Quark has released an Internet search portal for QuarkDMS, its digital asset-management solution for large workgroups.

The Media Portal gives everyone within an organization online (as well as network) access to digital media.

The portal is installed into an existing QuarkDMS system, and works in a similar way to an intranet site, so files can be accessed through a browser over a secure Internet-based network.

Creative freedom Scott Moore, QuarkDMS's strategic product manager, said: "This frees important content from the creative department, and makes it easily available to everyone within an organization.

"Confidential files can be restricted to validated users, while public files can be made available to any site visitor. Users can collaborate securely, and content creators can leverage existing assets for re-use in new projects."

File search Files can be browsed by category, name and file content. Searches can also be customized. Frequently used files, corporate logos for example, can be stored in a "media basket". Additional baskets can be created for certain projects, and these can be shared between users.

QuarkDMS Media Portal is based on XML (Extensible Markup Language) and XSLT (XSL transformations) technology. It comes with a selection of XSLT templates, so a Web site can be customized.

QuarkDMS is an enterprise-wide solution that lets customers manage a virtually unlimited number of text files, images, and other digital resources. It's a server-level solution, supporting mixed platforms over networks. Currently hosted on an Oracle server, Quark has not announced plans to port its system to Mac OS X.

Pricing is on a per site basis, by arrangement with authorized Quark system integrators.