Price When Reviewed: 129 . 163 . 3149
Pros: Comprehensive and very expandable digital-asset manager. Handles most media files. Practical use of metadata for automation. Exports to Web, print, and slideshow.
Cons: Slow to import despite fast cataloguing. Thumbnail and previewing displays aren’t as either flexible as Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom.
The past year has seen Extensis sell its range of plug-ins and XTensions to onOne, leaving it free to concentrate on its two core areas: digital asset management and font management.
Portfolio 8 is the latest version of the digital asset management system that started life as Aldus Fetch around 15 years ago. It’s not just for images – it works with word processing and layout files, PDFs, movies, and other media files. A proper asset management database like Portfolio is far more powerful and flexible than even the new breed of image browsers such as Apple Aperture and Adobe Lightroom.
As with previous versions, Portfolio 8 is available in a wide choice of configurations, and prices vary wildly. There’s a single-user version (tested here), but Extensis tends to push its server version, which is suitable for small workgroups but can be scaled up to large workgroup or enterprise levels, including integration with big SQL databases.