Some standalone digital photo management software programs work like File-Servers, where the catalog and files are located in shared network folders. This approach can have significant drawbacks.

File-Server Based Solution

  • There is no guarantee that your photo and media management system won’t crash and damage your content due to multiple users simultaneously attempting to change it.
  • One of your team members could accidentally “screw up” your assets.
  • You can’t see the changes made by other users in the same media database until you restart the media database software, or refresh the opened catalog.
  • Users can configure access rights on the Windows NTFS level, but this is extremely laborious, inconvenient and limiting.
  • You can’t limit access to your content for users by roles: prevent your guests from downloading your hi-res photos, or prevent users with Reader rights from changing content.

Daminion Server

  • Your content is protected from the risk of accidental damage (including in a multi-user environment)
  • Access to content and program functions can be controlled easily through user roles.
  • Version control grants seamless teamwork and collaboration with media content. You can track authorship and changes to your documents.
  • Users can check a document out, lock it, make changes, and then return it to the database, allowing others to see updates and edits.
  • High performance and low bandwidth.  Database and metadata syncronization occurs on the server, which is up to 20 times faster than remotely updating the file metadata.

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