Working with Widen
Reviewed on December 03, 2013 by Mercer Leggett, Project Manager at VF Imagewear
Comments: I have been working with Widen now for almost a year. Not only is the Widen Collective an invaluable tool for our business but it is easy to manage and navigate. We (VFImagewear) use the collective on a daily, hourly basis and I would recommend this service to any company looking to manage their digital assets.
A great asset for businesses
Reviewed on December 03, 2013 by Bryan Adams, Project Manager at VF Imagewear
Comments: Widen has been a great asset to our company. Everyone across the board has been pleased, and the system is utilized daily by many people throughout our company. Previous to WIDEN we stored assets internally. We had to have a full time position just to manage it. Now, anyone can access images (from our creative department to outside sales reps.)
We also use WIDEN for pre-media services. We have done quite a bit of photography with them, and we have developed a great process. It is a simple and painless and has become very efficient.
My only suggestion would be to develop an easier way to manage metadata.
I highly recommend WIDEN.
Great Resource for Digital Asset Management
Reviewed on December 02, 2013 by Kelly Wilson, Video Project Manager at Motorola Solutions
Comments: Widen is a great resource for managing your digital assets.
Widen constantly looks for ways to improve the user interface and has a wonderful and helpful staff who are more than happy to assist.
Widen Digital Asset Management Is Great
Reviewed on December 02, 2013 by Kelly Prier, Graphic Designer at Flexsteel
Comments: Widen has been such a pleasure to work with. We currently use the Digital Asset Management. This is such a great tool, allowing us to keep all our files organized and much easier to access. The transition from our old system was very smooth. Honestly overall this has been a great experience making our process less complicated and a smoother process. Also allow us to send images out to other people is a breeze. Customer service is always willing to help resolve any issues there may be and are always friendly. They continue to collect feedback and improve their site to always make it the best.
Excellent DAM Tool, Even Better Company
Reviewed on October 30, 2013 by Claudia Blackwell, Executive Manager, SG&I Marketing Operations at Intergraph
Comments: Intergraph implemented our WIDEN DAM system in June 2013. From the time we purchased the system to our go-live date, the implementation process was six months, largely due to the vast amount of data we had to organize and import into the DAM. The WIDEN team made this process as easy as possible for us - providing tips and guidance every step of the way. Their team of project managers and support personnel are the best in the business, and make you feel like your company is the only one that matters.
Our DAM launch has been a great success. Any issues we've had since launch have been minor, and have been addressed immediately by the WIDEN support team. We first selected WIDEN based on their tool set and capabilities, but I can't say enough about their support. They go the extra mile for all their customers.
Widen's DAM is a great tool
Reviewed on October 22, 2013 by Deb Collins at VF Licensed Sports Group
Comments: Great tool, especially for high volume. Widen is constantly updating to improve workflow process. Customer service is excellent.
Reviewed on September 19, 2013 by Abby Kellett, Marketing Coordinator at Altra Industrial Motion
Easy to understand
Incredibly useful for our company
Slow download time (could be our connection)
Takes a while to transfer a psd into a jpg, tiff, etc.
We love Widen and the overall image of the company. We might even fantasize about how wonderful it would be to work for a cool company like yours. :)
Widen Collective DAM
Reviewed on September 19, 2013 by Forestt Nye at WAGO Corporation
Comments: We have been really impressed with the functionality, ease of use and customer service of the Widen DAM Media Collective. The feedback from our internal staff as well as our customers has been really positive. As a Global Admin I really appreciate the in depth meta data searching as well as the the DAM's analytics. I would highly recommend this product.
Widen DAM Tool
Reviewed on September 19, 2013 by Erin Destree at WAGO Corporation
Comments: Pros: Widen's DAM tool is the perfect way to provide the latest marketing assets (and more) to our staff and distribution. It's easy to use and easy to access anytime, anywhere. We are able to highlight new material, update older material, and know what is being used. Widen's customer service has been outstanding through the set-up process and after we've been up and running.
Cons: Currently none.
Overall: Best DAM tool ever!
Everything I needed
Reviewed on September 19, 2013 by Anthony Banks, Art Director at LI-COR Biosciences
Comments: Finding the right DAM platform was an important step for my organization, and we spent months researching different vendors. Many seemed great, but again and again many fell short or just weren't a good fit for our needs. In the end, Widen was on the one solution that met all of our needs perfectly. They were with us throughout the entire starting-up process, and we've been satisfied ever since.
I would definitely recommend Widen.
* All support interactions have been prompt and positive
* Scalable storage
* Offers a variety of additional functionality as needed
* None that I've experienced so far
Widen is fantastic!
Reviewed on September 18, 2013 by Tyler McCabe, Technical Training Coordinator at Waypoint Living Spaces
Comments: I've been using Widen for a few years now and have to say that it's functionality and usefulness has grown significantly since I started.
We use Widen to store hundreds, if not thousands, of images. The ability to order any size image in any file format at a moment's notice is amazingly helpful. Especially since we often have to accommodate several different kinds of requests on a weekly basis. Widen also helps us distribute high resolution images across the country to our entire sales force without having to worry about the file limitations set on our email servers. This makes the launch of new products a bit easier because they don't have to wait for us to ship materials.
I've participated in a few conference calls with Widen employees and have sent several emails back and forth. After a lenghty discussion of creating an indicator for CMYK images vs. RGB images, they were very attentive to our needs and came up with several ideas for us. I've always been very impressed with their professionalism and their willingness to take feedback. I had some trouble with the admin interface last year and they were very helpful, even though I'm sure I was not very easy to deal with at that particular moment.
I will say that I've had some confusing situations with Overall, I'm very happy to be using Widen on a weekly basis. I look forward to their continued improvements and working with Widen for years to come! Thank you, Widen Collective!
Wonderful people to work with!
Reviewed on September 18, 2013 by Lynn Berg, Senior Graphic Designer at Flexsteel Industries
Comments: We switched from another company to Widen to handle our digital assets as well as some color correction. The DAM site is by far the best we have ever had!! I use it on a daily basis. And the pre-media or color correction that we use is also top-notch. Widen seems to inherently know what I need. It was one of the best moves we made, to switch to Widen.
Great product, great service
Reviewed on September 18, 2013 by Aaron Brix, Production Artist at LI-COR
Comments: Very fast and reliable asset library. Easy to search and find assets with meta data and keywords. Upload process could probably be streamlined a little more, but still useful.
Widen is Awesome
Reviewed on September 18, 2013 by Brett Stiles, Radio Editor at Walk in the Word
Comments: I really love Widen. I am relatively new to it but its been so great to be able to access media from my workplace from throughout the years. The best thing is the amount of customizableness(?) that every asset has. My only wish is that sometimes the interface would require less navigation but that the smallest worry ever for me. I really love widen.
A small company that offers huge benefits for the customer
Reviewed on May 15, 2013 by Victoria Wanserski, Graphic Designer at PENTAIR
Pros: This DAM interface is the most innovative creation I have ever come across. I come from the old days of writing CDs and writing every project on the CD with a .05 sharpie marker. That took forever. When I started my job and was told that they use WIDEN, I was like what on earth is this all about!? But I love this interface, the ease of sending files to customers, vendors. The file conversions are awesome as well, cutting back on time using photoshop to save each format. Sending large emails is a problem too, but WIDEN allows you to send any size file to anyone on the receiving end. I recommend WIDEN to anyone who stores their archive on a server or other tangible mediums.
Cons: I really cant think of any.
Overall: I absolutely recommend WIDEN to anyone who stores their archive on a server or other tangible mediums. Total time saver.
Reviewed on January 13, 2013 by Brian Johnsen, Network Engineer at Sport Graphics, Inc.
Pros: Easy to administer.
New UI makes searching for and finding the correct asset much easier.
Ability do download assets in a wide variety of formats.
Cons: The transition to the new UI was confusing for some users.
Overall: The Widen Collective is great to use for cataloging, searching, and making available a large collection of assets. The new UI released a few months ago is a vast improvement and the site is much snappier and easier to use, from both administrative and user perspectives.
Widen Media Collective Review
Reviewed on December 12, 2012 by Laura Shapalis , Membership and Customer Service Associate at African Wildlife Foundation
Pros: User friendly
Cons: Occasionally system slows down
Overall: Very good digital database
Widen Collective for Media Files
Reviewed on December 07, 2012 by R Shah, Business Systems Architect at Rayovac
Pros: Our creative services department has been using this software for a long time to host art files and data for sharing across the organization and with business partners. The data is hosted off-site and is available readily anywhere there is an internet connection. The user interface is intuitive and a user can be up and running with very little training. Analytics provided are very useful for the administrators.
