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1. Summary

As a cloud-based workflow application, DF Studio’s mission is to help users work efficiently, anytime and anywhere. To support users who are on set or off site, this release introduces a Visual Screen Protection (VSP) feature. VSP inhibits unauthorized “over-the-shoulder” access from passersby; that is, photographing previews in DF Studio and sending or circulating them. VSP is a visual reminder that library content is sensitive and ought to remain as protected as possible. Implementing Visual Screen Protection helps users engage with DF Studio in a broader range of circumstances.

VSP is a valuable and powerful feature that should be straightforward and easy to use. Please contact DF Studio support with any feedback regarding the implementation of VSP or any of the other updates contained in this release.

Enhancements were also made to several existing features, including watermarking, metadata editing, the custom badged field, DF Studio’s Web Uploader, and the API. All of these improvements, along with security upgrades and increased video file support, represent a software update that the DF Studio team is excited and proud to share with its users.

2. Visual Screen Protection (VSP):

Visual Screen Protection (VSP) deters unauthorized parties from seeing full image previews or capturing and sharing screenshots from their phones. It displays text over asset previews, including thumbnails, to obscure the contents of an account’s DF Studio library; this text consists of the account name, the date, and a randomly generated token that is associated with a particular user. In the event that a visually protected asset becomes shared outside of DF Studio, please contact DF Studio support. Our team can determine which user is associated with the token and notify the account administrator.

There are 2 ways to activate VSP in DF Studio. One is through a library-based permission that can be enabled or disabled for each library item. Using this permission setting, account administrators can require VSP for specific Projects, Collections, or folders; set it as the default for the entire library; or allow certain users to access unprotected image previews. Another way to access VSP in the library is by enabling User VSP, which users can activate at their discretion wherever and whenever necessary. User VSP is available for all users, regardless of the library VSP setting.

Account administrators can configure VSP settings in the “Settings” panel for watermarks and branding. Available settings for the text in VSP mode include position, opacity, size, and tilt.

3. Security Upgrades

  • Additional security measures protect users who clicked a malicious link from potential phishing attacks, which attempt to redirect them away from DF Studio after logging in.
  • Messenger URLs are now validated before attempting import.

4. Other Enhancements

  • Permissions: Permissions now appear in the same order in the “Users and Teams” settings page as they do in the permissions overlay (accessed from the Inspector). Function-specific permissions now display in the following order: Create Projects/Folders; Upload; Share Collections; Organize Assets; Edit Selects; Write Metadata; Download; Send.
  • Watermarking: There are several new options available when configuring watermarking settings: watermarks can be tiled for additional image coverage and/or rotated at increments of 45 degrees. These options are also available for the text in VSP. Additionally, users can enter a single line of custom text to be used as a watermark.
  • Metadata Editing: “Save and Next” and “Save and Previous” have been added to all metadata editors, including the Metadata Messenger’s editor.
  • Keyboard shortcuts are now available for easy and convenient metadata editing. To save an edit, type command+s or ctrl+s. To save an edit and navigate to the next asset in a batch, type command+shift+s or ctrl+shift+s. To save an edit and navigate to the previous asset in a batch, type command+shift+p or ctrl+shift+p. To undo a change, type command+shift+z or ctrl+shift+z.
  • Custom Badged Field: The metadata-driven badged field now loads on pages dynamically: if a badge is changed, it will update automatically without the page needing to be reloaded.
  • Web Uploader: Updated the Web Uploader to correct the time if the uploader’s clock drifted or was manually changed.
  • File Support: Added support for MXF video files.
  • API: Made general performance updates/enhancements to the API.
  • Added the ability to query assets in the API by Projects in which they are contained.

5. Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused a page timeout when sending large sets of images in Messengers.
  • Fixed an issue that would add “[]” to keywords during Messenger Import.
  • When manually creating setups via the Web Uploader, hitting the return key no longer triggers an error page.
  • Fixed the “Save & Next” button in the metadata overlay.
  • Fixed an error that occurred when saving metadata from a search result.
  • Quoted Project or Collection names no longer break in the Inspector.
  • The Approval UI card display is now visible in workspaces with white backgrounds.
  • Fixed an issue that would generate an error message when viewing a 1:1 preview.
  • Fixed an issue with the Select in a Project or Collection that caused incorrect results to display.
  • Fixed an issue that incorrectly recorded Approvals made in Multi-Messengers.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred in the Messenger Wizard when sending assets from a search result.
  • Fixed the Select level toggle in both the 1-Up and Comparison views.
  • In the Permissions panel, the Assign Permission now clears after a user is added.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented setting permissions for “Everyone Else” in a library item.