The DF Studio Asset Inspector appears in the right sidebar of the DF Studio interface whenever an asset is selected, gathering a number of useful functions and a collection of information about each asset into an organized, tabbed interface for quick access. When two or more assets are selected, the Asset Inspector allows bulk actions such as adding assets to the Bin or editing metadata.
The Asset Inspector supports two display modes: wide and “classic”. Classic mode retains the same slim profile as other Inspectors like the Project Inspector and the Folder Inspector (matching the navigational sidebar at the left edge of the DF Studio window), preserving maximum screen space for the proofsheet in the middle of the interface. In wide mode, the Asset Inspector is able to display more detail, placing more action buttons within easy reach and requiring less scrolling to view all of the information.
Click the display mode icon in the top right corner of the Inspector to toggle between wide and classic modes. Whichever display mode is selected will be preserved across all assets until it is changed by clicking the display mode icon again.
This tab contains the action buttons for executing a specified operation on a selected asset (or assets), along with general information about the asset, any original files associated with it, and the Project and Setup in which it resides.
Below the action buttons, the Info tab displays Approval Status and Usage information when a single asset is selected.
The Approval Status section gives a concise summary of any Approval Messengers that have been sent containing the selected asset, with a color-coded representation of the approval state from each Messenger (green for approved, red for “killed”, and yellow for pending). For more information, see Asset Approval Status.
The Usage section details the asset’s usage in any DF Studio Collections, Messengers, Web Portfolios, or the Bin. Each section header displays a number (or “Yes”/“No” in the case of the Bin), and lists the areas of the asset’s usage below the header when clicked, with links to the individual Collections, Messengers, or Web Portfolios where the asset is in use.
In the History tab, a listing of nearly every major activity that has taken place on the selected asset can be browsed. (History is not available for selections of more than one asset.) For more information, see Asset History.
Due to the amount of data that must be presented, the Metadata tab is only available in wide mode, but if classic mode has been selected, the Asset Inspector will return to that state as soon as another tab is clicked.
The Metadata tab brings the full functionality of the Metadata overlay into the Asset Inspector, allowing for the updating of any selection of assets, from one to hundreds, without losing navigation or context. It is perhaps at its most powerful when multiple assets are selected, since it allows editing their details in bulk, but it is also useful for updating metadata on a single asset while it is displayed in full detail in 1-up view.
For details regarding the metadata editing process, using the overlay or the Asset Inspector, see Edit Asset Metadata.
All conversations attached to an asset can be viewed here, and new conversations can be started. (Conversations are not available for selections of more than one asset.) For further detail about the display and functionality of the Conversations tab, see Start Conversations Around an Asset.