As a part of our continuous improvement program, we plan to transfer prostockmaster.com to another hosting provider which should allow us to provide the site visitors with the better service and with the new attractive site features. At the moment we are testing the new hosting, checking out its capabilities and features.
While we will try to transfer the web site as smooth as we can, we still should expect a short down time during the transfer.
My guess is that it will last somewhere between a few hours and 1 day.
At that time the web services which ProStockMaster application uses will become unavailable, and first of all it affects the keywords suggestion service.
We are sorry in advance for any possible service interrupt and we look forward to deliver you even better web with more attractive services and interesting options. When we’ll figure out the exact transfer date, we’ll publish an additional announcement.
Some customers asked me where to find their files once they are uploaded to PantherMedia web site.
You have to go to “My Panther->My Images->Images (FTP/PSM)” menu located on top of your home page when logged in to PantherMedia web site.
Note that you will see there just one stock image out of all the stock photos that you have uploaded to PantherMedia stock photography agency with ProStockMaster microstock software. Once you submit this stock photo or a stock illustration, the web site will show you the next image from your PSM-PantherMedia upload folder.
Also note that PantherMedia submission process suggests you to insert up to 8 “Main keywords” into your stock photograph. First, I suggest you use at its most, i.e. insert exactly 8 keywords into all your stock photos if you can. Of course, keep the stock photography keywords relevant and descriptive 🙂
Obviously, doing that increases the chances for your stock images to be found by the microstock buying customers, i.e. the chances for a stock photo to be sold.
Next, make your work easier and get better stock imagery sales by the proper use of our microstock software functionality. PSM “Manage Metadata” window allows you to put the keywords in the order of their importance / relevancy directly into IPTC metadata for your stock photo. Use up and down arrows buttons to re-order your keywords in the order of their relevance, putting the most important keywords at the top of the list.Some sites do pay attention on the order of IPTC keywords, expecting that the most important keywords describing a stock photograph will be first in the IPTC section.
Thus, when you will have to put “Main keywords” in the PantherMedia submission form you can just copy and paste 8 first keywords from the list of IPTC keywords you added to your image with ProStockMaster. And once you put your keywords in the order of their importance with PSM some other agencies will be able to use this information too, thus giving even more exposure to your pictures.
If you can login to Alamy web, but for some reason you can not login with the same user name and password into your Alamy account through ProStockMaster application, take a look at the length of your password.
It seems that in the past this royalty free and rights managed stock photography agency allowed long passwords, but one day their developers decided that they do not want anything longer than 12 letters. So, instead of asking you to replace your old long password with some shorter characters sequence, Alamy developers just decided to cut off your old long password to fit their new 12-letters standard, simple like that.
Do you think you log into Alamy web site with your old trusted “myAlamyVerySecurePassword”?
Wrong! Actually, you login there with just “myAlamyVeryS” – exactly the first 12 characters, while all the rest of the password is cut off on your login and ignored by Alamy.
That’s why if you try “myAlamyVerySecurePassword” in ProStockMaster you are unable to login into your Alamy account. Instead, you should use just the first 12 characters of your long password. Well, at least until Alamy do anything about that.
UPDATE: Fixed in v1.5.5 – just released
Due to the latest changes at StockXpert PSM can not login to their site.
We are working on this issue and the fix will be ready in the next 24h.
Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience.
UPDATE: v1.5.4 fixes v1.5.3 critical failure
We also speed up the thumbnails display
A word about the stock photos keywords suggestion service:
the keywords list is now sorted in the order of relevance to your search pattern, top-down, thus the most relevant keywords are always on top.
In addition, the logic of suggestion algorithm has been changed – in the older versions of PSM the more keywords you type in the less results you got.
Starting from this version, the more keywords you type in to describe your stock photograph or an illustration, the more relevant results you get, and not necessary less keywords will be suggested.
v1.5.3 released yesterday has a critical issue:
only the first image in the batch to any agency is uploaded
We will release the fix with v1.5.4 in the next 24h
We switched on the auto-upgrade flag for v1.5.1, so if you run a previous version of ProStockMaster the software will offer you to upgrade to the latest 1.5.1.
1.5.1 comes with more exciting microstock tools inside, further optimizing your stock photography workflow.
Again – if you feel that anything went wrong with the upgrade, just download and install the full version of the software on top of your previous version or in parallel to it.
It is correct for both Mac and Windows versions.
v1.4.1 has a flaw with StockXpert uploads – only one first stock photo in the batch is uploaded. All the rest are reported to be uploaded, but never appear on StockXpert web site.
I am going to investigate this problem and once resolved I’ll issue a software update.
Recently microstock Fotolia.com has switched their login procedure from HTTP to HTTPS, thus providing some additional security to stock photographers’ credentials at login. This was accompanied with a change in login parameters, so ProStockMaster microstock software could not work with Fotolia stock site anymore.
The new version 1.4.1 released today follows the Fotolia’s change and fixes Fotolia login, sales statistics ans stock photos uploads.
The auto-update should automatically update your microstock application with the latest components, so there is no need to re-download / re-install the program.
Thank you all who alerted me about issues with Fotolia: Jack, Les, Einar and others.
You can not run multiple instances of ProStockMaster microstock software on the same computer since they access the same stock photography metadata database. Each software instance will try to lock the DB, and the program will fail with “Fatal Error” message. This behavior is by design – no one wants a mess in his stock photos, keywords and IPTC metadata, and microstock sales stats accessing the same stock images metadata database from 2 or more software applications simultaneously.
The automated keywords suggestion mechanism implemented in ProStockMaster brings you tens of relevant keywords matching your stock photo or an illustration. You can enter keywords in virtually any language and our microstock software will save them all with the image, in an IPTC section of the file. Thus your stock images will always carry IPTC metadata and can become searchable by IPTC-reading software like ProStockMaster or Adobe CS family.
Some stock agencies, like iStockphoto.com restrict maximum number of keywords a stock photo can contain. (Anyone can tell me why they do it? I have absolutely no idea. I can not find any logic why they limit maximum amount of keywords. In my understanding, the more keywords an image has, the better it will be found in the searches – what’s wrong with that? However, it seems that iStockPhoto has a different point of view)
Current keywords limit defined by iStockphoto stands for 50 keywords. ProStockMaster does not limit the maximum number of IPTC keywords in a stock image, but it do counts how many keywords the photograph got. And once it is more than 50, the keywords counter become red.