ID2Q supports QuarkXPress 2016

ID2Q has been updated

ID2Q has just been updated to support QuarkXPress 2016. The XTension now runs in the latest version of the layout software and allows the import of InDesign documents.

ID2Q is one of several software solutions for converting publishing documents. Subscribers can simply download the latest version from the personalized links.





5 Questions to answer during keywording

5 Questions to answer during keywording

2. September 2016In KeywordingBy Karsten Risseeuw1 Minutes

Keywording is a complex process of interpreting an image. Adding keywords means to add value to an image. To find the right keywords all the time, one has to figure out a strategy. Part of a sound strategy are questions you ask and answer for every single image. The underlaying thought is, that questions guide you through the keywording process. While the questions remain the same, the answers are particular for every image.


5 Questions to answer during keywording

  1. What can be seen on the image?
  2. When was the image taken?
  3. Who is on the photo?
  4. Where has the photo been taken?
  5. Why was the photo taken?


These 5 questions cover everything in plain sight. The answers will properly describe what is on the photo. Not every question can be answered, or should be answered, for every image. A stockphoto with models will obviously not have their names listed, but the opening of a new bridge by the mayor of a city, will need the answers to all of these questions, to get a proper set of keywords as well as a valuable description.

Be aware that these 5 questions do not cover all there is to say. Conceptual keywords, locations, colors, the usability for graphic purposes and many more details are not answered by these questions. These questions, though, are a good start. The consistent usage of questions will help to improve the quality of your keywording.


KIM Keywording 3 released

New: KIM keywording 3

Kursiv Software has just released the new version of its in-house keywording software. The software can be obtained immediately from KIM Keywording 3 is a professional keywording software that was developed for the requirements of photo agencies, photographers and professional keyword services. The new version trumps with a greatly modernized and simplified user interface as well as the integration of new technologies. This made it possible to significantly improve several work processes.

KIM Keywording 3 is a professional keywording software that was developed for the requirements of picture agencies, photographers and professional keywording services. The new version trumps with a greatly modernized and simplified user interface as well as the integration of new technologies. This made it possible to improve several work processes.

You can find more information and a test version on the Italic keywording pages .

Multilingual keywording

Multilingual keywording, is that possible?

Keywording programs are almost always limited to just one language. This is mainly due to the fact that most software solutions for keywording are so-called file browsers and rely on the metadata in the files themselves. Standards apply to this metadata, but they do not yet have a definition for several languages. The IPTC consortium , which defines the defacto standard, has been struggling for a good solution in this regard for years. It currently only stands for most keywording programs a Keywording language available in the IPTC definition.

Websites with multiple languages can therefore not rely on the metadata from the images alone. A multilingual website either requires online translation or the delivery of keywords in several languages. If the keywords are created in several languages, they are usually much better than an online translation can ever do. KIM Keywording allows you to create consistent keywording for up to 10 languages at the same time, and to export this information for the website or for distribution.

Multilingual keywording with KIM keywording

KIM Keywording has a multilingual keyword database. The principle works as follows:

  • The keyword structure is built up with the help of the first language
  • Additional languages can then be added for each entry
  • With keywording, the extra languages are written in separate database fields for each image
  • All languages are exported when the metadata is exported
  • Complete metadata sets can be easily distributed or used for your own website development
  • All processes are standardized and thus ensure a consistent workflow.

File browser or database?

File browser or database?

KIM Keywording is a database and not a file browser. This is what distinguishes KIM Keywording from many other keywording programs. Using a database has many advantages for professional keywording. The differences between file browsers and database solutions are briefly explained here.


Most programs that support keywording are so-called file browsers. They read the files in a directory and, when you click on a file, show the metadata contained in this file. In other words, file browsers only refer to the images themselves.

KIM Keywording, on the other hand, is a database. When importing images, a separate data record is created for each file. The database is, so to speak, an extra level of information. With this extra level, additional information can now be recorded for which there are no IPTC fields: Additional languages for keywords, license information, releases, project names and project codes, notes for pictures with problematic topics (drugs, violence, nudity, ...) and the like. In addition, the workflow can be better organized by providing information on project progress, keywording status and customer contacts.

KIM Keywording is a database, but does not save the images themselves, it only creates information above the pictures. Of course there is a link from each data set to the corresponding image. In contrast to a file browser, however, the database can also be viewed separately from the image files. The keywording does not take place directly with the image files, but is solved in the database. Only the result is (can) be saved back in the image files, provided that IPTC fields are provided for this.

A database can also be used, for example, if the images themselves are currently inaccessible. This can be the case if you use different drives. As long as the files have already been imported into KIM Keywording, you can edit, search, expand and also export the information.

There are many advantages of a database. Are there any disadvantages? Of course, there are also limitations, for example with regard to the data formats. KIM Keywording only supports JPEG files (as of August 2016). There are two reasons for this: Images that are sold online are almost exclusively available as JPEG files. That is the standard. On the other hand, not all metadata of all data formats can be read out in Filemaker. The self-imposed limitation on JPEG files is therefore a pragmatic approach. KIM Keywording is not intended to replace your previous file browser. As keywording software, KIM Keywording comes into play at a very specific point in your workflow, namely to the image processing and image selection and in front of publication. The effort for high-quality keywording should only be made for the best images.

Think of KIM Keywording as the database for your published images.


FM Starter: Development environment for Filemaker Pro


FM Starter: Development environment for Filemaker Pro


Filemaker is perhaps the best-selling database in the world. The database can be used very quickly and results can be achieved quickly. It is a flexible and very good tool for mapping business processes and good software solutions can be created with it quickly.

Italic has a starter file for Filemaker on offer, with which Filemaker developers even faster and easier get results.

“FM Starter” is a development environment that covers many basic requirements, such as dynamic navigation, user administration and many other components. FM Starter is designed from the ground up for multilingualism and all information can be easily parameterized.

FM Starter is suitable, for example, for setting up new project proposals quickly. In no time you can create dummy projects with your own navigation and any number of pages for your own masks, lists and other tasks. In this way, you can talk specifically about processes, workflows and the like, even before the actual development has started.

FM Starter offers simple address management implemented as an example solution. FM Starter has its own website, which can be reached at the following address:





Q2ID now supports XPress 2016

Q2ID now supports XPress 2016

QuarkXPress 2016 documents can now be imported into the latest versions of Adobe InDesign. With this conversion tool, users of Creative Cloud products can easily convert documents to a native InDesign document and then process them as usual.

Q2ID is one of the proven software tools from Markzware. Installed as a plug-in for InDesign, XPress documents can be opened as if they were already InDesign documents. The XPress document is quickly converted when it is opened and once opened it can be saved under any name.

Converting XPress documents to InDesign is effortless. Q2ID is available as an all-round carefree package by subscription. A set of download links is supplied, personalized for the licensee, through which all available versions for Mac and Windows can be downloaded. If you already have a license, you can download the latest version now.



Free of charge: ID Util from Markzware

ID Util

With ID Util Markzware has brought an interesting and free utility for InDesign documents onto the market. The tool is available for Mac via the App Store.

ID Util reads InDesign documents and immediately shows some information. Documents can be browsed as a preview, they can be printed, exported and viewed - depending on the way information and previews for the document were saved. A full version of InDesign is not necessary for this.

The tool can be downloaded here: