... Rod Ingersent, Scudamore's Punting Company
We send files directly to our suppliers at the right size and in the right format using Third Light's special 'publishing' feature - this way, what used to take all day is now just a few clicks. Best of all, when we publish files from IMS or send lightboxes to designers, we can continue to track these assets from the reporting tools in IMS.
... Ryan Henry - IT - Bradshaw Taylor
When our server failed to boot at all I immediately got in touch. The support at Third Light was amazing, and they immediately switched the configuration over to our backup server allowing our customers to go about their business, none-the-wiser. The response to the failure was quick, efficient and more importantly honest.
... Peter Beaumont, Mortgages plc
We've saved time and improved awareness of our brand. Having this picture library generates a positive impression, without being complicated to use. We're delighted to be using this in our marketing team.
... Stuart Ford, Veolia Water Australia
The Third Light team has been totally committed to our requirements, and I recommend their product and services to anyone considering DAM software.
... Neville Cheadle, President, CDXC Foundation
Third Light is able to search inside the PDFs and provides accurate results, instantly bringing decades of history back to life. We are amazed by the speed of the system, and the ease that it handles our archive.
An ideal image library or entry-level DAM solution, with an attractive price and features for professional users. From £169/month.
The Standard Edition is designed as an image library server or entry-level DAM solution, with an attractive price and all the core features of our software for professional users.
It is designed for a small business or professional user to share access to photographs, with convenient downloads and powerful search functionality, as well as permissions by user. It is also an e-commerce solution with optional printing and download sales, with integrated credit card handling.
The Standard Edition of IMS comes with great performance and a wide range of features. Using a PC, Mac or tablet, you can administer the system with ease and enjoy the benefits of professionally developed and supported software.
Selling prints, gift items and digital downloads from a public gallery is easy with the standard edition. We've partnered with PhotoBox, the leading UK photo-printing lab, to offer a complete e-commerce solution with the ability to ship physical goods anywhere in the world. You choose the price and the profit is paid back to you every month.
Our Standard Edition is delivered from a fast, secure and reliable shared platform. We provide high-performance internet connectivity, daily backups, security updates and free technical support by email - just add photos and you're ready to go.
You can order an IMS Standard site (with no set up fee) using our online order form, or take a free 30-day trial!
At the heart of Third Light's software is a simple and effective web-based app that gives you access to structured storage in folders.
Third Light makes viewing and browsing your files easy and fast, thanks to its thumbnail layout that loads quickly on any internet connection. View thumbnails in different sizes, sort orders and pagination options - you'll find your content has already been indexed for searching, too.
Slideshows, galleries and public areas can be added if you need to share with the world, or you can add passworded accounts. Create contact sheets for printing, download ZIP files, hover over thumbnails to preview or zoom in - try it and see the difference when you view digital media in a system built for visual users!
One of the most popular and important features of IMS is its powerful capabilities in converting between graphics formats.
Imagine the effort involved in extracting an image from a PDF and saving it for use on your web site. For most, this probably involves asking a graphics professional for help. However, in Third Light, instead of using complex desktop software you can resize any file you have stored, making the whole task very simple.
Third Light makes it easy to create user logins with specific access to just the content you want. Every user receives their own login and password, giving you effective and secure sharing. Since each user has their own login, you can easily share just the content needed using checkboxes to allocate permissions to particular folders.
Since IMS servers are designed to scale, we've made it possible to change the language, layout, features and privileges for every user individually, or use groups to save time on larger systems.
For example, if you need to give a web designer access to your files, you can limit the size of their downloads to web resolutions - or if you're working with a new customer, use watermarks to protect your intellectual property. Since every user is different, IMS is flexible to make sure you can match their needs accurately.
While working away from your desk, you can use our Apple iOS mobile application to upload files to your site, and if you need it, we also support FTP.
The IMS Standard Edition incorporates our intelligent search system, helping you establish a search engine tailored to your exact needs. Our search engine offers two significant advantages:
Stored searches are also supported using Smart Folders, meaning you can organise your library by a mixture of metadata, date filters or specific rules that categorise your library.
Your Third Light site will look great out of the box, with a carefully designed and developed look and feel. If you need to change the colours or logo, you can do this in a few mouse clicks - and, if you feel like getting creative, you can edit down to the finest details using our templates editor. All editions of IMS are also ready to use with your own domain name.
IMS is also a multi-lingual product, with the ability to offer the user interface to different users or groups in their native language (including right-to-left languages).
We have partnered with PhotoBox, one of Europe's most experienced digital printing labs, to offer an integrated printing and delivery service. You can sell a wide range of prints and gift items, delivered anywhere in the world. You remain in control of the prices, and the branding is personalised to your site throughout the ordering process.
Once a month, Third Light returns your profits to your bank or PayPal account.
