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Fluxiom introduces object & scene detection for your images!


Thanks to Nik MacMillan, Holly Mandarich, Julie Macey and Shea Rouda for the perfect picture to illustrate the new Fluxiom feature “automatic labels for your images”.


In the details panel you will find the labels for your images

With this new feature Fluxiom can detect and recognise objects, people and scenes in your images for better search results.

The asset labels are trained and tested to reflect your image characteristics.
This means you can search after labels like “Tree” or “Human” or “Portrait” and many more to find your relevant asset.

Short facts about it:

  • The recognition and detection for the assets is done in Fluxiom – no 3rd party services are used to retrieve labels
  • The labels will be available instantly for all new uploads
  • For all existing images the labels will be generated until end of June

Stay tuned for updates in the next blogpost.

Nice video on how object & scene detection is used in a different used case: “AI Object and Scene Recognition by Huawei”: youtube.com/watch?v=G7EDoF87x4A

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™ŒWe’re excited to announce that now all labels are generated for all users. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ™Œ


Fluxiom is now GDPR compliant

With the upcoming EU Data Regulation (GDPR) in May 25th, 2018 we are glad to inform you that Fluxiom already complies with this regulation. Please find below a brief description of what we added to our policies to make them more readable for you.

Privacy Policy

We split the Privacy Policy up into sections like the following:

  • Registration: with more details about where your data is needed.
  • Data & Personal Data: where your data is in use.
  • Your Controls and Choices: how you can handle opt-out choices.

Security Policy

We split the Security Policy up into sections like the following:

  • Data: to provide more information how we secure your data and where it is stored.
  • Data Transfer: to give you more information in your transit encryption.
  • Our Third Parties list: What Fluxiom uses to secure, support and save your data.

Our aim is to make our Policies easier to read and to understand.

Although we updated a lot of the wording in our Privacy Policy & Security Policy, our core values remain unchanged: your privacy is critically important to us and we care about your data.

  • We store personal information for only as long as necessary and legally allowed.
  • We aim for full transparency on how we gather, use, and share your personal information.

Our service is GDPR compliant with the update of our policies on and after May, 25th, 2018. If you have any further questions, please contact our support team at support@fluxiom.com


Fluxiom is getting GDPR ready

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, DSGVO in German) which will come into effect on May, 25 2018, we are right in the process of preparing Fluxiom, our digital asset management service to be compliant with the new regulations.

We will be compliant with the GDPR (DSGVO) in time on or before May, 25 2018. All our services are hosted in Austria, Europe.

What does this mean for you?

We will bring our security and privacy statements in line with the requirements of the GDPR, including details about where your data is saved, and which security processes will protect your data. And we will be making them clearer and easier to understand. We are reviewing our internal data practices to be sure that our processes are compliant.

We will be updating the terms and policies available here

These changes will apply to all Fluxiom customers. We will notify you as soon as these updates are available.

In the meantime, you are welcome to send us your questions to support@fluxiom.com.



Fluxiom is changing, starting today

A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to upgrade Fluxiom to a brand new platform featuring cutting-edge hardware and industry-leading connectivity. This platform is now live, and the service has never performed better. With plenty of power to spare, we are now poised to introduce a series of significant improvements to our interface, peeling away older code, letting go of compatibility layers, and revealing a livelier, sprightlier Fluxiom!

Because nobody likes disorientating updates, we will introduce these new features progressively over the coming months, starting today with brand-new login, upload, and download pages โ€” new gateways to a new app!

Our fresh new design is crisper and fully responsive, heralding our upcoming transition to a fully mobile interface. It puts your custom brand front and centre and guarantees the fastest possible load times, even on 4G networks. (Can you say iPad Pro on the go?) Whether you are logging into your account or a Stage or even uploading a file to a Fluxiom user’s Inbox, the extra speed and smoother flow will make switching to Fluxiom a breeze.

Improvements to the app’s logic make it easier to navigate traditionally tight corners. For example, you can now log into your account and recover a forgotten password using either your username or your email address. Look for many such small boosts in every corner of the application.

We will share more about our new setup soon, and introduce our exciting new features as they come online. In the meantime, remember the whole team stands ready to answer your questions through in-app chat or email.

Summary

  • The new Fluxiom platform is now live
  • Improvements are scheduled over the coming weeks
  • Key app pages are now faster and better-looking
  • Our transition to an all-responsive UI is underway
  • Log in using either your email or username


New Preview Pop-Over

Fluxiomโ€™s quick and easy previews are the best way to drill into large file collections. Today, we are introducing a dramatically simpler and faster way to peek into your photos, videos, and PDFs: gone are the old-school pop-up windows, replaced instead by lightweight in-app overlays.

