Picturepark Piz Linard Release | Sep 2020

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Picturepark Content Platform is released in its newest version:

  • Version: Breihorn Release (10.6)
  • Date: 06-June-2020 (TBC)
  • Platform: {name}.picturepark.com
  • Main changes:
    • Federated authentication with OpenID Connect

Beginning with this release, we will highlight our heritage by starting to refer to each new release of the Picturepark Content Platform with the name of a Swiss mountain. The Picturepark staff have selected Breithorn for this release, with a vote share of around 75%. The Breithorn is part of a mountain range in the Pennine Alps, located in the Swiss canton Valais. With an elevation of 4,164 m (13,661 ft), it is considered an easy to climb 4,000m Alpine peak, due to the Klein Matterhorn cable car, which lifts hikers up close to the top. Jean Gras was one of the first to climb the Breithorn in 1813. He manufactured automobiles for a living, presenting them in 1924 at the Salon event in France. We think he would probably have liked the powerful capabilities of the Picturepark Breithorn Release to manage and publish his product information.

Release Summary

Please note that these release notes are currently in a preliminary state; they are therefore not binding and subject to change. A final version, which will be fully binding, will be made available during the week of the official release.

Notable changes include:

  • Support for federated authentication via Open ID Connect (OIDC): Admins can enable federated authentication to provide single sign-on (SSO) via OIDC, with support for ADFS 4.0 on Windows Server 2016 (or higher) for users with role mapping (incl. fallback), and mapping of user attributes. Azure AD is scheduled for a subsequent minor release.
  • User Management improvements: Admins can manage users with better user selection, locking/inviting/assigning roles to users in batches, and will find better indications about the status of the user e.g. federated or locked.
  • Download multiple dynamic custom formats: Users can download multiple dynamic custom formats at once, and become notified once the download is ready, if it takes longer to complete.
  • Improved business rule configuration: Admins can configure business rules using new conditions “NOT” and “field empty”, transformations supporting “split by” and accessible trace logs for easier debugging.
  • “View for all” permission per output format: users with access to output formats sourced from the original can download such formats, even without original access.
  • Sharepoint Connector (3rd party software) can pick content from Sharepoint Online libraries populated via the Content Platform and directly integrate content (“Sharepoint Connector”).

XMP/EXIF Metadata Read/Write Mappings

When importing files into Picturepark or exporting from Picturepark, XMP and EXIF metadata can be read out (as before) and written into Picturepark metadata fields based on field mappings (new).

These mappings enable admins to select mapping direction (write to Picturepark, write to File, or both), the XMP field (Dublin Core, IPTC, and others), and the corresponding metadata field in Picturepark. Priority defines in which order multiple values are written into the same field (separated by comma). The stop switch prevents that after the first value is added, additional values are written if they exist for the same field.

These mappings now enable you to map all desired XMP metadata values to Picturepark metadata fields, where you can review, edit, update or remove the metadata values - all without using Business Rules.

As a sample: You can add the Dublin Core subject keywords as tags to your keyword list. You can write the rights information traveling with your file, to your Copyright field in Picturepark to ensure the correct copyrights are applied when the press, partners, or users download the file again. You can save your verified metadata back to the file on download to ensure users of the file understand the context of what is shown.

Search Suggestions

The Picturepark Search now provides users with search suggestions, a feature that auto-completes terms while typing. The search suggestions are listed based on matching Content or List Items in Picturepark. The list is ordered by the number of Content Items found for the search query, also shown in brackets.

The data used for the suggestions are defined via channel filters and the search fields defined per filter. The functionality is similar to the search inside the filters but applied to all available filters of the specific channel.

The search modes of Picturepark (AND, OR, Advanced) are also listed in the new suggestions panel with additional information provided via tooltips.

There is a limitation with regard to word stems. It is currently not possible to find terms by trailing word stems: e.g. “berry” will not find “strawberry”. Nevertheless, all translations will be considered for searching. Therefore “Erdbeere” will find “Strawberry”, and vice versa.

Assign Roles to Federated Users Independently

Group mappings for federated authentication have been extended with the Piz Linard release. Now, additional roles can be assigned to users in Picturepark - in addition to the ones defined via user group mappings with the federating Identity Provider. Previously all additional role assignments made within Picturepark had been reset when federated users logged in, so as to only keep the Identity Provider provided roles in effect.

With this feature you can leverage the benefits of both worlds: you map your Identity Provider as a trusted source so that all users get access to Picturepark. You also define group mappings based on your setup in the Active Directory (1), e.g. based on departments so that all Marketing users will get access to Picturpark as editors, whereas sales will only get read access.