Cons: Cannot think of any right now
Overall: Good for our needs and collaboration with various departments in our organization. Also, they are constantly improving the product and its usability.
Great Digital Asset Management Tool!
Reviewed on November 29, 2012 by Talia Judy, Marketing Manager at VF Licensed Sports Group
Pros: Easy to use
Great sorting/searching capabilities
The ability to send collections of photos to others is awesome!
Cons: Sometimes there is a slow lag time when loading pages.
Overall: Overall this is an amazing tool to use for digital asset management. We would be lost without it in our business. Widen has the best customer service so you will not be dissappointed!
Widen Saves Us Hundreds of Hours a Year
Reviewed on November 28, 2012 by Jennifer Randle, Marketing Manager at Knaack LLC
Pros: Easy to use
Keeps our digitals assets all in one place
Manages the brand so people always use the most current assets
Saves us hours a week in providing digital assets for other people
Has reporting capabilities to see who is using the tool and many other stats
Cons: People uploading images often don't tag them correctly
If assets aren't tagged right, it's hard for people to find them
Overall: I highly recommend Widen DAM for digital asset management. In time-savings alone, Widen has an ROI well above its cost. And customer support is phenomenal, should you need it.
Reviewed on November 27, 2012 by Jeremy Tepe, Desktop Publishing at Advertisers Press
Pros: works well for digital asset management
Cons: not all my customers use it
Overall: would recommend!
Powerful Asset Management
Reviewed on November 26, 2012 by Sarah Hudson, Flash Developer at Mimio
Pros: Ease of use
Quick and knowledgeable customer support
Cons: Website can be a little slow at times
Overall: This is an excellent asset management system. I would recommend it to anyone looking to organize a large number of assets and make them available to users in various locations.
Reviewed on November 26, 2012 by Anisha Patel, Sr. Account Executive at Corinthian Colleges
Pros: Good and easy to use
Cons: I have been getting an error when trying to launch, but the rest on teammates are not. The only option I have to contact anyone is to send and email. It would be helpful if a phone number was provided as well since I have no way of knowing the timeframe that I will be contacted in.
Overall: Good and easy to use
Reviewed on November 23, 2012 by lynn mattina, design at PIMCO
Pros: Very easy to find select photos, download and upload. Download time is much less than originally thought.
Cons: You have to put in extensive metadata - because of our large library - or else photos are difficult to find
Overall: It takes the load off of our server and is safe and secure. Dowloading and uploading is fast and easy to use for all levels.
Widen Collective Review
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Valerie DeCleene, Graphic Designer at Brady Corporation
Pros: I have been very pleased with using Widen for our DAM tool. Their support team is phenomenal! Anytime I have a question or issue, they respond immediately and are very helpful to get to the bottom of any issue I might be having, or explain a feature I may not be knowledgeable in. Their entire team is always looking for ways to improve the tool based on user feedback and suggestions. It's great to have a company so open to what the users are saying.
I have also found that the tool itself has been great in meeting our DAM needs. By building out a thorough and intuitive organization structure through categories, asset groups and metadata, we have been able to greatly increase the use of our tool and have received numerous compliments on the improvements. That along with Widen's new interface launched in 2012, the collective is now a much more user friendly and intuitive tool for both users and administrators alike.
Cons: My only complaint at this time is that the "Send File" feature has been discontinued with the launch of the new interface. I believe our company may have been one of the few groups that used the tool fairly often, and were sad to see the feature go. We hope to be able to find a solution either with Widen or with an outside service in order to send large files directly to another user without having to have the asset 'live' in the DAM tool.
Overall: I would definitely recommend Widen to those familiar with DAM as well as those who are just starting out. The Widen team is also a great group to work with from start to finish and are there for you every step of the way, even for a company like ours that have been using Widen's services for over 7 years now.
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Joan Steen, Project manager at PIMCO
Pros: images organized
Cons: none at this time
Overall: positive recommendation
Review by Jen Spencer (PIMCO)
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Jennifer Spencer, Project Manager at PIMCO
Pros: - Different levels of users
- Sort by metadata
Cons: - adding metadata
Overall: I like the system overall and think it meets our needs.
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Masako Walsh, Vice President, Senior Global Project Manager at PIMCO
Pros: Widen is a great company - support our digital assets across the department.
Cons: Experience is not quite like Getty or Corbis. Sometimes it takes long time to wait for download ready files. It'd be great if there is a function to tell a user how long it takes to prep the selected files. Also, it'd be nice if there was a search keyword tips shown to all users. Our immediate dept knows what to put in but non-graphic design/marketing processionals don't necessarily know them. I do support Widen but I feel it's underutilized in our department.
Overall: Having Widen for our photo and video assets have allowed our global offices to search for these assets without having to wait for headquarters' business hours and freed us on spending time on searching for the right assets.
user of Widen
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Diane Ripp, Forms Designer at CUNA Mutual Group
Pros: Data is controlled and organized
Cons: slow days or completed locked out at times.
Overall: Lock out maybe because of high usage at the time.
Very good platform
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Dorothy Seaman, Digital Marketing Manager at Pirelli
Pros: Customer Support is very good.
Platform capabities are extensive and just what we needed for our business, to share large finles internally and externally.
Cons: Takes some gettng used to, to navigate through the platform. Biggest complaint is that there are too many different types of asset groups, categories, etc. and it's not clear why.
Overall: I'd recommend this for a way to easily share big files.
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Anh Phan, Graphic Designer at Colomer Beauty Brands
Pros: It works for me. Upload wizard makes it easier to upload files which is definitely helpful since I'm an admin.
Cons: I inherited the toolkit and so I've been working with someone else's organization system. It's not ideal, but it's doable, short of organizing the entire system.
It would be nice to be able to log on as a certain user and see what they see.
Overall: I would recommend this to my collegues. The support team is especially helpful, especially since I'm an administrator and help my hundreds of toolkit users.
A Valuable Tool
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Bill Blake, Sr. Graphic Designer at Yankee Candle
Pros: - time-saving
- great customer service
- quality reporting
Cons: - interface could be improved for more intuitive ease of use
Overall: Since its inception, our Widen DAM has evolved from a simple repository for photos to a more complex system that quickly and easily supports multiple channels in our organization. And because it's a self-serve solution for our users (sales, clients, vendor partners, etc.), it's become a time-saving, cost-effective means of ensuring brand consistency across all consumer touch points.
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by David Contreras, Graphic Artist at PIMCO
Pros: the greatest pros are the ability to customize the software to our needs, the the straight forward design and it range of options.
Cons: Some of the customization in not intuitive and requires help from the Customer Service.
Overall: I would eagerly recommend the software to any one who has a busy and active creative department.
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Lana Nguyen, Senior Graphic Designer at PIMCO
Pros: I have a very good experienced with Widen.
Cons: None entered.
Overall: This is a very good software to have for the company.
Digital Asset Management
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Shay Moore, Project Manager at Central Market HEB
Pros: This product was super easy to implement, easy for user's to learn how to use with minimal training, and meets our security needs in the cloud. There are also frequent software releases and great email communication.
Cons: I don't have any cons on this product.
Overall: Highly recommend. Lots of large companies use this product for managing digital assets and the cloud security passes their requirements.
Widen Collective - Life Fitness Media Assets
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Kathryn Nowak, Facility Layout Manager at Life Fitness
Pros: -Easy navigation.
-Seem to be faster.
-Great for large file storage
-Easy Admin functions
Cons: - Location of "Check-out" cart is not intuitive.It is hidden in lower right corner on a fly-out button.
- not able to have a CC function when sending email link to multiple users. Only BCC is the default.
Overall: I like the new interface and how our assets are added to cart by one click. I think that making what is in your cart (the cart area) stand out more. Newer users do not clearly understand where their cart is located or what items they have in there, since the image is small and blends in with rest of screen. Thank you.
Review of Widen Media Collective
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Lou Kirk, Code Enforcement Supervisor at City of Lake Forest
Pros: -Ease of access
-Ability to send collections of photos to other agencies
Cons: Uploads can be cumbersome. We had to develop a naming convention to make images easier to find (complex file name vs. metadata)
Overall: An excellent product for its intended purpose.
Digital Asset Management
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Hunter Chapman, Sales Support Co-op at Messer Construction Co.
Pros: The DAM is an excellent way to consolidate our digital assets into one place. It allows our employees to share data across multiple departments while eliminating uncertainty in where and how data is stored.
Cons: There is a learning curve while using the DAM. The DAM can only work effectively if users understand rules behind tagging data and how to operate the system. As with any type of process, continued training and quality control are necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the DAM.
Overall: If an organization has a need to store large amounts of digital assets and must share those assets across multiple departments, utilizing a DAM could bring tremendous value. While training and quality assurance are necessary to effectively implement a digital asset management system, the time and energy saved by storing assets in a comprehensive way in a central location can provide value to an organization.
Widen DAM Review
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Will Johnson, Sales Support Manager at Messer Construction Co.
Pros: Widen's DAM has helped us improve in the following areas: Superior Organization; Improved Search Functionality; Universal Access; Reporting Capabilities; Security
Cons: I'd like to see the DAM have a more robust Media Builder. The ability to combine PDFs within the DAM would be helpful as well.
Overall: Widen's DAM delivers on all my basic requirements and touches on some of my more customized needs. As they incorporate more media builder options and provide the opportunity to manage more filetypes, my opinion of the system will only become more positive. As it stands, however, I would still recommend his tool for any organization needing to manage a large quantity of assets.
Widen DAM Review
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Jodi Hitchel, Sales Support Specialist at Messer Construction Co.
Pros: Most features of the DAM are easy to use and the interfact has become much more inuitive. The newest version of Widen streamlined the upload process, saving significant time and reducing the probability of mistakes when completing the metadata.
Cons: There are many things that I feel the DAM should be able to do, such as combine mutliple PDF files into one document, that it is unable to do.
We have also found that the DAM will seemingly arbitrarily change how some documents are previewed. For example, most of our PDF files are previewed as a PDF, however a number of PDFs can only be previewed as a JPEG. This glitches greatly reduce the efficiency that the DAM is supposed to provide and negatively impacts our workflow.
Overall: While the DAM definitely has it glitches and things that need to be tweaked still, overall it has greatly increased the efficiency of our department.
A Valuable Product
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Sean Davis, Marketing Technologist at Messer Construction Co.
Pros: Easy to learn and easy to use.
A great combination of OOTB design and customization that it can meet many companies' needs without being overwhelming OOTB.
The new UI upgrade also came with a boost in performance that is felt in every step of using this product.
The analytics tool is also much improved and now offers greater insight into my users' activity within the system.
Cons: There are certainly a limited number of cons with the system. Perhaps the largest is really rather minor, and that is some of the taxonomy can be confusing. For example, deleting an asset from your cart is actually deleting the asset, not just removing it from the cart. While their taxonomy makes more sense, it conflicts with major sites like amazon.com and therefore offers some confusion.
Overall: Overall, Widen's digital asset management system is great! It is the perfect combination of OOTB design and customization opportunity such that any company can implement this product to fit their needs while not feeling overwhelmed. In general the product is really easy to use. My interns pick this product up with about 15 minutes of training. Now much of the usability of the system depends upon each company's ability to implement effective taxonomy on their site.
In addition, Widen is a great company to work with. They are always looking for the next best feature to implement. And their support is immediate and effective. I love working with Widen as much as I love working with Widen's product. Two thumbs up!
Widen as a benefit
Reviewed on November 21, 2012 by Annie Horn, Sales Support Manager at Messer Construction Co.
Pros: Widen has made our department's lives so much easier. After the initial start-up of organizing our assets, we now have a central location to search for our thousands of assets, which saves us time.
Cons: It takes a lot to get the DAM up and running properly. It will take a real commitment from your team to ensure the assets are properly managed.
Overall: Highly recommend Widen to all teams.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by den pestarino, marketing manager at Pimco
Pros: love the video DAM part with the meta data
Cons: users have to have an account to download
Overall: It's a good way to store our digital media files
KI Widen Experience
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Angela Koltz, Marketing Communications Specialist at KI
Pros: Widen works great for KI in terms of housing the thousands of photos and other multi-media assets we have. The Widen database makes it easy for us to search for and find photos within seconds.
Cons: The Widen system does not work well on Internet Explorer, which is the main/preferred browser at KI. Photos load very slowly under searches that have a lot of results, and it takes much more time to download photos that way.
Overall: Overall, Widen is an excellent repository system for our multi-media assets, and I honestly couldn't imagine how we would work without it.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Kalahn Borka, Booking Agent at The Rock Agency
Pros: -User friendly
-Knowledgable and quickly responsive customer support
Cons: I can't think of any cons at the moment.
Overall: Would highly recommend the product to businesses looking for an efficient digital asset management system.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Chelsea Rommes, Media and Content Coordinator at CENTRIA
Pros: The system is very easy to use and learn. Also the upgrades and changes provide new helpful features for finding assests. The customer support is very helpful and they have quick a response time.
Cons: There isn't an option to group photos with the same name. This would allow a user to view more photos in less time.
Overall: Widen is very useful if you have alot of files that need to be accessable to many users.
Use Widen Daily!
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Sarah Nuttall, Sr. Manager Brand Communications at Electrolux
Pros: Easy to Use and Cost Effective. Provides almost instant access to all of our digital assets to our internal and external customers around the globe!
Cons: Download time takes a bit longer than anticipated when ordering assets.
Overall: We use Widen Daily at Electrolux. Overall, it is a great tool for both our internal team and our external vendors!
Widen Collective Review
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Matthew Thompson, Managing Director -- ProTranscript at Innovation Focus -- ProTranscript
Pros: Reliable, quick, secure. Great support.
Cons: Difficult to add new features -- bureaucratic.
Overall: I would rank this product 10 out of 10. I can't see what new offerings in the pipeline!
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by William Fletcher, Sr. Graphic Designer at PIMCO
Pros: Robust capability.
Quick, friendly and knowledgeable support team.
Love the new analytics features.
Cons: Wish result image thumbnails were a little larger, or would scale with screen resizing.
Overall: Keep developing the analytics features.
Outstanding customer support
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jeff Surak, Project Manager at National Trust for Historic Preservation
Pros: Widen continues to provide stellar customer support. Whenever I have a question or an issue arises, contacting Widen is a breeze. The online support chat connects me instantly with the Widen support staff, and always help me with the issue at hand. If the analyst cant solve it, their developers quickly get back to me with a solution.
Cons: Haven't encountered any yet.
Overall: Highly recommend.
You can Win with Widen!
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Brian Miller, Digital Technology Manager at UPMC Health Plan
Pros: Widen's DAM is so easy to use, can be color branded to your organization, and allows for easy access of digital files. Videos load with no problems, and it is so easy to order assets from the system and share them with your colleagues.
Widen has walked us along at our own pace the entire way to getting it all set up!
Cons: Widen seems only limited by how ready your organization is to get fully involved with the setup and use of the DAM. So while I have not had any technical issues with the system, you will only get out of the DAM what you put in.
Overall: Widen Enterprises really has a grasp on both Digital Asset Management, as well as how to provide great customer service. We have been walked through everything with great care, and had our client representative hold many demos for us to learn how to use the system. Whenever we request new functionality, we always get great response along with fast turnaround times. I would recommend the Widen DAM as a great solution to any companies' digital asset needs. Thank you Widen!
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jesse Stanek, Photographer at New Era Cap
Pros: organized, metadata recognition,
Cons: user interface lacking design.
When click on file i would like to see thumbnail.
would like to see cover flow-like viewing.
Overall: I would recommend but would like to the design to be bit more slick and refined.
Pros and overall review from InSinkErator
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jennifer Simpson, Shipping Clerk at InSinkErator
Pros: 1) Ease of use when searching for specific file types. 2) Star feature, to put most used assets at the beginning of your search. 3) Faster load time.
Cons: No cons come to mind at the moment. The system has become a lot more user-friendly. The only con I can think of at this time is on our company side, in how we assign keywords that allow all our customers search. We deal with various languages and have to determine words that make it easy for all countries to search.
Overall: The Digital Asset Management System is an extremely useful way to keep all of our assets (images, spec sheets, packaging, etc) in one central location for easy access for our company and all of our customers and vendors to retrieve files.
AWF Widen Review
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Gayane Margaryan, Online Communications Associate at African Wildlife Foundation
Pros: Easily searchable; excellent cloud-based system that is accessible from any location; meets needs of sharing in remote office locations
Cons: Not easy to export larger quantities of photos at one time
Overall: Definitely recommend for anyone with large media inventory
A great resouce
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jennifer Monette, Senior Graphic Designer at Yankee Candle Company
Pros: Widen software is a great resource for providing marketing support for wholesale customers and international customers.
Cons: The interface could look a little more up to date.
Overall: Overall very recommended.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Michelle Niblock, Digital Asset Management Administrator at New Era Cap Company
Pros: Improves the ability to get images out to vendors and internal staff on a much quicker and easier basis.
