Uploading assets using the asset uploader

Brand Toolbox lets you upload your files individually or in batches, using the “drag-n-drop” batch uploader.

On this page:

Grouping assets

If you have a group of files that you would like displayed together, they should reside in the same Assets Folder.

For example, you may have a logo which has multiple file formats: 

As they are variations of the same asset, you can just drag ‘n’ drop all of these files and upload them together into the same Assets Folder, so they display together in the Asset library search screen. E.g.

Assets Folder

 

The Asset Library Batch Uploader should always be used per the instructions below:

Batch uploading multiple files

  1. In the Media > Asset library folder, select the folder where you would like to upload your assets. 
  2. In the right hand content area, under the Contents tab, simply drag ‘n’ drop multiple files from your desktop into the upload area, or choose the ‘- or click here to choose files’ link.

    Batch uploading assets
     
  3. The Additional Meta Data slide out menu will appear, allowing you to enter asset meta data in bulk. It’s best to enter as much data into the Meta Data fields before upload, however, it can also be added later.

    Uploading asset metadata dialog box 01
     
  4. In the Settings tab, you can choose to instantly publish the assets, or leave them unpublished while you continue editing data. Either way, remember to click Upload to complete the upload process.

    Uploading asset metadata dialog box 02
     
  5. Note that the uploader will display a progress bar as it’s uploading, so please be patient until all assets are complete.

    Uploading assets progress bar

The following tables describe each of the different asset Meta Data properties.

‘Meta Data’ tab

Property Description

Member Group permissions

Select the Member Group/s permitted access to this asset. Only members of the chosen Member Group/s will be given access to the asset.

Brand

Select the Brand or Sub brand associated with these assets.

File format

Select the File Format associated with these assets, e.g. Logo, Video, Illustration etc.

Orientation

Select the “Orientation” associated with these assets, e.g. Landscape, Portrait, Square or Mixed (e.g. for packaged ZIP files containing assets of various orientations).

Keywords

Enter keywords individually or copy/paste a keyword list, separating, keywords, and phrases, with commas.

Comments

Multi-line text field.

Categories

Assign single or multiple categories. If categories contain subcategories, please select the subcategory only. Only select the top-level category when there are no contained subcategories.

‘Settings’ tab

Property Description

Publish Assets

Checking this box immediately publishes the assets and makes them viewable in the Asset library frontend. If you intend to continue editing meta data, leave this box unchecked.

Asset Usage Expiry

Setting an expiry date automatically archives the asset on the date set.

 

File Format and preview images

When uploading files using the asset uploader and a File Format is selected (e.g. Logo, Video, Illustration, Icon, etc), Brand Toolbox will first attempt to extract a preview image from the asset uploaded – assuming the asset is ‘image-based’. If it cannot extract a preview image, it will assign a ‘defaultpreview symbol to the asset version rather than show a broken link (the default preview symbols are shown below).

However, instead of displaying the default symbols shown below, it is better practice to attach a more relevant image that visualises the asset to be downloaded. To add a new preview image, see ‘Updating existing asset version properties’ on the Updating asset versions page.
 

Default preview images/symbols

 Default Preview Images

 

Last updated: 4 February 2020

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