|Portland, Ore. – Nov. 29th, 2005 – Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., today announced the availability of Portfolio 8, a major advance in its digital asset management (DAM) solution. 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.
“Your number one business asset is your brand — it pays to invest in a comprehensive solution to keep track of critical creative assets and help teams company wide work with those assets effectively and efficiently,” said Dan Harlacher, Portfolio product manager for Extensis. “Portfolio 8 was created for companies that want to organize, find, and distribute key brand assets. Portfolio 8 is our best effort to help companies to thoughtfully manage their brand to remain a market leader or, for that matter, to become one. Portfolio allows them to create and distribute approved branding assets both internally and externally with partners, and maintain up to the second control over these critical business components.”
Portfolio 8 provides built-in workflow tracking out-of-the-box. And with its new ability to add cataloging presets to AutoSync folders, users can add files to Portfolio with predefined metadata and move them through a workflow simply by dropping them into folders on the file-server. The new Portfolio can also keep track of a job’s status and help communicate with and route files to other team members.
Portfolio 8 makes it easy for new users to get started and find guidance when needed. For instance, a new series of sample catalogs are provided for specific tasks like professional photography, stock-image management, and document routing and approval. The new fast-cataloging feature lets users quickly add files to the Portfolio catalog and start working with them right away while other cataloging tasks continue in the background. Additionally, Portfolio can now use automatically created Screen Previews to create CDs, DVDs, websites, and emails, making the process of sharing even offline files significantly faster.
Other improvements in Portfolio 8 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 simply by changing metadata. Significant improvements in speed, workflow and metadata handling, make it easy for companies to implement a full-featured DAM solution without extensive disruption and retraining.
Pricing and Availability
Portfolio 8 for both individual users and workgroups is currently available for download and purchase from the Extensis website. Portfolio 8 Client/Server Solutions start at an estimated street price of $6,000US and can be extended to include SQL database options with SQL Connect Modules ranging in price from an estimated street price of $6,000US to $10,600US. Client connections for Portfolio Server are available in volume licenses at an estimated street price of less than $300US per seat. Portfolio catalogs can be shared via the web with the addition of Portfolio NetPublish for Server for an estimated street price of $6,000US. All Portfolio Client/Server products come with a 12-month Annual Service Agreement providing free updates and priority support 24/7.
Portfolio 8 is also available in a single-user version at an estimated street price of $199.95US. Portfolio catalogs can be published to the web by adding a Portfolio NetPublish license for an estimated street price of $249.95US (includes five concurrent web connections). Upgrades to Portfolio 8 are available for $99.95US from Portfolio 6 and 7.
French and German language versions of Portfolio are also available now for download from the Extensis website. Japanese language versions of Portfolio are available from http://www.extensis.co.jp
For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://cde.extensis.com/portfolio.
Portfolio 8 supports Windows 2000, XP or higher, Pentium class processor at 1GHz or faster 256MB RAM (512 Recommended) XGA or higher display at millions of colors. 200MB Hard Drive space, CD-ROM for installation, Network interface for server connection, Apple QuickTime 6.5 or higher, web browser with Macromedia Flash 7 or higher plug-in installed. Portfolio 8 also supports Mac OS X 10.3 or higher, G3 processor at 1GHz or faster (G4 or G5 recommended), 256MB RAM (512 Recommended) XGA or higher display at millions of colors, 200MB Hard Drive space, CD-ROM for installation, Network interface for server connection, Apple QuickTime 6.5 or higher, web browser with Macromedia Flash 7 or higher plug-in installed.
Extensis is a software solutions company that allows creative workgroups and professionals to streamline their workflow and secure their brand by efficiently and effectively managing their creative assets and fonts. Extensis’ award-winning client/server and desktop products are used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies and include Suitcase and Font Reserve for font management and Portfolio for creative assets management. Extensis was founded in 1993 and is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. Extensis is a division of Celartem, Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For additional information, visit http://cde.extensis.comor call 1-800-796-9798.
Celartem Technology, Inc. develops and sells innovative technologies for storage, access and distribution of rich media content. Celartem has developed technology in the areas of digital image compression, scalable image viewing and secure content distribution and management. Celartem is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules:4330. Established in 1996, Celartem is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has a wholly owned subsidiary, Celartem Inc. with headquarters in Seattle.