As with any shared resource, it is important to keep a record of changes made - so Third Light keeps a secure, searchable audit trail for your site that helps you stay in control. Administrators can check how the system is being used at any time, using a range of reports:
Working with media from your desktop is convenient using plugins that connect your favourite desktop software with your Third Light server. We offer three main plugins with the Third Light Standard Edition:
When you upload files, your IMS server automatically generates thumbnails and rotates portrait files, giving you a fast and trouble-free way to build a professional library of your photography.
The Third Light Standard 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 Standard comes with an initial 50GB storage allocation and unlimited technical support by email.
|Third Light Standard Edition setup fee||FREE|
|Third Light Standard Edition subscription||£169/month
The following options are available to help you expand your Standard Edition site.
|Extra 10GB storage (per year)||£175|
|Activate e-Commerce print sales, download sales||£350|
|e-Commerce Card handling fee||5%|
Additional options and services are available in the next edition up (Premium).
Scudamore's Punting Company is one of Cambridge's oldest and most well-known tourism businesses, providing leisure tours of the River Cam using traditional craft known as punts. Scudamore's has been offering this immensely popular service for over 100 years.
Rod Ingersent, General Manager of Scudamore's explains how the business has harnessed the power of the web and digital marketing:"At the heart of our operations is a fully digital business using cutting edge technology to market and promote our services to visitors from around the world. With an iconic location set in some of England's most beautiful and traditional architecture, we rely on photographs and videos to convey a sense of the unique experience that awaits our overseas visitors when they arrive. Over the years we have accumulated a very large media library."
Using Third Light has solved a critical problem that Scudamore's experienced before using Third Light IMS. Ingersent continues:
" The challenge we faced before we had Third Light IMS was how to find appropriate pictures and transfer them to printers, magazines, web sites and tourism agencies. This process was laborious at each step, and we were finding that many of the files we wanted to use were in the wrong technical format or too high a resolution to use, which was costing us time and overloading our mail server."
By solving these problems, Third Light IMS has become a key part of Scudamore's marketing efforts, and provides the central store for all of these important files."Now that we have Third Light IMS to manage our archive, we simply ensure that everything is uploaded to the digital library as soon as it is captured. We can then search at any time to find appropriate photos or videos based on keywords, time of year, location and other criteria. We send files directly to our suppliers at the right size and in the right format using Third Light's special 'publishing' feature - this way, what used to take all day is now just a few clicks. Best of all, when we publish files from IMS or send lightboxes to designers, we can continue to track these assets from the reporting tools in IMS."
Rod Ingersent, Scudamore's Punting Company
Racingfotos is a national press library for up-to-the-minute racing event photography, where speed of delivery is crucial. Pictures from multiple photographers are not only centrally stored and searchable, but they are also immediately distributed to the news desks of all of the major UK newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, within minutes of upload. This is achieved using IMS's unique FTP Manager.
Andy Watts, Co-Founder of Racingfotos comments:"Following the introduction of Third Light's IMS into the Racingfotos.com web site our clients have only commented positively about the changes. The professional, clean look of the site, and its simplicity, speed and ease-of-use are crucial factors for clients sourcing images from internet based libraries."
Andy Watts, Racingfotos
Portrush Lifeboat Station launched their website early in 2004, primarily as a resource for local fund-raising and to raise local awareness of the station's day-to-day activities. As well as streamlining the availability of images to press and public, the RNLI harnessed IMS's e-Commerce facility to generate much-needed funds to support its day to day operation.
Conchur Dickinson, Portrush RNLI
The IMS Standard Edition is delivered from our carefully managed server facility, which provides ample computing capacity and exceptionally high standards of storage performance and reliability.
All updates are included free of charge in your annual subscription. Your subscription entitles you to continual upgrades with no need to pay for software. On our managed IMS Standard package, we keep your site updated and ensure you are always running the latest software for a completely trouble-free experience.
Third Light's Standard Edition is defended from unwanted attention, to keep your site absolutely secure.
Our data centres are also protected for your peace of mind:
The IMS Standard Edition supports our full range of image file types, including an extensive range of RAW types. If you need to store video or documents, you may want to look at our next package up (Premium Edition).
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)
The e-Commerce option provides print-on-demand integration with PhotoBox Ltd, providing access to sell prints and gift items, or you can use IMS to sell your own custom products (with complete order management built-in). Third Light provides a PCI DSS secure e-commerce checkout with card payments for Visa, MasterCard, Visa Delta, JCB cards in your choice of £, € or $ currencies.
Third Light charge 5% + VAT for the card handling services. At the end of each month, we return your revenue minus the costs via a BACS wire transfer, or PayPal.
If you need help with your Third Light site, please let us know and we'll be very pleased to help.