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Sell photos with LightBurner.com – new FREE online microstock content distribution service

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I am glad to invite you to try LightBurner Beta, our new free microstock content distribution and analytical service.

LightBurner customers can submit images to the following pre-integrated microstock photography agencies:

Microstock Photography Agencies Supported by LightBurner

Microstock Photography Agencies Supported by LightBurner

Also you can define unlimited Custom FTP Channels, delivering your images wherever you want to, for instance your blog’ FTP server or your backup FTP site.

I plan to have at least 20-25 pre-integrated microstocks supported in December yet. Your suggestions for more destination are warmly welcome.

LightBurner Portfolio

LightBurner Portfolio

The famous keywords suggestions + translations, first introduced in ProStockMaster in 2006 (wow, 4 years ago – who can believe it), is now a part of LightBurner too.
Other interesting features include built-in search in your portfolio, Similar Media area, cataloging by Lightboxes, Folders and Categories, notes on images and sales balance for each channel. Of course, LightBurner reads IPTC for any uploaded JPEG, so you get your files with all the metadata – searchable and cataloged, at your fingertips.

Easy Multilingual Keywording With Auto-Suggestion

Easy Multilingual Keywording With Auto-Suggestion

The service is still far from being completed, however I believe that existing functions work quite well and have a great value to any microstock contributor. More agencies and more features will come in the next weeks. Without getting into the details, you can expect nice surprises in your LightBurner account.

How to get started

  • register for a free account. In a few moments you will get a Welcome email with your credentials, including SFTP access.
  • upload your files by SFTP (FileZilla will do)
  • login and go to My Account -> My Portfolio -> Channels/Edit and select your sales channels / agencies
  • select what files go where. Multiple options available, including “Assign” X files to Y channels, “Edit” of multiple files or simple drag-n-drop a file to a channel

Actually, that’s it. The distribution is automatic, so you do not have to do a thing.

Photos Sales Statistics

Photos Sales Statistics

Your files statuses are updated accordingly: red square (undistributed) is replaced by yellow (partially distributed) and then by green (fully distributed). You will have to hit Refresh from time to time to see these statuses changes.

A few notes:

  • All the original uploaded files are removed after 3 days
  • Shutterstock delivery is over FTP, stats / balance can not be displayed due to submitters accounts blocking with a captcha
  • At the moment LightBurner supports JPEGs only, no other formats and no model releases
  • Later on ProStockMaster will work directly with your LightBurner account, thus saving you traffic, costs and time by uploading media just once
  • The last but not the least: bugs happen. Please be patient, and report them! Contact: support(at)pixamba.com, david(at)pixamba.com or via LightBurner’ online form

Fotolia Partners with deviantART for Microstock Offering

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Interesting news directly from DevianART press person: Fotolia and DeviantART join forces.
Angelo Sotira, CEO of deviantART describes his decision

Mr. Sotira’ main drivers:

  • A large percentage of members of deviantART use stock, make commercial stock, or make free stock available to the community; sometimes all three. deviantART needs to focus that intelligence to birth the ideal resource for this core activity for our community.
  • Special deviant collections that become a go-to environment for art directors and illustrators looking to break out from the standard stuff (exposes their work to the marketplace)
  • Better artist splits when stock gets licensed;
  • Great pricing for members, particularly when they use stock for developing talent and not for commercial projects;
  • Building more advanced search that raises the bar for accessing stock;
  • Simple-to-read licenses that really let you know what you can and can’t do;
  • And delivering soup-to-nuts resources — not just visually, but that work culturally for a worldwide membership.

Official press release
October 13, 2010 – Los Angeles – Fotolia LLC and deviantART, Inc. announced today their plans to blend the international microstock business of Fotolia.com with deviantART’s worldwide social network of artists by launching the “deviantART Stock Project with Fotolia.” This new offering is part of deviantART’s plans to establish an integrated commercial stock offering within its network and serves Fotolia’s goal of expanding its footprint in the U.S..

DeviantART is currently home to 15 million members around the world and represents the largest online aggregation of microstock users. The Stock Project marks the first time a microstock provider is tapping the power of community for greater distribution and participation.

“DeviantART is the purest of all artist communities throughout the world. It works on democratic philosophy that complements our goals with Fotolia. We believe that the stock industry should be an open even-playing field for all artists and not set up elitist barriers to entry. We see a lot of synergies with how deviantART has democratized art and created a safe and welcoming environment,” said Oleg Tscheltzoff, founder and CEO of Fotolia. “The success of deviantART goes far beyond its impressive member base. When you take a look at the site you can see a community working together to make things happen for artists. The culture of sharing and learning is a natural magnet.”

“Our community uses microstock in high volumes. We wanted to introduce a solution with affordable purchase options, simple licensing terms and without heavy subscription costs. But it was more important to have a partner like Fotolia that understands the importance as a business of developing community as resource,” said Angelo Sotira, founder and CEO of deviantART. “We talked with all the major stock houses and Fotolia was the only partner for us. They offer an extensive collection of commercial stock assets and expertise; They consistently offer the best prices for stock and the best split for artists who want to contribute to the stock catalog; and Fotolia has a strong international presence that serves our global membership.”

The initial offering will increase the amount of stock already available on deviantART.com and provide members with commercial tools to facilitate an image-licensing program. The fully integrated product, expected next year, will provide members with seamless on-site access to microstock assets and create a unique deviantART collection from the community’s resources.

