Smart Image – new productivity plug-in for InDesign

January 9, 2009

Article by: WoodWing – The Americas

DTP departments use thousands of photos and images every day adding captions and credits manually. Most of these pictures though already contain ready-to-use descriptions and copyrights. WoodWing decided to put these to use in InDesign saving time and improving efficiency.
Saving time

Smart Image WoodWing’s new plug-in for Adobe InDesign will save DTP departments many hours of tedious repetitive and error-prone work. When placing an image in InDesign the attached caption and/or credit text frames are created and filled with text automatically all at once and with a single mouse-click. Saving just one minute per photo adds up to many hours per week.
Use what’s already there

Most professional photographers and stock agencies add metadata to their photos in XMP or IPTC format. They add their own copyright information and fill out fields to describe and catalog their images with locations subjects and keywords. In most cases credit information can be placed by Smart Image without the need for modification by the user. Descriptions may need some fine-tuning but generally provide a perfect place to start. After inserting the image the created text frames are ready to edit.
Flexible but consistent layout

Settings styles and templates can be used to add the text frames according to company department document or any user preferences. Text position alignment rotation and size can all be set in advance. Caption and credits may be combined into a single frame. Even standard prefixes and/or suffixes are available for example to automatically create credits such as: “Photo by [author]. All rights reserved.”.

Erik Schut President of WoodWing Software said “Photographers may not be aware of it but from now on they’ll be helping DTP departments to be even more productive.”

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