July 15, 2015

Piper 2.0: Easier Way to Manage Your Digital Assets in Helix


In 2014 we released Piper 1.0 (“Versioning app for the rest of us”) for those of us who don’t write code, yet need to manage digital assets in Helix. We are pleased to announce availability of release 2.0 of the Mac version on Perforce Workshop with the following major new features:

  • Default workspace creation: It is perhaps too much to expect an end user to be mired with workspace setup mechanics. Once you provide your Helix login credentials, Piper will setup a workspace for you (using piper.hostname.username notation)
  • Unified server/workspace view: Now there is just the “All Files” view that allows you to browse files on Helix to begin with. Once you choose to edit a file, it is synced to your workspace from the Helix server (beneath the layers, your workspace view is automatically updated). 
  • Finder shortcuts: At times the files that you are editing may be several levels deep in folder hierarchy. Piper now makes it easy by showing all files being edited under a “Folder” shortcut added to Finder’s left pane.
  • Finder context menu: Several actions such as Submit and Edit are now available under Services context menu when you right-click on a file within Finder.

Other than that, several bug fixes and general code stabilization have gone into this release. Watch a short video to see a demo of what’s new in Piper 2.0.

Here's a refresher on the great features of Piper 1.0:

  • File-system watchdog that translates actions taken directly on files (i.e., when not using the Piper app) into corresponding Helix actions
  • Thumbnail previews of files on Helix server
  • Tagging files (using #hashtags) to assign additional metadata to your digital artifacts
  • Searching content based upon metadata

Piper makes it easier to manage your digital assets, and several requirements of a digital assets management (DAM) system: storing all forms of digital assets (graphics, movies, audio, text, etc.), tagging assets to categorizing them, search by metadata, availability across WAN (thanks to Helix’s robust replication technology), and last not the least a strong versioning backbone.

All source code for Piper is available on the Workshop, should you want to further customize it to fit your. Or contact Perforce Consulting if you’d like our assistance.