Stock Keeper 1.1 digital media organizer released, adds menubar widget

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[prMac.com] Columbus, Ohio - Minder Softworks announces the 1.1 update to Stock Keeper, a new digital media organizer for Mac OS X, available immediately. Stock Keeper allows graphic designers, multimedia producers, software developers, and anyone who uses digital media to easily manage their digital media files. Stock Keeper makes it easy for users to find and save stock media online using a built-in web browser, save files from their hard drive, manage usage licenses, and more.

This update adds a menubar widget that allows users to view and search their entire Stock Keeper media library from within any application. Without leaving the foreground application, the user can search and browse their entire Stock Keeper library, then drag files from the menubar browser into their foreground application.

"Stock Keeper was the first media organizer to integrate a web browser, and is still the only one that has a full-featured browser with bookmarks, tabs, and the ability to handle downloads," said programmer Michael LaMorte. "Now with the menubar widget, Stock Keeper raises the bar for what users should expect from their digital media organizer."

In addition to the menubar-based library browser, Stock Keeper 1.1 also uses only 1/10th the memory of the previous version, and has much faster performance with large images and large libraries.

Stock Keeper was designed to speed and simplify the tasks of managing media, from concept through final approval. "Typically, designers spend hours and hours searching stock photo sites for their projects. And they spend even more hours managing those images and the images they use for each client. Everyone I know does this by hand, and it was time to fix that," Mr. LaMorte said.

Rather than spending time manually organizing their media files, Stock Keeper allows users to "tag and forget" their media files. When adding files to Stock Keeper's library, users are prompted to add tags, notes, and other metadata while the information is fresh on their minds. Later when a file is needed, all the user has to do is search for it. In this way, the user never has to come up with an organizational system, manually arrange and name files, and never has to remember a file name or folder location.

"Look at the iPhone and iPad. Users don't worry about what a file is named or where it's located," Mr. LaMorte added, "so why should they worry about these things on their desktop Mac? At the end of the day they want to get a certain file, use it in another file or in some other program, and get on with their life. Stock Keeper helps them get back to spending their time being a designer or a developer or a researcher writing a report, as opposed to moonlighting as an organizational clerk."

Users aren't limited to adding images from online sources with its built-in web browser. They can add images, audio, video, vector EPS, PDF, and any file type from any location. All media added to Stock Keeper is saved in Stock Keeper's own library, where it is locked and prevented from accidental edits. The library can be moved to any location, including external hard drives, servers, and cloud drives like Dropbox.

Finding media is as easy as adding it. Users can manually add assets to Collections, find them by creating Smart Folders, or search their entire library. Users can browse through thumbnails of their media in an iPhoto-like collection, then select any asset for a larger preview and more information. QuickTime-supported media are playable within Stock Keeper.

Using files is equally simple. Users can drag files from Stock Keeper directly into the desired application: Adobe Illustrator or InDesign, Apple's iWork or iLife, Pixelmator, RapidWeaver, even Xcode or any other application that supports the file type via drag and drop. Double-clicking a file opens it in the default application for that file type.

Stock Keeper is available for immediate download as a 30-day demo. A full license is $19. Bulk discounts and global licenses are available.

Minder Softworks is dedicated to developing software that helps users make sense of their information, while harnessing the full power of their computer. Our aim is to develop software that is intuitive, easy to use, and a good value for our customers. Copyright (C) 2012 Minder Softworks. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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