... Stuart Ford, Veolia Water Australia
The support we've received from the team at Third Light has been consistently excellent. They were always on hand to answer queries as we started using IMS, and they've continued to offer timely and insightful advice as we discover new opportunities for using the software.
... Stuart Ford, Veolia Water Australia
We are especially pleased with the upload and download tools as they fit very well with our existing workflow, greatly enhancing our productivity without requiring us to learn new ways of working.
... Peter Beaumont, Mortgages plc
Using Third Light has given us a way to distribute pictures and keep them centrally managed. We are able to offer galleries after events or launches, which we can share with our guests, PR companies and other relevant contacts. We've got photos from events since 2000, and it's fantastic having that available so easily.
... Matthew Phelvin - Rex Features Ltd.
At Rex Features, we pride ourselves on supplying high-quality, relevant images. For many of our shoots, we need to deliver our photos in the shortest possible time. When a time critical photo shoot like this has taken place, we use Third Light's fast FTP distribution service to move the image files to our customers. Thanks to Third Light we can transfer very large amounts of data reliably and without delay, giving us a significant competitive edge.
... Jocelyn Poulton, Head of Development, Trinity Hall (Cambridge University)
We were struggling to keep track of all the new images and associated copyright details. We are especially impressed by the ease with which we can now search for images quickly using simple keywords. We are also finding the interface for tracking image usage very helpful.
The perfect price point for mid-sized, cloud-hosted digital asset management. From £3499/year.
This edition is designed for a department or specialist team supporting a larger user base, and provides uncompromising functionality with a convenient annual subscription.
Simply load your Third Light IMS site in any browser, on a PC, Mac or tablet, and experience a feature-rich and easy to use business tool that is built with you in mind.
If you're purchasing a new site from us, you can take advantage of our free migration service.
We will send you an external hard drive: simply copy the content you'd like in your new IMS onto the drive and return it to us. We'll set up your new site with your files ready and waiting!
Our Premium Edition is packed with features, but you won't need to wait to start using it.
You can be up and running in a day. Behind the scenes we'll take care of every detail: high-performance internet connectivity, daily backups, security updates and unlimited technical support are all included in our annual package.
Unique to the Premium Edition and above, you can search inside documents, add your own dropdown lists, tree structures (taxonomies), controlled vocabularies and checkboxes. You can organise the data into panels and vary views of this information by user - and remain fully compatible with other graphics software.
To prevent duplicates entering your system, IMS uses a visual check. It automatically intercepts uploads which look like duplicates and asks the user what their choice is: skip the file, merge or overwrite?
The similarity check works even when the files are different sizes, file formats and crops. It's as smart as a human eye at finding the resemblance between existing files, all in a fraction of a second, saving you storage space and tagging time later.
In the IMS Premium Edition, you have the ability to make revisions of files and move backwards or forwards through the revisions whenever you wish. This also covers the metadata, so you can easily see exactly what changes (and who made the change) and revert if you need to.
You can annotate files with notes which can be seen by other users, and require a note whenever a file is downloaded. This is just like leaving a sticky note on a file - great for improving visibility of important past uses of the same file.
In a shared library, some files that users upload may need manual approval first. The Premium Edition of IMS lets you send new files through approval workflows, with options to gather metadata from the user and even open a chat window with an administrator to leave extra notes with the upload.
Downloads can also be sent through an approvals workflow first, so that a central team can be certain about how files will be used before releasing them, possibly with extra notes or details attached to help the user.
Sending content from your Third Light server does not involve copying the data to your own computer. Instead of posting CDs or attaching huge videos to emails, you can use IMS to send a lightbox that links to the files and a discussion window. It's intuitive to combine the discussion with the delivery of the files, and produces a record that stays in the system for review later.
Pushing content to other channels is also part of the Premium Edition. For social media, you can prepare and post files directly to Twitter or Facebook, or make links to files that are easy to cut and paste into web pages, forums and emails.
Managing video content is a natural fit with IMS, with a fast and efficient video player ready to display previews or full-screen movies. When you upload videos, they are transformed into thumbnails and are quick and easy to browse, search and play inside your browser.
