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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the minimum hardware requirements for running PSM?
  2. I am not sure that I have any Java installation on my computer. Will ProStockMaster run on my system?
  3. I just have installed ProStockMaster on my Vista / Windows 7 machine, but at the first run attempt I am getting "Access denied" / "Application failed" / "Application Failed Prostockmaster.properties access is denied" message. What I do now?
  4. I can not see thumbnails. All I get are just the files names!
  5. Thumbnails drawing is very slow for me. Can I speed it up?
  6. How ProStockMaster handles image' metadata? If I add a keyword or modify the image title, will my picture change?
  7. Is there any advantage of adding metadata directly to my local images instead of doing it at a stock agency web?
  8. I have a series of similar images from a sport event / my studio / traveling. Can I add the same keywords, title and description with ProStockMaster for all these images instead of going one by one?
  9. I have trouble with the auto-upgrade procedure. How I can get the latest upgrade?
  10. English is not my mother tongue while all the stock agencies expect my images to be indexed with metadata in plain English. I understood that ProStockMaster can help me. How exactly?
  11. I have added / modified a file in the folder, currently viewed in PSM. However, PSM does not show the new file / the modification. What I can do to get this file in PSM?
  12. Do you guys plan adding more stock agencies?
  13. Can I upload vector graphics with ProStockMaster?
  14. I have uploaded a stock photo to microstock agency XYZ. The stock image was accepted, but when I open it with ProStockMaster the status is still "pending". Should I report it as a bug?
  15. Can I keyword already uploaded images?
  16. How do I add another stock agency after the first run?
  17. I saw there was a Linux version of ProStockMaster. Is it still available? How I can find it?
  18. I currently use Smart Collections in LightRoom 3 to collect suitable images for each agency. My stock images are not in a single folder, and are in fact not separated on the disk from other unsuitable images. Trying to add the images one-at-a-time after selecting them in LR is a non-starter. Is there any integration with LR3 that would allow PSM to use Smart Collections as a source for images?
  19. I would like to sort the uploaded photos by upload state or date or see all photos from one stock agency. Is this possible?
  20. I can't select more than one image at a time for uploading. How do you select multiple images?
  21. I´m using Prostockmaster for Mac. Is it possible to start ProStockMaster with my stockfolder and not in the root directory? How is it possible to mark more than one picture?
  22. I uploaded my stock images to microstock agency XYZ, but they are not there! What happened?
  23. What stock agencies do you currently work with?
  24. I accidentally deactivated an agency under the 'Select Stock Agency' Menu. Reactivating the agency (DreamsTime) just brought back the upload ability but all the data of already uploaded stock images seems to be lost. They all are set back to 'not uploaded'. Is there any possibility to recover this data and/or synchronize it with the database of DreamsTime?
  25. Can I add more stock sites to your program than the ones that you provide?
  26. I have an iMac but do not have leopard ...will prostockmaster work without it?
  27. How to upload multiple images at once with ProStockMaster?
  28. если я правильно понял , эта программа является ни чем иным как браузером и переживать о приватности вводимых мной учётных записей в фотобанках в начале работы с этой программой нет смысла ??!!
  29. Добрый день!После установки и запуска под Windows7,программа не запускается,а выдает сообщение This application requires a Java Runtiment Environment 1.6.0.
  30. How do I give the required FTP Credetials in the empty fields, or isn't it nessesary??? Regards from Munich Viele Grüsse Olaf R. Benold
  31. Each stock agency requires its own type of model release form is used. Is there a way to upload one photo and one release form via you?

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    What are the minimum hardware requirements for running PSM?

    ProStockMaster is a Java application and together with JVM it needs at least 1 GB RAM for proper images handling. We recommend 2+ GB RAM and Intel Core Duo / Duo 2 CPU @800+ MHz

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    I am not sure that I have any Java installation on my computer. Will ProStockMaster run on my system?

    Mac: Download now, any Mac Os X works
    Windows: First, download and install the latest Java.

