FM Starter 2.1 with German manual

FM Starter 2.1 released

Now with German manual

FM Starter 2.1 is the latest update to the FileMaker Starter Solution. The update includes several bugfixes and minor improvements. The most significant enhancement is the new German manual. This provides German-speaking developers with a comprehensive compendium of all aspects of FM Starter.

FM Starter is already multilingual. The user interface is already in four languages (German, English, French and Spanish) and can be extended at will. A user manual is now available in English and German.

Further information about this release can be found in the following article:

IDMarkz converts InDesign documents to Affinity Publisher, XPress and other formats

IDMarkz converts InDesign documents

Standalone software converting to IDML, PDF, XPress and other formats

Markzware launched the new IDMarkz, a conversion software made to convert native InDesign documents (INDD) to a variety of other formats. This is especially usefull, if documents are only available in INDD format or no InDesign is accessible for conversino to IDML.

IDMarkz opens InDesign documents, offers a preview of all pages and several export options.

Markzware technology for conversion proves itself to be reliable over many years. Several plug-ins offer import and conversion of PDF and XPress files. Also, complex documents can be quickly converted to InDesign.

Not everyone has access to InDesign. You now can convert documents from InDesign nevertheless. Available export options are XPress, Affinity Publisher or also to IDML to be used with Viva Designer, older InDesign versions, etc.

From Adobe InDesign to Affinity Publisher

Adobe locks its customers in a subscription system. Without InDesign, you normally cannot open InDesign documents. Logically this frustrates many customers. Adobe today is in a similar position as once Quark with its protective dongle-strategy. Many ask how this deadlock will end.

IDMarkz gives users freedom to decide, which software they want to use their documents with. Quickly and easily documents can be opened and converted to a variety of other formats. Among the options is an export to the newcomer software Affinity Publisher. It works like this: Officially Affinity Publisher supports PDF import. That works quite well. If you have a PDF format, you are good. If you don’t have a PDF file, IDMarkz can generate this for you. IDMarkz also supports the IDML import as is part of current beta versions of Affinity Publisher.

As long as you have an InDesign version to create a PDF or IDML document with, you need no IDMarkz. However, if you only have an INDD file, you can’t do anything with it, except you have IDMarkz. It works like this: Open the INDD file in IDMarkz. Export to Affinity Publisher. That’s all! Affinity Publisher is automatically started in the background and the converted file is opened in Affinity.

Export to image formats

IDMarkz also offers several export options to image formats. It is easy to generate a series of preview images directly from an INDD file, without having InDesign installed.

Convert publishing documents to InDesign in the blink of an eye

Convert publishing documents in the blink of an eye

PDF to InDesign? No problem. InDesign to XPress? Works!

Once there and back again

Convert publishing documents. Of course, XPress, InDesign, VivaDesigner or Affinity Publisher have their own document formats. But they are no longer isolated solutions. Today, there are good conversion solutions that allow documents from one program to be opened in another program.

The best tools come from Markzware and can be purchased directly here on the Kursiv website.

Q2ID converts XPress documents to InDesign
ID2Q Converts InDesign Documents to XPress
PDF2DTP converts any PDF document to InDesign

After the conversion a new original moment is available. For example, if you open a document from QuarkXPress using Q2ID in InDesign, an original InDesign document will be available at the end of the conversion process (in no time at all). This document can be modified, adapted, saved and reused as if it were a regularly created InDesign document.

Before / After

XPress documents can be opened in InDesign and immediately processed as genuine InDesign documents (Q2ID). The comparison picture below shows a document: Left in XPress and right converted to InDesign.

What can one (not) expect from conversions?

Conversions are never 100% identical. This has nothing to do with conversion, but with the fact that publishing programs are not 100% identical. The interpretation of the same information and settings is approximately the same, but there may (may not) be differences. For example, what are the settings for text wrapping? Which special functions in one program are not supported in the other? What is the font width of a font? Are the settings rounded differently between different programs and is there therefore a word that no longer fits on the page?

Conversion solutions, however good they may be, cannot be used to constantly move documents back and forth. They are not suitable for the graphic designer working in InDesign, but the customer in XPress, and for moving the data back and forth in different formats.

Conversion software is designed to convert standing types or make one-time conversions. One saves the work, so to speak, from one program to the next software. Documents should then be checked and only then used. The experience of many years shows that you get amazingly close to the original document. That’s why a lot of precious time is saved.

Those who use conversion solutions have probably already earned back the costs with the first job. The only alternative would be to rebuild a document from scratch. But if you don’t have all the images, but only one PDF file, for example, you can’t simply rebuild a document. With PDF2DTP, however, such a document can be easily converted and embedded images are exported cleanly and are then available again in InDesign.

