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« Reply #75 on: February 16, 2009, 11:00 »
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Once Fotolia is added which site is next in line to be added ? Just curious, personally I would like to see 123RF added next :) I'm actually finding your stats quite useful now that you've pointed me to the earnings page with all images laid out... great work, keep it up Rahul!

Glad you're liking the feature! In terms of what's after Fotolia, it's most likely StockXpert based on feedback we've gotten so far. Having said that, we will be adding more sites at a faster rate (we're getting better as we go :) ) so hopefully you won't have to wait too long.

Thanks for using the service and the words of encouragement!

Rahul


« Reply #76 on: February 17, 2009, 04:43 »
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Excuse me if this was discussed before but how about a "set" feature that would allow us to group our images by sets (selectable via lookstat and sets also to be named by users) that would also give a total income per set, per site. Something like that would then give photographers a better idea which of their shoots were the most worthwhile....

« Reply #77 on: February 17, 2009, 10:01 »
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Excuse me if this was discussed before but how about a "set" feature that would allow us to group our images by sets (selectable via lookstat and sets also to be named by users) that would also give a total income per set, per site. Something like that would then give photographers a better idea which of their shoots were the most worthwhile....

:)

After more sites, this is perhaps the most often requested feature and has been in our minds from the beginning. Being able to place images in multiple sets - e.g. by shoot, by keyword, by model - is a feature makes a ton of sense and we will definitely implement it.

Also, I just wanted to say thank you for your thoughtful comments. It's clear to me that you're using the product and thinking (and sharing) about how it could be more useful to you and others and I really appreciate it.

Cheers,

Rahul

PS: I should probably add a 'things we intend to do' page to our blog

« Reply #78 on: February 17, 2009, 10:11 »
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Is there a way to combine two images that are actually the same one, but that lookstat didn't manage to recognize as the same one?  If that made sense...

« Reply #79 on: February 17, 2009, 10:13 »
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Is there a way to combine two images that are actually the same one, but that lookstat didn't manage to recognize as the same one?  If that made sense...

Absolutely makes sense. As soon as we release Fotolia, we're going to be working on matching. We want to improve the automated system but also give you the ability to manually override any decision the system makes about grouping images. Sorry, I know this doesn't work as well as it should right now.

« Reply #80 on: February 17, 2009, 10:45 »
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Only to make sure your to do list doesn't get too short  ;D :

How about giving users the ability to enter more sites manually?
I assume you will never be able to add all existing stock photo venues in an automated way. I for example have some (german) midstock sites that you probably never heard of (pitopia.de, digitalstock.de, shotshop.com, panthermedia.de, zoonar.de - at least the last two are mentioned here on MSG). And they do produce some sales, and although by far not as frequent as the big microsites, the amounts can add up since the prices are higher.

So a feature to add sites, add photos (if they are not already on the existing sites) and add sales manually might make sense - in the long run, definitely adding FT and StockXpert and sorting out the image matching are more important.

« Reply #81 on: February 17, 2009, 12:17 »
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Only to make sure your to do list doesn't get too short  ;D :

How about giving users the ability to enter more sites manually?
I assume you will never be able to add all existing stock photo venues in an automated way. I for example have some (german) midstock sites that you probably never heard of (pitopia.de, digitalstock.de, shotshop.com, panthermedia.de, zoonar.de - at least the last two are mentioned here on MSG). And they do produce some sales, and although by far not as frequent as the big microsites, the amounts can add up since the prices are higher.

So a feature to add sites, add photos (if they are not already on the existing sites) and add sales manually might make sense - in the long run, definitely adding FT and StockXpert and sorting out the image matching are more important.

"The list is long and distinguished..." ;) (please excuse the Top Gun reference)

I think your assessment is correct - we're not going to be able to add every single site for every single user. To be honest, I don't think we had ever discussed a manual entry model but it's not a bad idea. In the near to mid-term, we're going to be adding the main sites as you mentioned. Beyond that, we'll see.

I love having a long list of things to do. At least we'll never be sitting around wondering what to work on next :)

Thanks for the input. Please keep it coming.

Rahul



« Reply #82 on: March 05, 2009, 18:51 »
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Bit quiet on this thread, how are the new sites coming along Rahul ? I'm looking forward to not having to log into each my agency every day to check my stats :)

« Reply #83 on: March 05, 2009, 19:16 »
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Bit quiet on this thread, how are the new sites coming along Rahul ? I'm looking forward to not having to log into each my agency every day to check my stats :)

They are coming :)

We've been making some back end improvements to handle scale and to make sure we can quickly solve data issues. All this should let us add new sites faster. I too am anxious to get more released. I'm hoping days not weeks.

