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Pound Hill Software Announces Catalyst: First Tool Set For Metadata Control

Monday, June 30, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 26, 2003. Pound Hill Software Inc., developer of XTensions and plug-ins for the digital asset management industry, today announced the Catalyst XMP Solution, the world's first integrated set of tools for Adobe's eXtensible Metadata Platform (XMP). Metadata is data about data. With Catalyst, creators and managers of graphic arts intellectual property can specify both the metadata embedded in graphic arts documents and the look-and-feel of the dialogs that collect the data. In addition to designing and defining these controls, enterprises can generate their own plug-ins for applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat and QuarkXPress to collect the data. The Catalyst XMP Solution also includes a companion application called Metavue(tm), a metadata browser and search tool. Build customized metadata dialogs with properties and values unique to your workgroup in Catalyst and use these values and properties as search criteria in Metavue. "XMP's potential is obvious but unrealized without Catalyst. Those responsible for managing intellectual property need to control digital rights management, production flow, and efficient file retrieval in their workgroup or enterprise. They want to use XMP and its data-embedding potential without using custom development or locking into a turnkey asset management system. Prior to Catalyst, the only way to achieve some of XMP's potential was through custom identical plug-ins for each application in use, cobbling together a way to plug the data into some nook and cranny in the file. Every solution was unique and solely the responsibility of custom software developers. With Catalyst, the coding to embed data and generate the plug-in's user interface is integrated and unseen. Users manipulate intuitive graphic tools to mirror the workflow they have or wish to have. A bit of experience with Catalyst and XMP can reveal a new world of process automation especially in view of emerging standards like Job Definition Format (JDF). The Catalyst XMP Solution makes this possible." - Ron Roszkiewicz, President of Pound Hill Software. Adobe's XMP is an open standard built into their current and next generation of applications. Though not built into QuarkXPress, Catalyst does bring XMP compatibility to XPress through its unique Catalyst for XPress XTension. A single configuration file from Catalyst builds plug-ins for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and QuarkXPress. Catalyst runs on Macintosh OS X. Catalyst plug-ins and XTensions run on Macintosh and Windows versions of the supported applications. Metavue runs on Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Pricing & Availability Catalyst, Metavue, and Catalyst Plug-ins and XTensions modules are priced at Enterprise, Workgroup, and Individual Freelancer levels. The Enterprise package includes in-house plug-in generation modules and site licensed plug-in distribution schemes. The Workgroup package includes the Catalyst development application and a la carte availability of plug-ins. The Freelancer level includes online availability of Metavue and Catalyst XTensions and plug-ins built for specific industries such as photography. The Catalyst XMP Solution will be available in July. More information is available about Catalyst and a fully functional, single seat, 30-day preview release of Catalyst (Macintosh OS X), Metavue (Macintosh OS X), and the QuarkXPress XTension for Macintosh module can be purchased by contacting catalyst@poundhill.com. Information about Catalyst and XMP is available at Pound Hill Software's website http://www.poundhill.com.




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