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The universal issue facing most of the DAMs out in the market today is the inability of providing seamless integration with creative Adobe applications. This creates a huge redundancy as the creative people/agencies working with Adobe applications have to somehow manually synchronize the edited assets back to the DAM. If there are multiple people or teams working on the same assets, this can create huge chaos. The Adobe Creative Cloud Connector aims to solve this perpetual issue by providing an out of box integration between the Creative Cloud libraries and the Contentserv DAM.

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Links and Videos

Click here to see a short overview video.

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About Creative Cloud Libraries

With Creative Cloud Libraries you can manage, organize, and access your media elements, logos, and more in desktop and mobile apps like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, XD, Dimension, Capture, the Creative Cloud desktop app, and also Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Google Workspace. You can even access your assets when you’re offline.

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Libraries can be used within the following Adobe applications as well as in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Google Workspace:

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Using Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud Libraries

You can search Adobe Stock content directly from the above Adobe desktop applications that support Creative Cloud Libraries such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dimension, and Animate.

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This image downloaded from Adobe Stock images and saved to the library will now be immediately available in the Contentserv MAM once the synchronization script is run.

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About the Connector

Adobe opens Creative Cloud Libraries via a REST API to DAM systems, starting with the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference in October 2020. Contentserv was selected as one of the first DAM systems worldwide to participate in a private Beta program to test the new APIs and provide a connector, which will also be made available with the Adobe MAX. The BS Adobe Creative Cloud Connector will be one of the only connectors available in the market which connects DAM files within Contentserv to library elements in Creative Cloud applications.

It allows synchronizing a configurable list of Contentserv DAM folders with libraries. Each selected folder with all files contained will automatically create a new library with those files.

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Installation and Setup

The BS Adobe Creative Cloud Connector consists of a module called ‘adobe’ under BSLive/modules.

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Other users then have to be invited to an Adobe Library to participate in the creative process.

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Synchronizing DAM Folders with Libraries

Once the above installation steps have been carried out, comes the most important step of synchronizing the DAM Folders with the libraries. There is an active Job called “BS Adobe Creative Cloud Synchroniser”. This is the most important part of the connector.                                                                                                                                        

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  • Sync Mam File Created: Activating this option ensures that any new file created in the Contentserv Mam will get added to the Libraries.

  • Sync Mam File Updated: Activating this option ensures that any updates in the Contentserv Mam file will be synchronized with the Libraries.

  • Sync Mam File Deleted: Activating this option ensures that any file deleted in the Contentserv Mam will get deleted from the Libraries too.

  • Sync Adobe Element Created: Activating this option ensures that any new file created/added in the Libraries will get added to the Contentserv Mam.

  • Sync Adobe Element Updated: Activating this option ensures that any file updates in the Libraries will be synchronized with the Contentserv Mam.

  • Sync Adobe Element Deleted: Activating this option ensures that any file deleted in the Libraries will get deleted from the Contentserv Mam too.

  • In other words, any Mam file created, edited, or deleted in Contentserv or in the libraries can be synchronized on either side depending on the activated modes of synchronization.

Using the Creative Cloud Libraries

The following image in the Contentserv DAM is synchronized with a library:

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Finally, the active job can be run again so that the updated image is synchronized back to Contentserv DAM:

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Credits

  • Inspiration and Idea: Alexander Wörl

  • Development: Alexander Wörl and Frank Kowalzik (thank you Frank!)

  • Documentation and QA: Anuradha Wörl

  • Marketing and PR: Franziska Kliemann, Petra Kiermeier, Daniel Murillo-Vargas

  • Adobe Mentoring and Support: Ingo Eichel, Ryan Stewart, Drew Endick