announced Creative Client 2.0 at NAB2003. Because of its integration with QuarkXPress, Creative Client is targeted to the traditional Mac operating system, though there is support for the Mac OS X version of Internet Explorer for its online capabilities.
The Mac enterprise client — part of the company’s TEAMS digital asset management (DAM) solutions — was developed to ease graphics production. The Mac creative client offers “usability focused functionality” that includes one-click checkout, drag and drop import and export of assets, AppleScriptability, and version control.
Creative Client 2.0 integrates with Artesia’s asset-centric workflow functionality, sports new font management capabilities, and offers usability enhancements. The client now lets Mac users actively collaborate with users of TEAMS’ Web client on workflow-enabled projects utilizing such features as automatically updated “to-do” lists and drag and drop functionality.
There’s also beefed-up integration with QuarkXPress; you can now drag and drop images into new and existing QuarkXPress picture boxes while preserving the position and scaling attributes of the original picture box. What’s more, you can also import multiple QuarkXPress documents onto your desktop at the same time since the Creative Client now supports QuarkXPress 5.0.
Creative Client 2.0’s import, check-in, and export functions are more closely integrated with DiamondSoft’s Font Reserve Server than the previous version. When “ingesting” a QuarkXPress or Illustrator file into TEAMS, the DAM solution automatically extracts and stores the FontSense IDs as metadata. Creative Client can also export an asset with all of its fonts into a folder on the desktop. This means you can automatically access the fonts from your desktop without any searching or loading.
Unfortunately, Artesia hasn’t announced pricing for Creative Client 2.0. You’ll have to drop their sales department
for more information.