These overlays offer all the rich functionality you rightly expect from Fluxiom’s desktop-class interface:

  1. Press the Space bar to open the preview.
  2. Navigate from one file to the next by using your Arrow keys, without closing the previews.
  3. Access key file information โ€” such as the name and size of each document โ€” above the previews.
  4. Press the space bar to quickly return to your Assets View. Check out all available keyboard-shortcuts.

Quick-action buttons enable you to download each file as you view it, or to transfer it to a pop-up window, so as to compare as many assets as you wish on the screen. (The latter functionality emulates the old previews.)

We no longer enlarge small images when displaying them. Conversely, large files are now carefully downsized and presented in full Retina quality. This ensures that previews always look their best and should greatly facilitate delicate design work.

From a technical standpoint, the new previews use as much native browser functionality as possible, thereby maximizing performance and battery life. (Can you say iPad Pro?) In particular, the video player now uses HTML5 by default (using Flash only as a fallback) and PDF documents are natively embedded.

The new previews are available right now across Fluxiom, including on Stages. We know how central previews are to your workflows and hope you will enjoy this lighter and better-performing version. As always, we eagerly look forward to reading your feedback!

Key points

  • Previews are now lighter and faster
  • Videos and PDFs now display natively
  • You can still pop out assets in separate windows to compare them


Full steam ahead in 2016

Brand-new Macs about to join their many siblings in the data centre. Think integration day, for computers.

Some people ring in the new year with party streamers and silly string. For 2016, we chose nylon ties and CAT6 cables, as the holidays marked the beginning of the largest technology upgrade cycle in the history of Fluxiom. As our clients’ businesses grow in numerous and exciting ways, so does ours. With ever more files on Fluxiom, ever more images on Maiko, and ever more client sites to run, we felt the time had come to step up our game in a big way.

All-new platform

Our commitment to privacy and security runs deep. Our brand-new platform continues to be designed, operated, and maintained in-house using the latest Apple hardware for optimal reliability and efficiency. We never outsource client data to opaque clouds, and take full responsibility for its safekeeping.

Each layer of our stack will now run on multiple dedicated machines, without wasting a drop of power on virtualisation. Hot spares and bespoke deployment recipes will empower us to face the unpredictable, from hardware failures to overnight sensations, by bringing up additional equipment at any time, in a matter of minutes.

These new, turbo-charged servers will run the latest major Ruby and Rails versions. Over the next six months, we will progressively upgrade every app we maintain to the very latest iteration of these fast-moving technologies, enabling us to squeeze every drop of power and reliability from the new hardware.

The new platform is already up and running and undergoing the final tests. We will be moving client services transparently to the new setup over the coming few weeks, as the old platform progressively winds down.

End of support for older browsers

On 12 January 2016, Microsoft stopped supporting older versions of Internet Explorer. While we are not yet ready to take such drastic steps, we will stop supporting IE 7โ€“9 on 1ย March 2016.

Older versions of Explorer are not only fundamentally insecure, they also lack support for the modern web technologies we need to introduce new features and interfaces. Supporting these older and marginal browsers means withholding improvements from everybody, which we feel is not an acceptable trade-off.

While we won’t lock out anybody by design, we will stop testing new releases against these browsers. For their own security and peace of mind, we encourage all our customers to upgrade to supported versions of Explorer or cross-grade to browsers like Chrome and Firefox today. Our support team is ready to assist you in this effort.

We remain committed to supporting every platform we can, so long as it does not endanger stability or security. Therefore, we shall continue to support the last two versions of Safari, Chrome, and Firefox on all platforms, as well as Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on Windows.

Summary

  • Fluxiom is upgrading all its software and hardware
  • The upgrade will be fully transparent to end-users
  • Exciting new features will launch in the second half of 2016
  • Support for Internet Explorer 7โ€“9 will end on 1 March


Up they go, there you go

The Uploader is Fluxiom’s unsung hero, enabling you to import assets into your accounts from the comfort of a native OS X application. It is also the perfect starting point for automated workflows using AppleScript, and similar technologies.

We are psyched to introduce an update to the Uploader, bringing in a fresh new look and a vibrant new icon. This new version also includes full copy-and-paste support to facilitate uploading large groups of files, in addition to the usual drag-and-drop facilities.

This release has been optimized for OS X v. 10.9 Mavericks and later, including the current OS X v. 10.10 Yosemite โ€” and the upcoming OS X v. 10.11 El Capitan. To facilitate large-scale deployments, as well as system restores, it is distributed exclusively on the Mac App Store. It is also fully sandboxed and TLS-enabled, so as to guarantee optimal levels of security.