Eliminates outdated methods of sharing large files
Provides a cleaner digital library
Cons: Inability to connect to SAP (for now)
Privacy features are a little confusing to understand and implement, making it harder to bring people into the system
Overall: It absolutely improves the efficiency of sharing large digital files, and the customer services is great - they are always willing to help and get back to you very quickly.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Andrea Drinkwater, Agent at The Rock Agency
Pros: I like the recent update on the system; the simple click of the photo/file will automatically put the file in your cart- very convenient.
The site seems much faster now.
Cons: I wish there was a way to organize the photos in folders.
Overall: Overall, you are doing an excellent job!
Easy to use and convenient!
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jessica Cavalier, Sr. Trade Marketing Manager at Electrolux
Pros: Like the different file types available to send to internal/external clients.
Cons: Wish the interface was a bit faster.
Overall: Would recommend for any organization that needs image asset management.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Matthew Sonnenberg, Sr. Multimedia Specialist at Toshiba America Medical Systems
Pros: Great people to help whenever I've had questions. They are prompt and extremely knowledgeable.
Cons: Could use a bit more robust analytics.
Overall: Overall, Widen DAM is a great tool that will help any company get more organized and productive.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Cassie Stempel, Booking Agent at The Rock Agency
Pros: Widen Digital Asset Management is great to use. Very easy and helpful.
Cons: I wish there was a quicker way to rename Conflicted Uploaded Talent.
Overall: Widen is very helpful.
media source review
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Deb Collins, Marketing Coordinator at VF Licensed Sports Group
Pros: clean look, easy to read fonts, pages load relatively quickly, responsive customer service.
Cons: Drop downs and page refreshes are little sticky. Would love if the common buttons functioned when pressing return (enter), rather than having to physically click on them, such as a SAVE button. Any little things which speed up and automate processing are appreciated!
Overall: Customer service is excellent!
A Great Asset
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Madeline Velez, Creative Specialist at Yankee Candle Company
Pros: A great way to share images and video with employees and clients to market a product. The assets are organized and categorized in one convenient location and easy to access. Very happy with the service provided and how quickly I am able to provide images to clients to complete a project.
Overall: Would recommend to any company looking for a organized system that allows for immediate access to there most valuable assets.
Widen for Large Image Storage
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Kristi Eide, Marketing Specialist at LI-COR Environmental
Pros: We use Widen as a storage warehouse for all of our large files so that anyone in our company can access these images, as well as our distributors internationally. It's made file sharing easy, fast, and convenient- everything is stored in one place. It allows us to keep memory space on our personal computers by not having to store these massive files on our individual PCs.
Cons: I work quite a bit with metadata for the uploaded images and I wish there was a way to clone metadata more easily so that I didn't have to re-title each image. Also, being able to mass release images would be nice rather than having to do them one by one.
Overall: It's a great product, and has worked very well for what we need it for. I wasn't directly involved with the implementation process but I know it proceeded quickly and without problem. Overall, it's a very good tool.
Graphic Designer Brady Corp
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Sarah Strauss, Creative Service Specialist at Brady Corporation
Pros: I do like the enhanced search capabilities, where you can narrow down faster to find what you want
Cons: I do wish you didn't delete the send file capability. We do use that a lot and now find myself missing it on a weekly basis to be able to send files to vendors and people overseas.
Overall: I do like it overall and I would recommend it to others
Limited functionality and basic features
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Anne Marie Ruvolo, Digital Asset Admin at Bain & Company
Pros: Customer Support is friendly and quick to respond. This is especially true when the issue can be solved relatively quickly. Marketing team uses social media tools to create a community of Widen users.
Cons: More complicated issues are not able to be solved by Widen Support. Instead, I was advised to submit ideas for upgrade for consideration. It has been over 6 months and I still have not had a response.
The software is limited in functionality compared to other available DAMs. The interface is not intuitive to basic users without significant training.
Collections and collaboration tools are weak to non-existent.
Metadata and 'filters' applied to assets once in Widen do not write back into the asset when downloaded.
Very little is able to be branded or customized without large additional costs.
Overall: Limited and basic functionality does not suit needs of large enterprises.
Using the DAM site- digital asset managment
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Tammy Mijal, Marketing coordinator at Little Rapids
Pros: The people who work for Widen are very knowledgable about their software and listen to your needs. The software has a number of features to automate usage. I have experienced very little bugs in the software. The over all value of the product is good.
Cons: The software almost has too much available for a smaller company with a small amount of products and product rollover.
Overall: I would recommend this product to someone who has a dedicated person to put time into managing this system. There is a bit more work due to having key words and metadata.
Good previews, able to handle many users
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jared Leshin, Marketing Manager at PAJ, Inc.
Pros: Ability to show previews of all assets, no matter the format. Ability to convert assets to other formats. Cost is based on space not users, which is helpful in a many-user environment
Cons: Slow upload and download speeds for users in Asia
Overall: It's a good solution that can be successful as long as there is a person at the company who actively manages and promotes Widen throughout the company.
Companies who will have active users in Asia may have difficulty with upload/download speeds.
Love our DAM site
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Kim Habel, Marketing Asset Coordinator at American Woodmark Corporation
Pros: Ability to divide assets between brands
Support/Help desk very quick in responding to the needs of their customers
Other Widen personnel very friendly and professional
Cons: I can't really think of anything that would be a con in my experiences with Widen.
Overall: For anyone looking to get their images, pdfs, videos, ect organized and available to whomever may need access a Widen Collective site would be the perfect answer.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Amanda Schmitz, Web Content Specialist - Web Design at Brady
Pros: 1. Can host/stream video - great because widen will generate the embed code right out of the WYSIWYG, making it easy for non-technical users to grab the code. In addition you are keeping the video files (finished and native) in one location and safe, verses living on someones hard drive.
2. Great DAM tool and very easy to use and tech support is accessible when you have questions of a more technical nature.
Cons: 1. I would like to see the file sending feature back. It was removed in the latest UI update and was a useful feature.
2. Occasional bugs when any code or UI update is deployed for the tool, but customer service/support is usually quick to resolve the problem.
Overall: I would recommend this tool, it's very flexible and covers all the aspects/features of a good DAM tool. I give widen a 5 out of 5 stars. They also do a nice job with implementing improvements as well as customization if you find you need it.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by lingesha bn, web server administrator at nxp semiconductors
Pros: its really good to use saas for our product widen giving really good service
Cons: sometimes updates not happening as per the scheduled date
Overall: saas service given by widen is really excellent.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Jaclyn Deter, Sr. Marketing Communications Manager at Sealed Air - Cryovac
Pros: The Widen DAM system is a robust tool that will help our company collaborate and share assets across all regions of our business.
Cons: Setting up the tool is a bit of a process, and time consuming, but it is worth the investment in the end.
Overall: I would recommend Widen as a DAM tool, but it is good to have a champion or team dedicated to launching the tool.
Widen Collective is Awesome!
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Kathleen Kaun, Trade Show & Marketing Specialist at Glanbia Nutritionals
Pros: - easy to use
- great customer service
- proactive company
- easy management
I manage all the uploads and data on our site and it is so easy to upload, edit and manage all facets of the site. I have minimal questions on how to use the site because it is so intuitive. I also love that Widen is so responsive to customer ideas/suggestions. I have never worked with a company that is so responsive to issues/suggestions or in need of asssitance. THANK YOU!
Cons: I have not come across any major cons.
Overall: I highly recommend this company and their solutions to anyone working with managing internal data resources.
Widen works well for us
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Erik Meredith, Business and Process Coordinator at Walk In the Word
Pros: -Easy lookup feature
-I appreciate the ability to limit and open up accessability at differently levels with our several hundred users
-Excellent Customer and Tech Service...willing to take your reccomendations to make it a better product
Cons: -Need a better system to find specific words or phrases within a document. Have to use Adobe search feature to do this
Overall: -Overall I would reccomend Widen to companies with a need to store and access data and assets with ease.
Makes our digital assets more valuable
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Bernadine Carey-Tucker, Photography Services Manager at Grand Valley State University
Pros: easy to implement
allows sharing of digital assets with a wider audience
provides a professional and reliable backup system for important digital assets
Cons: some days the server seems a bit slow
Overall: I would definitely recommend the Widen product. The best way to describe the effect joining the Widen collective had on our organization; it brought our photo archives out of the basement! Our digital assets are more valuable today because they are now easily accessible to the whole campus community.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Rick Marquez, Owner at glassbox visuals
Pros: Drag and drop file upload is really wonderful.
The options for distribution and sharing of media is great also
Cons: Has a bit of a learning curve at first.
There are more features than I could ever possible use for my type of workflow
Overall: It's great. I have no real complaints.
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Nicole Cooke, Photography Intern at New Era Cap
Pros: Helps organize our massive archive, easy way to distribute images, lets us keep track of which items have already been photographed.
