updated 02:55 pm EST, Tue November 29, 2005
Extensis ships Portfolio 8
Extensis is now shipping for digital asset management, centralizing key digital assets for easier sharing across workgroups. The new version of Portfolio provides industrial-strength workflow features to organize and share digital files with visual catalogs and embedded metadata, making it easy to quickly find, route and distribute valuable branding collateral like images, brochures, layouts and logos within asset creation workgroups and externally with global partners. The Portfolio 8 product family includes a standalone version, Client/Server solution, as well as NetPublish and SQL Connect Modules. Portfolio 8 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later, with Client/Server Solutions starting at $6,000. This can be extended to include SQL database options with SQL Connect Modules for $6,000-10,600. Portfolio NetPublish for Server is priced at $6,000. All Portfolio Client/Server products come with a 12-month annual service agreement providing free updates and priority support.
The ability to add cataloging presets to AutoSync folders allows files to be added to Portfolio with predefined metadata, which can then be moved through a workflow by dropping them into folders on the file-server. Portfolio 8 can keep track of a job's status and help communicate with and route files to other team members, and a new series of sample catalogs are provided for specific tasks like professional photography, stock-image management, and document routing and approval.
The upgrade also offers a fast-cataloging feature that allows users to quickly add files to the Portfolio catalog and start working with them immediately while other cataloging tasks continue in the background. Additionally, Portfolio can use automatically created screen previews to create CDs, DVDs, websites, and emails; making the process of sharing offline files significantly faster.
Other improvements include private galleries--accessible only by the original creator--and scratchpad galleries to easily collect items from several different locations and organize them for printing or other activities. Portfolio 8 users who utilize the NetPublish plug-in can create dynamic searchable websites powered by their Portfolio catalogs and even control which assets are viewable by simply changing metadata.