Approval Messengers represent a powerful and efficient way to gather feedback from stakeholders such as clients, talent, publicists, and so on. A Messenger is displayed in a web browser, and can be completed and submitted in just a few clicks.
For information about completing an Approval Messenger on a mobile device, see Complete a Mobile Approval Messenger.
A Messenger begins as a secure link in an email message, which contains further details about the expiration date, and any requests from the DF Studio sender. Each Messenger link is unique to its recipient, though the same images can be shared with multiple recipients at once.
The link will open in a web browser with a proofsheet grid of images, each displaying its default approval state.
Some Messengers will use the PIN feature for added security. Once you are ready to receive your PIN, click the “Email Messenger PIN” button from the Messenger pre-loading screen.
Your PIN will arrive in a separate email. See Messenger PIN for more details.
Images are displayed in a proofsheet grid view by default, but can also be displayed in 1-Up view. Double-click a thumbnail image to open in 1-Up view, or click the “Single” icon in the left-hand sidebar.
If the sender has specified a default approval state, all images will begin in that state; otherwise the images will begin without an approval state. Click the “Yes” (thumbs up) or “No” (thumbs down) button to approve or “kill” each image. In 1-Up view, this action will automatically advance to the next image. Approved and “killed” images will be highlighted with a green or red border, respectively. Approval decisions can be changed up until the Messenger is submitted.
It is also possible to set approvals using the 1 and 3 keys on the keyboard. Setting an approval with a keyboard shortcut automatically moves the selection to the next image.
The Messenger will display the number of images “killed”, as well as a percentage. If the Messenger sender has specified a maximum “kill percentage,” this will be displayed also. It will not be possible to “kill” additional images after reaching this threshold; changing another image to “approved” status will recalculate the percentage to allow an additional “kill”.
Submit a Messenger
When all approvals have been set, click “Submit Approvals” in the left-hand sidebar to complete the Messenger and notify its sender. An optional message can be submitted along with the completed Messenger, which will be attached to the Messenger in the sender’s DF Studio account. Submitting Approvals will Close the Messenger and prevent further changes.
More details about Approval Messenger options including expiration dates, conversations, visual annotations, and additional viewing preferences are available in the Complete an Approval Messenger article.