Cons: Upload process can be a little confusing, download links expire, not practical for storage of .CR2 files.
Overall: This is a great service for distributing images quickly and easily, as well as organizing them in a way that makes it easy to find specific images without searching through tons of files. It has certainly made our job as photographers a lot easier!
Great Solution for Sharing Withing and Without
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Micah Taylor, Creative Services and Marketing at Conlfuence Watersports
Pros: Supports endless file formats, one of the only ways we can distribute information to international dealers (like China)
Cons: Sometimes classifying/ tagging items can be cumbersome.
Overall: The new configurations to Widen's management system have created a truly convenient, easy, and simple way to manage files both between departments and with out international network of dealers here at Confluence Watersports.
I find Widen to be very successful
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Abena Adu-Gyimah, Miss at Kerry Ingredients and Flavours
Pros: -Navigation is very easy.
-Customer Service response is very prompt
Cons: It could be overwhelming as Widen has a lot of features but with time, you learn where to go to find what.
Overall: Widen is a very useful tool for our business, it makes information transfer really fast and organised and i will highly recommend it
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Brandy Napientek, Marketing Communications Web Specialist at KI
Pros: easy to organize assets based on our needs
Cons: some new users have trouble knowing how to get started
Overall: seems to be a good tool for housing company image assets. we dont use the site for much else.
Experience as a new Widen user
Reviewed on November 20, 2012 by Rose Whitehouse, Senior Account Coordinator at Nancy Marshall Communications
Pros: This is the second digital asset management program we have used. Its features are so much easier to use; managing collections and customer support has been wonderful.
Cons: I had problems at first because I was using Internet Explorer, but as soon as I switched to Google Chrome, the problem was fixed.
Overall: Having used another program previously, I would highly recommend Widen. It's a wonderful program. The customer support has been great, and they do a lot as a company to keep you up-to-date on the product.
Widen DAM system = time savings
Reviewed on December 07, 2011 by Joanna Stair, Design Management Consultant at Roche Diagnostics
Pros: - Saves time
- Frees up space on our servers
- Control over company assets with usage restrictions
- Good customer service
- Central place for asset storage
Cons: - Takes time to initially upload assets to be stored
Overall: Widen Enterprises has made life so much easier for our company. We no longer need to FedEx large files to vendors and/or colleagues. Widen¿¿¿s DAM system provides a central site for storing and quickly and easily sharing assets. I believe that everyone within our company feels the benefits gained through our shared assets site. The service has been great and quite cost effective, as well.
Reviewed on December 07, 2011 by Lee Stadler, Senior Designer at Ottawa University
Pros: A solid solution for the University's asset needs made by a team of industry experts.
Cons: None to speak.
Overall: For the solution they offer, Widen is an even competitor on price and features. Even better is that they don't sit around waiting for the next new thing to happen. They make it happen.
Widen Data Asset Management - A great tool
Reviewed on December 02, 2011 by Krista Wolfe, Marketing Communications Specialist at Pentair Residential Filtration
Pros: Easy to use
Saves TONS of time
Adaptable to your needs
Cons: Initial asset load takes a lot of time (I don't know that there's any way to avoid that though)
Overall: We have only recently started to use the Widen Data Asset Management tool, but everything about our experience has been great! We started working with Widen through a sister company of ours and Widen has been very accomodating and has helped a ton to get our interface to where we need it. This tool is going to be legendary in our office. We will save countless hours of time that was previously wasted searching through thousands of files. Since our team is fairly new to the system I've had to contact support a few times. They have always been very helpful and even stayed late to help me figure something out with the system, I'm looking forward to discovering what else we can do with our new data asset management tool through Widen.
Reviewed on August 23, 2011 by Brian Johnsen, Network Engineer at Sport Graphics
Pros: - Software as a Service model
- Cost is based on utilization
- Unlimited users
- Ability to convert a wide range of file types
- Metadata is customizable and easily searchable
- Widen staff worked closely with us during the initial setup period to skin our Collective site to our specifications and even customize some of the lower-level dialogs, buttons, etc.
- Easy to administer
- Support is usually very helpful and quick to respond
Cons: - Report generation can be slow at times
- Change requests can take a while to implement, depending on their developers' schedules
Overall: Recommended for anyone in the market for an enterprise-class DAM with a SaaS model.
Reviewed on June 02, 2011 by Jennifer Buska, Marketing Communications at CNH
Pros: Widen is a great place to store our digital assets. The customer service is great--we get questions answered very quickly!
Cons: The site is very slow.
Overall: I would recommend Widen. I would recommend setting up a category structure with assets placed in their correct categories so that users don't have to scroll through tons and tons of assets to find what they are looking for.
Store and Share Your Digital Assets
Reviewed on May 31, 2011 by Allan Baroto, Web Specialist at Amcor
Pros: The new UI (currently on BETA) looks like a big improvement, giving better web usability and speed up the browsing experience.
Cons: Faster download time will deliver a better user experience.
Overall: It is the effective way of centrally storing, sharing, retrieving and sending artwork with minimal effort.
SSO with your intranet and AD is also possible. Widen helped us in implementing this.
Reviewed on January 09, 2011 by Mike Giardino, IS Manager at Walk in the Word
Pros: Excellent customer service provided a seamless and smooth implementation. Widen has been very responsive to feature enhancment suggestions and the implementaion of the new text phrase search option.
Using the Widen Collective has allowed us to organize and share our digital media to our ministry partners with ease without the use of FTP sites, constant management of requests and saves time transfering content to multiple partners.
Cons: Would like the user interface to be more dynamic and intuetive. Speed is sometimes slower than expected.
Overall: Excellent product with good up time. Easy to implement in your organization.
Widen Collective Success
Reviewed on December 16, 2010 by Phil Baird, Graphic Designer at 5.11 Tactical
Pros: Ease of use, cost effective, time saver, web-based for portability.
Cons: Would like more custom options available in the user interface. Would like to have an iphone ap designed specifically for managing users, and metadata on the collective.
Overall: The Widen collective system probably saves me 800-1000 hours a year. That allows me to focus more on creative work, planning for new photography. For the most part the system is easy enough to use for the end user with a fairly low level of computer literacy. Every time the cost for the system comes up we simply create a graph showing the number of users, the number of assets downloaded, and then explain what the time savings is for our department. Once it becomes clear how much work is done, and done easier as a result of the ease our clients have in getting proper images the worth is absolutely clear.
Strategic marketing asset
Reviewed on December 09, 2010 by Jim Scarlata, Sr. Marketing Operations Manager at KnaackLLC
Pros: Extremely easy to use with little to no training needed
Handles all types of digital assets and conversion types
Admin and reporting are first rate
Cons: Sometimes page loading can be slow, which is also due to internal network capacity
Overall: Excellent SaaS offering for handling all of our digital media
InSinkErator Image Library
Reviewed on December 06, 2010 by Jack Backstrom, International Marketing Director at InSinkErator
Pros: Spending less time helping customers search digtal assest;
Widen helpful with all questions;
Created for us a list of search terms;
Cons: All of our users do not use English as primary language;
Some of our search terms are less than ideal;
not top of mind for the users;
It's taken time to get full company buyin
Overall: Remain committed and continue to push the tool with all users and staff
Howard Miller DIG
Reviewed on December 02, 2010 by Sara Patterson, Graphic Designer at Howard Miller
Pros: Access for our customers for all our digital assets
Cons: Not completely intuitive
Overall: I would recommend
Excellent Product. Extremely Satisfied. Highly Recommended.
Reviewed on December 02, 2010 by Jason Barinaga, Manager of E-Commerce at Oceania Cruises
Pros: Widen's solution provided the three components we wanted in a digital asset management systemscalability, flexibility and user-friendliness. Furthermore, their customer and implementation team was exceptional in providing the information and support we needed to fluidly understand and integrate the technology into our website.
Cons: I don't think there are any negatives with the collective solution.
Overall: Highly Recommended!
Marcia's Image Managament using Widen Collective
Reviewed on December 02, 2010 by Marcia Huff, Graphic Specialist at Howard Miller
Pros: I like the capability of adding categories of images to any of several Company profiles that I work with. The tools for image review are intuitive and allow me to maintain and update our image library very efficiently. I know there are additional features that I have not yet accessed, such as using templates, but I anticipate using these in the near future.
Cons: I don't understand all of the functions for assigning Roles for different groups.
Overall: I highly recommend the Widen application for managing a digital library.
Widen Digital Asset Tool
Reviewed on December 01, 2010 by Lisa Franks, eMarketing Manager at Kimball Office
Pros: Ability to store our movies, documents, and forms...as well as images.
