Digital Asset Management (DAM)

Digital Asset Management allows you to store any digital content and manage, upload, delete and edit digital files. In a rapidly evolving climate, there's no limit to what digital assets can be. Digital content is not limited to (rasterized and vectors), videos, and text files. You can store spreadsheets, JSON files, PDFs.

Marketers and designers collaborate in the DAM by creating the assets and managing them. Search Engine Optimisation is also directly impacted by how you manage your assets as within Burdy, you have the option of adding alt tag, copyright, and tagging. This allows for a better and more organized structure. 

Unlike most content management systems, Burdy uses a Sharepoint-like approach to asset management, which allows you to create nested folders.

Currently, there are 2 options for storing the digital content inside of Burdy:

  • File system - Good for the development environment, everything you create will be stored directly on your computer
  • Object Storage (ex. AWS S3, DigitalOcean Spaces) - A must-have for a scalable production environment, as the files are not bound to horizontally scaling nodes, and instead stored on a separate service.

Folders

Folders are pretty much the same as what you'd expect them to be in any operating system or online drive service (Sharepoint, Google Drive, DropBox, etc.). They allow for the grouping of digital content.

To create a folder, simply navigate to Assets and select New > Folder:

Creating A Folder

With the folder you've created you are now able to upload digital content outside of the root of assets, and you can Rename or Delete it as well as any contents inside of the folder.

Uploading Contents

Digital Content can be uploaded in two ways:

  • Upload - Folder / Files - This allows you to upload a folder of the list of files into the currently selected folder
  • Drag & Drop - You can drag and drop multiple files or folders into a selected node

Below you can see a simple example of dragging and dropping a folder into a selected context:

Drag and Drop

Asset Details

Asset Details allow you to view basic information about the uploaded digital content (such as mime type, file size, and image size). It also enables you to tag images, add copyright or add alt text.

Asset Details

Renaming Assets

To rename an asset, simply select it and press Rename. It will provide you with a popup where you can change the name of the folder/files. Note that changing the parent folder path (name) will also change the path of its children. For example:

If we have a folder My Folder and inside of it we have image.png, the path of the image is My Folder/image.png.

After renaming the folder to New Folder the mentioned image will be accessible via New Folder/image.png.

Renaming Asset

Deleting Assets

To delete an asset, select the assets you want to delete (single or multiple). When selecting folders, their child nodes will be deleted as well. You will be prompted with a dialog asking you to confirm the deletion.

Note: The deleted digital content might still be available on CDN if you're using one.

Deleting an Asset

Other functionalities

Apart from these you also have some self-explanatory functionalities:

  • Copy URL - Copies the URL of the selected asset into the clipboard
  • Download - Downloads the selected asset
  • View Switcher - There are 2 ways of viewing assets: Tiles and Column View, and you can switch them based on your preference.
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