This Service Pack upgrades the application from version 1.1 to version 1.2.
The upgrade is free of charge and available for both evaluation and commercial license holders.
ProStockMaster v1.2 Release Notes
1. New functionality added:
1.1 “Upload Folder” wizard (“Tools/Upload Folder…” menu)
Allows upload all the images in the selected folder and, optionally, subfolders to the selected stock photo sites.
All files in the selected folder(s) are verified for IPTC data vailidity before upload. Files with invalid IPTC data
(e.g. with no keywords) will be rejected from the list of files to be uploaded.
The upload window can be minimized or send to the background and the photographer can continue
working with ProStockMaster during the upload (be carefull not modfying the uploading files)
1.2 “Generate” button in the main IPTC panel activated, keywords generation functionality added.
Type a couple of keywords for your new image, than press “Generate” and wait for a few seconds.
The keywords text area will be filled by the additional popular keywords associated with the keywords you typed.
1.3 Two more stock photography sites are supported: Fotolia and LuckyOliver. Go to “Tools/Sites…” to activate them both.
1.4 “Help/Software Updates…” menu is partially implemented: if selected, the application will look if a new version is available on http://www.prostockmaster.com
However, the download and install of the upgarde is not automated yet – if available, the upgrade should be done manually.
1.5 Added support for proxy with authorization. In order to switch proxy support on, add proxy parameters to “ProStockMaster.properties” file.
The format is name=value, one parameter on each line, like it is shown below:
2. User interface is adjusted for the high-resolution monitors.
Follow resolutions are supported now:
1920×1200, 1920×1080, 1680×1050, 1600×1200, 1440×900, 1280×1024, 1280×800, 1280×720, 1024×768, 800×600
3. Search cancel confirmation is removed as unnecessary
4. Evaluation license changed: 30 days expiration only (no upload limits anymore)
5. Issues solved:
3.1 “Application failed: null” error message during the program installation on non-US Mac OSX with Java 1.4 and 1.5 and on non-US Windows with Java 1.4
3.2 Attempt to close the main window by pressing “X” in the top window bar did not show the confirmation dialog and did not save the UI settings
So far only one problem was reported:
the application fails to install on non-English Mac OS X showing the message “Application failed: null”. This is due to the Sun’ bug discussed e.g. here: http://forum.java.sun.com/thread.jspa?threadID=444943&messageID=2622985
The same problem can be found on Windows with non-English locale running Java 1.4, but there is the fast fix – just upgrade your Java to version 1.5.
Java 1.5 Virtual Machine for Windows has this issue solved, but Mac’s Java 1.5 still has the bug.
The problem has been isolated and fixed and I will include it in the service pack, which hopefully will be released at the next week. The service pack will also include some new stuff, but this is a subject for the separate thread
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Well, I have got tens of downloads in the just a few days from the version upload to the web. No problems in the software found yet.
Some problems were raised when the new version was installed along with the Alpha2 trial and is located in the same place. Please DO NOT install v1.1 “on top” of Alpha2! Completely remove both Alpha2 program directory and its DB before installing v1.1.
It is highly recommended to verify before the installation that you have working Java on your computer.
I recommend JRE 1.5 update 7 for WIN and at least JRE 1.4.2 or higher for MAC.
You can verify it works Ok by simply running ‘java -version’ from the command window. You are expected to see 1-2 string with the text similar to “Java Virtual Machine version 1.5 update 7 …”. If you get something like “command not found” in response to your “java -version” command you java installation is probably corrupted.
Thanks to everybody who already downloaded the version and of course to people who decided to purchase it!
The Mac packaging is updated!
Now Mac version is packaged with native Mac bundler and finally ProStockMaster on Mac is delivered and installed like any other native Mac application.
I like Mac look & feel: http://www.prostockmaster.com/images/mac_main_screen.jpg – really cool Mac-native GUI.
While many developers upgrade their software using more and more advanced tools and technologies, I had to downgrade my code recently due to Mac java support. Typical OS X java version is 1.4.2 and thus I needed to compile and fix everything for 1.4.2 instead of 1.5.7 I used for Windows.
Nevermind, now it works on Mac! And with pretty cool Mac UI.
On Windows I still recommend to install Java 1.5 update 7 since it provides much better UI and faster performance
First, we have switched from the email delivery to convenient HTTP download. You can download the software at http://www.prostockmaster.com/quick_download.php
Second, we have got a nice review in http://www.stockphotographer.info/ by Perry Corell
and I would agree with every word. Well, probably excluding the ‘CD’-related stuff, which has nothing to do with the security – just an issue that shall be solved (we have multiple reports on that, however we have problems to reproduce this behavior)
And the third and the last point is that more and more people request their evaluation copies.
And meanwhile, we started to prepare the Beta release which will include some additional functionality.
What will be there, you ask? Expect some nice surprises!
I just finished today testing of all the payment stuff. The payment processor is going to be PayPal and the product price will be EURO 39. / $49.
All the payments are processed on PayPal site and at the end the payer receives software activation code generated by ProStockMaster site. I hope you guys will excuse me if I will not accept GBP and AUD at least at this phase. PayPal also accepts credit cards, so it should handle 99% of payment options this way.
I am also adding an affiliate program, so anyone who want to promote ProStockMaster will get 25% sales commission on any sale of the software to his/her referred buyer.
At the moment I need 2-3 more days to add “lock/unlock” functionality to the software, so a person who has downloaded ProStockMaster can pay, get his activation code and enter it in the app without a need to re-download the software. I think at the end of this week all this stuff will be ready.
I have been asked multiple times a question like:
> Is it secure to enter my site’ user name and password into your application?
It’s a good question. Since you login to an Internet stock photo site with your user name and password, ProStockMaster shall know these parameters in order to login and properly upload images to your account on selected site. This is the only way the application can securely access your personal account on that site and upload images there.
If you are familiar with any FTP client, like Smart FTP or cuteFTP, it is exactly the same process.
The client asks for your credentials and then uploads your files on your behalf to some FTP site. ProStockMaster follows this approach and uses your credentials for proper login into a stock site and upload your work to your personal account. There is no other use for your credentials.
ProStockMaster hides and encrypts your sensitive information storing it locally, thus providing reasonable (however, not an “unbreakable”) level of security for your personal data. This level of security is comparable with the level of security you would expect to get from a typical FTP client or from your favorite web browser.
Just wanted to say thank you for all your great feedback we are getting via our ‘support’ email account.
I am so proud that you guys really like ProStockMaster application and find it nice and useful.
Thank you all who wrote us kindly words for our support services, we will continue to do our best providing you with even better software and better service.
Your words have a great value for us, please keep telling us what’s going on!