Widen dynamically converts images to various sizes, based on the needs of the user.
Can mass upload images at once.
Search capabilities for assets.
Cons: Cumbersome to find things at times. Not overly user friendly for uploading assets.
Shopping cart is somewhat confusing, as people get the misperception that they must purchase and we do not charge for asset downloads.
Overall: Nice tool. Definitely assists with managing large quantities of digital assets that would otherwise require additional resources on the staff.
Reviewed on December 01, 2010 by Alex Rice, Marketing Manager at Kerry Ingredients & Flavours
Pros: One large database w/ access to all uploaded content
Cons: Extremely slow to navigate page to page, and even slower to download content
Overall: If there was a way to speed up the site, that would be very beneficial and usage would absolutely increase for uploading and pulling down content.
widen 5.5 review
Reviewed on December 01, 2010 by Leah Dole, Creative Director at Woolrich
Pros: Ease of use for our sales team
24 hour access for our team
spead of response
Cons: Access needed for our retailers
lack of k owledge for our endusers
Overall: As the system is used by our team it works great and has been very valuable. We as a company do not take advantage of it as we should
Reviewed on November 30, 2010 by Michael Batdorf, Sales Support Manager at Messer
Pros: Searchability is far improved versus old network file-folder storage method
Large file transfer is easier and less of a burden on e-mail
Uploads and tagging are very useful
Cons: Stemming leads to assets being returned that I don't want
Downloads take longer than I'd like
Uploads and tagging are very tedious
Overall: I would recommend Widen's Media Collective to organizations with large media asset collections.
Reviewed on November 30, 2010 by Matthew Livelsberger, President at Graphcom, Inc.
Pros: Great features, no question
Cons: None immediately come to mind.
Overall: Certainly the most robust, cost-effective solution that we've found. We're pleased thus far.
Finally Our Photo Files Are Organized
Reviewed on November 30, 2010 by Bernadine Carey Tucker, Photography Services Manager at Grand Valley State University
Pros: The Widen system is easy to implement and maintain.Widen streamlines the storage and retrieval of our photo files. With the Widen system more people are able to access our digital assets than ever before. Now our photography archive is being used to its full potential.
Cons: The system is occasionally slow. Some days I wish it would process the images a bit faster.
Overall: I would highly recommend Widen to companies or organizations that have large visual archives to manage. Widen makes storing and retrieving our files easier than ever. It is a great product for the investment!
Reviewed on November 30, 2010 by Todd Swanson, Graphics Manager at Greenlee Textron Inc
Pros: This software has reduced my daily maintenance workload tremendously and has given me additional time in my work day to be proactive in my job function.
Cons: The initial set up can be tedious based on volume off assets, but certainly worth the undertaking.
Overall: I would highly recommend this software suite.
Reviewed on November 30, 2010 by Debbie Richter, Senior Project Coordinator at Kohler
Pros: We use the software so that editors can search and download thier own images, which frees up our time to work on other PR stuff
Cons: I really like the service and don't have any cons
Overall: I would recommend other companies on the services
November Widen Review
Reviewed on November 30, 2010 by abby troutman, Market Communications at kimball office
Pros: I think that the site is great for users that need various file sizes. It's easy for me to "order" images and send them directly, with just a link so that neither my mailbox or theirs is maxed out because of the size of the images.
Cons: Still frustrating when i want to use the back button on my browser, due to habit, and it errors out. I know that the site has its own back button, but out of habit I use the browser back button and my search is then errored out and i have to start over.
Overall: For the most part, it's meeting our needs and our customers/dealers needs as well.
Widen Amcor Collective
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Michelle Archard, Consultant at Amcor
Pros: Functionality is good - being able to email a 3rd party, having the ability to select the file type to download
Cons: The system is very slow since it was redeveloped to support the Amcor -rebranding project, I'm guessing it's almost unusable from some parts of Amcor with slow internet connections
Overall: I'd recommend it to other companies -but would want to see performance improvements first.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Joanna Stair, Design Management Consultant at Roche Diagnostics
Pros: fast software
Cons: can't think of any cons at this time
Overall: The software works great.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Alyssa Duhe, Graphic Designer at James Hardie
Pros: -Roles and Permissions abilities
-Category menu is clean and easy to understand
-Like how you can quick view the keywords and description of the thumbnails
-options for viewing the files
Cons: - pretty slow
- often times the page come up blank when I click an option so I am constantly refreshing, sometimes I even need to log out to get the site to work again
-In batch editing I want to be able to add a keyword to multiple pictures without losing what tags I already have
-When there is a conflict I want a quick option to delete the new file. There only seems to be a replace option to get rid of the old.
Overall: It took me awhile to get use to Widen/ figure out how to use it. I wouldn't exactly call it the most user friendly, but once you start to figure it out there are a lot of options. Sadly it took me loading a lot of images and many hours to finally understand all the possibilities. I really like the search ability and the different viewing options. I like how you can set up the option to approve what images people download and create different roles. That gives us much more control as a company over the branding and imagery that is released.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Kala Hoeschele, Trek Marketing Builder Administrator at Trek Bicycle Corporation
Pros: 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
Cons: 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
Overall: 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.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Diane White, Asst Marketing Manager - Creative Services at Sub-Zero and Wolf
Pros: I like the fact that the software continues to be customizable and is frequently updated to accommodate advanced technologies.
Cons: Sometimes, the cost, has prohibited purchase of a program.
Overall: Would have no problem in recommending. Great customer support.
Review from Carl Zeiss
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Chelsea McCulley, Marketing Communications Specialist at Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, LLC
Pros: The support is fantastic from Widen, both on helping to use the site, as well as helping to release it to and market it to your employees.
The portfolios are a great tool for INDD files and will help streamline global marketing efforts
Powerful search tool
Cons: Quick search function does not have a auto-suggest feature
No automatic preview for Adobe files (INDD, AI, SWF, etc)
Overall: Excellent program and Extremely helpful company
Hekman Review of Widen Software
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Stephanie Pabon, Sales & Marketing Administrator at Hekman Furniture
Pros: Easy to use
Geared even for the most basic computer user
registration process quick
User Administration simple to understand.
Cons: Option of "order a CD" should not be available.
Overall: I think it is great like it is. I use it continuously during my day. It makes my job so much easier when working with images for presentations etc.
Taylor Comany review
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Kelli Stade, Marketing Assistant at taylor
Pros: The people that work at Widen are GREAT! They walk me through things and find answers to any and all questions that I have. (Even when I ask the same ones over and over again!)
Cons: There are so many options that I confuse myself at times. Some of the titles are a bit confusing in the admin tools - but now that I have been using it for over a year - I am getting more familier with the in and out of the program.
Overall: I would recommend you to anyone! It is just what our company needs!
Organization with Ease!
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Shari Sterba, Senior Manager Product & Design at Scott's Fundraising
Pros: -Easy to keep assets organized, up to date and accessible
-Simple as shopping on the internet
-Immediate delivery for clients requesting images
-Email link to download assets eliminates shipping costs
-Accessible from anywhere you have internet, travel or office!
-Updates annually improve features
Cons: -Collective doesn't work with all versions of internet browsers (must be current release to work efficiently)
Overall: I highly recommend the Widen Collective and have been a user for over 6 years. The Collective improves asset organization while being accessible anywhere and to anyone you allow.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by April Ong, Marketing Graphics Specialist at Datamax-O'Neil
Pros: easy to learn interface, good support, like how we can customize almost every feature for our purposes
Cons: none at this time
Overall: good product
Hollister-Widen Media Collective
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Mark Ciske, Manager, Graphic Design at Hollister Incorporated
Pros: Easy-to-use search and download tools
Good, intuitive interface
Excellent Customer Service and Administrative Support
Simple to upload new assets and resolve asset conflicts
Strong administrative capabilities and options (custom categories, user options, etc)
Excellent site and user reporting capabilities
Cons: Prefer more graphical interface (mac-like, not pc)
Admins can easily get lost in some options - seems a little overwhelming at first
Overall: Overall an excellent system, the cons are more personal preferences than system faults. After viewing other DAM sites in the past couple of years, the limitations are more the user vs the system itself. We have had very few major issues that Customer Service or Admins could not resolve.
Besides, the 2 "Cons", my only thought is that maybe for beginning admins, more "default" options for common tasks may be good - almost too many options for some.
Widen for James Hardie Building Products
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Andrea Macpherson, Graphic Designer at James Hardie Building Products
Pros: Able to get specific and granular to support our wide range of needs. Customizable for different users. Gave training on how to use the system one-on-one, this was incredibly helpful.
