Extensis Meets the Demands of Pro Photographers and Creative Professionals with the Release of Portfolio 7 - Extensis.com

Extensis Meets the Demands of Pro Photographers and Creative Professionals with the Release of Portfolio 7

PMA Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev. — February 12, 2004 — Extensis Inc. today announced Portfolio 7 — a dramatic upgrade of the industry-leading, digital asset management (DAM) solution for organizing digital photos, illustrations, page layouts and presentations into visual catalogs that can be shared by workgroups or published to the Web with unprecedented ease of use.

The Portfolio 7 upgrade includes dozens of new features, many targeted at streamlining the process of importing, organizing, and distributing digital photos. The new features include built-in CD burning, batch image conversion, and the ability to embed IPTC metadata, such as captions and copyright information, directly into image files.

“This is industrial-strength asset management — the kind needed by pro photographers who generate hundreds of thousands of images,” said Joseph Schorr, senior product manager at Extensis. “With Portfolio, photographers can do more than simply browse photos. They can embed critical metadata, spin off low-resolution proofs for customers, burn archive CDs, and publish them to the web with just a few clicks.”

In addition to reading EXIF and IPTC metadata from image files, Portfolio 7 can also embed this data directly back into image files, ensuring that critical information remains permanently attached to image assets, even when exported to other applications. Portfolio also supports the ability to both read and write information stored using Adobe’s XMP metadata standard.

“The Adobe Creative Suite is a complete design environment with the XMP platform at its core,” said Mark Hilton, director of product management, Creative Professional products at Adobe. “Portfolio 7’s XMP metadata-embedding capabilities make it an outstanding companion to the Adobe Creative Suite, giving photographers an easy way to embed vital data into their images.”

The most dramatic new addition to the Portfolio 7 Suite of products is NetPublish — an add-on module that automates the process of turning Portfolio catalogs into elegant, full-featured websites — with no knowledge of HTML or JavaScript required. With a simple, wizard-like interface, and using professional-quality templates, users can build sites that include built-in image search, collection baskets, low-resolution previews and batch-download capabilities. Advanced users can access and edit the underlying NetPublish templates to create fully customized websites.

“As a photographer, I find Portfolio to be an indispensable tool for organizing and accessing my digital images,” said world-renowned celebrity photographer Greg Gorman. “It has the power to handle my raw camera files and helps me track the thousands of images I archive on DVD each month.”

New Features in Portfolio 7
Portfolio 7’s new features include:

One-Click CD/DVD Archiving — Creates standalone, browsable cross-platform CD/DVDs based on any collection of images, including original files or low-res JPEGs only.

Batch Image Conversion — Allows users to convert most cataloged files to JPEG or TIFF format, with controls for resolution, size and color mode. Perfect for creating low-res proofs of unwieldy Photoshop files or raw camera images.

Round-trip Metadata — IPTC and XMP metadata, such as keywords and custom field content, can be embedded into cataloged files.

Enhanced View Options — New formatting options let users design the perfect gallery views for images by tweak cell spacing, line spacing, thumbnail alignment and every field’s font, size, style, and color.

Enhanced Screen Previews — Automatically creates and stores low-res JPEG previews (up to 2,000 pixels wide) as images are cataloged so that images can be previewed, even when originals are offline or unavailable.

Web Page Creation Wizard — Portfolio lets users “build” a set of professionally designed web pages, without any knowledge of HTML in order to complete the customization. Users can add custom logos or graphics, select sort orders, choose thumbnail sizes, link to either original or low-res previews and the ability to access HTML templates if additional customization is warranted.

“Contact Sheet” Printing — Using Portfolio, photographers are now able to produce printed contact sheets using a quick and easy process. Users can simply choose the number of images they would like included on each page and Portfolio will size and arrange images in a grid.

Pricing and Availability
Portfolio 7 for Windows will be available for download in April from the Extensis website followed by a Mac version in May. Portfolio 7’s estimated street price is $199.95US with a NetPublish license that allows sites to be shared with a single connected computer. Additional NetPublish licenses can be purchased for an estimated street price of $199.95US (five concurrent web connections) or $999.95US (unlimited web connections). In addition, upgrades to Portfolio 7 are available for an estimated street price of $99.95US — $129.95US from versions of Portfolio 4, 5 and 6. Visit http://cde.extensis.com/portfolio for more information on this product.

Extensis will be releasing a Portfolio 7-compatible server in the second quarter of 2004. The Portfolio 7 Server will allow even the largest workgroups to organize, retrieve and distribute digital files quickly.

System Requirements
Portfolio 7 will support Windows 2000, XP Home or Professional, Pentium (400 MHz or faster recommended) and QuickTime 6.4 or higher. Portfolio 7 will also support Mac OS X, 10.2 and higher, Mac with a PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor, and QuickTime 6.4 or higher. Portfolio NetPublish requires Microsoft Internet Information Server Versions 5.1 and 6.0 and Apache HTTP Web Server versions 1.3 and 2.0 running on Macintosh OS X (Windows support for Apache is desirable).

 
 
About Extensis, Inc.
Extensis Inc., a Celartem company, is the world’s leading provider of software solutions that empower digital asset creators and users. Extensis’ award winning products are used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies and include: Suitcase and Font Reserve for font management, Portfolio for asset management, and plug-in enhancements for Photoshop and QuarkXPress. Extensis was founded in 1993 and is based in Portland, Oregon and the United Kingdom. Extensis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Celartem Technology USA Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For additional information, please visit our website at http://cde.extensis.com or call 1-800-796-9798.
 
 
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