This is Peter Nash again with Part 2 of our video spotlight on assets within Adobe Experience Manager 5.6 (formerly Adobe CQ). In Part 1, we looked at the new layout for the Digital Asset Manager (DAM), and how you can switch between Card View and List View. In this installment, we will look at modifying the properties of an asset, as it’s a little different.
Editing Asset Properties
There are several different things that the asset has tied to it inside the DAM, known as properties. These include the date it was created, meta data, tags, etc. There are a couple of ways to edit these properties. If you are in the List View, click the checkbox next to the asset you wish to edit. Then, click the View Properties icon at the top. If you are in the Card View, the easiest way to edit the properties is to hover your mouse over the asset you wish to edit and click the View Properties icon at the bottom. Or, you can enter the Selection Mode, select the asset, and click the View Properties icon at the top.
Now that the Properties View is open, you can see which properties are assigned to this asset—which aren’t many. Most of the properties information for a particular asset is entered by default when an asset is uploaded to the DAM.
Obviously, to edit, click the big blue Edit button in the top right corner. There will be several fields that are empty. Items not filled out will not show up on the Properties View, so don’t worry about leaving things blank if you don’t have anything to put in for a particular property field. Just add the properties you need. Click the blue Done button in the right-hand corner to save or, if necessary, click the Cancel button to go back to the way it was before without saving anything.
And for those of you who are saying, “hey, this was easier the old way,” referring to the Classic Interface, don’t worry. You can quickly switch to the original version of editing assets by clicking the Monitor icon that shows up when you hover over the Assets tab (shown in Part 1). When you do this, it will open a new tab and bring you directly to the folder where this asset is located and then you can edit like you did before.
In Part 3, we cover some areas that I don’t think are as friendly in the AEM 5.6 touch-optimized interface.