Widen Collective is a cloud-based digital asset management solution designed to support the content lifecycle from creation to distribution.
The product offers a centralized library to manage images, documents, audio and video files in one place. It can be configured with unlimited metadata types, categories, and collections. The system includes a comprehensive governance model for managing user roles and access controls. Permissions can be set to manage asset versions, rights, releases, and expirations. Users enjoy easy-to-use search and filtering tools and on-the-fly file conversions to other formats. Assets can be downloaded, shared, or embedded in other websites or applications.
Add-on applications can be activated for creative and marketing workflows. Widen Workflow is for creative review and approval. Portals provide simple access points to curated content for specific campaigns, product launches, and events. Templates enables non-creative users to build localized ads and brochures for web and print use. Insights offer built-in reporting and analytics to monitor system usage and asset-level performance. Widen Collective integrates with over 30 popular marketing software tools and features a developer-friendly API.
Pricing is based on an annual subscription and includes support via phone, chat, and email. Widen offers guided and full-service implementations, professional services, and consulting.
This software completely changed our office workflow. Finding assets used to be very painful, but with all of our assets in one location and users connected to the DAM it makes finding things easy for our office, as well as external clients. By empowering our users to find their own assets it frees up our designer time, for things like DESIGN!
Ease of use, ease of empowerment for the user. I LOVE being able to share collections with clients.
And I LOVE when someone asks for an asset, I just add them as a user on Widen, and tell them to find it themselves!
I'm still waiting for drag and drop functionality with Indesign. A small workflow addition that would make things easier!
Levi D. Especialidad: Deportes Número de empleados: 10.000+ empleados
Its searchable content. As long as metadata is used, searching for assets is relatively easy.
Upload process. The Drag/Drop feature was nice! Now I'm forced to go through a wizard. Too time consuming for my liking.
Alain D. Especialidad: Petróleo y energía Número de empleados: 5001-10.000 empleados
I've had a great experience with Widen. I can easily upload assets of all types. Tagging them, filling out the metadata, and putting longform descriptions in each asset makes it really easy for people to find what they are looking for. It also helps me keep track on similar image types, or batches of uploads.
We use Widen as an asset manager, giving our teams easy access to photos, videos, and illustrative elements. As the administrator, I can create different user accounts, letting some people have more access than others if they need it. I can also provide third-party contractors access to our resources too.
The admin side can be a little bit tricky to navigate, and it would be nice as the administrator to be able to change my view settings to spoof different levels of access, so I can quickly see what kinds of access my users have and make changes or alterations without needing to create multiple accounts for myself.
The Digital Asset System was put in place to provide easy access to assets owned by Trek Bicycle Corporation for those internally and externally. These assets can be ordered and downloaded at any time of day or night. It's an invaluable tool for our dealers, distributors, and international offices.
The Media Template is an online ad, and media builder. It allows Trek to control brand consistency, while it allows our users to build media in minutes using pre-approved images and text without the need of expensive software programs. We use this portion of the site to provide promotional items and in store signage to our large dealer base.
Overall, I think the Widen collective is a great product and I really enjoy working with Widen.
Good customer support
Robust reporting features
Assets can be downloaded in a variety of file formats
Various types of file formats are supported
Permissions can be setup to protect assets
Users can access the site through a standard web browser
Media can be built in minutes without needing expensive software programs
Assets/media can be ordered and downloaded at any time of day or night
Software updates made throughout the year
Pages can be slow to load at times
Reporting tools can be confusing
Custom enhancements to the site can be expensive
Some education is needed for new users of the site
The site is not setup for printing on demand
Home page can be confusing if your site includes the DAM and the media builder
Michele S. Especialidad: Productos químicos Número de empleados: 10.000+ empleados
I love the ability to weigh in on roadmap projects. Widen really takes the time to listen to their clients
Easy to use. Secure. Excellent support and development teams. Flexibility of features
I could really use the ability to link raw assets with compound documents. This is currently a manual process and time consuming.