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North Plains Xinet


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Contact Name
Julie Huang
Company Profile

North Plains is recognized as the worldleader in helping companies effectively leverage their visual media contentincluding images, photos, videos, 3D designs, and others to maximize marketsuccess. Providing a complete array of products, services and solutions, NorthPlains is uniquely positioned to help corporate marketers, advertisers, contentcreators, and publishers to be more agile in the creative development process,and in the management and distribution of marketing and brand communications.Since 1994, North Plains has helped its customers stay ahead of their rapidlychanging marketing needs by expanding and evolving its suite of offerings toinclude Digital Asset Management (DAM), Marketing Resources Management (MRM),Brand Asset Management (BAM), Creative Workflow and more. With offices inCanada, USA and Europe, North Plains counts many of the world?s leadingcompanies and brands among its 1,400+ clients and 1,000,000+ users.


Contact Email
sales@northplains.com
Company Website
http://www.northplains.com/
Years Trading
19
Office Locations
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Berkeley, California
  • London, England
  • Munich, Germany
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Product Name
    Xinet
    Latest Version Number
    17.5.1
    Date Of Last Release
    16/07/2013
    Documentation URL
    http://www.northplains.com/resource-center/datasheets/
    Company LinkedIn URL
    http://www.linkedin.com/company/north-plains-systems
    Company Facebook URL
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Plains-Systems/161675280537110?ref=hl
    Clients & Customers
  • Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Athleta
  • Young & Rubicam Brands
  • Husqvarna
  • Partner Network
    If the vendor operates through a sales channel they may use intermediaries who have regional focus or additional specialisms in a given vertical market.
  • Yes
  • Partner Network Notes
    The list of worldwide partners can be found at http://www.northplains.com/partners.

    Licensing

    Licensing Model
    This refers to the type of licence the DAM system software is supplied under. Proprietary means that the developer restricts access to the source code (the instructions used to generate the software). Open source means that the developer provides full access to the code so you can modify it yourself. Split model is hybrid and means they may offer both options with some restrictions removed (or added) depending on the model chosen. If split is selected, it is advisable to verify the differences with the vendor.
  • Proprietary
  • Hosting

    Software Delivery Methods
  • Installed (On-Premise)
  • Technology

    Client
    Client refers to the type of hardware or software device that can be used to access or control the DAM system.
  • Web client
  • Desktop client
  • Server Operating Systems supported
    This only applies for installed or hybrid DAM systems and refers to what types of OS they can be run on. This question is less relevant for DAM systems where a third party will be hosting it for you.
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac OSX
  • Solaris
  • Web Server
    The type of web server software that the DAM system can operate with. Not all DAM systems use a web server and for pure SaaS products the question is irrelevant. If you either want SaaS or non-web DAM systems, do not choose an option.
  • Apache
  • Software Development Technologies Used
    This means the programming language or development technology used to implement the DAM system. This question is more important for open source software or if you have IT policy restrictions that require you to use (or not use) some technologies. It may not be relevant if you require a hosted DAM and never intend to host the system in-house.
  • PHP
  • Python
  • C
  • C++
  • Database Technology
    The Database that the DAM system uses. All DAM systems require some kind of storage for asset metadata and they are usually based on an existing technology - but that may not always be a conventional database. If the DAM will be hosted by someone else (e.g. SaaS/Cloud) this question may not be relevant.
  • XML
  • MySQL
  • Search Technologies
    This refers to third party search components that the vendor uses to provide the text search features (and sometimes other related search functions).
  • Custom (developed in-house)
  • Other
  • Search

    Search Features
    This describes the search strategies that can be used to find assets. If you do not understand any of them, leave the options de-selected. Most DAM systems should support at least keyword search at a minimum.
  • Folders
  • Filters
  • Linked Asset Search
  • Other
  • Search Notes
    Metadata search

    Index/Search Text Content Of Documents
    Some DAM systems can search the text content of document assets and that might be important for your DAM solution.
  • Yes
  • Metadata

    Embedded metadata support (reading)
    Embedded metadata refers to information stored within asset files which can be searched from the DAM system. There are different standards for this type of metadata. Some image cataloguing software like Adobe Lightroom will write this data to asset files and a device like a camera may capture details also such as GPRS coordinates where an photo was shot. XMP metadata is often used with other types of files such as InDesign or PDF. If you are unsure whether this applied to you, do not check any options.
  • IPTC
  • IPTC Core
  • XMP
  • EXIF
  • Dublin Core
  • Embedded metadata support (writing)
    See the reading question above for more details on what embedded metadata is. This question refers to whether embedded metadata can be written back to files if edited within the DAM system.
  • IPTC
  • XMP
  • Embedded metadata support notes
    Leverage through XMP

    Controlled Vocabularies
    Controlled Vocabularies are predefined lists of search terms. They can be realised in many different ways but the common factor is the user picks from a restricted selection rather than enters a keyword. Most DAM systems will usually support both controlled vocabularies and keywords.
  • Yes
  • Asset Processing

    Dedicated/Scalable Proxy or Derivative Asset Generation
    Nearly all DAM systems will generate thumbnails and previews of media, including more dynamic types like video or audio. Some products use a separate server to do this which usually makes them more suitable for large scale asset ingestion and processing.
  • Yes
  • Asset Manipulation

    Image Manipulation
    Many DAM systems allow users to manipulate images by resizing, cropping etc. Choose any features which are important to your users.
  • Image re-sizing
  • Image cropping
  • Format conversion
  • Flip images
  • Rotate image
  • Change colorspace
  • Effects & filters
  • Batch manipulate groups of assets
  • Video Manipulation
    Some DAM systems may allow video assets to be converted or modified. If that is a potential requirement for you, specify those features which are likely to be needed. EDL = Edit Decision List and refers to providing in/out points when editing video footage.
  • Format conversion
  • Integration

    API
    API means Application Programming Interface and allows third party software to control a DAM system. If you intend to integrate your DAM with another existing solution then you need to choose the API protocol that is compatible with that.
  • REST
  • Authentication

    Authentication Support
    If you need to integrate with an existing corporate authentication service then this option will be important for you.
  • Active Directory
  • LDAP
  • Other
  • Authentication Notes
    Other = local users

    Multi-Lingual Options

    Multilingual Application Interface Support
    The interface means the controls to use the DAM system. This is different from the metadata support which is usually entered by end users when cataloguing assets.
  • English
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • Finnish
  • Multilingual Metadata Support
    See previous question. Most DAM systems with multi-lingual support will provide it for metadata.
  • Yes