Cons: The site is really slow. It takes an insane amount of time sometimes to load a page. I am unable to edit the description for a batch of images, without replacing the existing descriptions. It would save me a ton of time if I could simply add to the existing descriptions in a batch edit. The previews are incorrect sometimes, it seems that the site can't refresh or gets confused and sometimes shows a preview for a different image. You have to click all the way into the asset detail page to see the correct image preview.
Overall: Find a way to speed up the site and it's ability to refresh itself and show recently upload images faster.
Painless Implementation and User Friendly
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Alex Wolff, Manager Sales Technology at Coty Inc
Pros: From the time I spoke to the first salesperson until the implementation team got me up and running they kept us on track and on time. Their understanding of our needs enabled us to go into production in just a few month with minimal configuration post go live. The interface was simple and training our internal admins was short.Our external consumers were not trained at all and had no problem using the images. The Mass Transit Tool really faciliated getting images off our systems and out to our clients.
We were able to move responsibility for uploading and categoring images back to the source, creating great efficiencies. Finally, my IT dept was not burdened with additional tasks and responsibilities, and the cost has been affordable.
Cons: I would have to make something up. Working with Widen has been one of the best vendor experiences I have had to date.
Overall: If you are getting started in a DAM solution and SAAS is your preferred model, take the time to understand the Widen offering.
Widen tool is a valuable resource
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Sabrina Nelson, Marketing Communications Program Manager at Johnson Controls
Pros: - Great team to work with
- Competitive pricing to other similar tools
- Easy access to a variety of usability reports
Cons: Will not be compatible with IE6.
Overall: This is a great tool to allow your users the flexibility to create customized pieces but still maintain some amount of control regarding the overall creative look and feel.
PPD Review of WIDEN Collective
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Evelyn Douglas, Associate Manager, Corporate Communications at PPD
Pros: Great repository, easy to use for end user ordering assets
Cons: Setting up categories, sub categories and assigning profiles can be an issue for an administrator. Have also had issues with creating temporary accounts and requiring them to require approval with effecting other user profiles.
Overall: This product has great end-user features. Could be a little more user friendly for administrators.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Barb Sheridan, Advertising Coordinator at Howard Miller
Pros: User friendly
Cons: Customer service can be a bit over-technical at times.
Overall: Would recommend
Life Fitness Media Assets Collective
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Jim Wresch, Senior Manger, Global Creative Services at Life Fitness
Pros: Implementation of the site was simple.
Cost was very affordable.
Space used/space left is noted on the monthly statement giving me a nice tool to manage the number of assets we have on the collective.
Communication about maintenance issues and update is outstanding.
Feedback from new users has been that the sight is easy to navigate and download.
Cons: Perhaps the only blip that we have had from Widen is in the image retouching that they have provided us has not met our standards. However, with that said, they have made every effort to rectify the image outlining and it looks like we will be satisfied with the final outcome.
Overall: I highly recommend Widen as a source for data/asset storage for any company. The combination of ease-of-use, customer support and reasonable cost has made our choice in Widen a smart and effective.
SEA brand library review
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Jamie Stetson, Brand Manager at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Pros: - customizable
- user friendly
- easy access by internal and external team members
- enhancements available
Cons: - additional training materials would be nice to have
Overall: I would certainly recommend the Widen DAM system to other companies.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Jennifer Lucas, Senior Graphic Designer at La-Z-BOY
Pros: Easy to use and navigate, lots of storage space for our images. Different ways to organize search results.
Cons: Only problem I have ever had is the time it takes to upload new images manually. Seems to take a long time, process is a little more complicated than I think it needs to be. A lot of steps to upload one image and add metadata.
Overall: I would recommend this program to other companies for their image database solution, I have seen other companies pages and they usually are not as good as the one we are using.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Maribeth Foley, Account Supervisor at The Pampered Chef
Pros: Mediacollective has greatly reduced the number of hours our design team has spent fulfilling image requests for coworkers in the US and abroad. It is a professional system for our users. The reports are very helpful from an administrator point of view. The customer service team answers our questions and forwards user questions in a short amount of time. Thank you!
Cons: > Currently, there isn's a way to view thumbnails of an order.
> Placing a cap on the number of assets someone can place in one order (no more than 20).
> Or deny part of an order without denying the entire order and and placing a new request for the approved assets.
Overall: Great tool for our organization!
by Widen on December 03, 2010
Viewing thumbnails of an order (assets available for download) is presented. Limits can be placed Per Order with a conversion limit per order and Per User with a conversion limit per user that may be reset monthly, quarterly or yearly. Widen is able to show clients how this works within their Collective application. Thank you for the feedback as this contributes to future development initiatives in areas of ease-of-use and intuitiveness.
Great source for our images ... but sometimes slow.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Mary LeBeau, Marketing Communications Specialist at KI
Pros: Uploads are a breeze and it's great to have a single source for our image repository - no matter what format we're working with.
Cons: To view larger images, takes you out of the search results - perhaps some kind of "hover over" to get a larger view would be better.
Inconsistent speed - sometimes it works quickly and sometimes it's almost inoperable.
Overall: Although not perfect, this system has met our needs and hopefully will continue to evolve as needs change. Customer service has been quite responsive
Widen makes things simple
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by lee south, photographer at tna wrestling
Pros: ease of use for users
Cons: needs rss update feeds for users
Overall: great investment, would refer others to widen
by Widen on December 03, 2010
Good news! RSS updates and notifications is a feature addition on our product road map for 2011.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Kristy Smith, Creative Services Production Specialist at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Pros: The online asset site streamlines my work-flow. It is now much easier to get image files to my coworkers and also people who work outside of my company. The site is very user friendly and the customer service reps always answer my questions promptly.
Cons: I have no complaints.
Overall: I would highly recommend widen to anyone. It has made a positive impact on my work and how quickly and efficiently I'm able to handle day to day tasks.
Meets Your Needs
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Luisy Mejia, Digital Marketing Specialist at Oceania Cruises
Pros: Up until this point, your application has met our needs and works really well for all of our users. It is user friendly and effective.
Cons: No cons at this time.
Overall: I recommend this application.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Debbie Pavletich, Graphic Services Manager at Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Pros: Easy to implement. Easy to use for administrators and users. Customer Service is attentive to our needs.
Cons: Costs when you want to customize.
Overall: Better integration or application for mobile devices.
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Kirsten Peterson, Interactive Design Coordinator at KI
Pros: Easy to set up new categories & edit information. Love the new uploader tool.
Cons: Sometimes the site can be really slow.
Overall: it would be nice to be able to hover over the images and have them enlage automatically (not having to click into).
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Michelle Lechner, Marketing Services Specialist at Broan-NuTone LLC
Pros: Various search options a plus
Cons: Confusion periodically with customers selecting more than one file type.
Overall: Overall performance is great
Reviewed on November 29, 2010 by Sarah Michals, Internet Project Manager at Case IH
Pros: The widen site allows brands to self-manage their assets quickly and easily. The system is faily easy to learn.
Cons: Our implementation was not structured properly from the start, so we have many challenges with the search feature. I would suggest Widen provide consulting services to help brands efficiently structure their system to avoid our mistakes. The system can be slow at times, but I understand that is changing with the new release.
Overall: I would recommend Widen to another firm looking for an asset management system.
Roche Images review
Reviewed on November 05, 2010 by Peter Bodnar, Marketing Editor / eBuilder Administrator at Roche
Pros: Roche is about to begin its 9th year with Widen managing its online image collective. With a sales force of more than 300 along with an in-house marketing staff, agencies, and retail clients, having an easy-to-use central location for finding the latest product images has been a huge time saver and an efficient distribution solution.
* Ease of adding new accounts
* Ease of search and categorization
* Ease of releasing / retiring images
* Cost effectiveness
* Prompt support
Cons: Because of the huge amount of variables available to the admin user, setting up a site with correct user permissions, asset groups, etc. can be intimidating and challenging if there is not a natural bent toward site organization or if a user doesn't have a daily hands-on role.
To offset this, Widen offers tremendous support, reviewing site settings set by admins or walking an admin through the logic needed to set up the appropriate permissions.
Overall: Excellent company, excellent product.
Roche uses only a portion of what Widen offers for our image collective, but we are truly impressed with the site we have.
Reviewed on November 02, 2010 by Kristie Bluemer-Gearhart, Marketing Coordinator at Mcomm Group
Pros: Provide training on how to use features.
Knowledgeable and timely customer support.
Search-ability feature and linear cataloging available.
Cons: Asset management system only functions as well as the information inputted. Make sure you have complete and accurate data prior to uploading. Fixing the metadata for 1,000s of assets is quite time consuming and costly.
Overall: Good system for assets assuming metadata is complete and accurate.