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    I just have installed ProStockMaster on my Vista / Windows 7 machine, but at the first run attempt I am getting "Access denied" / "Application failed" / "Application Failed Prostockmaster.properties access is denied" message. What I do now?

    Execution of programs on Vista and Windows 7 OS-es heavily depends on permissions set in Windows User Access Control (UAC) panel.
    If you get this error, do follow:

    • locate ProStockMaster.exe or ProStockMaster_njvm.exe file in PSM installation directory (typically, "C:/Program FilesProStockMaster" on 32-bit systems, "C:/Program Files (x86)" on 64-bit systems)
    • right-click on that file and open "Properties" dialog
    • open 'Compatibility' tab and select "Run as administrator", then click OK

      Run PSM as administrator screen shot
    • start ProStockmaster and verify that it works properly now

    And if it still does not... Just create a one-line batch file and run it instead of the EXE. Here is how to do that:

    • Open Notepad and copy there the following line (you need an installed Java to make it work):
      javaw -Xmx512m -jar lib/prostockmaster.jar
    • Save this file as "prostockmaster.bat" in the PSM installation directory (typically, "C:Program FilesProStockMaster")
      and point you Windows menu to this file instead of the default EXE file, selecting "Run as Minimized":

      Run PSM batch file setting screen shot
    • Hit OK button when you are done.
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    I can not see thumbnails. All I get are just the files names!

    There are two things that you can try:

    • If you are viewing a new folder with images just wait a bit.
    • Open "View->Skins" menu, select the "Native" skin and restart the application (there is no need to restart your computer).
      Some GUI skins can be slow on your hardware, while the "Native" option is typically the fastest GUI developed by Sun Microsystems.
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    Thumbnails drawing is very slow for me. Can I speed it up?

    Yes you can.

    When the software accesses a file at the first time it takes a few moments to build the new thumbnail. Next time you view that file the thumbnail comes up fast.

    Knowing that, it could be a good idea to "preview" a folder which contains your stock images, thus creating all the thumbnails at once, so next time you browse that folder the thumbnails show up instantly.

    To do that just open that folder and resize the thumbnails panel to see as many thumbnails as possible. Allow a few moments for thumbnails to show up and once you see them all, continue with the next group of images. "Pre-viewing" a folder builds up all the thumbnails there, thus allowing fast browsing for the successive folder viewing.

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    How ProStockMaster handles image' metadata? If I add a keyword or modify the image title, will my picture change?

    ProStockMaster supports IPTC and Adobe XMP metadata, available in JPG, TIFF and some others images formats.
    The IPTC and XMP information is stored in the image file separately from the other data used for the images visualization.
    Thus, editing metadata does not affect the image itself (no pixels change), but do modifies the image file.

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    Is there any advantage of adding metadata directly to my local images instead of doing it at a stock agency web?

    Yes, there are few obvious advantages of managing your metadata locally.

    • Save a lot of time adding metadata just once instead of doing it for every agency. Any agency can read IPTC data from the uploaded file.
    • If you start working with a new agency you just send them ready-to-go images
    • Local files indexed with metadata become searchable. Find images in seconds, organise your work, be in control of your portfolio.
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    I have a series of similar images from a sport event / my studio / traveling. Can I add the same keywords, title and description with ProStockMaster for all these images instead of going one by one?

    Yes, you can easily do it with ProStockMaster. Open "Manage Metadata" window and generate or add directly your keywords. Type in the title and the description and select images to apply your metadata set. All the images that you have selected will get the same metadata.

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    I have trouble with the auto-upgrade procedure. How I can get the latest upgrade?

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    English is not my mother tongue while all the stock agencies expect my images to be indexed with metadata in plain English. I understood that ProStockMaster can help me. How exactly?

    ProStockMaster allows you to describe images in your native language, supporting virtually any language (48 languages supported). You can enter your keywords in German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Turkish and other supported languages and ProStockMaster will translate them on the fly, showing you the English translation. You can even auto-generate more English keywords directly from a keyword in your native language.

