Razuna hosted update to protect you

As many of you might know the SHA-1 algorithm has become dangerously weak. In order to protect our customers, we have re-issued our SSL Certificate with the stronger SHA-2 algorithm.

Though SHA-1 is still considered to be secure to use for now, the Internet community and some major web companies such as Microsoft and Google already think the world should move to the better security provided by the SHA-2 algorithm in SSL certificates, to avoid any content spoofs or man-in-the-middle attacks. To ensure the transition will be as smooth as possible, we’ve decided to move to the SHA-2 algorithm right away.

Additionally, we also disabled SSL 3 on our servers in order to protect you from the POODLE attack. However, we encourage all customers to update to the latest browser versions which automatically disables SSL 3. If you cannot upgrade you can manually disable SSL 3 in your browser settings.

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Razuna 1.7 Improves the Digital Asset Management On-Boarding Process

Razuna Launches Razuna 1.7: Open Source and Cloud Digital Asset Management Provider, Razuna, Expands DAM Software to Accelerate the Asset On-Boarding Process with Minimal Resources Resulting in Cutting Implementation Time to a Few Days.

Razuna, the leading provider of open source and cloud based digital asset management software, announced today the release of version 1.7. The release is highly focused on improving user interaction and optimizing the on-boarding process for its many users.

“A critical part of digital asset management is the on-boarding process,” explains Nitai Aventaggiato, CTO and founder of Razuna. “We see many customers missing this important process, when implementing a DAM system. So we decided to add features to make it easier while ensuring high quality.”

As part of the development process, Razuna identified a number of global, key customers to act as advisors. This gave the Razuna team deeper insights into enterprise client implementations, and helped to customize the software to a broader range of use.

“We serve everyone from medium sized businesses to global enterprises, and no matter the size of the customer, the key factors for success are always: Rapid Implementation, Easy On-Boarding, High Data Quality and Ease-of-Use,” says Nitai Aventaggiato. “Those key elements are always in the back of our mind, when adding new features.”

And with Razuna 1.7, the team definitely proved this point. Each new feature was designed to help the customers achieve success.

“One of our customers, a global travel agency, actually held an internal seminar for all of their Country IT Managers to showcase Razuna as the fastest IT implementation thus far in their company,” says Nitai Aventaggiato. “That’s one of those things that makes us proud to do, what we do.”

All Razuna’s existing customers will be upgraded to Razuna 1.7 as part their service agreement. Open source users may download the new version from http://www.razuna.org.

New customers can sign up directly on: http://www.razuna.com

The most exciting new features in Razuna 1.7 are:

  • Aliases: You can create aliases within folders now. Select a file, create an alias for that file in another folder and you got a link between these files. Aliases behave just like their original file.
  • Import of custom XMP metadata: Import custom metadata from any other system with ease in Razuna 1.7. Create a custom field in Razuna and define the XMP-Path of the metadata. Razuna will automatically parse the XMP metadata and enter the value into the custom field.
  • Customise Search: You can lock down the search to folders only.
  • Search and Label View: We are happy to announce that a long standing request by the Razuna community has been satisfied with 1.7. In short, the label and the search view have now (almost) all the functionality you can find in the standard folder view.
  • White-Labelling: White-Labelling is now available per host!
  • Customisation: Razuna 1.7 has now even more customisation options.
    • Each icon, button, tab, etc. can now be made accessible to certain groups only (instead of show/hide for everyone).
    • Option to redirect users to folders can now be assigned per group.
    • Metadata can now be shown on top of the file and at the bottom (previously only at the bottom).
    • Labels for each metadata field can now be turned off.
  • Administration: The administration can now be made accessible to certain members of a group. Previously, you had to be an Administrator of the host to be able to access the Administration.
  • Renditions: It is now possible to swap the original file with a rendition.
  • Thumbnails: You can now upload a thumbnail for all file types (thus replacing the default Word, ZIP, etc. icon) and additionally choose from a thumbnail already uploaded to the system.
  • Folder Tree: Finally long folder names do not simply extend but wrap properly (Yeah!)

