Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., has announced the availability of Portfolio 8, a new digital asset management (DAM) solution. The new version of Portfolio provides workflow features to organize and share digital files with visual catalogs and embedded metadata. The Portfolio 8 product family includes a standalone version, Client/Server solution, as well as NetPublish and SQL Connect Modules.
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 pre-defined metadata and move them through a workflow 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. 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, Web sites, 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 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 searchable Web sites powered by their Portfolio catalogs and even control which assets are viewable by changing metadata. Portfolio 8 for both individual users and workgroups is currently available for download and purchase from the Extensis Web site. Portfolio 8 Client/Server Solutions start at an estimated street price of $6,000 and can be extended to include SQL database options with SQL Connect Modules ranging in price from an estimated street price of $6,000 to $10,600. Portfolio 8 is also available in a single-user version at an estimated street price of $199.95. Portfolio catalogs can be published to the Web by adding a Portfolio NetPublish license for an estimated street price of $249.95 (includes five concurrent Web connections). Upgrades to Portfolio 8 are available for $99.