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Torque - Live Content Manager Integrates Workflow in Real Time Over Workstations and Web

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Boston, April 9, 2001 –Today at Seybold in Boston, Torque Systems, Inc. introduced BrightVu, a real time system that meets the internal workflow and Web sharing needs of the marketing, design and production communities. For the first time in one system, BrightVu combines a fast, expandable server for local work, with powerful integrated Web search/upload/download abilities. An equally big breakthrough is BrightVu’s price of $9,995 – much less than existing products tackling just one need or the other. BrightVu is being demonstrated at Torque Systems’ booth (#2012) through April 13 at Seybold and is shipping immediately. BrightVu includes the following components, all pre-integrated to work immediately out of the box: 1) Web software with a thumbnail-based web interface to server storage 2) MySQL database software for file metadata 3) AppleShare-TCP/IP compatibility for fast Chooser access from Macs 4) SMB compatibility for fast Network Neighborhood access from PCs 5) Web-based system administration tools 6) Red Hat Linux operating system with 2.4 kernel 7) 1 Gigahertz Intel Pentium III CPU 8) Gigabit Ethernet and 100baseT network interfaces 9) 75GB of internal hardware RAID storage, plus 36GB swappable system disk 10) UltraSCSI160 interface for additional RAID and tape storage Torque Systems refers to BrightVu as a Live Content Manager (LCM) because, unlike existing Digital Asset Management (DAM) software packages, it can truly manage the live content creation chain – from design through marketing and production in real time. Most DAM packages, on the other hand, only address static assets which can be catalogued on a “snapshot” basis. The difference in approach is most dramatic in the way BrightVu creates and updates thumbnails of Quark, Illustrator and PhotoShop files. It does so continuously, as different users open and save their files on the server. This real time approach takes full advantage of the power of the Web – the changed thumbnails and their metadata can be viewed through a Web browser right away, from both Mac and PC clients.

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