Drupal7: Asset Module, a Media Management Alternative

assetContinuing to review Media related modules in Drupal7 I have stumbled across the Asset module. It is similar in nature to the Media, Media Gallery or Scald module.

You can try the Asset module yourself at their test site.

The Asset module supports the following types of multimedia for use on your Drupal website out of the box: Image, Video, Document, Audio, Gallery and Free HTML. The Asset module also supports popular WYSIWYG editors.

Like many of these media modules — the Asset module creates a new Entity in your Drupal website called Media Asset. By doing this the entity can have its own set of view modes provided by the parent module or customized by a site moderator.

Using the Asset module when you create a new piece of content you can attach a new piece of media to content using a button from the WYSIWYG editor:

Asset upload WYSIWYG image button workflow.

Asset upload WYSIWYG image button workflow.

This dialog allows you to upload new media, and define some size and properties such as is the image inline, floated left or floated right:

Successful image embed into Node body.

Successful image embed into Node body.

Finally our page looks as follows upon being saved:

Final media asset embedded into live Drupal Page (a node).

Final media asset embedded into live Drupal Page (a node).

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