Digital Asset Management is being used in more and more scenarios. When moving from a small-scale solution for a small user group of professionally trained users - for example photographers or taxonomists - to larger and more diverse user groups - for example business users, WCM authors, journalists, and so on - the powerful user interface of CQ5 DAM for professional users can provide too much information and stakeholders start to request specific user interfaces or applications to access the digital assets that are of relevance to them.
These asset-centric applications can be simple photo galleries in an intranet where employees can upload photos from trade show visits or a press center in a public-facing website, such as the example provided with Geometrixx. Asset-centric applications can also extend to complete solutions including shopping carts, checkout, and verification processes.
CQ5 DAM introduces the concept of DAM Finder (Asset Share) pages to create asset-centric applications. Creating an asset-centric application becomes to a large extent a configuration process that does not require coding, only knowledge of user groups and their needs as well as knowledge of the metadata being used. Asset-centric applications created with CQ5 DAM are extensible: with moderate coding effort reusable components for searching, viewing, and modifying assets can be created.
An asset-centric application in CQ5 consists of two main parts - an Asset Share page, which can be used to search assets based on their metadata and an Asset Editor page, which can be used to get a detailed view of a specific asset. An Asset Editor page also allows for the editing of metadata, provided the user accessing the asset has the necessary permissions.