Using Picturepark’s inbuilt role assignments (2) you can then separate the Marketing users by giving experienced users advanced permissions, without asking your IT department for additional Active Directory groups and user assignments. Still, your IT department has full control over general access to the platform, to restrict access for leaving employees or separating partners.

The roles assigned via IdP group mappings (1) can only be updated in the IdP settings, whereas the manual assigned roles (2) can be updated in the user management settings in Picturepark. Federated users who are changed to Picturepark managed users will keep all role assignments, which can then be updated in the Picturepark user management settings.

Content Browser Custom Sort Fields

The Picturepark Content Browser now supports channel-specific sorting in addition to the already available channel-specific filters.

The default sort options (Creation date, Modification date, Relevance, and Filename) are always added as by default and can be removed or replaced with more suitable options.

Sample: A product channel may benefit from sorting by release date, product price, market, or campaigns, whereas an event channel benefits more from sorting based on location, event date, and sponsors.

Display of Selected Metadata For Shares

The metadata applied to Content Items can be selected when creating a share, and is then shared too. This shared metadata will now be displayed in the share viewer to recipients and others who access it.

The Layers selected in the share creation will be displayed as metadata panels. Keywords and tags will be displayed as links with all additional metadata available in the card detail (see screenshot). This way, the recipients benefit from all related metadata information of smart tags in Picturepark - directly when accessing the shared metadata.

Various Other Changes & Improvements

This section lists additional improvements and notable changes in this release.

For Users

  • Picturepark Search:
    • The search modes have been renamed to AND, OR, and Advanced which gives some better insights on how the search is executed.
  • Content Browser / List Browser:
    • The selected filter item in the filter stays in its place and is no longer added to the top. The jumping of filter items was confusing and has been removed in this release. PP9-11120
    • The scrolling in filters removed for selecting “show more” or “show less” and users don’t lose their position.
  • User Profile:
    • Users find a new button “Reset settings” in the user profile allowing them to reset Picturepark specific settings in the application e.g. display of messages for batch editing or import, searches, filters. Session information is not reset.
  • Signup:
    • A captcha is displayed on signup which users have to complete in order to sign up for the Picturepark.

For Editors

  • Lists:
    • The sort settings defined for a list are used as the default sort criteria for values in a tagbox connected to this list. When the user starts typing, the sort is switched back to relevance (best match).
  • Batch Editor:
    • Layers with required fieldset fields and relationship fields can no longer be added to multiple items in the Batch Editor, as editing those fields is not supported in the batch editor. Users have to select single items and add the desired layer one-by-one. PP9-9963
  • Content Picker/Content Portal:
    • Support for adding multiple Content Items to the basket with one click. This functionality is known from the Content Browser and has now been added to the Content Portal.

For Admins

  • User Management:
    • Improved message for user deactivation requests to inform the user managers (all users with access to user management) about the need to transfer their content. PP9-10013
    • Certain user attributes are prevented from updates: Email address for non-federated users, and email, first name, last name, and the address for federated users. This latter change was made because these attributes are automatically synchronized with the federated IdP.
  • Fields:
    • Translated Text fields will change the default analyzer from simple to language when the field is included in the search. This way, text is correctly analyzed for the Picturepark Search.
    • Date Time fields have a new option that enables you to add the current date-time when creating new items with the field. Admins can still choose to not prefill the current date and add a custom date as before.
    • The original file creation date can now be added as a creation date into the activity panel for content migrated onto Picturepark via API.
  • Display Pattern:
    • A field with the name size used in the Display Pattern was converted to the character size and not recognized as the field value. Therefore size is now added as indexer: [size] automatically in the Display Pattern Editor.

API Breaks

Share: Added resolve behaviors

Can additionally resolve the schema information for shared layers and content for shares.

Metadata: Update

Removed obsolete SchemaFieldsUpdateOptions property from ContentMetadataUpdateRequest.

Output Format

Property “interlaced” removed for jpeg, png, tiff

Output Format

OutputFormat creation/modification no longer supports the following flags:

  • CloneXmp
  • CloneExif
  • CloneAdobeResources
  • CloneIptc

Metadata Dictionary

The "kind" property has been completely removed from the dynamic metadata dictionaries (properties Content and Metadata of Contents and ListItems).

ChannelDetail, ChannelCreateRequest and ChannelUpdateRequest

The "sort" property can contain only fields that are specified in the new "sortFields" property.

The "sortFields" property has been added: it should contain the fields that the UI will make available for sorting in the content browser.

Each sort field must contain the path of the field on which to sort on.

UserDetail, UserRoleAssignment

UserDetail no longer subclasses UserUpdateRequest and the attribute UserRoles is now an array of UserRoleAssignment objects

UserRoleAssignment has two attributes: UserRole and IsFederated

UserRole is the user role assigned to the user in question and IsFederated marks user roles that were assigned automatically to a federated user based on group mapping of a federated identity provider

UnableToChangeUserRolesForFederatedUser exception was repurposed and renamed to UnableToChangeMappedUserRolesForFederatedUserException -- instead of signalling that it's forbidden to update user roles of a federated user, it now signals that an attempt was made to update user role assignments that are federated

Changes to System Requirements or Limitations

  • Umlaute in filenames UTF8 encoded are not displayed correctly as the Picturepark Content Platform requires ISO-8859-1 encoding. The files are handled correctly in Picturepark.
  • Imports of files with a file path longer than 260 characters do not work. A list of files that cannot be uploaded is shown to the user. The file path for those files must be shortened before upload.
  • Files with empty filenames in transfers are ignored in the upload process and skipped from the transfer.
  • Norms on search document fields are removed to save storage and disk space. Norms are only needed for scoring on a specific field, which is not used in Picturepark.

Known Issues

Here is a list of known issues that users should be aware of when using the Content Platform. If you encounter any other issues than those listed below, then please contact Picturepark Support.

  • The Content Browser filter for file types shows jpg and JPG (in capitals) as two filters.
  • Scrolling using the mouse is sometimes not possible in dropdown selections e.g. to select permission set or user role.
  • In Picturepark in the share browser, Virtual Item thumbnails are not correctly displayed. Also shares with long titles are not correctly displayed in the list view.
  • Channel: For customers with huge amounts of data and indexed metadata, the filters may show the approximate amount of items and not the total amount. The Content Browser shows the correct count. This error is an ElasticSearch error on bucket count. The numbers can be corrected by reducing the splitting of data to ElasticSearch shards but the shard reduction can only be done by Picturepark, as the option to update the numbers yourself has been removed with this release.
  • It is possible to create a filter in the Content Browser with the ID "language" but the filter will not display correctly in the Content Browser. Avoid the creation of filters with ID language.
  • In the status menu, the button to trigger a reindex is overlapped by the notification panel.

Bug Fixes

  • Fields
    • The Fieldset value display is now limited to the component width before it was causing horizontal scrolling.
    • Hyphenation in multiline fields was fixed. Prior to this release, words were broken without hyphens making text hard to read or understand.
  • Filters
    • Filters are passed from the Content Browser to Excel Roundtripping App or Shares. Those filters were sometimes not applicable to the new location. Filters are now applied correctly or removed when switching menu items.
  • Batch Editor/Field Configuration
    • When marking words, holding the left mouse, and moving, the user accidentally switched tabs. This behavior was removed as in the batch editor or field configuration, the tab switch was not desired.
    • Editors with only view permissions on schemas couldn’t make changes to other schemas they were permitted to when view-only schemas were visible. The unchanged schemas were considered and prevented changes to the changed schemas.
  • Permissions
    • The Add Button for adding permissions on schemas has been removed for users not able to add permissions.
    • German translations were not displayed correctly.
  • Display Pattern
    • The preview in the Display Pattern Editor is now refreshed correctly after changes. Previously it was only refreshed if an item was selected for preview.
  • Output formats
    • Dynamic formats were not displayed correctly for download after creation. A fix is implemented.
    • Watermark actions can now be applied to original, previews, or other temporary output formats. Previously watermark action could only be applied to the original.
  • Schemas
    • After deletion of fieldset or relationship schema the user was not redirected to the schema browser but stayed in the detail view of the deleted item.
    • The link in the detail panel of a layer inside a list (“used in layer”) redirects the user to lists instead of layer (wrong URL path).
    • The layer selection now displayed the correct layers for the assignment. Previously layers assigned and unassigned were not displayed until a browser refresh.
    • Multiselect for List Items now working as expected. Previously only text was highlighted but List Items were not selected.
  • Import
    • PSD files are now considered as PSD. Previously those were recognized as JPEG files.
  • Share
    • Batch deletion of shares now possible with appropriate permissions. Previously batch share deletion was restricted to owners.
  • Display Pattern
    • Re-rendering of a Display Pattern with an invalid Display Pattern template is now correctly logged as an error and traced. Previously the rendering couldn’t finish and was displayed as ‘in progress’.

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