Our video support is designed to avoid using plugins, so it also works on iPads and iPhones, as well as other mobile devices.
Digital cameras are often equipped with GPS receivers, providing location data about photographs captured. Third Light IMS reads the coordinates and provides mapping features, and also automatically turns the coordinates into place names for the search engine. It's a complete photo mapping tool, ready to use.
The Third Light Premium Edition is affordable and convenient. Options such as more storage or extra modules can be added at any time; simply start with the required components and then add more if you need them.
IMS Premium comes with an initial 100GB storage allocation and unlimited technical support by email.
|Third Light Premium Edition setup fee||£750|
|Third Light Premium Edition annual fee||£3499|
The following options are available to help you expand your Premium Edition site.
|Extra 10GB storage (per year)||£150|
|Upgrade to telephone support (per year)||£500|
|Annual Subscription: API and developer access||£500|
|Annual Subscription: multi-tenant metadata features||£300|
|Annual certificate fee to use HTTPS encryption||£300|
|Annual Subscription: video editing and collaboration||£300|
|Option to add e-Commerce and card handling (per year - requires HTTPS certificate)||£500|
|Telephone training session||£299|
|Migrate your existing data to Third Light||FREE|
Additional options and services are available in the next edition up (Enterprise).
Mortgages plc is a UK residential mortgage lender and a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrill Lynch, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Founded in 1997, the company has offices in London and Glasgow and a number of regionally based staff.
Mortgages plc uses Third Light Enterprise edition to centrally store and display images for public relations use, including photographs from corporate events and product launches. Using IMS the pictures can be accessed from the London, Glasgow or regional offices of the business, and to share photos with partner companies using the lightbox, IMS's collaboration feature. The service is also used to offer prints from hospitality events to guests.
Peter Beaumont, Sales and Marketing Director, comments:"Using the Third Light server has given us a way to distribute pictures and keep them centrally managed. We are able to offer galleries after events or launches, which we can share with our guests, PR companies and other relevant contacts. We've got photos from events since 2000, and it's fantastic having that available so easily. We also use IMS to store our stock of marketing images, such as director press photos."
Peter Beaumont, Mortgages plc
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, the Association has over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries. In 2007, Scouting celebrated its Centenary with a programme of events and activities in the UK and worldwide. The world came to the UK for the 21st World Scout Jamboree, the highlight of the World Scouting calendar.
Chris James, Head of Corporate Communications, The Scout Association
Anglia Ruskin provide a University education for over 28,000 students at their campuses who are currently studying on one of the main campuses, or at one of the many colleges that form the Regional University Partnership.
Anglia Ruskin University use Third Light's Intelligent Media Server as a central image library. Staff and suppliers across two campuses, in Cambridge and Chelmsford reach the library using the University network. Third Light IMS helps Anglia Ruskin create prospectuses and other marketing materials efficiently as they promote the University and its courses to potential future students.
"IMS saves us hours of searching and sorting through pictures. The system is intuitive to use, works from both of our campuses and gives us excellent control over how images are used. The system is easy to use, very immediate, functional and innovative. The time saved and ease-of- access makes it great value for money."
Rebecca Bowerman, Anglia Ruskin University
Trinity Hall is the fifth oldest college in the University of Cambridge, founded in the year 1350 and having nearly 10,000 members around the world.
The Development Office at Trinity Hall is responsible for fundraising, publications, organising events, and keeping in touch with alumni. It also acts as a hub within the College, coordinating communications between departments and handling its external relations.
To support all of its aims, the Development Office maintains a stock of high quality imagery for use in print or electronic communications when required. In 2006, Third Light was introduced to help centralise the image library, as the archive was becoming difficult to manage.
Jocelyn Poulton, Development Director of Trinity Hall, explains how Third Light helps manage the college's media:
"Traditionally, we stored files on the College file server, or used prints and transparencies housed in our archives, or obtained CD-ROMs from our photographers, staff and alumni. However, as the age of digital cameras and the internet began, the stock of photographs available to us grew significantly, and we were struggling to keep track of all the new images and associated copyright details."
