One thing to consider is how much you want to spend on the solution. We use Extensis Portfolio Server and clients in our department of 18 people. A year's service contract for the server and 10 concurrent clients is $1,200.00 for education. Quite a bit more for regular licenses. The problem is, Extensis can be a bit slow to upgrade and fix bugs. But the price is lower. They also have a SQL Server version, but I wouldn't recommend that. If I had to do it over, I'd probably consider some of the alternatives, but for a server/client setup there isn't much in this price range.<br><br>We also use Artesia (used to be Artesia Teams) for our whole company (non-profit). Discovery HD and Disney, Getty and others use it. We're the smallest installation they have ever done. And it cost us about a half million bucks. We're about to upgrade to the latest version. It has a lot going for it, but you really need a very skilled C++/Java programmer to run it. And you should run it on Sun servers and Oracle, not Windows Server. (We were their first there too.) <br><br>Be careful to find out just exactly what it does, how it handles metadata (extracting them and automatically filling in metadata fields is a MUST), what access you have to the images. Can you use it to place photos in Quark/InDesign? And find out what it takes to customize it. That's where Artesia gets you. It's very customizable, but only to skilled programmers. It's way too complex for small operations. Again, if it were up to me, I would have gone for something a little more "canned." But it works once we get the customizations in place.<br><br>Portfolio is mostly useable, but can be quite maddening sometimes. And still too many bugs in Leopard. But once you have it working, it's solid and fast.<br><br>Sorry if that wasn't all that helpful.
<br><br>Eric<br><br>I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying that I approved of it. - Mark Twain<br>