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HELIOS to support full Apple Spotlight search and index for multi-channel assets

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HELIOS software integrates new server-based Spotlight compatible full text and metadata searching in PDF, InDesign and XPress artwork as well as all major image file formats. XMP, IPTC and EXIF standards are fully supported. Cross-platform support includes Mac native Spotlight, Windows Explorer Spotlight extension, Web and CLI tools.

HELIOS Software integrates the new HELIOS index server search system, fully compatible with Apple's Spotlight search technology, into its upcoming UB2 server product suite. Full text searches in complex PDF files, Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress preview files, as well as in UTF-8 encoded text files, are fully supported. Unique to HELIOS is the Spotlight search support for XMP metadata. Customers can even define their own XMP panels in Photoshop and the additional metadata fields are then indexed and searchable.

Servers running HELIOS UB2 are the first to support Spotlight searches for Mac, Windows, and Web users as well as CLI (command line interface) based integration processes. Any network client, including mobile devices like the Apple iPhone and iPad, can find files matching any set of text or keywords within seconds. Saving search patterns makes finding files for any requirements fast, easy, and efficient.

"Multi-channel publishing is one of the predominant developments in today's media. Mobile devices like the Apple iPad will accelerate the trend to provide online content with links to related text and media files," explains Helmut Tschemernjak, CEO of HELIOS Software GmbH. "A fundamental requirement for this kind of publishing is to quickly find relevant data by content and keywords in an easy and efficient way." The new HELIOS index server offers a powerful, yet easy to use database for any kind of image file metadata as well as full text indexing. Combined searches mixing text phrases with image properties referencing XMP, IPTC and EXIF metadata allows finding the few relevant files out of millions of stored files within seconds.

Mac OS X Spotlight compatible searches are fully integrated with the new HELIOS UB2 index server, offering powerful search capabilities for any Mac client via HELIOS EtherShare UB2. HELIOS PCShare UB2 provides a Spotlight query extension for the Windows Explorer. For Web clients including mobile devices a Spotlight compatible searching interface is integrated into the new HELIOS WebShare UB2. Finally a command line utility for easy integration of the new index server capabilities with third party solutions such as digital asset management and management information systems is included.

Key benefits of the new Spotlight server search feature include:

- Fast server-wide file find by any keyword combination gives access to relevant data within seconds
- Platform-independent client support using Spotlight queries, for Mac OS X, Windows, Internet and mobile devices
- Support for XMP, IPTC and EXIF metadata formats may substitute for a simple DAM solution
- Adding XMP metadata tags allows for easy integration of custom metadata requirements
- Command line tools for Mac, Windows and Unix enable easy integration with 3rd party applications
- Simple and advanced queries using the Spotlight syntax are fully supported
- Optional support for PDF full text and PDF form fields indexing


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