Getting the most out of ColorMan
As described earlier you can set up any number of channels for different manipulations of your images. ColorMan doesn´t only send the image to the server, it also extracts the information from you image box of InDesign (or QuarkXPress). This means ColorMan can crop images to fit exactly to your image box, even if the image box – or the image – has been rotated.
There are also built-in support for different kinds of workflows which might be necessary in order to work in your editorial solution. Normally, you mount an image from your image server and you let the processed image stay on your image server. But, there are support to have the processed image moved to the folder where your document is saved which is quite common in magazine workflows. You can also choose to send the processed image to the same folder as the original, replacing the original, or to set ColorMan to create subfolders.
Another option is that you don´t update the images automatically at all. If you have “slow workflows” where you might use an image editor that needs to manually fix your image, you can use a manual update so you won´t have ColorMan searching for updates which aren´t going to be there for days.
In your images you have metadata. Use ColorMan Caption (included in ColorMan) to see the caption text of your images.
You may also use any metadata in your image and automatically place this in a text box placed close to your image. You may place it wherever you want and you can also pre-define how your text are going to be layouted using the standard InDesign settings for style sheets etc.
This way you can add the boxes of your choice, with the content of your choice, when you drag & drop an image to the layout.