 

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Razuna 1.7 BETA 1 is now available

I’m pleased to announce that Razuna 1.7 BETA 1 is now available. To download, please follow this link.

Razuna 1.7 comes with many useful features and enhancements that will make your work with files easier. Please have a look at the overview below to see what is new or changed. We tackled over 150 issues tackled. Many issues are fulfilled feature requests or enhancements to existing functionality.

  • Aliases: You can create aliases within folders now. Select a file, create an alias for that file in another folder and you got a link between these files. Aliases behave just like their original file.
  • Import of custom XMP metadata: Import custom metadata from any other system with ease in Razuna 1.7. Create a custom field in Razuna and define the XMP-Path of the metadata. Razuna will automatically parse the XMP metadata and enter the value into the custom field.
  • Customise Search: You can lock down the search to folders only.
  • Search and Label View: We are happy to announce that a long standing request by the Razuna community has been satisfied with 1.7. In short, the label and the search view have now (almost) all the functionality you can find in the standard folder view.
  • White-Labelling: White-Labelling is now available per host!
  • Customisation: Razuna 1.7 has now even more customisation options.
    • Each icon, button, tab, etc. can now be made accessible to certain groups only (instead of show/hide for everyone).
    • Option to redirect users to folders can now be assigned per group.
    • Metadata can now be shown on top of the file and at the bottom (previously only at the bottom).
    • Labels for each metadata field can now be turned off.
  • Administration: The administration can now be made accessible to certain members of a group. Previously, you had to be an Administrator of the host to be able to access the Administration.
  • Renditions: It is now possible to swap the original file with a rendition.
  • Thumbnails: You can now upload a thumbnail for all file types (thus replacing the default Word, ZIP, etc. icon) and additionally choose from a thumbnail already uploaded to the system.
  • Folder Tree: Finally long folder names do not simply extend but wrap properly (Yeah!)

Please report any issues with Razuna 1.7 BETA to our new beta forum.

 

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Razuna Workflow Plugin – Now Available to Hosted DAM Customers

As part of Razuna 1.6 we launched the workflow plugin, which allows you to automate a number of tasks. I have previously written a blog post to highlight some of the possibilities with the workflow plugin.

Since then we have seen a wave of creativity amongst our customers, as they have taken the workflow plugin for a spin. One recent example is a major retail chain, who needed two things to happen as part of the upload:

1. File names should adhere to the company’s naming conventions

2. Metadata (in custom fields) should be filled in automatically

With more than 300 users on Razuna, the business previously had their work cut out, when the users gave more or less creative names for the assets as well as filling in only the most important fields. Soon the “organizing” part of digital asset management became more of a janitor part and the value of the system seriously threatened.

Now – with the workflow plugin, they developed their own quality control application, which was able to ensure that stringent naming conventions were followed and necessary metadata filled in.

Call external URL action

They used the Call external URL action in Razuna, and had it triggered upon upload. What this does is that when a file is uploaded, Razuna sends the asset ID and relevant metadata to an external URL in a JSON call or as XML.

Our customer’s web application then processes the data received and validates against a database, before calling back into Razuna using the API, changing the name of the file and updating the relevant metadata. And everything happens in the same go, completely transparent to the user.

I can’t tell you exactly how much time they have saved or how many mistakes they have avoided, because after a few days of operation we stopped counting. The workflow plugin, which in their case was for a dedicated server, $299 per month, was paid back in less than a day.

Now available for all Razuna customers

But – as I started out writing, the workflow plugin is now available to all Razuna customers. Even customers on the hosted Razuna plans. For the $24 to $149 a month plans, you can now add the workflow plugin for $49 a month. And what does this get you?

The workflow plugin can do the following:

  • Create automatic renditions
  • Automatically notify users and groups
  • Automatically moved uploaded files
  • Call external URL
  • Automatically add values to metadata field
  • Automatically add values to custom fields
  • Automatically add labels
  • Automatically rename file

And – any combination of the above, or – using the Razuna API - just about anything you can think of.

If you are already a Razuna customer and you are interested in signing up for the workflow plugin, please contact sales@razuna.com. If you are not yet a customer, you can sign up for the hosted version of Razuna on our website.

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