Canto and Helios Get Cozier
Canto and Helios are snuggling up again. An update to Canto Software's Cumulus Companion more smoothly integrates the firm's Cumulus digital asset management suite with print server utilities and services provided by Helios Software.
Publishers use Helios' solutions for functions such as heavy-duty print spooling, OPI image conversion, color management, and PDF workflow solutions. The updated Cumulus Companion automatically synchronizes content between the two vendors' products.
Now, when publishers store new files or make changes to existing files in the Helios file system, the Cumulus Companion detects and synchronizes those changes with Cumulus' DAM catalogs.
Cumulus's cataloging process automatically creates document thumbnails and descriptions (among other tasks), and adds the updated files and metadata to the DAM database. It uses the server's processing muscle, which reduces network load and improves user response time.
"This extends the workflow users are familiar with, but doesn't require them to learn a new product or duplicate effort by having to replace, add, or remove changed content in the Cumulus catalog," says Jennifer Neumann, CEO of Canto Software Inc., in San Francisco.
Both companies believe that integration of their products provides a unique solution for cross-media publishers. The update also adds another key productivity feature.
The Cumulus Companion lets publishers use Helios's image conversion feature. This converts file formats or other color spaces as defined by ICC (International Color Consortium) profiles.
The ICC profiles translate color data created on one device into another device's native color space, so users can move profiles and images between different operating systems and various output devices, and retain absolute color fidelity.
"The combination of the products is a perfect solution for cross media publishing," says Ulrich Knocke, senior product manager at Helios Software, Santa Nella, Calif. "Publishers can convert cataloged assets into other formats, resolutions, and color spaces with the correct ICC profile."