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« on: July 10, 2017, 21:53 »
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Good evening.... I'm just starting out with stock and I've been going through (slowly) my catalog of photos and finding what I can and think should be good for Stock.

One thing I've been playing with is StockSubmitter. I love the program so far but I've got a few questions. I apologies if this is in the wrong place or I've missed a manual somewhere for it and know it's simple to use but my brain is weird sometimes.


The biggest question I have now is: Does Stocksubmitter fetch the status of images. So I see it updates the status for ready to upload, and then pending once submitted, but can it/does it have the ability to fetch if the agency has approved the image? I think I might be asking alot but it seems to know when the agency is ready for a file to be submitted and can do that I so I thought it might be able to. So far I've just been manually going through images as they get approved to mark them approved.

2nd.... how does everyone else work with the program. I feel like I'm going to put one for 2 keywords on files in lightroom and then use Stocksubmitter do the real keywording. I feel like it does a better job than LR in the keyword department (then again that's what it was designed for)

Finally, for now. I don't understand the countdown for submitting? If I submit, it does it's thing then restarts. Are we checking the agency server's for updates on the images (as mentioned in number 1?) what are the pros/cons to leaving it run and keep submitting or why would I want to it submit over and over every 15 minutes?


Sorry if these are amateur questions, or if they have been addressed else-ware. If I've missed the manual somewhere, I am very sorry, can someone point me to it?

Thanks and thanks for a great program... loving it so far!

Rob

The verification here is awesome too.... questions topic related and something we should all know.... but why Nikon! lol


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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 10:44 »
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Hi Rob

I wrote a couple of long (and free - if Cathy is reading this) blog posts about using Stock Submitter. I didn't investigate the status question (although I think I saw something in an option about that - I should investigate!).

Anywhere, my post is here:
http://www.backyardsilver.com/2017/02/stock-submitter-istock-esp-new-alamy-supertags/

Steve

« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 17:35 »
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Hi Rob

I wrote a couple of long (and free - if Cathy is reading this) blog posts about using Stock Submitter. I didn't investigate the status question (although I think I saw something in an option about that - I should investigate!).

Anywhere, my post is here:
newbielink:http://www.backyardsilver.com/2017/02/stock-submitter-istock-esp-new-alamy-supertags/ [nonactive]

Steve

Hi Steve, thanks for the reply! It was your book that got me this far by the way! Heard you on improve photography I think it was last week and was intrigued. I'll take a look over on your blog again. Iv been slowly trying to read it as time permits.

Having a basic understanding of how software like STocksubmitter works with the agencies I think it is possible. It already communicates in some way more than just FTP (submits) so I'm curious if it does it on its own. Iv been doing it manually and felt a little weird then asked myself the question above ... maybe I'm just being lazy. It'd be awesome though!

Thanks again for the reply.


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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 01:30 »
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I believe it doesn't check if images have been rejected.

It does try to submit any images on the agencies' servers periodically as some agencies take time to process images before you can submit them.

So far I have found it to be hit and miss. I do illustrations as well as photos and  have found that errors sometimes occur. As it doesn't feed back these errors you end up spending as long checking the agencies to make sure uploads were successful as you would uploading manually.

Prime examples are several images going walkabout when you upload a batch of illustrations to SS and vectors sometimes appearing as jpegs on 123rf. These are issues however you upload but it does make it a bit pointless trying to automate in this way.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 08:12 »
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I only use it for photos and now videos and have had no issues with missing files. I submit to 16 agencies and sometimes 120 or so images at a time - all smooth so far. As I said, I've never checked for acceptances as I only really watch SS and Adobe in terms of what they reject and sometimes resubmit those. I've done that via StockSubmitter as well as you can reset an image to be resubmitted to the selected agencies.

Steve

PS - glad you found the Improve Photography podcast interesting. He was a good interviewer - had done his research about me in advance and was very easy to talk to.

« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 03:10 »
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I have to reiterate that these aren't issues with stock submitter as such. It's the buggy agency uploads that are the problem, but it does impact how useful stock submitter is.

« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 15:33 »
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thanks for all the replies and sorry for the delay. Life has been busy this past week or so.

So far I'm very happy with Stock Submiter. I have a lot to learn it seems. I don't think the program verifying if it is indeed accepted is a huge deal, was just curious. So far I haven't really had any problems I would say. Just trying to figure it out as I go.


 

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