Nov 15, 2005

Pound Hill Software Unveils MetaGrove

Easy-to-Use Metadata Tools for Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress Increase Productivity while Lowering Costs

Press Release: ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 14, 2005–Pound Hill Software, a leading developer of metadata software tools, today announced MetaGrove, the world’s first integrated suite of software tools for Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP). The comprehensive, robust toolkit consists of MetaGrove Developer, MetaGrove Plug-ins for Adobe’s Creative Suite, and MetaGrove XTension for QuarkXPress.

Available for Windows and Mac, MetaGrove provides for standardized cross-platform and cross-application metadata consistency, server-based support for controlled vocabularies, and the ability to automatically enforce corporate and departmental standards.

“MetaGrove lets organizations reap the full benefits of XMP metadata without the steep learning curve,” said Dennis Shepard, vice president of marketing. “The toolkit enhances the metadata capturing and storing capabilities of Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress, allowing for the definition of custom schema and metadata properties, creation of custom user interfaces, and automated custom links to external media management systems.”

MetaGrove Developer provides an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop environment for initial setup by the organization’s data expert. It defines the metadata to be embedded in digital assets and the look and feel of the user dialogs used to collect the data. Powerful features such as auto-complete, tool tips, validation, thumbnail support, and dynamic server support ensure complete and accurate metadata tagging.

“For end users, the control and flexibility provided by our plug-ins greatly exceed Adobe’s built-in metadata capture mechanism for Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop,” said Shepard. “With minimal impact on workflow, MetaGrove Plug-ins provide for intuitive, high-fidelity metadata capture directly from menu items within the Adobe applications. Our MetaGrove XTension provides the same capabilities for QuarkXPress.”

MetaGrove facilitates source file repurposing and extends the lifecycle of digital assets by encouraging widespread acceptance of metadata as part of the day-to-day workflow. “The net result is greater productivity and efficiency — and a reduction in costly errors,” added Shepard.

MetaGrove Features

* Custom Metadata Schema: Supports industry-standard or custom schema.

* Dynamic User Interface: Can be defined by static files or dynamically via digital asset management (DAM) system.

* Help Tags and Tips: Easily accessible explanation fields increase speed and accuracy of metadata capture.

* Internal Values: Supports thumbnails, dimensions, word count, fonts, colors, and more.

* Required Fields, Dependent Fields, and Auto-Complete: Ensures capture of essential metadata, automatically updates dependent fields, and completes common values after a few keystrokes.

* Vocabulary-on-Demand Topic Fields: Controlled vocabularies are right in the dialog where they are needed, including IPTC numeric subject codes.

* Dynamic Server Support: Plug-ins and XTensions will optionally query a server for the latest controlled vocabularies.

* Default Values: Static or dynamically defined via a server.

* Validation: Assures high-fidelity metadata capture.

Pricing and Availability

The MetaGrove suite will be available for delivery by the end of January 2006. Enterprise pricing is based on quantity, with typical pricing of $65 to $85 per Plug-in or XTension.

About Pound Hill Software

Established in 2001, Pound Hill Software Inc. provides development tools, plug-ins, XTensions, and services that help organizations harvest the full benefits of XMP. Originally a professional services firm, Pound Hill has evolved into a leading provider of both products and services that add a powerful new dimension to DAM systems and content management solutions. The company has headquarters at 4085 E. La Palma Ave., Suite L, Anaheim, CA 92807. For more information, call 86-METADATA or visit

Pound Hill and MetaGrove are trademarks of Pound Hill Software. All other trademarks belong to their owners.

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