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    I have added / modified a file in the folder, currently viewed in PSM. However, PSM does not show the new file / the modification. What I can do to get this file in PSM?

    Just press 'F5' to refresh the viewed folder.

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    Do you guys plan adding more stock agencies?

    Yes, we periodically add new stock agencies to our list of supported sites.

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    Can I upload vector graphics with ProStockMaster?

    We are working on it. Vectors uploading will be available soon. Meanwhile you can generate a big JPG and sell it instead of EPS. Many agencies and buyers will be happy with this too.

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    I have uploaded a stock photo to microstock agency XYZ. The stock image was accepted, but when I open it with ProStockMaster the status is still "pending". Should I report it as a bug?

    Automatic collection of the per-file upload statuses and statistics is implemented for some agencies, but not for all.
    At the moment per-file data collection is implemented for PantherMedia and CanStockPhoto, more agencies to follow.

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    Can I keyword already uploaded images?

    You can, as long as you have them on your local computer or download your images from a stock agency web site. ProStockMaster is a desktop software and operates on your local file system. Once the images are locally keyworded the software will upload them to selected microstocks.

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    How do I add another stock agency after the first run?

    Open Upload -> Stock Agencies menu and select yet another stock photo agency you want to work with. Using "Register Now" button, register as a submitter for that agency. Next, type in your credentials and hit "OK" button, then close the dialog.
    The new agency will be added to the list of agencies you can select for any upload.

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    I saw there was a Linux version of ProStockMaster. Is it still available? How I can find it?

    ProStockMaster for Linux is not available anymore. However, with a few simple tweaks you can run the Mac version on your Linux box, in less than 5 minutes.
    Here is how to do that:
    1. Install Sun Microsystems JVM. Only Sun's Java is tested with PSM. No other Java flavors are guaranteed to run. Please do not contact us with questions on other JVMs.
    2. Get Mac package
    3. run 'tar -xvfz ProStockMaster.tar.gz'
    4. Go to the app folder: 'cd ProStockMaster.app/Contents/Resources/Java'
    5. run 'java -jar psm.jar'
    You should see the application starting.
    Later on you can move the application folder to its final destination and create a shell script which will run the Java command.

    Starting from version 1.9.0 ProStockMaster uses ImageMagick for some image manipulations, and the app will use it even wider in the further versions. Mac version is delivered with ImageMagick binaries compiled for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. These utilities can not run on Linux 'as is' and you will be unable to see the thumbnails.

    How to solve it:
    1. Download and install ImageMagick or compile it from the sources on your machine. Follow the instructions here: http://imagemagick.org
    2. Check that ImageMagick utilities run OK on your computer using the tests / examples provided on ImageMagick web
    3. Using 'ln -s' command, create symbolic links to ImageMagick utilities in
    [protstockmaster-installation-folder]/ProStockMaster.app/Contents/Resources/Java/im/mac/ImageMagick-XXXXXX/bin
    4. Verify that if you run your new symbolic link from the command line, ImageMagick 'convert' utility starts.

    Run ProStockMaster, it should be all set up now.

    NOTE: At the moment you need just one symbolic link: the 'convert' utility. However, later on we can use other utilities too.

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    I currently use Smart Collections in LightRoom 3 to collect suitable images for each agency. My stock images are not in a single folder, and are in fact not separated on the disk from other unsuitable images. Trying to add the images one-at-a-time after selecting them in LR is a non-starter. Is there any integration with LR3 that would allow PSM to use Smart Collections as a source for images?

    With ProStockMaster you can browse any folder on your computer system and select stock images to be uploaded to the stock photography agencies you work with. However, ProStockMaster is a stand alone application and is not integrated with Lightroom or Photoshop, so, unfortunately, there is no built-in support for LightRoom Smart Collection.

