FM Designer - designing FileMaker projects made easy

FM Designer - designing FileMaker projects made easy

10 themes for FileMaker Pro

Kursiv Software has just launched a new product for FileMaker developers. FM Designer is a collection of 10 themes for FileMaker Pro that work together perfectly. But FM Designer is also an elegant tool for creating your own designs.

Development is not just technical

Apple has shown the way: good products not only convince through their functionality, but also through excellent design. The design often determines whether a product is considered good, simple or interesting. An elegant design always brings the essentials to the point. That is an art.

FileMaker developers are always confronted with design as well, because FileMaker Pro links functionality to layouts and objects. That’s why FileMaker developers are always in the role of the designer. But developers don’t always have the knowledge or time to create a good design. How do you solve this dilemma?


10 FileMaker themes

FileMaker Pro is no layout software, but it offers many useful design tools. There is a grid and there are guides that can be displayed on the page and used for object alignment. You can also define objects by using style sheets. A set of styles that are coordinated with each other can be saved as a “theme”. These themes simplify and unify the design. The best way to compare these designs is to compare them to CSS templates – the design descriptions that are also used for websites. FileMaker has given this design description of object properties a nice interface so that anyone can work with it.

FM Designer includes 10 carefully crafted designs, with many variations available for each object. The designs are compatible with each other. For example, if a layout was created using a specific design from this series, you can switch the entire layout with all objects to another design with a few clicks.


FM Designer and FM Developer Bundle

Together with FM Designer, a new product bundle was also introduced, the FM Developer Bundle. This bundle is a turnkey solution for new FileMaker projects and includes

  1. FM Starter, the universal starter file for new FileMaker projects
  2. FM Registrations, allowing you to create license codes for own FileMaker solutions
  3. FM Designer, a collection of FileMaker designs and tools for creating custom themes.

FM Designer was created based on the FM Starter theme. If you already work with FM Starter, you can now easily import themes from FM Designer and immediately switch to a new look.

Resources, videos and manuals

FM Designer comes with a detailed manual (German and English) and videos (German and English). The complete documentation is available on The sale is done via
FM Designer is a FileMaker file. To use the solution, a full version of FileMaker Pro is required (recommended: FileMaker Pro 18 or newer). The file itself is monolingual English, but the resources are multilingual.


Markzware products now cheaper

Markzware products now cheaper

Until the end of May Kursiv offers all Markzware products with 20% discount. The manufacturer is thereby accommodating the special situation that is worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advantageous until end of May

Until the end of May 2020 Kursiv offers a 20% discount on all Markzware products. Conversion solutions for InDesign, XPress and PDF files have proven themselves a thousand times over many years. Purchasing these products has never been so cheap.

IDMarkz: Standalone software for converting InDesign files (INDD).
Q2ID: The plug-in for InDesign converts documents from XPress to InDesign.
PDF2DTP: The plug-in for InDesign converts any PDF file to InDesign.
FlightCheck Pro: Read this article.

The discounts are already integrated on the website. No additional discount codes are needed.

IDMarkz as a free full version

The latest Markzware product converts native InDesign documents (INDD) to IDML and opens them immediately in XPress or, for example, Affinity Publisher. InDesign is no longer required. In addition, IDMarkz can preview any INDD file without InDesign being installed and exports the INDD document in multiple file formats.

A free full version is available until the end of May, even without registration or other obligations. More about this offer in > this article.

Convert InDesign documents for free

Convert InDesign documents for free

IDMarkz free of charge until the end of May 2020

17. April 2020By Karsten Risseeuw3 Minutes

The software company Markzware reacts to the current world situation by providing its latest product “IDMarkz” free of charge. For this purpose, the manufacturer has issued a special license with a limited validity until the end of May 2020. IDMarkz is a prepress conversion software that can convert InDesign documents (INDD) into a selection of other formats – perfect for anyone working with older InDesign versions or other layout programs.

Markzware became known for its professional prepress solutions. Conversion solutions for InDesign and XPress have been particularly successful in recent years. The latest product is IDMarkz, a standalone software for converting native InDesign documents. With this software, original InDesign documents can be converted even if no InDesign is available.

