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4 Media File Management Tips For Small Businesses

4 Media File Management Tips For Small Businesses

Every business requires some space for data storage, irrespective of the volume or size of the firm. Particularly, when you’re talking about media files, this storage has to be bulk. To make your workload easier, there are some image management software tools that help with organizing files in an easy and straightforward manner.

Not only organizing, but the sharing of media files with consideration for other team members and colleagues is also vital. Image managing tools like Daminion help to organize business tasks efficiently as access to digital assets is provided to multiple users within the organization. Let’s go through the ways that media assets can easily be organized.

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1. Save Media Files into Folders

Create as few folders as you can and try to name them appropriately. Put the relevant files into each folder so that they can be found easily whenever required. Name your folders according to the project name or save files with functions and operations rather than saving them according to date.

For example: if you are working on a website design and you have to store bulk logos, icons, and content files, then make different folders and name them “Logos,” “Icons,” and “Content” and then save files in their respective folders.

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2. Delete Old Files and Organize Data Regularly

Sometimes, you will have files that become obsolete. These media files contain images or presentations that are no longer of any use. Don’t forget to delete these files. Also, make a folder and name it ‘”Archive” to save files that are not required for now, but are still important. The image that you can’t find is as useless as the one that is completely lost. Thus, you need to classify your image library. Daminion, one of the best available image management softwares, has about 50 standard tags for this task, including title, description, keywords, categories, places, people, copyrights, projects, camera info, etc. You can also create custom user-defined tags.

3. Take Immediate Action on Files

When you come across a file that you created weeks or months before, just have a look, analyze the data, and take appropriate action immediately. This doesn’t mean that you should delete all your old files without giving them a second thought. Instead, decide whether the media file or elements stored in the file are required or not.

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It may also happen that you require only certain data from the file. So, try to analyze your files thoroughly and delete media components that are no longer required while keeping anything that is important to you or your project.

In some cases, there are files that might be of no use to you but are important to other team members. In such cases, media management tools prove to be helpful as they allow realtime data sharing with colleagues.

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4. Consolidate Files

Sometimes, consolidating two files into one helps to organize media elements and store data in a clean manner. For example, content from multiple files can be stored in a single data file and visual designs and media elements from two or more files can be stored in one graphic file.

Remember, file consolidation is not always possible. For example, code files cannot be consolidated as this can create confusion. If done incorrectly, it might affect the whole project and the performance of the team as well.

Also, instead of selecting the auto-organize feature to arrange all your media files on your desktop, organize files manually. Nobody else knows your requirements better than you, not even the smartest of devices. Organizing your files yourself will help you locate files efficiently whenever you need them the most.

Image editing tools are also worth exploring for small businesses. Such tools can greatly help small scale firms and professional designers and photographers as the programs offer comprehensive packages of features required in the photography industry. Daminion has a free standalone version that can help users get familiar with the functional features of the app. Daminion Server, the paid version of the image management tool, allows multiple users to work on the same image library using reliable network settings.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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