Widen collective rating
Reviewed on November 02, 2010 by Kimberly Baldoni, Marketing manager at Beazley
Pros: Once the set-up is complete, the system is very easy to use. Allows marketing to monitor and control the brand.
Cons: It took a bit of time to set-up and create our templates, but once the process was in place it was very easy to add new templates.
Overall: I highly recommend this product. User friendly interface and responsive customer service.
Reviewed on November 01, 2010 by Patti Kroening, Product Management Specialist at Taylor Company
Pros: Customer service is outstanding. The features of DAM save us innumerable calls & followup.
Cons: We would have liked to set up administrators at each of our distributors, but did not understand that during implementation. Ultimately, going back & setting that up would be nice, but not sure we have the time or resources to accomplish now.
Overall: Tremendous benefits to utilizing the DAM system for maintaining digital assets. Also look forward to using the Embed Links to manage our assets in web content.
Little Rapids Corporation Review
Reviewed on July 30, 2010 by Sarah Voss, Channel Manager at Little Rapids Corporation
-Willingness to work with you and customize DAM to individual needs
-Ease of use
Cons: Our experience has been extremely positive.
Overall: Higly recommend the Widen DAM media collective.
Wonderful for storage, searching, sharing
Reviewed on June 11, 2010 by Kelly Cheramy, Publications Coordinator at St. Mary's Hospital
Pros: Great for storage, searching and sharing - no more clogged email accounts and lots of time and hassle saved in digging up images. Option to convert to various formats saves even more time and hassle for the end users.
Cons: To work most effectively, it requires consistent thinking and logical protocols -- elusive traits because we don't have the luxury of time or dedicated staff to devote to organizing our meta data in relation to how images will be used. We've found that many of our search terms yield too large of a pool because many of our photos include similar terms for very different images. Also, there's no compare feature to help select images or delete duplicates.
Overall: Very responsive customer service and very professional company with good communication about their product.
A learning curve, but overall has been a good experience!
Reviewed on June 11, 2010 by Amber Scherzer, Graphic Designer at Stens
Pros: This is def. a learning curve, but opens so many doors for customers.
Great staff that is willing to work with you above and beyond!
Updates/upgrades occur regularly which continually helps to improve processes by making them more efficient and just better.
Cons: Takes time to learn!
Go to meetings for trainings can be rather confusing at times and hard to know what questions to ask if you haven't been exposed to it long enough.
Extra software may be required to access full function of parts of this database!!
Overall: Overall, this database opens many doors for your customers by allowing them the ability to customize marketing pieces, etc. It also works great to allow for images to be downloaded by your customers for use on their website, in mailers and marketing pieces to name just a few. For our particular business, it allows our customers more hands on and can help to save them valuable time!
Easy to use and maintain
Reviewed on June 11, 2010 by Tom Dempsey, Creative Services Supervisor at Zebra Technologies
Pros: Ease of search and ability to reformat images and video on the fly. You may have an asset in the collective in one format, but request it be delivered in another. Widen reformats for you.
Cons: Doesn't have the ability to assign keywords to more than one asset at a time.
Overall: We've been using it for well over a year and it haas been great. The feedback we've gotten has been positive and has allowed us to better share assets globally.
by Widen on November 08, 2010
Batch Editing is a standard feature for adding/editing metadata to new assets in the upload queue and existing assets via search results or Asset Group containers, and/or default metadata assignments to metadata fields in the Upload Profile settings. Client not aware of this feature until after the review.
Easy Use Widen Site
Reviewed on June 10, 2010 by Pei-Ling Cogswell, Graphic Desiger at Young Living Essential Oils
Pros: Love the feature that I can view with the large thumbnail and add to the cart before I download the images.
Capability of tag the individual file and images, group them in the same event folder.
Love the searching engine.
Cons: Some of the menu tab is harder to find.
Overall: Overall the site function is easy to use and suites my need to uploading and downloading files
Fantistic Media Managemetn
Reviewed on June 10, 2010 by Greg Park, Sr Associate at Innovation Focus/LIFEbytes Online
Pros: Lightweight, flexible, well-supported. Very easy to implement for special uses.
Cons: Occaisional glitches, sometimes the complexity can be overwhelming
Overall: Great support, very flexible.
Reviewed on June 10, 2010 by Sarah Vosters, Creative Services Manager at Great Wolf Resorts
Pros: Customer service is excellent!
Cons: Some of the features are not as customizable as we had hoped.
Overall: Widen has most definitely improved our company's organization with creative assets and routing of creative projects.
Widen has changed the way I work
Reviewed on June 10, 2010 by Amanda Pitts, Photographer at Grand Valley State University
Pros: Widen is a fairly easy and efficient way to store, archive, and distribute photographic files. In the year that I have been using Widen, it has changed the way I work. Now when I receive a request for a specific photo, I don't have to resize it and make sure it is the appropriate size to fit into an email. I just choose the file I want, send it to the recipient and they download it directly from the site instead of through e-mail. This is especially helpful to those who are always battling an in-box size limit! It has also made it easier to work off-site. Say I am out of the office on assignment or home sick. If I see a request come in, I can log onto Widen from anywhere and send the requests files out at any time! The search features also work great for us. Users throughout the university can now directly search for whatever type of photo they are looking for instead of requesting it through our department by phone or email.
Cons: Though I love Widen there have been a few minor issues we have encountered. The first is that it is a little hard to understand at the beginning. The back end of the program seems complicated to a new user. However, we have now figured everything out and so this really is no longer an issue for us. The other issue I sometimes run into is that the processing can be a bit slow. There are times when I upload my files and then cannot see the previews of my files for quite some time. This can be a problem when I am trying to identify people in the photograph to add their names to the keywords. The only way around this currently is to be patient and go work on something else for a while.
Overall: Overall I would definitely recommend Widen to any company that has a large amount of photo files that they need to store and easily be able to send to others, either internally or externally.
Widen Collective Review
Reviewed on June 10, 2010 by Sara Triggs, Graphic Designer at Avelle
Ease of use
Easy to send files to others
Cons: Sometimes features are not activated unless you request but everything I've requested was activated very quickly.
Overall: The Widen Collective has made my day to day searches for high resolution images so much easier than it used to be when I was searching multiple servers in our company. Typing in a single style number and having all of the results for the product show up is great. I also like that it's so fast. One of my favorite features is that the collective allows me to send these files to people outside the company for PR use. It's much easier than sending multiple files or loading to FTP sites. I would definitely recommend the Widen Collective to anyone who deals with a large volume of high resolution images.
Very helpful software!
Reviewed on June 10, 2010 by Elizabeth Lienau, Photography Coordinator at Grand Valley State University
Pros: Widen has really helped us bring together our photo archive and creates one organized place for everything to be. We can be confident that our files are safe with this product, which is a concern we have had for many years. It is also very nice to be able to access our files from any location and send them easily through the internet. The customer service people are very helpful and are always available when we run into problems.
Cons: The backside of the program can be a bit tedious and hard to figure out. We have been using the software for about a year now and I am just beginning to really figure out the ins and outs of it.
Overall: Overall, this product has really helped us and we will continue to use it in the future. Many other departments have used our site and are now adding their photos as well.
Reviewed on April 14, 2010 by Chad Arguello, web content admin at HON
Pros: I really like the ease of use once you get used to the admin tools - this was a challenge at first since there was no formal documentation - but the staff at Widen made this a cinch
Cons: Some of the reporting and bulk insert features that I would need are not available from the front end of the application
Overall: good stuff
Solid company. Trained employees. Convenient service network.
Reviewed on March 30, 2009 by Jim Magruder, Sr. Marketing Comm Mgr at InSinkErator
Pros: Great customer support. Reliable service. Easy access to support via phone or online chat.
Cons: System seems to move a little slow. This could be our internet line.
Overall: Solid company. Trained employees. Convenient service network. Great system for the non-techinical person. Nice tech support.
Highly Recommend Widen! They are a feature rich, and wonderful service to work with.
Reviewed on August 26, 2008 by John Tam, Marketing Communications Project Manager at Brocade
Pros: In a manner of a few short weeks, we were fully up and running on Widen. It was a seamless switch and we extended our user base instead of loosing users during this time.
Cons: There were very few issues if any. I only disliked the Shopping cart analogy as people wondered if they needed to pay.
Overall: Highly Recommend Widen! They are a feature rich, and wonderful service to work with. The account managers and Implementation consultants were awesome and we never skipped a beat.
Reviewed on August 26, 2008 by Helen Stonhill, Marcomm manager at MTI
Pros: Incredibly intuitive interface, easy to set up and administrate.
Cons: Shoppin cart model confusing to users who think they are going to be charged.
Overall: Highly recommended