Drupal7: Scald Module, a Module to Manage Media Assets

While continuing to create Drupal7 websites for clients as it is widely supported with a ton of contributed modules — I have begun to look at the Drupal 8 ecosystem and changes to User Experience (UX) I can expect to see in Drupal 8; and if there are useable alternatives now in Drupal 7.

I’m used to using the Media module in Drupal 7, but upon some research I’ve found out about the Scald module. Pieces of it, or concepts used in Scald may end up in Drupal 8 later, primarily as the Media Entity module which merge ideas from many innovative media management modules into a single package.

When testing scald online at simplytest.me I felt the UX was fairly straightforward for clients. From an advanced usage scenario — I’m not certain it supports responsive images or responsive multimedia out of the box … but that testing is for another day.

I did see it was fairly straightforward using Scald to:

  • create a piece of image content (or Atom of content).

    Node edit screen has an easy image/media upload widget.

    Node edit screen has an easy image/media upload widget.

  • Search for the new media content added to the website and insert it into a Node.

    Media search box on Edit pages.

    Media search box on Edit pages.

  • Resize the embedded image to allow a site moderator some flexibility how an image is (re)used throughout the website.

    Simple resize options for Atom properties.

    Simple resize options for Atom properties.

Our final piece of content appears as the following example page:
scald-example-output

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