Extensis has announced Portfolio 7 – its digital-asset management solution.

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

Extensis senior product manager Joseph Schorr said: "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."

Portfolio 7 can read EXIF and IPTC metadata from image files, and embed this data directly back into image files, ensuring that critical information remains permanently attached to image assets, even when exported to other applications, according to Extensis.

Portfolio also supports the ability to both read and write information stored using Adobe’s XMP metadata standard. Other new features include one-click CD/DVD archiving, enhanced view options, enhanced screen previews and contact-sheet printing.

Also available is NetPublish – an add-on module that turns Portfolio catalogues into Web sites. Users can build sites that include built-in image search, collection baskets, low-resolution previews and batch-download capabilities. It is also possible to edit the NetPublish templates to create fully customized websites.

Portfolio 7 for Mac will be available for download in May. The Windows version will be available in April. It is expected to cost $199 (£105) with a NetPublish license that allows sites to be shared with a single connected computer.