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There’s no end to the amount of speed, storage, and sharing needed by various professional operations these days, and Mavric Media’s new high-speed transfer product, Boost, and its companion asset management database, Asset Engine, are there to help.

Creative professionals, schools, or businesses involved in training large numbers of employees, for example, will benefit, says Mavric Media, the year-old company that is debuting Boost and Asset Engine at Macworld Expo. If the people you need to reach are sitting anywhere except across the room, you’ll need a quick and easy way to share and collaborate on files that, because of their large size, may not be easy to transfer. Uploading with Boost is a breeze. Because it’s based on bandwidth, Boost simply calculates the cost of uploading each file, depending on its size.

Users can publish any kind of digital content to Asset Engine, Mavric Media’s private, branded, secure database. Those files are accessible—with permission—via a standard Web browser. So you can forget about having to mail DVDs or send portable drives via courier. Unlike typical FTP sites that can be a challenge to navigate, Mavric’s Web interface makes searching for and finding your content intuitive. You can also use the Web interface to distribute streaming video and other media—publicly or privately—as well as manage and repurpose your audio, video, images, presentations, logos, and other media files you need for a remote collaborative workflow.

Users get their own custom database and complete control over passwords and access privileges. Unlike consumer-oriented video sharing sites, Mavric Media lets you create multiple user groups, each with their own upload, download, and viewing privileges.

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