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X-Mas Present: ADAM just got better!

Here's a little Christmas present from 2sic to the DNN community: we just pimped ADAM, the Automatic Digital Asset Manager.

So basically ADAM is the fully Automatic Digital Asset Manager and it helps in many ways to save time adding and managing assets (or resources) for online content. It's core function is to "just let users add stuff" and take care of where it's stored, how it's linked and more. 

So far the UI functionality was simply to allow drag-and-drop upload (or browse-upload) while just taking care of everything else. Now for Christmas, we added a super-simple file manager with which you can also select files which had been added previously. This lets the user revert back to a previous file, delete a previous file or try around with different files without having to upload them again and again. 

So here is what you'll see

ADAM in default mode

Adam in browse-mode without any uploaded assets

ADAM with one file (the most common case)

ADAM while dropping files on it

ADAM with a few files

Note that clicking on any file will automatically select it for this field.

ADAM uploading loads of files


ADAM with lots of files to select

What's next?

Of course the developer inside you will start asking 

  1. "What about folders? Could we make a library of assets like gallery with this?"And yes, you could, but the API and UIs are still hidden because just adding features will confuse the user. The user shouldn't feel like he's adding folders to a hyperlink-field, that's just wrong. So yes, this will come in due time, but it will be optimized to that use case, and we haven't had time to do that yet :). 
  2. "What about the WYSIWYG? Could we use it there too?"And yes, you could, but first we have to get rid of Server-Side-Dependent WYSIWYG editors like Telerik and CKEditor. This will still take some time so it won't happen quickly unless we get a sponsor :)

Merry Christmas from Switzerland,

Daniel Mettler grew up in the jungles of Indonesia and is founder and CEO of 2sic internet solutions in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, an 20-head web specialist with over 800 DNN projects since 1999. He is also chief architect of 2sxc (see forge), an open source module for creating attractive content and DNN Apps.

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Daniel Mettler learned programming with the bible translation computer of his parents, deep in the jungles of Indonesia. Since he was only 12 years old at that time and the BIOS only had a version of BASICA, that's what got him started. With 16 he went back to Switzerland and learned German and basic city-survival skills. Equipped with this know-how he founded 2sic internet solutions in 1999 which was focused on web solutions on the Microsoft platform. After a few self-developed CMSs 2sic switched to DNN in 2003 and has been one of the largest partners (17 employees, 700+ projects) in Europe. Daniel is also the chief architect behind the open source 2sxc, a strong promoter of standardization (boostrap, patterns, AngularJS, checklists, etc.) and loves to eat anything - dead or alive. His motto: if the natives eat it, it game.

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