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The Digital Assets Manager (DAM) is a place to store digital assets such as multimedia and business documents, so that they can easily be placed on your Web pages or linked as downloadable files.  Unlike assets that are uploaded directly onto a Web page, DAM assets are much easier to curate and share with other pages, or UBCMS sites.

The DAM provides an easy-to-use, drag and drop Web interface that allows authors to add, update or share these files.

Once you have uploaded files into the DAM, you will find you can easily place them on your pages by dragging them from the Content Finder, which appears on the left of the screen as you edit a page.

Find Your DAM Folder

When your site is first created in UBCMS, we build matching fodlers in Websites, Shared Content and the DAM.

Initially, you may find it tricky to find your DAM folder.

As you log into the UBCMS, the green screen shows links to your Websites and the Digital Assets (DAM). If you are already in the UBCMS, go to the Websites view and look for the 'Digital Assets' camera icon at the top of the screen.

From there, navigate down a similar path to where your files are located in the Websites or Shared Content areas.

Example: Websites + www + emergency (Emergency website pages) would be Digital Assets + www + emergency
(the actual path would be /content/dam/www/emergency)

Example: (the actual path would be /content/dam/nursing)

How to find the DAM within the UBCMS.

How to find the DAM within the UBCMS.

Create a Folder in the DAM

Organize your digital assets by creating folders in the Digital Assets Manager following these steps:

  1. Log in to the UBCMS.
  2. At the welcome screen, click on the camera icon in the box labeled Digital Assets. (Note: If you are already logged in to the UBCMS, you can access the DAM by clicking on the globe icon in the bottom of the Sidekick. This will direct you back to the page tree view. Then click the camera icon located near the top of the Admin Console.)
  3. Select the yellow folder created for your unit.
  4. Click the down arrow next to the word New in the task bar and select New Folder from the dropdown menu.
  5. This will open the "Create Folder" dialog box.
    • Name: In this field, name your file with a hyphen between each lower-case word. File names appear in URLs, so do not use spaces, special characters or underscores here.
    • Title: This field is optional but we recommend that you give your file a descriptive title. Here you can be more creative, using mixed case and spaces, but we still recommend you avoid special characters.
  6. Click Create.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LABELING FOLDERS AND FILES

When creating a new folder or uploading a new file to the DAM, it is important to use machine readable language in your folder and file names. Seperate words with hyphens and do not use spaces, underscores or special characters. For example, if you are creating a folder titled "Our Images," type "our-images" as the title.

 

Add Files to the DAM

Use the DAM to import files such as photos, MS Word/Excel documents, PDFs and PowerPoint presentations from your computer into the UBCMS for use on your Web page.

  1. Enter the DAM through the Websites console by clicking the camera icon located at the top of the Websites Console.
  2. In the Page Tree, click on the folder that will house your files.
  3. Click the arrow on the New… button. A dropdown menu will give you two options: New File… or New Folder…
    • Select New Folder… if you wish to place your files in a new folder within the folder you selected from the Page Tree.
      • Name: In this field, name your file with a hyphen between each lower-case word. File names appear in URLs, so do not use spaces, special characters, or underscores here.
      • Title: This field is optional but we recommend that you give your file a descriptive title. Here you can be more creative, using mixed case and spaces, but we still recommend you avoid special characters.
    • Select New File… to import a file.
      • Browse: Click this button to select the file from your computer that you wish to import. To import multiple files simultaneously, click the subsequent Browse buttons that appear after selecting your first file.
      • Upload: Click this button to import your file(s).
  4. In the DAM, double click on your file to edit the following fields that pertain to it (not all fields will apply to each file type):
    • Title - used to label photos in a Photo Gallery
    • Description - used as photo captions in a Photo Gallery
    • Alt Text - used as the alt text in the Photo Gallery (or the title is used if this is blank).
  5. After editing these fields, click Save.

'Multi-Page' Assets

When you add a new document to the DAM that contains multiple segments  (such as a PDF with several pages, or a powerpoint presentation with several slides), the UBCMS will break the document into sections, within a parent folder. This may look comnfusing, but to reference or link to the asset as a whole, select taht parent folder.

Secure Documents

If you wish to publish any documents that will be part of a secure area that you do not wish ANYONE else to see (i.e. not even other authors), attach them directly to one of your secure pages and do not host them in the DAM. (All authors can view ANY documents that are in the DAM.) > more on secure areas

Delete Files from the DAM

Before you delete a file from the DAM, make sure it is not being "referenced" by other pages (in other words, linked to or used as Shared Content). Failure to do so may result in broken links and missing content. Note that lists of links generated by list components will automatically remove links to deleted pages.

Checking References to a Page Before Deletion:

  1. Open the Websites Console.
  2. Click the title of the page in the Page List to highlight it.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. From the dropdown menu, select References...
  5. In a popup window, the number of references to the highlighted page is displayed, followed by a list of the pages making the references. (If there are no references to the highlighted page, a message appears indicating, The selected item is not referenced.)
  6. Press Cancel to close the popup window.
  7. Update links and references on other pages as necessary.

Additional Notes

Image Size and Format

Images should have a maximum file size of 1MB. For best results and faster load times, .JPG formatted images are recommended; .GIF and .PNG files are also acceptable.

In addition, when you add photos to the DAM, the text you enter in the Description field is the text that will appear in the caption section if the photos are being used in the Photo Slideshow component.

Audio Files

It is not possible to use audio files that reside in the DAM. If you wish to add an audio file to a Web page, use the Audio Player component available in the More Components tab of the Sidekick.

Redirects - Vanity URLs

It is not possible to apply a shorter URL or redirect an existing URL to a file in the DAM. To get around this limitation, create a regular website page using the Redirect Template. Then input your file's location into the page's dialog box; e.g. /content/dam/www/eub/about_ub/UB-org-chart.pdf

Alt Tags

Alt tags specify alternative text (alt text) to be displayed by screen readers and similar assistive technologies, and is required by New York State policy for most images unless your image is purely decorative and does not aid in navigation. Alt text is also displayed when an image fails to load properly, or a visitor has images disabled in his or her browser. Alt text should be brief and should be an explanation of the image's purpose, not just a description. (See webaim.org for tips on writing alt text.)

To add alt text:

  1. After adding an image to a component’s Image tab, find the Alt text field. See the table below for a list of components that use images and thus prompt you to add alt text; the location of each alt text field is also given.
  2. Type your descriptive alt text into the Alt text field and click OK. You now have alt text for your image. (In most cases, if you click OK before entering alt text, a warning box will pop-up that says: “Validation Failed: Verify the values of the marked fields.”)

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