See the web uploader interface and the Fluxiom Uploader in action

We are already hard at work on further refinements to the application, including new and faster ways to upload data and switch between all your logged-in accounts. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing your feedback.

Key Points

  • The Fluxiom Uploader has been updated
  • It is now brighter and more secure
  • You can download it from the Mac App Store


Helping you find new files

The Assets View is the core of your Fluxiom account. It refreshes in real time, displaying files as they come in.

Freshly uploaded files now bear a green badge right in front of their filename

Today, to make it even easier to locate the latest additions to your data, we have started badging the newest files with a small green indicator. It is applied to all new files, whether uploaded by you or somebody else, and it disappears as soon as you reload the view manually.

If you are actively working in your Assets View, we will highlight the Reload button instead

As always, we won’t interfere with your Assets View if you are in the middle of something important. New assets don’t show up if you have actively selected files or are performing a search, meaning there would be nothing for us to badge. In this instance, we will continue to highlight the Reload button to let you know that new data has arrived, just as before.

Key Points

  • Freshly uploaded files now bear a green badge
  • If you are actively working in your Assets View, we will highlight the Reload button instead


A zippier user manager

Knowing whom you share your data with, and how, is central to the Fluxiom experience. Today, we are happy to announce deep improvements to our user management interface, all carefully designed to enable faster and more secure sharing.

Creating users is now a one-step process. This is by far the deepest change: instead of creating an account and then setting up its privileges, you can do both in a single stroke. This simpler process alleviates any confusion as to what privileges a freshly created user may have on the system.

To add a user to your account, start by clicking the “New User” button in the bottom toolbar, just as before. The creation form now features a new “Permissions” section, and they take effect the minute you click “Create.” (Which will also send an email to the user, and walk them through activating their account, in one fell swoop.)

It is now simpler to rescind access rights. You could always do this, of course, by removing a user’s “login rights” from their profile, but we felt the process was needlessly convoluted. Each User Card on the Users tab now features a “Revoke access” button.

Clicking this button will prevent the user from logging into Fluxiom, but will retain their account information, so that you can easily restore their access and settings. Doing so is as simple as locating their Card in the Deactivated Users list and clicking on “Reactivate.”

We now display all users by default, whether they are active or inactive. This simpler design should immediately lift any doubts as to who has (and can have) access to your account. User profiles are simply split into two groups, based on their status.

You can now search for either names or email addresses. Search is smart, too, so that partial matches return the results you expect. For example, you can quickly surface every user from a particular company based on email domains.

We now support Gravatars in addition to custom profile pictures. This means fewer generic avatars and a more visual experience all around. Existing Gravatars are displayed by default until users upload an avatar of their own. Gravatars respect your privacy and update automatically.

We hope these improvements to the Users tab help you keep track of your data and those who can access it. They are but the visible tip of a freshly redesigned iceberg and part of our ongoing improvement programme. As always, our support team is ready to answer any question you may have about these new features.

Key Points

  • The Users tab and user creation form have been streamlined
  • There is a new button to disable user accounts
  • User names and emails can now be searched
  • Fluxiom now displays Gravatars


A faster, fresher Fluxiom

They say God is in the details. Simplicity certainly is, and we just introduced two changes to the Fluxiom interface that should make it much easier to search and manage your Assets without missing a single beat.

Faster Reset

We have long provided a Reset button to clear selected tags, empty the Search field, and generally return to an โ€œall-itemsโ€ view of your data. It is still here, but it has been moved and redesigned so that its behaviour is evident: look for it at all times to the left of the Search field.

No matter what you may be doing or which mode you may be in, a click on this button will return your Assets view to its defaults, showing all your data with the most recent items on top. โ€œBoom!โ€ โ€” as someone would have said.

Instant Refresh

Your Assets view will now refresh in real time, as apps or colleagues upload new files to your account. You no longer need to refresh anything manually to see the latest data.

Of course, it would make no sense to move files around when you need your Assets view to remain stable โ€” for example when editing metadata or performing a search. Therefore, if you have selected items or have opened a panel, we will put up a small red badge on the Refresh button instead to let you know that new files are awaiting you:

Bringing real-time updates to Fluxiom without sacrificing performance (or security) meant re-engineering some core components. Expect further enhancements over time and more real-time features now that the necessary groundwork has been completed.

In the meantime, we hope these two tweaks empower you to manage your files with greater ease. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback!