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Portfolio NetMediaMAX

Today we released Portfolio NetMediaMAX, an entirely new add-on for the our digital asset management solution, Portfolio Server 9. This media-processing add-on allows digital imaging professionals to automate their media workflows for increased productivity and workflow efficiency in high-output creative and image-intensive environments.

Designers and marketers spend significant time performing repetitive production tasks as part of their imaging workflow. The NetMediaMAX add-on can automate these repetitive tasks for faster production. Complex export operations no longer require users to locate, download and process files in multiple applications. With NetMediaMAX these tasks are offloaded to Portfolio Server so that users can spend more time on their core tasks, translating into faster output and profits for organizations.

“We have heard from many of our customers that their creative teams spend too much time doing repetitive, non-value added activities,” says Martin Stein, VP of Products and Services at Extensis. “NetMediaMAX is designed to automate manual processes, eliminate routine tasks, create consistency and standardize processes, resulting in individuals focusing back on their creative tasks.”

Converting batches of images into derivatives for use on the Web and in print can take many hours. With NetMediaMAX, which offers graphical tools to simplify processing tasks, file conversions are created on the fly for faster output. Presets can be utilized to accomplish common batch-processing operations—such as file resizing and format conversion—to ensure standardization and eliminate errors.

NetMediaMAX Highlights:

  • Automates repetitive image production tasks
  • Increases efficiency, quality and output
  • On-demand generation of digital assets
  • Download files and ‘save as’ many file types you choose- on the fly
  • Batch-convert images and other files into any standard format
  • Utilizes MediaScript™, an open, standards-based scripting language to automate and customize for many different workflow needs
  • Publish web portals that allow users to download files in a variety of file types
  • Distributed processing for high-volume environments with multiple media engines

NetMediaMAX is built on the Portfolio Server platform that provides support for Windows® and Macintosh® environments and utilizes server-side processing, freeing up desktops from media-processing tasks. The MediaRich® technology inside NetMediaMAX provides organizations with heavy workloads the ability to process media-related tasks dynamically and automatically, saving significant time and manual effort. Organizations can distribute media-processing tasks to one or more external servers for even faster performance.

NetMediaMAX provides support for a wide range of image file formats. Users can convert to the most popular file types such as TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, PSD, TGA, BMP, PDF and EPS.

For enhanced capabilities, IT professionals can create limitless customizations by enabling custom scripts to automate steps such as transferring multiple digital assets, updating metadata, building composite logos, colorizing, resizing and more. NetMediaMAX comes with sample scripts to get you started. Scripts can be easily customized using MediaScript, Equilibrium’s easy-to-learn ECMAScript-based scripting language (like JavaScript) that is uniquely designed for media-processing environments.

For more information, see www.netmediamax.com.


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webcast-_P9In case you missed the recent digital asset management forum in Washington D.C., we are hosting an encore webcast of the keynote presentation on October 6th.

Attend this webcast to:

  • Learn how the National Wildlife Federation manages internal requests for the thousands of rights managed or royalty-free images in their collection.
  • See how the National Wildlife Federation successfully uses a central repository for raw materials to quickly and easily access images for brochures, PPT, and other marketing materials.
  • Understand how to create a simple self-service portal to identify a physical location of where non-digital audio and video clips are stored.

Details:

  • Featured Speaker: Karen Hignite, Records Management Manager at The National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Karen is part of the IT group that supports the National Wildlife Federation’s 18 departments, 11 regional centers and National Advocacy Center.
  • Date: Tuesday, October 6th.
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
  • Cost: FREE

Click here to register for this event.

Karen Hignite will be available after the presentation for a live Q&A session along with host, Cindy Valladares, digital asset manager expert and Extensis Product Marketing Manager.


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DAM Forum - Extensis Portfolio Server & MethodologieWe would like to invite you to join us for a Digital Asset Management (DAM) Forum a the Seattle Art Museum. This event will focus on strategies, solutions, best practices and effective technology usage in digital asset management.

Join other marketing and IT professionals to:

  • Find out how Methodologie, top Seattle communications strategy firm, saves time and money for clients like The Coca-Cola Company, Boeing, Potlatch, Microsoft Xbox and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  • Learn DAM best practices for creative agencies and corporate marketing departments with a focus on digital asset distribution.
  • Participate in roundtable and workflow discussions while networking with your peers.

Event details:

  • October 14, 2009
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Cost: Attendance and lunch are FREE
  • Featured Presentation: Marketing and Advertising Case Study: How Methodologie Agency uses DAM to service Microsoft, Boeing and others

Click here to register for this event.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us!


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Portfolio Server 9 digital asset manager

If you live in Germany and have an interest in digital asset management, we are hosting two seminars, which may be of interest to you.

Extensis’ country manager for Germany, Torsten Köbel, will be presenting Portfolio Server 9 in Hamburg and Munich in the next few weeks. Torsten will be demonstrating how Portfolio Server 9 allows you to manage, distribute and archive all your images and rich media files, saving you and your organization time and money. You’ll also get some insider tips and best practices on digital asset management.

If you are interested in additional details or would like to register, please click on the links below:

9th September, Hamburg
16th September, Munich

We hope you will join us.


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I just came from a very informative DAM forum, hosted graciously by Miami Dade College (MDC). This full-day event started out with a Case Study by the College, which is the largest institution of higher education in the United States. I wanted to share with you some of the notes I took while listening to their presentation, which focused on their digital asset management journey.

First, a little bit of history. Miami Dade College has been doing digital asset management for a couple of years now. The DAM initiative at MDC started from the workgroup level. Ricardo Delgado, Sr. Graphic Designer is considered to be the “Godfather of DAM” at MDC, but the CIO of the Inter-American campus also supported the efforts.

As you may experience yourself if you’re on this DAM journey, the path is not always smooth, and you may encounter some “renegades” along the way who refuse to see the value that managing your digital assets can bring to your organization. One thing that it’s apparent from the from Miami Dade College story, is that everyone throughout the organization is involved and plays a role in the successful implementation of DAM—it’s important to conduct it as a team effort.

Many questions came from the floor regarding how to involve the stakeholders and get those technology laggards to cooperate. “Training, training, training,” says Ricardo Delgado. Although Portfolio is very easy to use and the learning curve was minimal even for non-technical users, MDC has found that the personal interaction with users through was essential.

And this approach is paying off for the College. When they first implemented Portfolio, they had very few assets into the system, but with hard work, dedication and internal DAM evangelization, they number of assets into the system has grown exponential. Irene Munoz, Director of Marketing at MDC recalls: “Before we delivered the training, we had about 200,000 assets in Portfolio, and just a few months after the training, we have over 335,000 assets in the image bank alone.” This tells me that people understand the benefits, are using Portfolio and are getting it done.

Miami Dade College shared with the forum attendees their criteria for selecting a DAM system. For them, it was important that the DAM vendor had experience dealing with clients of their scale, provided expert technical support, fit into their existing technology, was scalable and flexible to grow at the College’s pace and allowed them to access and distribute a wide range of assets. MDC evaluated several DAM solutions (even some that are not in business any more) and Portfolio came up as the clear winner over other products.

Rene Ramos, the Archives Director at the College, had the daunting task of centralizing and cataloging over 50 years of the college’s history—a huge repository of documents, photographs and videos. For him, the ability to quickly find assets is one of the key functionalities. “Portfolio made us look like heroes”, he commented.

Some other tips that Miami Dade College shared with the attendees:

  • Partnership with end users and IT is crucial
  • Show successes early on
  • Get a solution that’s easy to use to minimize the learning curve
  • Look into the vendor’s viability when evaluating a solution
  • Choose a DAM system that fits into your existing IT infrastructure
  • Take the time to come up with standards for naming conventions, image resolution, file size, etc.
  • Create a “cheat sheet” for these standards, and distribute to your end users
From left to right:  Ricardo Delgado, Cindy Valladares, Rene Ramos

From left to right: Ricardo Delgado, Cindy Valladares, Rene Ramos

The full-day event also included a presentation on Digital Asset Management Best Practices, roundtable discussions focusing on (1) asset organization and (2) implementing DAM across multiple departments, and the ever-popular hands-on workflow session by Extensis’ System Engineer.

If you couldn’t join us for this event, maybe you would like to attend the upcoming Digital Asset Management Forum in Washington, DC on September 9. This event will focus on Managing and Distributing Large Image Collections and featuring a Case Study by the National Wildlife Federation. And we’re also coming to Seattle in October, so stay tuned.

If you’re interested in sharing your digital asset management story, please drop me a note at cvalladares(at)extensis.com.


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snow leopardYes, Snow Leopard is coming (early!) We have been testing our products for several months now, but always have to verify them against the FINAL software release.

For those who are wondering, here is our (abbreviated) plan regarding Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) compatibility:

  • Updated version of Suitcase Fusion 2 (Mac) is expected within 30 days of Snow Leopard shipping.
  • Updated versions of Universal Type Server 2 components are expected within 30-60 days.
  • Updated versions of Portfolio 9 Server and clients are expected within 30-60 days.
  • Portfolio 8.5.4 client and standalone are compatible with Snow Leopard.
  • Portfolio Server 8.5.4 is not supported under Snow Leopard.

We will post more detailed information on our web site shortly.

UPDATE: the full compatibility page is now live.


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Join us for a one-day event featuring real-world implementations with a focus on digital asset management (DAM) strategies and solutions. At this forum you’ll see how DAM enables records management, marketing and IT professionals to successfully manage creative and image workflows. You’ll learn best practices and effective technology usage to centralize your rich media files for easy organization, access and distribution.

  • FEATURING: National Wildlife Federation Case Study: Using DAM to Manage and Distribute Large Image Collections
  • DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2009
  • TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • LOCATION: George Washington University, The Marvin Center, Washington, DC
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us to:

  • Learn how the National Wildlife Federation manages internal requests for the thousands of rights managed or royalty-free images in their collection.
  • See how the National Wildlife Federation successfully uses a central repository for raw materials to quickly and easily access images for brochures, PPT, and other marketing materials.
  • Understand how to create a simple self-service portal to identify a physical location of where non-digital audio and video clips are stored.
  • Participate in roundtable and workflow discussions while networking with your peers.
  • Learn DAM best practices using Portfolio Server 9.

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CampusTech BoothExtensis participated at the Campus Technology Conference, where we had a booth to introduce our digital asset management and font management solutions.  Here is my colleague Jeremy Godfrey, Regional Sales Manager, East at our table.

The conference was well attended with representatives from K-12 and higher education institutions.  People stopping at our booth seemed mostly interested in digital asset management, so we talked and showed the new capabilities of Portfolio Server 9.  People really liked the new Web Client and the web-based server/catalog administration console.  If you haven’t seen the new components, take a look at these short 3-5 minute overview videos.

CampusTech PresentationThere were also many sessions with diverse topics such as online collaboration, video capture capabilities, developing brand, e-learning, and others.  We had an opportunity to give a presentation about how DAM is being used in universities such as Yale to enhance student literacy.  If you missed us at Campus Tech, stay tuned for more information about how to sign up for a webex where I’ll be presenting this same material.


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Portfolio Server 9 - new Web Client and much moreOne of the handy new optional features for Portfolio Server 9 is the Portfolio Web Client. You may know our other Portfolio web product, Portfolio NetPublish, but the Web Client differs from Portfolio NetPublish in many ways.

Portfolio NetPublish is great for browsing and downloading assets from your Portfolio catalogs. With NetPublish, you can choose from many different web templates, and quickly publish a website that allows users to browse and download the assets that you want to provide. You can even develop custom websites using JavaScript and NetPublish commands that allow access to assets in your catalogs. Portfolio NetPublish is a great way to distribute files through a branded website.

The Portfolio Web Client takes an new approach to accessing Portfolio catalogs via the web. The Web Client is a robust portal through which users can upload, download convert, tag and process files. While NetPublish websites only allow users one-way access to download files, the Portfolio Web Client offers two-way access where users can also upload and modify files, thus creating a robust portal into your catalogs.

This video demonstrates some of the features of the Portfolio Web Client.

Each user who logs into Portfolio Server using the Web Client gains access to only the catalogs that they have permission to view. Administrators are typically given full access to all catalogs, while other users may only be given access to catalogs relevant to their workflow. For example, graphic designers and art directors may require access to the organization’s entire stock image archive, while copywriters and editors may only have access to catalogs that contain published material.

The Web Client operates in all standard web-browsers that have Adobe Flash 10 installed, and provides a consistent standard interface to access and manipulate files. Using the Portfolio Web Client alleviates much of the need for an installed Desktop Client. The Desktop Client is still required for a number of administrative tasks, but for the most part, many of your users can access assets directly through the Web Client.

If you require a custom, or branded interface for clients, and don’t need to upload files from the web, Portfolio NetPublish is the best option for you. But if you need a more robust interface that allows users to also upload, download, enter metadata and process files, consider integrating the Portfolio Web Client into your workflow. For more information about both products, and the rest of the Portfolio Server solution, see the main Extensis website.


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Extensis Portfolio Server 9Do many of our webcasts fall directly in the middle of the night for you? Well fear not, we’ve got a great team based in Northampton, UK as well as across Europe who are ready to show off our products for you.

This Thursday we’ll be walking you through new features of Portfolio Server 9, including:

  • File access from a central, visual catalog
  • Automated web delivery of assets
  • Easy administration & user-friendly design
  • Remote management of server & users
  • Fast asset processing
  • Extensive file format support

So, if you’re in the market for a new digital asset manager, or if you’re merely interested in what you’ll be getting for free with your Annual Service Agreement, be sure to join us for the hour long webcast.

Webcast details:


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