Portfolio 7 Handles Image Issues

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-06-21 Print this article Print

Extensis' application makes it easy to manage, track and share digital images.

For companies that deal heavily in digital media, there are high-end digital asset management systems to help them track, control and access their entire digital catalog. But what about companies that arent heavy-duty graphics houses but still have a lot of digital images to manage and cant invest in a high-end system?

Extensis Portfolio 7 is a good solution for these organizations and for graphics-oriented companies that cant afford a high-end digital asset management product. Released last month, Portfolio 7 provides a capable application for managing, tracking and sharing digital images. And when combined with Portfolio NetPublish Server 7, the system makes it simple to show and share image collections through informative Web sites.

The main interface for Portfolio is the Portfolio client application, which runs on Windows and Mac OS systems. Using this client, I was able to assemble and share diverse image collections and track a wealth of information on each image.

Portfolio 7 let me view all the image metadata that is automatically generated by digital cameras, and I could add custom data to the image files. I could also view low-resolution previews of images, even if I didnt have access to the original files at that time. In addition, Portfolio 7 provides some basic security capabilities to make sure only authorized personnel have access to the images.

The product provides several deployment options, including to CD or DVD. The deploy-to-Web-page features were also very good, letting me quickly create professional gallery pages with all the information I required.

Portfolio 7 client and NetPublish 7 client are priced at $199.95 each. The Portfolio server is priced at $3,499.95 and the NetPublish Server is priced at $1,999.95 For more information, go to www.extensis.com.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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