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Seeking suggestions for Digital Asset Management / Library in Confluence


I'm experimenting with my company's established Confluence site, trying to create a place for our designers to share libraries of images (stock photos, icons, etc.).

I haven't found anything in the out-of-the-box features or plug-in marketplace that seems dead-on, so I'm just curious to know whether anyone has created something like this before, and how.

It seems like I can get half-way there by customizing the Attachment Table to show thumbnails, but at first glance, this still appears to come up short. Here are a few of the things I'm running into:

  • I'd like to display thumbnails by default, allowing the user to hover or click a thumbnail to view the image's name and view/edit its labels, but:

    - It seems like Attachment Table links all cells directly to the image file.

    - Gallery does the thumbnails-only view well, but doesn't provide access to view/edit their names or labels, or to download the full versions.
  • I'd like the ability for these collections to scale (hundreds of images at first, thousands eventually) but:

    - Just from initially playing with the Attachments and Attachment Table items, I don't see any indication of pagination.
  • I'd like to allow users to search and see thumbnails in the search results, but:

    - I haven't found any info on a plugin that can do this yet.

Thanks for any advice you can share.


5 answers

What version of Confluence are you using now?

Hi Mike,

Have you tried the "File List" Blueprint (comes with recent Confluence versions)? It does allow you to expand the list of files to preview, but I don't think it has thumbnails.

I hope this is of some help, and the best of luck. I'm about to try the same thing, so if you have found a better solution, please let me know.



Hi Paul,

Thanks for your suggestion -- I did play with the file list, but without thumbnails it wasn't really viable for a stock photo gallery.

I'm actually long overdue to take another look at this -- perhaps by now the Advanced Search plugin has been updated to support our Confluence version, so I'll take another shot at it in the next week or two and let you know how it goes.



Update: Advanced Search doesn't yet support our version of Confluence, so I'm a bit back to the drawing board.

The main problem I'm running into is a lack of thumbnail images in search results. If anyone can point me in the right direction on that, it would be greatly appreciated.


Update: It looks like I may be able to get the Advanced Search plugin to come close to this, if I use the Attachments plugin at the top (configured to show no results, so it just acts as a drop point for adding images) and advanced search results at the bottom, defaulted to show all images.

It sounds like this gives me a good deal of control over the results format, so I can use custom CSS to do the tags & title on hover.

It's not clear from the article I read whether thumbnails can be included in the advanced search resluts, or how well this will scale to a large set of images.

Still reading about that, but wanted to at least share what I've learned so far here.

Thanks. -Mike

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