Canto has announced the forthcoming release of Cumulus 5 — the company’s media asset management solution — for Mac OS X. The server application, Vault and Web Publisher Option of the Cumulus 5 Workgroup Edition will be available by the end of July running under Mac OS X.
The Mac OS X version of the Workgroup Server offers improved performance during the cataloging process and Client/Server communication, according to the company.
With the Web Publisher Option, cataloged assets can be put on the web dynamically, where they will always be up-to-date for viewing, searching and download whenever the user wants them. A high performance CGI creates a link between the Cumulus database and the Apache Web Server, contained within Mac OS X.
The last of the OS X updates is the Vault. The Cumulus Vault is a workflow solution offering check-in/check-out functionality and version control.
“The Macintosh is still the number one choice when it comes to graphic design and publishing. Therefore it is a must for every vendor of Media Asset Management solutions to have a Mac solution. Many tools and applications can only be scripted and automated on a Macintosh”, said Ulrich Knocke, Canto’s product manager. “With the release of Apple’s Mac OS X Client and especially Mac OS X Server we now have the power of UNIX and the ease of use of the Mac OS combined in one system. This represents a perfect combination particularly for our Client/Server Solutions.”
Owners of Cumulus 5 Workgroup Edition for Mac OS and Windows can upgrade/sidegrade to the Mac OS X version free of charge. The Cumulus 5 Web Publisher Option for Mac OS X is free of charge for current owners of a Cumulus 5 Web Publisher Option. The Cumulus 5 Vault Option for Mac OS X is free of charge for owners of a Cumulus 5 Vault Option. The versions
will be available as downloads on Canto’s website under at the end of July. CD versions will be available in mid August.
The Cumulus 5 Workgroup Edition with the Workgroup Server for Mac OS X is available in English, German, French and Japanese for a suggested retail price of US$995. For more information on all Cumulus products and services and to download demo versions go to
Canto’s Web site.