« Reply #84 on: March 06, 2009, 08:12 »
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Sounds great, thanks for the updates :)

« Reply #85 on: March 29, 2009, 16:42 »
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Heya Rahul :) nice maintenance release with this and past year on that stats. If I can also make another suggestion it's to add an option to either sort images in the Earnings section be either revenue or downloads, hope FT isn't too far away either, loving your site/product :)

« Reply #86 on: March 29, 2009, 23:55 »
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Heya Rahul :) nice maintenance release with this and past year on that stats. If I can also make another suggestion it's to add an option to either sort images in the Earnings section be either revenue or downloads, hope FT isn't too far away either, loving your site/product :)

Glad you found those two useful. One of our users had suggested it and it made total sense and we were able to sneak it in as part of a back end release. Sorting by $ or DL makes sense too. We'll see what we can do :)

We are working hard on FT and some other goodies.

Appreciate the kind words and continued support!

Rahul

« Reply #87 on: April 14, 2009, 13:53 »
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Just tried Lookstat a little and the one feature that I would be really interested to see is tracking of groups of images. It was mentioned before - the idea is to track not individual images across sites but results of complete sessions.

Tracking individual images like it is possible in the current version is nice for some analytical work but I don't see it very useful in routine day to day work.

« Reply #88 on: April 15, 2009, 11:16 »
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Just tried Lookstat a little and the one feature that I would be really interested to see is tracking of groups of images. It was mentioned before - the idea is to track not individual images across sites but results of complete sessions.

Tracking individual images like it is possible in the current version is nice for some analytical work but I don't see it very useful in routine day to day work.

Hi MikLav,

Thanks for trying us out. You're absolutely right about the value of tracking groups of images. This is planned and makes sense. Whether by shoot, by category or any other grouping, it will be extremely useful.

I don't have an ETA on it yet, but it is on our development roadmap.

Rahul

« Reply #89 on: April 29, 2009, 15:31 »
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hey rahul, i think this is a very useful tool. i have registered and i love how it works. my problem is that i have not much pics on shutter, dreamstime or istock... so it would be very nice, if fotolia will be on board soon..

i know that some day you want us to pay for this service *g but on my site it is no problem, if it works.

My only wish... fotolia, than stockxpert and bigstock...

the german agencies are not important for you i think, but a tool where i can add them would be great...

best regards

yvonne

« Reply #90 on: May 03, 2009, 21:40 »
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hey rahul, i think this is a very useful tool. i have registered and i love how it works. my problem is that i have not much pics on shutter, dreamstime or istock... so it would be very nice, if fotolia will be on board soon..

i know that some day you want us to pay for this service *g but on my site it is no problem, if it works.

My only wish... fotolia, than stockxpert and bigstock...

the german agencies are not important for you i think, but a tool where i can add them would be great...

best regards

yvonne

Hi Yvonne,

Thanks for the kind words and for sharing your site wishlist. Fotolia is next.

Rahul

« Reply #91 on: May 03, 2009, 21:58 »
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Just tried Lookstat a little and the one feature that I would be really interested to see is tracking of groups of images. It was mentioned before - the idea is to track not individual images across sites but results of complete sessions.

Yap, I asked for it before. This would be a most useful feature, since it would allow to calculate the yield of a total shoot.


« Reply #93 on: May 06, 2009, 21:18 »
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It seems that Shutter Stock hasn't been reporting for me for past few days, is this a global issue with Lookstat or just on my account ?



« Reply #96 on: May 07, 2009, 01:56 »
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Thanks for the update, Rahul.  I like what you guys have done and look forward to getting even more detailed insights into my sales.  Assuming Shutterstock can provide APIs to give you the information with minimum impact, this may turn out to be a win for both sides.

« Reply #97 on: May 07, 2009, 02:10 »
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Thanks for the update, Rahul.  I like what you guys have done and look forward to getting even more detailed insights into my sales.  Assuming Shutterstock can provide APIs to give you the information with minimum impact, this may turn out to be a win for both sides.

Thanks for the kind words - they are much appreciated. We will keep working to improve LookStat and I agree with you re: APIs. I think if we can move towards APIs or other structured access mechanisms, it's going to be a win all around.

« Reply #98 on: July 17, 2009, 03:02 »
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There hasn't been any update regarding lookstat in months...
Should we consider the site dead or can we expect things to come...?

« Reply #99 on: July 17, 2009, 03:38 »
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I couple of months ago I joined... and I have come to like the site especially when they promised they add FTL and more sites very soon. Since then no improvements and they even lost SS from their list. Using lookstat is pointless now. A few months ago I logged in 2-3 times a day while now I log in every second week only. This is a sad story. :( i know this is not their fault but the agencies started a war against 3rd party stat services. But lookstat looked different, lookstat's aproach looked so professional.

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