Connectr elements for NoCode design

In June we’ll be taking a closer look at the elements that make up a connectr project, starting with the interface. The main areas in the connectr interface are the workbench and project panel. The workbench is where you can assemble the elements of your workflow and run it. The project panel is the main control center for your workflows. From here you can find units to bring into the workbench, add information, set variables and add triggers to customize how your workflow will run.

Want to see it in action? Check out our latest full length connectr demo here, or join us for an upcoming live axle ai info and training session with our team – our next session is Friday, June 18th at 1PM EST. You can register on our events page.

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No code required with connectr 2021

At axle ai we’re known for our AI-powered video search and remote access software, but we have another great tool in our belt. Connectr is a workflow automation application that is totally separate from axle. It requires almost no coding and can integrate with just about any third-party application to automate routine repetitive tasks that chew up time but don’t generate revenue.

Radically simple visual workflow design with connectr 2021

Connectr 2021’s graphical interface enables users to build automated workflows using a sequence of building blocks, called units, that either trigger an action or process a file. While users can build totally customized workflows from scratch, connectr comes with a number of predefined workflow projects that can be tailored for your own environment. Workflows can initiated automatically, by events such as dates/times, emails or database updates, or can be run manually from within the connectr interface. Like axle ai, connectr is available for Mac and Linux.

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Working with audio files in axle ai

This month, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

This week, let’s take a closer look at audio files in axle…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to see a visual display for audio files

As well as video files, most axle users have many other types of files in their system, including audio files. When viewing an audio file, axle shows a waveform which presents a very useful visual display for the audio files. This makes it easy to browse audio files of different lengths and helps users create precise subclips for export to their editor. As with any file in axle, users can apply custom metadata to any audio files as well as adding timeline based comments. Users can also process audio files with axle speech to create an editable, timestamped and exportable transcript file. 

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axle ai Goes Beyond Video

For April, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely. This week, let’s talk about different types of media in axle ai…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to work with non-video files


Axle ai is known for “radically simple video search,” but we don’t stop at video! Axle supports a wide range of media file types from images and audio files to PDFs. Axle creates different preview types depending on the original file format; for example, PDFs appear as a thumbnail preview of the first page, and in player view you can preview each page of the document. Audio files feature a waveform preview. For Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign and text documents, a thumbnail preview is not generated, but users can still create and search by custom metadata fields for these types of files.

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Customize your axle ai system with logos

This spring, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

​This week, let’s talk about logos…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to customize your axle system with your logo


The axle ai logo on the login screen is a familiar sight to most users. Did you know that logo, and the one on your homepage, can be customized for each of your axle users? Admin users can add the logo for your organization in place of the default axle logo, or set different logos for different departments or clients so each user has an axle interface customized for them. Logos can be customized for light and dark mode, and easily changed in the Appearance tab of the Administrator pages.

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Wildcard searches make it simple to find metadata

This month we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

This week, let’s talk about using wildcard searches…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to find metadata


Axle’s metadata fields and advanced search panel help users create nearly endless search parameters for their media. Sometimes, however, it’s helpful to search for something as simple as whether a chosen field has data or does not. This is where wildcard searches come in handy – by using an asterisk in place of data in the advanced search panel, users can easily find media files where a chosen metadata field is either populated, or empty.

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Easy and transparent activity tracking in axle ai

For March, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

This week, let’s look at two ways to track activity in axle…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to monitor activity in your axle database


When working with media in axle, it can be helpful to know what’s going on behind the scenes. The main axle interface features a collapsible status panel, found in the bottom right of the axle window. This panel gives users insight into back end processes like file transcoding, archive status, uploads and proxy creation. Standard users can use this tool to monitor current processes and keep aware of any errors.

There’s another layer of monitoring available to system administrators: the Logs Section of the Administrator Pages provides a detailed activity history, helping admins track user activity in the axle system.

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Quickly find your most important info with axle ai

For March, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

This week, let’s look at customizing your metadata sort order…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to prioritize your metadata


axle’s custom metadata helps users create search parameters customized to their own media and workflows. Whether they have four or forty custom metadata fields, many users find it helpful to be able to create a sort order for metadata fields, so that certain fields appear first when viewing folders or preview files. This can be helpful for browsing and editing metadata. Admin users can customize the metadata sort order for each catalog in the administrator pages. The metadata sort feature uses a simple numeric ranking system to determine exactly how users would like their metadata to appear.

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Quickly add new media with axle ai’s catalogs

For March, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

This week, let’s look at adding new media to your library…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to add media to your axle database


axle helps users add media in multiple locations to their axle database as catalogs. Users with access to the axle server can easily add catalogs to their library in the administrator pages. In Safari on Mac, users can drag and drop files paths (or manually enter the file path through other web browsers) for locally connected storage hardware. Going forward, axle will monitor that location, automatically picking up any new media added to selected folders on the storage. Users can name and set permissions for their catalogs and even subfolders within a catalog, determining which users can view, comment or add metadata.

To learn more about this and other features, join us each Friday in March at 1PM EST for a live product training session with a member of our team! Register at https://axle.ai/events/

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Proxies simplified in axle ai

For February, we’re highlighting some of our team’s favorite features — some you may know about, and some you may not! These are different aspects of axle ai with one thing in common: they all make it easier for you and your team to work with video, audio and graphics, whether you’re in the office or working remotely.

This week, let’s talk about proxy files…

axle ai makes it radically simple… to work with proxies

One of the first things axle ai does as it catalogs your new media is create low-resolution proxies for fast viewing and sharing- these proxies are the preview files you see in the axle interface. By default, axle produces two proxies at a time; more powerful axle servers can be set to process more concurrent proxies. Occasionally a proxy will need to be regenerated, usually to make adjustments to the existing proxy. Users can select the check box below the chosen proxy, and select Regenerate Proxy in the Action Menu at the top right of the axle interface. Additionally, when a user is adding a large amount of content, they can prioritize certain proxies by selecting the in-progress file (or files) in axle and choosing Regenerate Proxy. This action bumps those files to the top of the queue.

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