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Jul 31 2011   8:18PM GMT

Multimedia asset management: Together

Roger King Roger King Profile: Roger King

Please note:  I have had trouble getting images (such as those below) to be readable on this blog, and so the blog entry below can also be seen on my teaching blog, wordsbybuzz.com.

I teach 3D animation at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  (My teaching website is 3dbybuzz.com.)  I have an Apple iMac with a 27 inch screen that I use as my main work machine and a MacBook Pro that I use as a teaching machine.

Together.

A daily problem for me is 1) collecting and organizing the materials I need for class and 2) moving them from my desktop machine to my notebook.

A very easy to learn and use application is Together (see their website and the app store).

Here’s are a couple of screenshots:

Together creates “libraries”, each of which contains categorized media assets, with defaults of Notes, Documents, Images, Sounds, Movies, Booksmarks, and Web Pages.  It’s exactly what I need to organize the visuals I need for a lecture.

The Multimedia nature of animation.

It’s the highly multimedia nature of teaching 3D animation, including single image and video fragment renderings, soundtrack fragments, and lessons formatted as webpages that presents an organizational challenge.  Together addresses this in a simple way.

Together also supports “Groups” which can be used to further categorize assets that have already been brought into the application.

Synchronization?

Together also supports synchronization among multiple machines by using Dropbox, which I have to admit I have had some trouble with.  I find that the sync process often misses a number of pieces of assets.

But all in all, it’s a great multimedia organizational tool.


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