Adobe has introduced the latest version of, overhauling the cloud-based media collaboration service with oodles of new workflow and tagging capabilities that make it easier for creatives to manage their entire projects on the platform. Initially launching in beta, V4 starts rolling out to Free and Pro customers today on web, iPhone, and iPad, with a launch for Team and Enterprise users expected “later this year.”

The easiest way to explain the update is that now feels more like a workflow management tool (such as Trello, Asana, or Monday) than just something used for reviewing and approving media assets. Not only could that prevent users from needing multiple applications to fully manage their projects, but it also brings more in line with rival offerings like Iconik.

The most notable addition is the metadata framework, which allows users to tag, view, and organize their media more flexibly using customizable data fields. For example, users can now tag assets with custom statuses like “delivered” or “needs revision” or label them with due dates or whoever is assigned to work on them, making it easier to filter and track progress.

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This new metadata framework builds into other features like Collections, which allow users to create views that track groups of specific fields. That means you can create a view that shows every asset tagged as “needs review” with the same due date for example. And these Collections can then be copied and shared to create slightly different views with additional filters without interfering with the original group view.

The reviewing and approval process has also been updated with features that allow users to leave more detailed or expressive feedback on files. Comments can now be anchored to specific locations on media files to precisely highlight areas that need attention. Comments also support attachments, emoji reactions, and hashtags for tracking and indexing feedback.

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Almost every aspect of the platform has been improved with new quality-of-life features, from a new panel system that gives users more control over their workspace layouts to the fully rebuilt asset grid that reduces loading times across files, folders, and version stacks. You can read all the details about what’s new in V4 on’s blog announcement.


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