Markzware software now supports Adobe InDesign CC 2020

Markzware software now supports Adobe InDesign CC 2020

New versions for PDF2DTP and Q2ID

Latest updates free of charge for current licenses

Markzware has just announced some updates for their conversion products. PDF2DTP and Q2ID now support Adobe InDesign CC 2020. Customers who have a current license can download the latest versions via the personal download link they received when purchasing their license.

Reliable conversions

Markzware products have been successfully used for many years in publishing environments. They offer excellent document conversions in many directions. With PDF2DTP, PDF documents of any kind can be converted to InDesign in no time at all. They can then be processed immediately as regular InDesign documents.

Markzware is also reliable because it quickly releases updates to the latest document formats. Because things are constantly changing, this reliability is particularly important for any production environment. Kursiv fully supports these products because of the great support Markzware offers

PDF2DTP Update

New plug-in for Adobe InDesign CC 2020
Compatible with the latest MacOS versions (10.14.5 and 10.15)

Q2ID Update

New plug-in for Adobe InDesign CC 2020
Compatible with the latest MacOS versions (10.14.5 and 10.15)

FileMaker starter file now even more versatile

FileMaker starter file now even more versatile

FM Starter 2.08 now supports expiring passwords

Better user management

Kursiv just released an update for FM Starter 2, the starting point for new FileMaker projects. The focus of this update is on the user management module. Expiring passwords are now supported. FM Starter comes with an intuitive interface, providing an interface and own pages for developers, administrators and end-users.

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Free Update

FM Starter is sold as a software license including one year of free updates. Customers can download free updates directly from their accounts on the website

Affinity Publisher and InDesign

Affinity Publisher and InDesign

How can you successfully transfer documents?

Layoutsoftware has long been dominated by Adobe InDesign. That could be changing. The new Affinity Publisher by the english company Serif is a new star in the publishing arena. The modern layout software can be an interesting alternative to InDesign. How can you transfer documents between the two?

A complete publishing suite

Affinity Publisher is the third product in the affinity series. After Affinity Designer (as: Illustrator) and Affinity Photo (as: Photoshop), now the official version of Affinity Publisher (as: InDesign) has been released. These products are modern, fast and very well integrated. Many users love the absence of a subscription system and full versions of each product can be purchased below CHF 50 each. Has there ever been such a unique and complete publishing system for this price?

Can one trust the newcomer?

Well, the english company Serif is not a newcomer. They published many software products, but their focus has been on private and semi-professional users mostly. The new products in the Affinity series are the new focus on professional solutions and professional users, as many publications already testify.

Unique is their document format. The same format is used for all three applications. Different endings help to start up a specific application, but the real highlights are shown in Affinity Publisher, where you can change the interface within the application to either Designer or Photo to work with vector illustrations or Photos directly. The new Studio-Link technology creates a complete new and much more natural approach to publishing.

The document structure within the Affinity series is revolutionary. But what about the data exchange with with products from Adobe, Quark, Viva or others?

From Adobe InDesign to Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher has quite a good working PDF-import. Imported PDF documents are converted to editable Publisher documents. It does not mean there might not be hickups here or there, but who works with basic functions, also supported by the PDF format as well as by Affinity Publisher, might be surprised to see how easy it is to transfer PDF files to the new Publisher environment. PDF files thus are the way to transport other publishing documents to Affinity Publisher.

From Affinity Publisher to Adobe InDesign

Conversions from Affinity Publisher to Adobe InDesign also work. You need, however, and additional plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Markzware offers the great PDF2DTP, which converses PDF files reliably to InDesign. Embedded files are extracted and will be saved in sub folders automatically. The way this works is quite similar to the conversion of InDesign to Affinity Publisher.

See the video

PDF2DTP can be ordered directly at Kursiv:

PDF to InDesign

CHF 240.00

PDF2DTP is a plug-in for InDesign which opens PDF-files and instantly converts them to fully editable InDesign documents. Create new originals from PDF documents! Use PDF as an intermediate format between for example Word, Excel – even webpages – to create professional InDesign documents. Yearly subscription including all versions, updates and new releases.

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PDF2DTP for Adobe InDesign

“PDF2DTP” for InDesign opens up completely new horizons for publishing. For the first time it is possible to convert PDF documents to editable InDesign documents – completely reliable and extremely fast. It does not matter where those PDF documents come from. Use it as a tool to import and convert PDFs originating in Word, XPress or even Websites!

PDF2DTP for InDesign is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The yearly subscription gives you continuous access to all new versions during the course of your subscription.

