ImStocker Studio Guide

Beginning of work

First launch

The IMS Studio software is available for download on the main site

When you click on the IMS Studio button, a window for selecting the user's operating system will open. Select and click on the download button

After installation and launch, you will be greeted with a welcome window, from which you can log in and register in the program:

Registration in the service is quick and easy, without filling out questionnaires.

And for cases when the deadline is upon you and every second counts, there is a way to enter instantly and anonymously, skipping the registration stage:

When you first enter the program, you will see the main window, which will politely tell you how to start your work with IMStocker Studio:

Main window

The functionality is divided into the following areas:

1 - Basic program control, context menu, workspaces, metadata buffer tool

2 - Contents of the workspace, navigation within the folder, saving, canceling actions

3 - File preview, boxes for filling metadata: title, description, keywords

The main program control menu contains Settings, the ability to update the program to the PRO version, brief information about the program, a feedback button with the developer, as well as the ability to change the user and exit..

In the Program Settings, you can change the language of use, configure the default rules for checking metadata, and change the display mode for thumbnails:

Working areas

The main interactions with files in IMStocker Studio take place through “workspaces”. Workplace is a folder that contains the files for editing. To get started, you need to add a new folder using the "Add local folder" button:

The folder can contain files of 2 regular types: JPG and EPS, as well as the combined JPG + EPS format supported by IMStocker studio. The contents of the selected folder appear in the thumbnail display area.

Right there you can sort them in a way convenient for you or quickly find the file you need:

Context menu

When you right-click on any of the files in the workspace, the context menu appears:

It allows you to quickly open a file in File Explorer, copy or paste copied metadata, as well as rename or move a file to another Workspace / Folder.

File status

When loading the contents of a folder in the thumbnail display area, each file will receive an indicator of how much of its metadata is filled (a circle in the file name):

Green - everything is filled

Red - partially filled

Gray - nothing is filled

You can configure the default metadata validation rules in the common settings:

Editing files

Editing metadata

Metadata editing of the selected file occurs on the right side of the program. The editor consists of three boxes: Title, Description, Keywords.

After the metadata editing of one or several files, you can either save currently selected file, or all the changes at once, as well as undo or redo any changes you made:

For user's convenience , there is a mechanism for changing the visual display of keywords. It is located in Settings - Metadata Editor:

In the lower right corner of the program there are several tools that greatly simplify the work with keywords:

  • The "Transform keywords" button allows you to make quick changes to all keywords at the same time: translate words into singular / plural, as well as the ability to remove the same root / similar words, words exceeding the set limit and words with errors.

  • The “Sort keywords” button allows for the convenience of displaying to sort keywords by popularity, number of downloads, alphabet in forward and reverse order, as well as randomly.

  • The "Templates" button allows you to create your own set of keywords, and quickly apply it if necessary, greatly simplifying the work with keywords if you are working with a large number of similar pictures / photos.

  • The “Menu” button allows you to work with the functions of import / export of metadata, as well as with the buffer of metadata.

Browsing for keywords

In the lower right corner of the program, you can also find the integrated browsing service ImStocker Keyworder, which allows you to quickly browse keywords on stocks using a number of convenient filters.

In order to use the ImStocker Keyworder service, you need to select one or several files to which you will search for words, and click the "Suggest keywords" button:

To get the first results, it is enough to:

1 Enter one keyword and press Enter or the search button

2 Choose one picture or more that associated with the chosen word from suggested images:

The keywords in the search result box can be quickly sorted by its Rank:

The Rank of a keyword depends on how many times it was downloaded, viewed, by its level of market competition and global trends and the end result is measured using a colored circle next to the keyword:

0 - White color means that there is not enough information in the ImStocker database to conclude whether this word is selling or not

1 - Gray color means bad rank. The word is either already used very often, or works that are using it are generally not selling very well

2 - Yellow means low rank. It is not recommended to use a lot of these words when keying.

3 - Green means normal rank. This word is quite popular and not too competitive.

4 - Blue means good rank.

5 - Purple means excellent rank. Low competition, high sales

You can also customize the display of search results in the settings for suggested keywords

Among all the keywords found, you must choose the ones that you will use and mark them by clicking your mouse. Each marked word goes down into a special box for further use:

To save time, all the keywords you have selected can be immediately applied with the “Apply keywords” button to the file / files in your workspace:

By using the “Edit” button, the chosen words can be: - Sorted by rank, alphabet in forward and reverse order, by number of downloads or randomly.

  • Transformed into singular / plural, remove: similar words, words that exceed the limit you yourself set and words with some kinds of errors in it.

  • Edited with small visual display settings

Templates” button allows you to create a new one or edit the templates you have already created. Clicking on the template you created will open the keywords it contains:

Clicking on keywords from this template will add them to the “Your keywords” box. Inside the template, you can quickly add all keywords at once with the “Select all” button, add one/several random words with the “Select random” button, or make changes to the contents or the name of the template itself with the “Edit” button. Or you can completely delete this template.

The same button contains the “Template Management” tools, that allow you to export created templates to an external .csv file or import templates from the same kind of file.

After the list of keywords is formed, and your work with ImStocker Keyworder is complete, the result can be Applied to the selected images in the workspace of ImStocker Studio and choose what to do with the ImStocker Keyworder window:

Keywords from the Your keywords box, as well as the contents of the Description and Name boxes, will Apply to the selected file / files in the workspace, the action from the context menu applies only to the ImStocker Keyworder service window.

