January 15, 2008

Gridiron renders workflow snapshots

Ok, so no 'Nucleo for Premiere' but instead, it's asset management in the picture for GridIron. The automatic thing is what's cool in the new product GridIron Flow. There are no check-ins and no preset workflow requirements as in other assets managers. You work as normal and get to review, backtrack, and archive even after creative flurries.

I think I'd like to see PERT chart-type for project management rather than just a calendar though. If internet services are offered by this work tracking app, they'd likely get evaluated like Adobe apps for magic cookies.

...and now an edit of the press release:

GridIron Software has announced GridIron Flow, new digital content management Mac and PC software for creative professionals working on graphic design, web, and video projects. Flow tracks work in progress from initial creation to end result, automatically, even in complex workflows.

Flow tracks workflows by recording all Import/Export, Save/Save As, and Copy/Paste actions in a project. It understands the file formats for virtually all creative professional applications, including those from Apple and Adobe, and maintains the relationships between stills, movies, sound clips, fonts, plug-ins, and color swatches on all local, network, and removable storage devices. Flow automatically builds Workflow Maps for every project that display all related application project files, media assets, and internal structures such as comps and layers. By selecting any file in the Workflow Map, users can view its fonts, color swatches, and the application plug-ins used to create it.

Other features to be included in Flow are a Workflow Calendar; Visual Versions, which automatically track and stores versions of files and metadata to allow reverting; and Tags and Annotations, which provide tags and sticky-note style annotations to assets or projects and support custom tags and metadata standards. In addition, GridIron offers the Flow SDK to tool vendors to make it easy for them to create custom extensions to support their file formats and add new functionality to the Flow environment.

Flow will be available this summer for Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard and for Windows XP and Vista. For more information and to sign up for the Public Beta visit http://www.gridironsoftware.com.

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