instance, we have an integration with our Merchansie Management/Shot Management systems, that allows for a placeholder image to be created in Xinet before the shot is complete. This allows for something to be placed on an Indesign page.. Later in the workflow, thru the use of a hot folder, the Placeholder gets replaced with the real image. When the Page reopens, the image automatically updates. Saves a ton of time for a person to not have to g and fetch the image again.
What do you dislike?
Out of the box the interface is ugly and clunky.
It is not inexpensive to operate and support. You cannot purchase directly from Xinet, everything goes through a reseller, and while i do like our vendor very much, I'm at their mercy as it relates to cost.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Xinet was purchased by North Plains Software a bit ago, NP has their own DAM (Telescope) that has a lot of functionality that Xinet never had, I've been hoping some of those features would be integrated into XInet but that hasn't happened yet.
Xinet is really two pieces. Xinet which is the server piece of it -where all the 'heavy lifting' occurs. and Portal which is the pretty front end - that does allow for customization and
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Primary use is a Digital Asset Management system to support multiple clients (internal use and makes assets available to external clients.
Internally it's very easy to manage access requests via Active Directory.