Also, small changes for the behavior of the ImStocker Keyworder window can be made in Main menu / Settings /Keyword suggesting:

Metadata copying / pasting

IMStocker Studio implements a mechanism for copying all of the file’s metadata in order to be applied to one or several files in the workspace, which saves a significant amount of time when you are dealing with a large library of pictures / photos. There are several ways to copy metadata of a file:

Through the context menu: when you right-click on the selected image, a context menu will appear. Go to the Metadata section and click Copy metadata to Memo

To apply the copied metadata to one or several files, select the necessary images and right-click - Metadata - Paste metadata from Memo:

The metadata will be copied and will become identical to the metadata of the original image.

The second way to copy metadata is through the editing panel in the lower right corner of the program. Press the Menu button and choose Copy metadata to Memo, then select one or more files where you want to copy the metadata and click Paste metadata from the Memo:

At any moment when you are copying metadata, you can see what is currently stored in the memo, and, if necessary, make adjustments to it, before pasting metadata into another file. To do this, go to the Memo section on the left border of IMStocker Studio:

This section has its own Paste metadata from Memo button, that will apply everything from the memo to the selected file in the central area of a screen.

Multiple choice

The ability to edit multiple files at once will save you time when you are dealing with a large number of similar images. To edit several files, click them with the left mouse button, holding down the Ctrl key. All selected pictures will be combined into a group, its composition and the number of selected files will be displayed in the upper right corner of the program:

Everything that you type in the Name and Description boxes in this mode will replace the contents of such boxes for each image respectively. With the Keywords box you can choose the Edit all option, completely replacing the keywords of the chosen files with the new ones that you enter or you can choose the Add option that will add new words to the Keywords box of the images, saving the ones that are already there.


Working with templates in IMStocker Studio will significantly speed up the process of adding keywords to files. The template management menu is located in the lower right corner of the program and appears once you click on any picture from the workspace:

This menu displays a list of already created templates, the button for creating a new template, as well as the tools to import templates from a .csv file or export your templates into such a file.

If you click on one of your templates, it will open the list of keywords it contains. Keywords of content matching with the selected file will be marked, and all keywords that you mark by clicking will be added to the Keywords box of the selected file. Also in this window, you can Edit or Delete a template, add all keywords to the file at once with the Select all button or several random words with the Select randomly button.

Manage templates feature contains The Import / Export Templates tools that allow you to transfer templates between devices or users.

File management

Export metadata PRO

Metadata exporting is one of the key features of the PRO version of IMStocker Studio, which allows you to export the metadata of selected images into a separate .csv file in a few clicks.

In order to use the export function, press the Menu button in the lower right corner and select Export metadata:

The export window provides an opportunity to select one or several templates used by microstocks, or create one yourself, according to your needs:

A .csv file containing the metadata file will be created for each selected template:

Metadata Importing PRO

Metadata importing is another feature of the PRO version of IMStocker Studio, which allows you to quickly load metadata from a .csv file to the selected pictures in the work area.

In order to use it, select the pictures, that are referenced in a .csv file, click the Menu in the lower right corner and then Import metadata: (program is checking whether the metadata belongs to the picture by the name of a file)

Select the .csv file of the required template and click Open:

Based on the metadata in the file, the program will try to determine which template is used and offer it. Click Import:

Finally, check that all the boxes are filled for each of the images mentioned in the file.

Metadata Analysis PRO

Metadata analysis is one of the most useful and visually compelling tools of the PRO version of IMStocker Studio. In order to analyze the metadata, select 2 or more files in the workspace and click the Analyze button, which will appear in the Keywords box.

The Metadata Analysis window will open, in which the program will provide a brief statistical summary of 4 points: minimum number of keywords, maximum number of keywords, average number of words and their average uniqueness. It will visually display the number of keywords of each of the selected files, their uniqueness as a percentage of the total number of words and divide words into rank groups, as well as count how many there are, both by number and percentage.

Common keywords, keywords used only once, repeating words, as well as a list of all keywords will be displayed visually convenient in special boxes respectively.

Renaming files

IMStocker Studio allows you to rename a picture without closing the program. To do this, right-click on the picture in the workspace and click Rename in the context menu:

Or simply double-click on the name of the file with the left mouse button:

Moving files

The IMStocker Studio program also allows you to move the picture without closing the program. To do this right-click on the picture in the workspace and click Move file to in a context menu:

Or select the pictures that need to be moved and use the Menu button in the lower right corner of the program, then click ** Move file to**:

In both cases, window will open, allowing you to Move the selected images to one of the added workplaces or into the folder created inside them:

Upload to stocks PRO

Direct uploading files to stocks is a tool of the PRO version of IMStocker Studio, which will allow you to prepare files with metadata for publication on stocks without closing the program. To use this feature, select one or more files in the workspace and click the Upload button in the upper right corner of the program.

In the Upload files window select the stock you need to upload to, from the suggested list, or add the one you prefer.

Enter the username and a password from a chosen stock in the Upload files window, or press Upload and fill out special authorization form and confirm the upload.

The Upload process will begin, upon completion of which, we go to the stock and check that the files you have selected with their metadata are already waiting for confirmation and submission.

Application settings

Integration with Ghostscript (Windows)

The Mac version of ImStocker Studio supports generating thumbnails for EPS files out of the box. To do the same in the Windows version, you can integrate IMS Studio with Ghostscript

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