Download and access data

IDMarkz can be downloaded and activated without registration. So there is absolutely no reason not to try the software.

Schritt 2

After downloading, the software can be unlocked with the following information:

License ID: bf2f3a43-8466-4861-b5e6-2e0e00e4ac83

Software valid until end of May 2020

This version of IDMarkz corresponds to the full version. It expires automatically at the end of May 2020. Anyone working with InDesign today, or who needs to convert files from InDesign securely to another version of InDesign or to another document format, will find the perfect opportunity here.

Further information about IDMarkz can be found here:

Working in times of crisis

Working in times of crisis

Don't panic - how we make the best out of adversity

16. March 2020By Karsten Risseeuw5 Minutes

Slowly, the full force of the coronavirus threat is also beginning to reach Switzerland. Switzerland currently ranks second in terms of worldwide infection, if you calculate per capita of the population instead of only assuming absolute numbers (statistics). Many are already working from their home office. Other companies suddenly have no more incoming orders. What is the best thing to do in these challenging times?

The Good News

Kursiv has some good news: Our products are virus-free. We also can guarantee that there is no danger of infection for humans, if you download our software solutions from or This applies for the publishing tools, the FileMaker solutions or also for our keywording software for photographers.

Normal everyday life: Urgent before important

Daily life used to look like this: If job prospects are good, we plan and produce. We are busy. Business is running well. However: Often urgent things are done first. Strategic decisions are postponed. This will happen in many small businesses. This situation now has suddenly changed. Nothing is urgent anymore, because orders are postponed, projects cancelled. Nobody knows how long this will last.

The opportunity: Important  before urgent

The seriousness of the situation also brings with it opportunities. If the category “urgent” suddenly no longer exists, another category can be given attention. Today is the time when “important before urgent” can be cultivated. This involves strategic considerations and the evaluation of the value chain. Whoever has time to evaluate these things now is in the best position for the time after the wave of infection.

Focus on software

Almost all business processes today can be optimized with software. A first step to an evaluation would be the clarification of internal business processes. Where does information flow together and how is it managed? Where are there redundancies? Are there clear structures? Which pieces of the puzzle are missing today? The time that is perhaps unintentionally available today can be put to good use to solve any issues.

Implementing ideas

You have to have ideas and then implement them. As FileMaker developers we support companies with the realization of their own software projects. We coach and train and often do this remotely. We also provide proven development tools such as “FM Starter”, a start file for new FileMaker projects. On the website we offer free FileMaker modules, sample files and further help.

Anyone who comes up with ideas and strategic considerations has already won in many ways. Panic and lethargy are no good guides in today’s world. If you take advantage of the possibilities, you create a good starting position for yourself. In this way, a virtue can be made out of adversity.

What happens with FlightCheck?

What happens with FlightCheck?

32-bit application will be discontinued | Announcement of a 64-bit version

From 32-bit to 64-bit

FlightCheck is a patented software for preflighting and postflighting of publishing documents. The manufacturer Markzware announces that the current 32-bit version will not be further developed. However, a 64-bit version is in preparation. Because the current version does not work with the last macOS, the development of the 32-bit version is stopped and the focus is exclusively on the development of the 64-bit version.

If you want to continue using your current version of FlightCheck, you need a Mac computer with macOS 10.6.8 to 10.14. Markzware announces that there will be no further updates and upgrades for the current 32-bit version. FlightCheck in the current issue will be sold as an unlimited full license from now on and no longer as a subscription. Those who buy the software today should not expect any more updates. However, this disadvantage can also become an advantage.


What about current licenses?

Those who currently use FlightCheck apparently work with an older Mac operating system. If possible you should keep this older operating system for a while. For those who have an active subscription as of March 2, 2020, Markzware has extended your subscription for another 12 months free of charge. You do not need to do anything.

Whoever has an active license when the new version is released will benefit. At that time, as a FlightCheck user, you can use your current FlightCheck license ID to get an exclusive discount on the new 64-bit version as soon as it is released. The manufacturer has not yet announced a release date.

The current price has been discounted (cut in half!)

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

16. December 2019By Karsten Risseeuw4 Minutes

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.

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.

More information in this post on


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

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 (