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If you're working with tons of files and different types of files and you have to keep them sorted out and be able to tell the differences within the files...this is the best option for you. It will make your life so much easier being able to preview everything quickly while seeing the small details. I do know that some photographers are really happy with how Lightroom catalogs their images, but I think for anyone doing major compositing or video work, Bridge is hands down the way to go. It just saves you so much time and headaches.
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Best for image asset management; hands down the most robust and cost-conscious solution we have worked with. Best for customer support--from design and integration to life-cycle maintenance. Best of expansion of catalogues and assets--- easily add asset packs onto your SaaS agreement as you need--no worries here. Portfolio is continuing to improve its video asset management. However, if you are seeking solely a video management solution, Portfolio is maturing, but not "there" just yet.
Read full review Pros User friendly. Works well in combination with it's other adobe products. Like that's it's included in the cost of Creative Cloud. Read full review Organization. It allows us to keep our photos organized and in their appropriate folders so we can find them again. Search. Extensis Portfolio imports all the metadata from the photo and allows you to search for keywords or descriptions from its interface. Sharing. Its NetPublish function allows for easy sharing across campus for other communicators to use photos we've selected for them. Read full review Cons User interface could be more friendly--currently it has a very techy feel Sometimes it’s a bit slow to load the program initially Read full review Permissions is a big deal. It is all or none access. Very easy to make an irreversible database mistake with just a few clicks. Read full review Support Rating
We have someone in Extensis Portfolio's customer service who is the main contact whenever our group has questions or concerns. When we were looking into a campus-wide option for a digital asset management service, they were very forthcoming and easy to work with, and able to answer any questions that we had for them.
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Bridge is just easier and quicker. It suits our purposes more
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We have been with Extensis for many years-- so the comparisons are outdated at this point. Companies like
, Adobe's Lightroom, mediavalet, and others, just don't have the robust catalogue management Portfolio does. There is a solidness and assurance of functionality we experience when using Portfolio-- nothing clunky or web-cloud shaky
Read full review Return on Investment It's saved me probably thousands of hours at this point. I used to spend so much time looking for different files and now I can find them all quickly. I can now decide which are the 15 images I will deliver from a portrait session within 10 minutes. It used to take me around an hour to open them each up and start deciding. I quit negatively speaking to myself for misnaming files and then never being able to find them. I only complain about Adobe Bridge when it doesn't work with a firewall and I have to turn it off or restart my computer. Read full review Allows quick and easy image and asset searches. Has been an invaluable tool for our organization by freeing up database employees to tackle other tasks. Read full review ScreenShots