Minder Softworks has announced Stock Keeper (http://www.mindersoftworks.com/products/stockkeeper/), a new digital asset management application for Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$19; bulk discounts and global licenses are available. A 30-day demo is available for download.

Stock Keeper allows graphic designers, multimedia producers, software developers, and anyone who uses digital media to manage their digital assets. It helps 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.

Stock Keeper doesn’t force a user to work within a defined workflow, but is flexible enough to adapt to any workflow, says programmer Michael LaMorte. For those who use stock photography and download media from online, it has a built-in web browser and groups of bookmarks it calls Web Search Groups that open in tabs.

It comes with 28 sources for online media, but users can add their own, and create their own search groups. Users can save files directly from the built-in web browser into their media library. When saving, tags, notes, and license information can be added to the image. Images can also be saved to user-created collections.

Users aren’t limited to adding images from online sources. They can add images, audio, video, vector EPS, PDF, and any file type from any location. All media added is saved in Stock Keeper’s own library.

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.