Extensis Portfolio NetPublish 8.5 for Macintosh
Version 8.5.2
Release Notes
April 2008

Thank you for purchasing Portfolio NetPublish! This version of Portfolio adds new functionality as well as ensures the maximum level of compatibility with modern operating systems.

Extensis Portfolio NetPublish 8.5

Installation notes
The Portfolio NetPublish client is installed automatically with the Portfolio client. This installer is used to install the NetPublish Server portion that works in conjunction with your web server.
System Requirements
  • Mac OS X Server 10.4.9 or higher
  • 1GHz or faster G4, G5 or Intel Core processor(s)
  • 512MB RAM 
  • 200MB of free hard disk space - Additional disk space is required to store sites created with NetPublish as well as cache files.
  • QuickTime 7 or higher
  • Apache 1.3 (default installation)
  • Internet Explorer 5.2.3 or higher, Mozilla Firefox v.1.0.4 or higher, or Safari 1.3 or higher
Installing Portfolio NetPublish Server — In addition to the Portfolio client installation, you must also install Portfolio NetPublish Server on your web server. Before running the NetPublish Server installer, you must first properly set up your server environment.

In a Macintosh server environment, Apache 1.3 (or Apache 2.2 on Mac OS X 10.5.x) must be installed. This should have been automatically installed by default with the operating system.
  1. Double-click to launch the installer.
  2. Navigate through the beginning steps of the installer. Accept the end-user license and choose an install location. To function properly, Portfolio NetPublish must be installed in the default location.
  3. Click Quit.
  4. After installing NetPublish server, if you have a firewall through which you want the server to communicate, make sure to open the port you designated in the NetPublish installer.
Files are installed to the directory chosen during installation. The default install location is:
   <system Applications folder>/Extensis/Portfolio NetPublish.

The following files are installed in addition to those found in the Portfolio application folder.
/Library/StartupItems/Portfolio NetPublish 8/...

Previous Versions — Portfolio NetPublish can be installed directly on top of previous versions of Portfolio NetPublish.

What's new in Portfolio NetPublish 8.5.2

Preview image optimization

Portfolio NetPublish is now able to take advantage of preview image optimization implemented in  Portfolio Client and Portfolio Server. Preview image files are now stored in a nested folder hierarchy, and Portfolio NetPublish can now access the nested files. Thousands of preview images are no longer stored in a single directory.  When updating the Portfolio Server and Portfolio Clients, be sure to also upgrade Portfolio NetPublish to version 8.5.2 or greater.    

What's new in Portfolio NetPublish 8.5.1

Leopard and Apache 2.2 Compatibility

Portfolio NetPublish is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and will install under Apache 2.2 on this version of the Mac OS X operating system.

Improvements to Assets Log

Additional data has been added to the Assets log, allowing more information to be gathered about items downloaded from NetPublish sites.

What's new in Portfolio NetPublish 8.5

Three new features were introduced in this version of NetPublish. They include a download log that allows you to know which items are being downloaded by site users, new download security settings, as well as the ability to watermark items contained in a NetPublish site. Each of these features is implemented “under the hood” and is not exposed in any graphical user interface.

Asset Download Log

The download log tracks a bounty of information about which assets are being downloaded from your NetPublish site. This release adds a number of helpful information fields to this log, and can be used to assist in determining who is accessing files, as well as which files are most frequently downloaded and so forth.


When you watermark an image, you place a semi-visible mark on it, thus discouraging any unauthorized use. Watermarking is supported for all image file types that can be dynamically scaled by NetPublish, including JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP.

Asset Download Protection

The asset download protection features allow you to control how NetPublish site users are able to access and download files.

Fixed issues
The following reported problems have been fixed for this release of Portfolio NetPublish. The list is intended to cite the most serious fixes known. It is not an exhaustive list of all fixed problems.

Fixed in Portfolio NetPublish 8.5.2
ID Description
11869 Updated Portfolio NetPublish so that it can take advantage of preview file optimization improvements in the Portfolio Server and Portfolio Client.

Fixed in Portfolio NetPublish 8.5.1
ID Description
A NetPublish now runs under Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) under Apache 2.2.
B The assets log now records additional information in appropriate columns.
C Various user interface improvements to the NetPublish Assistant under Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

Fixed in Portfolio NetPublish 8.5
ID Description
A Addressed various user interface issues. This includes the scrolling behavior, states and positions for buttons and other elements.
B Portfolio NetPublish Server now translates the network path to the local disk on Mac and Windows servers. This addresses an issue where NetPublish Server was not able to generate/update disk previews if the preview folder was local to the server, yet not mounted as and SMB share.
25065 Addressed an issue that caused NetPublish to close unexpectedly when clicking Publish without a NetPublish template selected.

Known issues
The following issues are known, but have not yet been addressed in this version of Portfolio NetPublish. The list is intended to cite the most serious problems known. It is not an exhaustive list of all known problems.

ID Description
9830 Downloading files that are named with file characters that aren't supported by the browser will have their file names changed by the browser upon download. For example, downloading a file with a Japanese file name in a standard Western ANSI encoded browser will result in the file name being changed unexpectedly. This will not occur if both Client and Server machines are using the same encoding.
16307 Performing a search of a NetPublish site that has multiple search fields will not yield the expected results if you use the "And" operator in your search.

Contacting Extensis
To reach us for technical support or general questions please use the following method:
Web/email:  http://www.extensis.com/support/

If you have an annual service agreement, you are entitled to priority support. Please use the contact information on your service agreement.

For customer service please use one of the following methods:
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 © 2008 Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc. This document and the software described in it are copyrighted with all rights reserved.

03/11/2008 JK