Canto brings back single user digital asset management app

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Canto has announced the release of Canto Single User, the return of a single-user version of the company's Cumulus 8 digital asset management (DAM) application. The company says that it is targeting Single User at both hobbyists and professionals who don't need the networked, multi-user aspects of the full version.

Canto Single User lets users, as with the full version, document their digital files, whether they be photos, videos, audio, text documents, or "anything else," the company says. Users are also able to add their own metadata to the file's XMP, IPTC, or EXIF metadata.

The application also offers advanced search options for finding a file, including keyword search, category browsing, file relations, and user-constructed complex queries.

Files can be stored on a local hard or networked hard drives, or on optical media such as DVD-ROM.

Canto Single User also includes all the new features added to Cumulus 8, which was introduced in May; these include user commenting, improved search filters, full-screen preview of multiple assets, license-free watermarking, and a built-in Image Editor.

Cumulus Single User has returned to Canto's portfolio after MediaDex acquired the product in 2005. The software is being sold through the Canto Partner Network—users interested in the release are encouraged to visit the Web site to find a regional distributor. DataBasics, an Australian distributor, handles the English language version.

System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.4 or later, 350MB hard disk space, 256MB RAM, QuickTime 7.

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