Our Vision Behind Portfolio 2017
Today, we’re excited to unveil the latest version of our digital asset management (DAM) solution:
Over the past twenty years, we’ve delivered many evolutions of this product. Each time we set our sights toward the next version, the team is energized by the goals of addressing the evolving needs of organizations of all sizes, putting forth advancements that will future proof their investments, and finding ways to extend the value of DAM to new workgroups and industries. We guide ourselves by listening to our customers, engaging in the larger market, and evaluating what’s to come.
Portfolio 2017 continues this tradition.
As we rollout Portfolio 2017, rather than just laying out all the new features, we wanted to take a moment to share the inspiration behind them. So, here’s a little background on the key changes we made, and why.
New Desktop Client – Several years ago we made a few major architectural changes in Portfolio to allow it to grow, improve our currency on frameworks, and provide a more solid foundation for future growth and improvements. Included in that was an unfortunate change to drag-&-drop capabilities that, which while necessary for this migration, still left some clients with a change that was not embraced by their users. So, we brought it back along with other major new capabilities (infinite scroll anyone?) to make the user experience on the new platform even better. Welcome back drag-&-drop!
Server-Side Scripting – Even though I should not play favorites, this is my favorite new feature and goes back to a hack-day the Portfolio team held -1 year ago. One of our wise engineers decided to add in a way to create custom scripts that could do just about anything in Portfolio, leading us another step closer to the automation we all so crave in our jobs. We’re shipping with the ability to add these scripts, either created by us or you. Now that we’re finished with the delivery mechanism, we’re opening the creative floodgates for our developers and Integration & Consulting Services team to work on a few to make available. For example, a script to de-dupe and integration with popular social media platforms. We’ll share more on these soon.
Rights Management – We’ve partnered with FADEL to bring the first incarnation Rights Management to Portfolio. Not only did we pick the industry leader, but our association with the team that virtually helped create this market allows our customers with complex IP and rights for procured works to better track the lifecycle of assets in Portfolio. AND the compliance with contracts in FADEL. As assets become more complex, so must the workflow to manage them.
Advanced Smart Keywords – Portfolio has now seen the 2nd generation of our artificial intelligence (AI)-powered image recognition for automated keywording. These advancements come thanks to our partnership with Clarifai, a force to be reckoned with in the AI world. Being one of the first DAM solutions to introduce AI has put us in a unique position to get early feedback from real world use cases on what’s useful and what can be improved. In Portfolio 2017, you can now choose greater controls in number of keywords returned and languages with support for over 20 different languages (do you know the word for ‘pants’ in Norwegian? They do – it’s ‘bukser’). Additionally, we’ve added a new set of specialized categories from Clarifai; delivering more targeted keywords.
Mapping – Introducing one of the first of its kind feature in DAM where you can automatically plot files with GPS metadata on a map so you can see and search visually by point of origin. Think about photos that you or your stakeholders take which have longitude and latitude coordinates attached to them. Think inventory, events, physical assets. Now think about seeing those automatically plotted on a world map. With Portfolio’s Map View, we’re giving you more ways to interact with and get insight from your data. Bonus: all with little to no additional work needed from the user!
Advanced Asset Compression – Now for the biggest improvement in Portfolio and DAM workflows in general, we’re introducing a new compression capability which can help you save up to 95% of the space for your large image files. Whether it’s on premise on hard drives ($3,000 per TB annual average) or in the cloud, if you can compress at a 1:20 and be visually lossless, that’s going to save time and money. We’ve also built our own pan / zoom viewer that allows you to have far better zooming into the pixels of the file, whether a satellite or aerial map down to a point or even a high-resolution photo of artwork. Now you can convert files to save space and improve the viewing, so you won’t have to concern yourself as much with space issues or guess about the fine details of your image. Oh, and it’s an included feature for no extra charge.
There are a lot of other features we’ve added to Portfolio 2017 (i.e. extended support for IPTC video metadata, loads of performance enhancements) which I would deem the most consequential release we’ve done in years, or maybe ever, on Portfolio.
For more information, please visit www.extensis.com/portfolio