I have been thinking a lot lately about how to work most efficiently and still get the job done for our manufacturer/retailer partners and honor the time of our artists on the Artistic Designs Group team. In today’s fast moving world, it’s essential for us to work effectively if we want to have any hope of balance in our lives. As an agent, a lot of time is spent making sure that our partners receive their presentations in a form that works best for them but at the same time doesn’t mean that we are redoing presentations and storing them in a zillion different formats – jpgs, pdfs, our licensee portal, our partners ftp sites, Dropbox, labeled appropriately for client 1, 2 and 3, etc. As you can imagine we are always on the look out for automation tools that make this easier. And also monitoring to make sure that the methods which we use are actually creating licensing contracts and not disappearing out into the electronic abyss. Two simple tools that have helped are Photoshop’s Image processing script and some of Adobe Acrobat Professional’s editing tools. We have experimented with digital asset management tools, but honestly haven’t found one yet that actually adds value for us beyond what we already have. Any thoughts you might want to share about tools that have worked effectively for you – or is this even an issue for you? Leave a comment below if you have a minute.