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PRESS RELEASE: Canto announces support for Apple's new Intel-based Macs with up-coming Cumulus 7 Release
Cumulus 7 to deliver comprehensive workflow and authentication capabilities
April 5, 2006 - San Francisco. Canto, a global leader in Digital Asset Management (DAM) solutions, today announced that Cumulus 7, the next version of its DAM product line, will run natively on both Power PC and Intel-based Macintosh computers. The groundbreaking upgrade will combine powerful workflow capabilities along with enhanced security features to facilitate collaboration for creative and production teams and their customers.
"Our focus is on providing the very best solutions possible to our customers who require fast and efficient workflows," said Jennifer Neumann, CEO of Canto. "Beta tests of the Universal version of Cumulus 7 on the new Intel based Macs have already delivered significant performance boosts that every creative or production user will appreciate."
"Apple has transitioned half its product line to Intel and there are now well over 1,300 Universal applications available," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "We're delighted that Cumulus 7 from Canto has been optimized to take advantage of the performance of the new Intel-based Macs."
Cumulus 7 will be built on the Cocoa interfaces of Mac OS X. This will allow to leverage the Java 1.4/1.5 interfaces, which are superior in performance, features and stability to the Java 1.3 interfaces to which the Cumulus 6.x versions, running on the Carbon interfaces, are limited.
A new Web Services interface will be available with Cumulus 7, which will make it very easy to integrate Cumulus functionality within portals or other business process solutions.
Extending the existing trigger functionality in Cumulus 6 that was mostly used to notify subscribers to changes of assets will now be available in Cumulus 7 to build an entire chain of automated actions as a result of any change to the system's data.
Cumulus 7 will further extend the security features for assets and metadata. On a catalog-by-catalog basis permissions can be set efficiently, but protection can also be easily applied on an asset-by-asset or even metadata level.
The complete list of new features in Cumulus 7 will be announced when the product ships in early summer 2006. Cumulus 7 Servers will be available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Solaris, and native/rich Client versions for Mac OS X and Windows are offered. Customers who buy a Cumulus 6 Workgroup or Enterprise solution between now and the release of Cumulus 7 will receive a free upgrade.
(First posted on Friday, April 7, 2006 at 11:06 EDT)