Extensis is now shipping Portfolio 6.0, the latest version of its digital asset manager.

"Even the most powerful Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution will break down if people don’t want - and like - to use it," said Joseph Schorr, Portfolio product manager for Extensis.

"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."

Portfolio 6.0 combines the visual approach of an image catalogue with the management and distribution tools of the operating system, making it easier for users to share, organize, and publish digital images, according to Extensis. The new FolderSync feature can copy, move or delete files without leaving the Portfolio environment. Conversely, items moved on a network or local machine are tracked in Portfolio, so that visual catalogues are synchronized with actual files on disk. An Express palette offers instant visual access to catalogued files directly from anywhere on the user’s system.

Portfolio 6 has added features for helping users publish or distribute files. The Collect & Publish feature automatically collects and catalogues files for CD distribution, and lets users create a stand-alone browser application on the fly. By using the new Create Web Pages command, users can convert catalogues into Web pages based on one of several freely distributed templates that are professionally designed. Additionally, Portfolio works with a user’s default email program to send electronic images as email attachments directly from Portfolio.

Portfolio 6.0 costs £149 (ex. VAT). A five-user version is priced at £599. Upgrades from any previous version of Portfolio cost £79. This includes upgrades from version 5.0, which is available free with the March 2002 issue of Macworld – on sale now.