Extensis and E-Spec Partner to Integrate Extensis Portfolio Digital Asset Management System with E-Spec Adobe Integration Tools

Integration enables customers to auto-populate Adobe InDesign templates with images and metadata from Extensis Portfolio

Portland, Ore.―July 7, 2015Extensis®, a global provider of digital asset management (DAM) solutions, announced today it has partnered with E-Spec, digital image workflow specialists who connect Adobe® Creative Cloud® applications to key business systems.  Using the Extensis Portfolio™ open API, E-Spec has integrated the latest version of Extensis Portfolio with its suite of Adobe integration tools so customers can auto-populate their Adobe InDesign® templates with images and metadata.

E-Spec’s solutions are used to create and maintain published product offerings, such as look books and catalogs. Customers use E-Spec’s Adobe Integration tools to connect their Adobe InDesign templates to business systems containing relevant content – such as images and product details  – so that the information is auto-populated and kept up to date with a single click of a button. This eliminates manual processes, reducing what once took weeks to days, and eliminating costly errors.

By integrating the latest version of Extensis Portfolio into E-Spec’s suite of tools, customers can more effectively manage their digital assets in a centralized location and then easily pull this information into their Adobe InDesign templates.

“E-Spec’s tools are widely used by companies in the fashion, retail and consumer goods industries who need to publish their product offerings with frequency,” said Toby Martin, Vice President of Development and Strategy at Extensis. “These companies have a huge repository of digital content, so linking in Extensis Portfolio offers a powerful solution  for both managing this content and creating a direct connection into their creative workflow via E-Spec.”

“Effective digital asset management is critical to any company that has a large collection of digital content,” said Dan Hudson, President and Founder of E-Spec. “This is especially true in the retail industry where we see customers with thousands if not millions of assets. Many are using Portfolio to manage their digital assets, so we’re excited to partner with Extensis to deliver an integrated solution.”

Customers interested in learning more about Extensis and e-Spec’s integration solution can contact Extensis by clicking here, and E-Spec by clicking here.

About E-Spec, Inc.

E-Spec is an Adobe® Solutions partner, which specializes in solutions for integrating the Adobe Creative Cloud® with existing business systems and processes. From the creation of an image, we embed XMP data that flows through your business systems. This creates a digital image workflow through the combination of image files and related data; allowing images to flow to all systems instead of remaining locked inside a single database or location. Our suite of products and services utilize Adobe® technology to embed data within the image file; Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, JPGs, PNGs and PDFs; so the files become self-aware, allowing the image to drive your business.

E-Spec is a Silver Adobe® Solutions Partner. To learn more, visit www.e-spec.net or follow us on Twitter @EspecInc.

About Extensis

Celebrating more than two decades in business, Extensis® is a leading developer of software and services for creative professionals and workgroups. Their solutions streamline workflows, securely manage digital assets and fonts, and control corporate typographic branding. Used by hundreds of Fortune 5000 companies, Extensis’ award-winning server and desktop products include: Portfolio® for digital asset management, Universal Type Server® for server-based font management, and Suitcase Fusion® for single-user font management. Founded in 1993, Extensis is based in Portland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. To learn more, visit http://www.extensis.com or follow us on Twitter @extensis.

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Do you strive to cut weeks from your catalog creation process?


A Case Study:
La Jolla Group LLC reduces catalog creation time by 85% with E-Spec In-Cat!

Client Description
La Jolla Group, Inc. (“LJG”) is the world’s premier multi-brand apparel licensing company, with a portfolio of prominent brands including O’Neill Clothing USA, Metal Mulisha Clothing and FMF Clothing.

Business Problem
LJG creates and manages product catalogs for their many brands and distributors through the use of Adobe InDesign. This manual process involved several team members looking up styles in PLM and ERP business systems then copying product images and details line by line into the catalog documents. The continuous back and forth process of transcribing these product details between the business system and the InDesign catalogs consumed several man-hours. The manual process of verifying the information and updating as changes occurred in the business systems consumed additional effort and left open the probability for errors. La Jolla’s laborious task of creating a catalog was ultimately taking 2-3 weeks per document.

E-Spec Solution
The implementation E-Spec’s In-Cat! coupled with a digital asset management system provided the solution LJG was seeking. In-Cat!, an InDesign extension that connects directly with the business systems, provides LJG with the ability to browse and select images and the corresponding data then automatically populate a simple InDesign template file. Templates are created and data is mapped from the business systems to locations on the template. Search criteria are designated for browsing, selecting, and filtering the database content. Catalogs are now created “auto-magically” as coined by Andres Kalinowski, Sr. Director of IT.

“We went from a long 2-3 week process of creating catalogs to a short 2-3 days. It was a huge timesaver and productivity increased” says Andres.

Now when the catalog needs to be updated to the most current information, the users simply click a refresh button with their mouse, and the information is current and ready for publishing.

“Now we are going to tackle our Merch Guide using our InCat! Solution.” said Andres.

Technologies Used

E-Spec InCat! for Adobe InDesign
Extensis Portfolio Server

Business Benefits

Huge Time Savings by reducing catalog creation timeframe from 2-3 weeks to only 2-3 days
Increase in productivity
Helps with Auditing allowing the more accurate catalog to be used as the source
Catalogs can be updated with current information with the single click of a button