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    I would like to sort the uploaded photos by upload state or date or see all photos from one stock agency. Is this possible?

    Unfortunately, this functionality is not implemented in the current software. Thanks for your suggestion, we'll keep it in mind developing further versions.

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    I can't select more than one image at a time for uploading. How do you select multiple images?

    There are two options to select more than one image:
    a) select an image and then select microstock agencies where this stock photos should be uploaded. Check the button next to the agency' name in the agencies table, located under the image preview in the main application window. To select one more picture, click on another image thumbnail and again select agencies, now for this image. Keep browsing your stock photographs and selecting microstock agencies for them. When you done with your selection go to Upload->Selected Images and confirm your uploads.

    b) Upload a folder with all the images. Go to Upload->Folder menu and follow the wizard. Note that you can remove unwanted images later on, at the "Confirmation" dialog. Use right mouse button (Win) or CTRL+click on Mac to get the context menu when clicking on an image thumbnail in the confirmation queue.

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    I´m using Prostockmaster for Mac. Is it possible to start ProStockMaster with my stockfolder and not in the root directory? How is it possible to mark more than one picture?

    ProStockMaster automatically remembers the last viewed folder and the last opened image. So once you re-open the software it will show you the latest viewed image.
    To select images for upload click on the check button next to the agency name in the agency table, located under the image preview in the main application window. You browse your images and select agencies for each image. If you want to upload a folder go to Upload->Folder menu and follow the wizard instructions.

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    I uploaded my stock images to microstock agency XYZ, but they are not there! What happened?

    Many things can happen:
    a) If you are quite new to microstock you probably just could not find your freshly images on that stock photography web site. The new uploads typically go to "unfinished" zone where you have to complete the upload by adding categories, attaching model releases and similar.
    Login and use the follow links to find your new uploads on the various microstock sites:
    123rf: http://www.123rf.com/submit/listmyuploaded.php
    iStockphoto: directly in approval queue http://www.istockphoto.com/my_uploads.php
    Shutterstock: http://submit.shutterstock.com/submitted_photos.mhtml
    Dreamstime: http://www.dreamstime.com/unfinished.php
    Canstockphoto: < a href="https://www.canstockphoto.com/portfolio_unfinished.php">https://www.canstockphoto.com/portfolio_unfinished.php
    Bigstock: http://www.bigstockphoto.com/account/uploads/contribute/
    Alamy: batches upload queue http://www.alamy.com/royalty-free-images-my-submissions.asp, view / edit http://www.alamy.com/Myimages_v2.4/annotation.asp?v=2.4
    Fotolia: http://www.fotolia.com/Member/Contents
    PantherMedia: http://www.panthermedia.net/index2.php?page=user_ftpupload.php&area=member

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    What stock agencies do you currently work with?

    ProStockMaster delivers your stock photos to the following pre-integrated stock photography agencies:
    - Shutterstock
    - Dreamstime
    - iStockphoto
    - Fotolia
    - Bigstock
    - 123rf
    - CanStockPhoto
    - PantherMedia
    - Alamy

    We also invite you to try our new FREE online submission service LightBurner.com which delivers your media to all the agencies above, plus:
    - Crestock
    - Yaymicro
    - DepositPhotos
    - Cutcaster

    thus distributing stock images to 13 microstock and 'traditional' stock photography agencies, with a single upload

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    I accidentally deactivated an agency under the 'Select Stock Agency' Menu. Reactivating the agency (DreamsTime) just brought back the upload ability but all the data of already uploaded stock images seems to be lost. They all are set back to 'not uploaded'. Is there any possibility to recover this data and/or synchronize it with the database of DreamsTime?

    If you deactivate a microstock agency all the agency' data is permanently removed from the DB. If you re-activate the agency you can not restore that data - it is already gone.

    The only option would be manually alter the status of the stock photos that are already uploaded there. You can do that in the agencies table at the bottom of the main application window. Status column is next to the agency name there, change the status to whatever it is for that agency / photo.

