Extensis chose Macworld Expo to announce Portfolio 6, the newest version of its digital-asset management (DAM) solution.

Extensis describes the product as a major upgrade. Joseph Schorr, product manager, said: "Even the most powerful DAM solution will break down if people don't want, and like, to use it. With Portfolio, we've created a system that integrates seamlessly with the creative desktop - a system that people will really want to use. We believe this product will radically change the way people think about asset management."

The product offers a visual user interface, amd includes tools to manage and distribute data. It also supports both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, which means it can be adopted to share assets across networks and platforms. The product also has the capacity to track the movement of its assets – so image or other files moved to other folders or drives remain easy to locate.

DAM system Schoor claimed: "A good DAM system is flexible enough to adapt to the working style of its users - not force them into a rigid, predefined workflow. Our goal with Portfolio 6 was to accommodate the working style of even the most free-spirited creative professional."

Portfolio 6 features the Express Palette, which provides instant access to catalogued files from within any application. Portfolio's asset catalogue can be called up with a single keystroke in order to locate a specific image to place into a document, using drag-&-drop.

Many new features have been introduced into the application, including: the capacity to create Web pages using the Create Web Pages command; the capacity to Collect and Publish, automatically gathering files for CD-distribution; and close integration with email applications to send images as attachments directly from within Portfolio.

Other features include: FolderSync, which links Portfolio catalogues to actual folders on a disk; Instant Cataloguing, which lets a user select any file, folder or disk and instantly catalogue it into the system; Batch renaming and keywording; Auto Move/Copy; and the capacity to rotate an original image using the database thumbnail preview image. The product also imports EXIF data stored in images captured with digital cameras.

The final product will be available for download next month (February). Portfolio 6 will cost $199.95, upgrade pricing varies between $69.95 and $129.95, depending on the previous version number. Portfolio Server, the workgroup version of the product, which ships with five Portfolio 6 licenses, costs $2,499. UK pricing is unavailable at this time. The product works with Mac OS 8.6 or above.

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