  • Plug-In for InDesign on Mac
  • Plug-In for InDesign on Windows
  • Available as a yearly subscription including all versions, upgrades and new releases
  • Current list of all supported formats (Markzware)

Never before it was that simple to use PDF as a source to create a fully editable new publishing document. In your creative workflow, you now can just import any PDF and instantly create a new original InDesign document. It is much more comfortable to edit an InDesign document, get rid of some errors, than output to PDF again, as using a PDF editing tool.

When converting a PDF file, the plug-in generates a job folder. Images from the PDF-file are extracted and saved into that job folder, together with the newly created InDesign document. It feels like simply opening a native InDesign file. It’s that simple and intuitive! Color-definitions are copied, texts can be edited, etc.

PDF2DTP for InDesign also is a great help if the original files are no longer available, to create new originals from a PDF. If you need to get a proper publishing document where the customer delivers a Word file, just export the Word file to PDF, then use this plug-in to convert it to a regular InDesign document.

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FM Starter 2.06

FM Starter 2.06

Kursiv just released FM Starter 2.06. FM Starter is a starter file for new FileMaker projects. It integrates everything you most likely need in every FileMaker project, like a dynamic global navigation, multilingual text labels, user management and much more.

About this release

The navigation now is better integrated with the user management module, to limit the navigation correctly to the active user group. Also, the ToDo-module has been improved. There is a larger detailed view and each ticket can be printed. The ToDo-module lists all changes for new versions and comes with step-by-step instructions how to implement bugfixes and enhancements in projects you already started.

The following changes have been implemented:


  • The navigation limits correctly to the navigation entries set for a specific user group.


  • ToDo-Module:The ToDo-module got a larger view of single tickets, simplifying the reading of larger tickets.
  • ToDo-Module: Tickets now also can be printed
  • Global Navigation-Module: Now visualizing the look of the navigation depending on user groups (developer Dashboard)


FM Starter 2.06 is being sold as an unlimited version with free upgrades for a year. Every buyer directly can download the newest version from his account at


FM Starter now available in version 2

FM Starter now available as version 2

FM Starter 2 is the starting point for new FileMaker projects

FileMaker developers can now rely on FM Starter 2 for building new databases. The starter file for new FileMaker projects comes with a sound project structure and many modules for basic functionality like a navigation, a user management solution and much more.

With FM Starter 2, new projects can be started easier then ever. As all basic functions are already integrated, developers no longer have to take care for repetitive tasks. While many FileMaker developers tend to rely on previous work for new projects, only a fraction of developers have the time to create their very own starter solution.

FM Starter 2 also can be used as a production sample of a working solution, to learn about FileMaker programming. It is a sound basis for real-life solutions.

FM Starter offers a developer Dashboard, combining all settings and for the solution and its integrated modules. This simplifies programming to mere configuring. The approach can easily be understood by FileMaker novices and readily be used and enhanced by experienced developers.

FM Starter 2 is a FileMaker file and requires a full version of FileMaker Pro 17 as a minimum. The product can be purchased at Kursiv Software ( Full information about the product can be found on the FM Starter website (

Update FM Registrations 1.35

Update FM Registrations 1.35

The current update for FM Registrations is focussed on the example file. Here a small bugfix has been made and part of a script has been simplified.

Create your own unlock codes for your FileMaker solutions

FM Registrations allows you to manage licensees and registrations for your FileMaker solutions. The tool is made of two parts: FM Registrations is the code generator and licensee registration. The additional example file shows how to implement the decryption for the code in your own solution. The example file is set-up as a FileMaker module and can be easily integrated into your own solution.

Information for customers

Where can I download the latest version?

Please download the latest version directly from your order and account (> here).

How can I update my previous integrations?

To update your existing implementations is quite simple. Download the latest version first, open the example file (version 3) and follow the information as written in the ReadMe script of the module. There is really not much more to do as to copy a script part from the new example file and replace the same part in your existing solutions.

That’s all!

PDF2DTP now available for Adobe InDesign CC 2019

PDF2DTP now also available for Adobe InDesign CC 2019

Markzware just released their newest version of PDF2DTP, which now can be used with Adobe InDesign CC 2019 as well. All subscribers can download this newest version directly through their personalized download URL.

PDF2DTP is a conversion tool for Adobe InDesign. With it, PDF-files can be converted in regular editibale InDesign files. Once installed, the plug-in allows the user to open PDF-files as if they were InDesign files. The opened file is then already converted to a fully editable InDesign file, which can be saved, enhanced and used just as any other InDesign file.

New in this version is an option to include PDF comments in the conversion, as well as text-markings (strike through, underline, etc.) as can be created with PDF editors. Also Markups like symbols can be converted and included in the InDesign document.