"We selected the Third Light IMS software as it provided a single system for all our needs - particularly the centralising of our photographic files. We are especially impressed by the ease with which we can now search for images quickly using simple keywords. We are also finding the interface for tracking image usage very helpful. Third Light's excellent team helped us get started; and they are always happy to offer support and advice."
The Trinity Hall image library is hosted by Third Light and is accessed via the high speed network in the College. Commercial storage and hosting, software updates, daily backups and technical support are all included in the Third Light package.
Jocelyn Poulton comments on the importance of the all-in-one service:
"A college of our age has a rich archive, replenished by each generation of students and staff. Recording our history and heritage is vital and the new image library has become a precious resource, allowing us not only to store photographic images, but also maintain a photographic record of our collections. The IMS software is really easy to use, belying the powerful software, reliable storage offered and technical ability of the Third Light team."
"We continue to discover more time-saving benefits of the Third Light system, and surprise ourselves by finding more opportunities to make use of the software."
The college plans to open online galleries for alumni to browse photos and buy prints or gift items online, adding a revenue stream to the service and further expanding the site for the college and its members.
The Third Light Premium edition is a highly-capable solution, hosted for you on a advanced servers in our data centres.
We provide you with all of the computing resources needed to give you a fast, reliable service, including all storage, backups, processing and hosting.
Our software evolves with new features and updates on a regular cycle, resulting in between 3 and 4 updates each year. These updates contain new features, performance enhancements, bug fixes and occasional security patches.
All updates are included free of charge in your annual subscription. For as long as you use your Third Light site, you will never have to worry about patching, upgrading or replacing your software: our simple one-click updates are available for you to apply whenever you choose.
Third Light's hosted solution is defended from unwanted attention, to keep your site absolutely secure.
Our data centres are also protected for your peace of mind:
GIF (including animated GIFs) JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) PNG (Portable Network Graphic) BMP (Bitmap Image File) TIFF (Intel and Motorola, uncompressed, ZIP and LZW) JPC (JPEG 2000 Code Stream File) JP2 (JPEG 2000 Core Image File) EXR (Industrial Light And Magic OpenEXR) IDD (Adobe InDesign) WEBP and WEBPLL (Google image format) TGA (Targa Graphic) AI (Adobe Illustrator) PSD (Adobe PhotoShop) SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) PS (PostScript)
RAW (Leica and others) CR2 (Canon) RAF (Fuji) DCR (Kodak) MRW (Motorola) NEF (Nikon) ORF (Olympus) DNG (Adobe) PEF (Pentax) SRF (Sony) X3F (Sigma) ERF (Epson) MOS (Mamiya) RW2 (Panasonic) FR3 (Hasselblad) R3D (Red)
TXT (Text, including RTF files and UTF-8 text) CSV (Comma Separated Values) DOC and DOCX (Microsoft Word) XLS and XLSX (Microsoft Excel) PPT and PPTX (Microsoft Powerpoint) PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format) OpenOffice and LibreOffice documents
TTF (TrueType fonts) OTF (OpenType fonts) ZIP Archives CD-ROM ISOs Apple DMG Generic file storage (eg. HTML, JS, CSS, proprietary formats)
MPEG1 (MPEG-1 Layer 1 Video) MPEG2 (MPEG Layer II Compressed Video) WMV (Windows Media Video) MOV (Apple QuickTime) AVI (Audio Video Interleave) MPEG4 (MPEG-4 Video File) FLV (Flash Video File) RM (Real Media File) M4V (iTunes Video File) H264 / MP4 (H.264 high definition video) Apple ProRes Avid QuickTime
MPEG1 (MPEG-1 Layer 1 Audio) MPEG2 (MPEG Layer II Compressed Audio) MP3 (MP3 Audio) WAV (WAVE Audio) OGG (Ogg Vorbis Audio) AAC (iTunes Advanced Audio Coding) WMA (Windows Media Audio)
The Premium Edition gives you the option to access our REST API - the same API we use in all of our own code.
This edition is also ready to use with other systems as standard:
If you need help with your Third Light site, please let us know and we'll be very pleased to help.