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Banta Integrated Media Announces New Version of B-Media for Windows NT

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Cambridge, MA; July 16, 2001 - Catalogers, direct marketers, publishers, retailers, and distributors can now install Banta's B-media(TM) digital content management software on a total Windows NT platform, resulting in an overall reduction in the cost of a B-media installation. The Application Server software was previously available only for installation on a UNIX platform. Comments Karen Anderson, Director of Product Management at Banta Integrated Media, "Making B-media software available on a Windows NT platform opens the opportunity for mid-range and departmental implementations. The NT platform lowers the cost of entry, making it more affordable for mid-size organizations that want the benefits of a high-end digital content management system." Version 2.7 of B-media for Windows NT is a robust digital content management solution that allows companies to synchronize campaigns and content delivery efforts across multiple channels. B-media software creates a centralized database of digital assets, creative content, product information, legacy system data, and metadata for publishing to print, Web and other media. With B-media, production processes that once occurred serially can now happen in parallel, reducing time-to-market, cutting costs, and streamlining the Web- and print-production processes. Additional new features in version 2.7 of B-media. In addition to its availability for the Windows NT platform, Bmedia 2.7 also includes a number of enhancements across the product. The B-media Java (desktop) client includes improved keyboard navigation, an improved asset preview feature and performance gains. Enhancements to the B-mediaWeb client improvements improve Internet access to the database and management capabilities with the Search Manager, Clipboard and Bookmarks. The Search Manager enables complex search and retrieval based on content type, repository location, or attribute criteria of an asset. The Clipboard makes it easy to gather assets for organizing and grouping for new purposes. Bookmarks provide easy access to frequently used Content Folders, Categories, and Blocks. Check-in/check-out support provides remote users with controlled access assets from the B-mediaWeb client. An extensive online help system provides immediate answers to questions. New features for the B-mediaXT client include the ability to access Quark templates and libraries from the B-media database and easier import/searching of assets using a hierarchical list of asset types and subtypes. Banta's B-mediaXT client provides direct access to the B-media database directly from the familiar QuarkXPress(R) application. Quark users can drag and drop assets from the B-media database directly into a QuarkXPress document and maintain the link to the database for easy tracking and future updates. Any B-media assets or information placed in Quark pages can be automatically updated with a click of the mouse. B-media version 2.7 also supports integration with Xinet's FullPress OPI system to manage existing FPO (for position only) and hi-resolution paired images. Sites using Xinet can register FullPress volumes to enable remote use and management of these images, including check-out, revision and check-in of the hi-res images. Banta's B-media digital content management solution is based on a three-tiered architecture designed to support any size organization and to scale with you as your business grows. The B-media Application Server (application tier) manages the database, the B-media Content Storage Server (storage tier) houses digital assets, and the B-media clients (presentation tier) provide role-based access to the B-media database.

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