dm.desk is the main user interface of Atex Digital Media: organize, search, aggregate, plan, monitor, collaborate, author and publish. All the main steps of an editorial process managed by a single tool.

Content and Assets Management

dm.desk offers the whole content production lifecycle with customisable workflows, pictures desk functionality, video management and a dynamic metadata management framework with automatic content tagging features.

Fast and scalable

dm.desk searches are fast! You don’t like to wait, if you can’t find content quickly you will not use it. We are using Solr open source technology to guarantee speedy asset searches and fast pace indexing of new content. Need to ingest 30.000 pictures per day? Done. The implementation of an industry standard NoSQL database guarantees an always snappy and ready database, easy and migration free addition of new storage or processing power.


Powerful search features like faceted search, auto correction, suggestion of alternative searches let you wade with ease through terabytes of information. The Desk UI has been built with ease in mind, take for example the picture desk, it has never been so easy to browse through thousand pictures.

Picture Desk

Search pictures, browse them and collect as you go. Review and refine results of the collection process and use your pictures: share with colleagues, publish them as an image gallery on a web site or send them to colour correction - all workflows can be implemented thanks to the dm.core customisation possibilities.

Use your content and assets

Dynamic metadata definition for different types of objects, alert queries, shared drawers, import and export capabilities, drag&drop integration with Atex Newsroom and Adobe InDesign*, assets are always ready to be used.

Cloud or Self Hosted?

Install Desk as a self hosted application or as a Cloud (or private cloud) instance. Atex can completely manage your Desk instance with a complete set of monitoring options and different levels of support options.

* Together with dm.print

Content Authoring

Contributing content is a 24/7 activity nowadays. Users have to be able to work in and out of the office and on any device they can lay their hands on. If you think that they have time for a training course then you are sadly mistaken as they might not even be staff members. The software has to be as easy to use as possible and allow them to publish every type of content, not just words and spaces, to every type of publishing media including print, web, mobile, social. With these goals in mind and a few more besides Atex have created dm.desk.

Any device and Easy to use

Ok, so you can’t run it on your washing machine but if your device has a browser, then you’re “good to go”. All features are available in an HTML responsive user interface that can be used on phones, tablets and desktops. No software to install, immediate updates and full access to your assets from everywhere.

The look of our applications is modern, clean and fresh and you will be able to use it without the need for training.

Any Content

Whether you are wanting to submit stories, images or multimedia dm.desk is the tool for you. Customisable input templates are designed with you to ensure that all the information you need to gather is captured during the delivery process.

All Channels

Flavour content for digital and print channels with live previews.
An article can be published straight away, without further editing or channel adaptation.

Previewing the article on a print page
Previewing the article on multiple devices

dm.desk architecture

100% Java technology and a NoSQL backend content repository, fully customizable and API accessible, are the foundatioon of a lean and efficient enterprise content platform.

Manage all content

All content in one logical repository. Gone are the days when you had to search either in your CMS or in your archive or somewhere else. dm.core manages and disseminates the content to the right place at the right time.

Consistent Metadata definition across all your assets

Your content is only of any real value if you can efficiently find it and use it. That goes for your readers as well. dm.core offers a flexible and sophisticated metadata model that lets you classify all content items consistently. Text mining extensions add speed and precision to the tagging process.

On-the-fly customizable templates (content type definition)

Structured content and a strongly typed content model are key foundations for efficient cross-channel content re-use. Easily define and modify your content model without system restart or changing the underlying data storage.


Works with up to 640kB of content data and stream from dual floppy drives! Just kidding. We wouldn’t be around if the system wasn’t scalable and fast enough to cater for the requirements of top media houses around the world. Don’t take it from us, head over to the customer list and have a look.

Developer Friendly

We are developers and we like developers. dm.core is modular and built with an API-first mindset. There are APIs and REST web services for everything and many of the auxiliary parts are popular and battle-proven open source components, like Solr, Apache Camel, JBoss and Tomcat. All well-documented.

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