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EXTENSIS.GIF PRESS RELEASE: Extensis Ships Portfolio 7.0 for Windows

Mac version to be released later this month.

Portland, Ore. -- Extensis Inc., has announced the immediate availability of its leading Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution, Portfolio 7 and Portfolio Server 7 for Windows (Macintosh versions will be available in May). Portfolio enables photographers, graphic artists and other individuals and workgroups -- from those in small-to-medium sized organizations to multiple workgroups in global 2000 companies -- to organize, retrieve, repurpose, and distribute digital files quickly. Portfolio Server also provides instant access to assets across the Internet and other wide area networks, opening the communication channel between distributed team members and partner networks, making asset management and collaboration easier and more efficient than ever before.

"Portfolio 7 marks a new direction for digital asset management," said Kevin Hurst, vice president of Marketing for Extensis. "While most DAM solutions are expensive, difficult to deploy, and have a steep learning curve, Portfolio is extremely affordable, has an easy to learn interface and can be seamlessly deployed in a matter of hours into an existing workflow."

New Features

For greater efficiency and real-time collaboration, Portfolio's new AutoSync functionality allows users to assign tasks to Portfolio Server, enabling automatic synchronization. This feature also offloads file management and processing to Portfolio Server, boosting the system's overall workflow efficiency.

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. A NetPublish Server brings the power of server-side JavaScript-based scripting, customizable templates, and real-time database access to a web server. Advanced users can access and edit the underlying NetPublish templates to create fully customized websites.

Other new features include One Click CD/DVD archiving, Batch Image Conversion that allows users to convert image files to JPEG or TIFF format, with controls for resolution, size and color mode, and Round-trip embedding of IPTC and XMP metadata into JPEG and TIFF files.

System Requirements

Portfolio 7 Client supports Windows 2000, XP Home, XP Professional and QuickTime 6.4 or higher. Portfolio 7 Server supports Windows 2000 and 2003 Server. Portfolio NetPublish requires Microsoft IIS Versions 5.1 or 6.0.

About Portfolio 7

The Portfolio suite of Digital Asset Management (DAM) products is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding content creation workgroups through four components: Portfolio Client, Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish and Portfolio SQL Connect. Portfolio provides powerful Client/Server digital asset management for both desktops and networked workgroups, allowing collaborative teams to organize, find and share digital files quickly.

Pricing and Availability

Portfolio 7 is available at an estimated street price of $199.95US with a single NetPublish license. 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.

Portfolio Server's estimated street price is $3,499.95US. Upgrades to Portfolio 7 Server are available for an estimated street price of $1,999.95.NetPublish Server licenses can be purchased for an estimated street price of $1999.95US. SQL Connect for MSDE is available for $4,499.95. SQL Connect for Oracle 8i/9i/10 is available for $7,499.95. SQL Connect for MS-SQL is available for $7,499.95. SQL Connect for Oracle and MySQL will be shipping in July 2004. Please contact your Extensis or local reseller for more information.

Mac version will be available in May.

(First posted on Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 13:21 EDT)

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