Southpaw works to extend asset management functionality
August 12, 2014

Southpaw works to extend asset management functionality

TORONTO — Southpaw Technology (, a developer of the open source digital asset and workflow management platform Tactic, is in development on open source and commercially-available apps to extend the functionality of the platform. Tactic|VFX, Tactic|aSync and Tactic|ServerAssist will be available this Fall.

The open source Tactic|VFX app is based on learned best practices from the visual effects market, and puts all of the features a visual effects studio might expect in a digital asset and workflow management system into one clean user interface. It features asset management naming conventions, file organization, and versioning; automated workflow management processes and event triggers; task management that allows for scheduling; and both reporting and analytics tools.

Tactic|aSync addresses the digital asset and workflow management needs of businesses based in multiple locations and multiple time zones. Check-ins, event triggers, undo, versioning, tasks, and notes are all supported.

Tactic|ServerAssist helps avoid lost or misplaced content. The tool simplifies the way users organize and manage data. Content that has been ingested into Tactic can be found using advanced search vectoring and displayed to users via a ranking system. To improve file management and searching, users can add and edit file versions and metadata easily.

“Open source Tactic provides the building blocks for creating any digital asset and workflow management system users might want,” explains Peter Tanner, director of product development at Southpaw Technology. “Based on requests we commonly receive, our new apps let users extend the Tactic platform to suit the very specific needs of their markets, such as remote collaboration, faster content searches and specific UIs. Right now, we’re building these apps for customers. Ultimately, we can imagine our clients building their own apps for TACTIC and sharing them with others.”

The Tactic|VFX app will be available for free in the latest Tactic code release, which is scheduled for this Fall. Tactic|aSync and Tactic|ServerAssist will also be available from Southpaw Technology this fall.