Merlin is designed for today's demanding publishing environments: one place to manage and archive all content for both print and multimedia, one place to share content across a department or enterprise and one source to repackage content for new uses and revenue.
Merlin Picture Desk software is configurable, flexible and extensible, and will let you handle both print and multimedia file formats:
The Merlin Picture Desk system supports other metadata standards like IPTC and XMP. Merlin uses SQL databases running off-the-shelf operating systems and standard hardware platforms. Users can access content from any web browser, and power-users creating and maintaining content can use the Merlin rich client application on a Macintosh™ or Windows™ computer. The Merlin Picture Desk system fits easily into almost any IT environment.
Merlin's MSync software solves the need to have a highly fault-tolerant system, even one which has geographically dispersed components. Using intelligent replication, all picture desk data between two or more hardware systems (independent CPU and disk storage on each) is completely redundant. It accommodates asymmetrical hardware selection and MSync does not require enterprise versions of database or operating system software, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership. With MSync, if the primary server hardware fails, the secondary server takes over and users continue working as if nothing has happened. Once the primary server is back on line, the secondary system syncs it up, and operation returns to normal.
Merlin Picture Desk, Trax and Scrounger can be used independently, and with great benefit. But together they combine to create a unique and completely integrated workflow. Complete picture desk with assignment management and outtake management.
Information is entered once and shared among the products, linking content, metadata and related information.
In addition to the fully-licensed Merlin Picture Desk System, we offer a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), hosted version of the same robust asset management toolset.
Learn more about the Merlin Hosted Picture Desk System.