I’m proud to announce Xpiks 1.5 release! This is a major release which took almost 10 month of development and testing. Mostly changes are focused on Video support and different improvements all over the app.
and improved experience with many dialogs with the lists
Yes, now you can edit and upload video files just as photos and vectors! You will see a small icon saying that it’s video in the corner.
Although most microstocks do not read metadata from video files as of today, they will do that in not so distant future. Xpiks not only writes metadata to video files, but also it provides options to export metadata CSV (comma-separated values file) for microstocks which do not read it from video files. This functionality is available from main menu Edit -> Selected artworks -> Export to CSV as well as from the actions toolbar in the main window.
One of the huge improvements for presets is that now it’s possible to categorize them to groups which will be visible in the context menu. You can read more about that in Preset Groups Tutorial.
Also now you can autocomplete presets in keywords field when you type along with keywords or separately. You can read more about that in Preset Autocomplete Tutorial.
Want to continue working where you left last time when you opened Xpiks? Now this is possible! Just turn it ON and Xpiks will reopen files that you worked with previously.
Xpiks now also supports automatic import of metadata. So if you add files or folders, Xpiks imports metadata by default and you don’t have to click “Import” each time. This is an experimental feature, but combined with session management it should really simplify work. If you don’t want import to be automatic you can always turn it off in Settings -> System -> Experimental settings.
List of opened directories on the left has become more interactive now. You can easily filter files by clicking on the directory name. Multiselect is also available.
Some microstocks (like Shutterstock) usually cleanup your keywords in order to remove different duplicates like singular/plural forms of words. I’m happy to announce that Xpiks now is also capable of doing so! Though this is turned off by default, you can turn it on easily in the Behavior tab in Settings. What is does is that it highlights duplicates as you type them in Title, Description and Keywords. You can read more in Duplicates section in Tutorials.
This release includes 4 new languages: Hungarian, Indonesian, Polish and Turkish! Awesome people contributed to Xpiks translations at CrowdIn! So Xpiks is now available in 12 languages in total. Click here to translate Xpiks to Your language!
Every release of Xpiks brings lots of smaller improvements and fixes which are usually not get highlighted in the reviews. But I decided to describe them as well because Xpiks 1.5 brings more of these than any release before.
Hotkeys to switch artwork in single editing mode
Now not only you can navigate through Title-Description-Keywords using keyboard, but also you can switch between artworks on bottom with keyboard only. Just press
Ctrl + Alt + Left/Right (Cmd+Alt+Arrows on Mac) and you will go left or right.
Clearing ALL metadata from photos
Users have requested for Xpiks to be able to clear all metadata from photos and this feature got implemented in this release. Just go to Tools -> Advanced -> Wipe all metadata from files. Essentially this is equal to running Exiftool with
exiftool -all= foo.jpg
Option to tweak upload priority for vectors
Some users have experienced problems with uploading vectors to Shutterstock when the metadata wasn’t properly read from previews. But also some other users have found a workaround where they upload vectors first and only later previews and reportedly that made Shutterstock to read keywords correctly. This trick is available in Xpiks in Advanced tab of Upload dialog where you can tick “Upload vectors before previews” checkbox.
Backups to single database
All previous versions of Xpiks have saved temporary backups in .xpks files next to the artwork files. This version uses more “professional” approach and saves all backups in one database as you edit your files. Of course ultimately metadata is saved in images and videos, temporary backups are only for convenience. Also Xpiks removes old .xpks files to cleanup after older versions.
Open all recent files
Recent files menu got a small improvement: now you can open all recent files with one click. Also there’s Recent directories menu available.
Copy to QuickBuffer from keywords suggestion
Now you can copy artwork metadata to QuickBuffer straight from the Keywords Suggestion tool using right-click menu. This is useful if you would like to save Description, Title or Keywords of a specific artwork for later editing.