About deviantART, Inc.
DeviantART was created to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. Founded in August 2000, deviantART is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts with over 15 million registered members, attracting 35 million unique visitors per month and serving up 2 billion page views. As a community destination, deviantART is a platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works within a peer community dedicated to the arts. The site’s vibrant community environment receives more than 140,000 daily uploads of original art works ranging from traditional media, such as painting and sculpture, to digital art, pixel art, films and anime. Visit: www.deviantART.com.

About Fotolia
Over 2 million people prefer Fotolia, LLC for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and HD videos. With the introduction of the Infinite Collection, Fotolia became the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site. Founded in New York City in 2004, Fotolia spans the globe with websites in 11 languages and offices in 13 countries. With over 10,000,000 images to choose from, find it on Fotolia: www.fotolia.com

BigStock, 123rf, Dreamstime, Fotolia improvements in v1.7.3

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This release fixes login and upload of stock photos to Bigstock and 123rf . It also fixes  Dreamstime and Fotloia microstock sales statistics. We took off Stockxpert microstock site due to their merge with iStockphoto.

Extending Fotolia sales statistics

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We extend Fotolia sales statis support in v1.5.1 of our microstock software, including now the download and sales statistics for all international customers who use local Fotolia sites in their languages, like es.fotolia.com, de.fotolia.com or fr.fotolia.com.

Additionally, Fotolia microstock sales statistics in ProStockMaster software will show now the number of the current month downloads and the monthly earnings for the stock photos sold.

Fotolia uploads and BigStock fixes

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What’s inside:
1. uploads to Fotolia microstock can go now either to “unfinished” zone on their stock photography web site (like it was in all versions prior to v1.3.3) or directly-to-approval-queue (like it was introduced in v1.3.3).
This behavior is controlled by Preferences in ProStockMaster microstock software and can be manually changed for any group of stock photos your going to upload and be sold on Fotolia.

For instance, if the stock images you are about to upload require model releases, you can select uploading to “unfinished” zone, upload the photographs, and then add model releases. Alternatively, if you are going to upload e.g. nature shots, you can upload them directly to the approval queue, thus saving significant amount of dirty work at Fotolia web.

2. Issues with BigStockPhoto uploads, caused by the changes at BigStockPhoto web, are fixed now.

Fotolia uploads and sales stats

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What’s new in this upcoming update?

First, Fotolia uploads and statistics will come back. It seems I am going to implement this stuff without using their API, since Fotolia guys are sooo slow in replying emails. Could it be caused by their V2 web site which is unreasonably slow too? 🙂

Indeed, the site features almost the same functionality like the previous version and with very similar look and feel. They claim it took them 1 year to develop V2. Add here a week or so while Fotolia web was off-line, loosing their money…
And now “completly redesigned” Fotolia V2 still lacks some basic “must-to-have” functionality (IMO), e.g. “Search-in-Forums”. (Should I use Google for that? – come on, guys!)
Personally, I would expect getting something better than their current V2 after all these efforts.
Hopefully, it will change soon. I believe that Fotolia guys have a pool of features that they are going to implement basing on their new infrastructure.

So, meanwhile I am still waiting for my Fotolia V2 API developer key and my customers are waiting to upload their work to Fotolia. It seems I do not have much choice at the moment, so I’ll go for a proven “straight-forward” implementation technique – and this is what will be included in upcoming v1.3.3.

Next, I am working on speeding up the images preparation procedure. More specifically, on speeding up multiple images selection for the upload.

As you know, ProStockMaster sports 2 options for the stock photos upload: uploading a folder of stock photographs and uploading “a manual selection” of microstock images.
Uploading a folder with stock photography is a wizard-based procedure allowing you to upload a folder full of your stock photos for sale just in a few seconds clicking on “Next”->”Next”->”Next”.

Uploading a selection of stock photos is also quite fast. However, making the selection is not fast at all.
You have open each stock image, add title, description, keywords and select sites for uploading. This is a one-by-one procedure, which can be considerable time consuming.
In order to speed up the selection and image preparation process, I am going to add some new functionality to “Copy” button in the main IPTC panel.

“Copy” button will open a wizard asking you if you wish to copy metadata to or from currently open image. Another option will allow you to add sites selection as a part of data that will be copied.

If you select “from this image to other multiple images” the next wizard window will allow you to select multiple files located anywhere in your system. Once you finish your selection, IPTC metadata and/or sites selection will be copied from the currently open file to the selected files.

I believe it significantly speeds up preparation of multiple images that are going to be uploaded on the same sites. If these images represent a set with the same subject, copying IPTC data from the “master” image to all the rest can also help.

Alternatively, if you select “to this” image the wizard will allow you to select a single image on your system, which will be used as a source for IPTC data and/or for the site selection.

Fotolia: web training is required for the first-time HTTP uploaders

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If you use ProStockMaster to upload your files to Fotolia, please note that the current implementation of Fotolia web site requires you to pass web-based training wizard if you never upload files to Fotolia via HTTP (i.e. from your web browser). Even if you already have a complete Fotolia portfolio full of microstock photographs, and even if they are already accepted and all photos are selling on Fotolia, you are still required (!!) to pass this web training first time you use HTTP upload. If you did not pass the training Fotolia’s web site will NOT allow ProStockMaster to upload your files.

Version 1.2 is coming! Keywords suggestion, folders upload and more!

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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
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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:
proxy.user=username
proxy.password=pswd
proxy.host=hostname
proxy.port=8080

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

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