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    Can I add more stock sites to your program than the ones that you provide?

    You will be able to do that soon when our new online service will become alive. Once it is ready, you can add any FTP-enabled stock photo agency through your account.

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    I have an iMac but do not have leopard ...will prostockmaster work without it?

    Yes it will, but you will not see the images' thumbnails. BTW, you can upgrade to Leopard at Apple web for $29.

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    How to upload multiple images at once with ProStockMaster?

    There are two options of doing that:

    1) Upload all JPGs in a selected folder.
    Open "Upload->Folder" menu and follow the intuitive wizard.

    2) Upload multiple manually selected images from various folders on your local computer / local network.
    a) Browse your computer with PSM and find the next image you want to upload.
    b) Select it's thumbnail in and verify that this image has the metadata
    c) Select where it should go: use the agencies table at the bottom of the main screen, checking the box next to the microstock agency name
    d) Repeat (a)-(c) for all images you want to upload at once
    e) When you are done with your selection go to "Upload->Selected Images" menu and start uploading images to the selected stock photography sites

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    если я правильно понял , эта программа является ни чем иным как браузером и переживать о приватности вводимых мной учётных записей в фотобанках в начале работы с этой программой нет смысла ??!!

    Программа во многом схожа с браузером и хранит Ваши данные, включая пароли и явки, непосредственно на Вашем компьютере в зашифрованном виде. Вероятность того, что логин-данные могут быть перехвачен по дороге в агентство такая же, как и у обычного браузера и зависит от того какой протокол - защищенный (HTTPS) или не защищенный (HTTP) используется данным агенством для логина.

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    Добрый день!После установки и запуска под Windows7,программа не запускается,а выдает сообщение This application requires a Java Runtiment Environment 1.6.0.

    Что разумно, т.к. программа требует предварительной установки Java.
    Сгрузить бесплатную Java SE можно здесь: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

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    How do I give the required FTP Credetials in the empty fields, or isn't it nessesary??? Regards from Munich Viele Grüsse Olaf R. Benold

    FTP credentials are required only for some agencies.
    If the FTP filed is inactive (grayed out) for a certain agency there is no need to enter FTP credentials there.
    If the fields are active you have to enter the data there. Look in the agency' Help to find your FTP credentials for that agency. There are instruction fro some agencies in our blog, run a search with the agency name on our web

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    Each stock agency requires its own type of model release form is used. Is there a way to upload one photo and one release form via you?

    Models releases are not supported yet


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  • jeff
    #1 written by jeff 3 years ago

    Which stock agencies do you currently work with?

  • David Mail
    #2 written by David Mail 3 years ago

    ProStockMaster delivers your stock photos to the following pre-integrated stock photography agencies:
    - Shutterstock
    - Dreamstime
    - iStockphoto
    - Fotolia
    - Bigstock
    - 123rf
    - CanStockPhoto
    - PantherMedia
    - Alamy

    We also invite you to try our new FREE online submission service LightBurner.com which delivers your media to all the agencies above, plus:
    - Crestock
    - Yaymicro
    - DepositPhotos
    - Cutcaster

    thus distributing stock images to 13 microstock and ‘traditional’ stock photography agencies, with a single upload

  • beatriz
    #3 written by beatriz 2 years ago

    can i upload my image catalogue to the internet as a website for others to see+buy my images?

  • David Mail
    #4 written by David Mail 2 years ago

    Beatriz,
    If you want to sell your images through established stock photography agencies you can do that. You can upload your images to them and they will sell the images. You will get your commision on each sale. The commission fee differs from agency to agency and can be anywhere between 20% to 70% of the sale price.

    If you want to have your own web site which will exclusively sell only your images and you will collect all the revenues you need to invest in:
    - software for such a site
    - site marketing
    Due to the stock photography market saturation and microstock pricing model you really need to have a very good marketing to compete there. From the other hand, if you already have many clients that buy exclusively your photos this could be a way to go.

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