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« on: March 27, 2013, 02:40 »
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www.alamy.com

as much as i was critic of Alamy in the past finally they managed to launch a very nice new site, to me it also feels faster and thumbs are bigger.

the dreadful "best of" button has also been replaced with "Creative".

my only complaint is they should replace also "Relevant" with "Editorial".


« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 03:24 »
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The site looks great, is fast and responsive. Just the uploading, especially the descriptions, keywords etc...are a pain. Although I agree with weighted keywords. But why do i have to add manually how many people are in the picture? That is what model releases are for, right?

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 03:33 »
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the back end is still the same, right? :(

« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 03:35 »
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The site looks great, is fast and responsive. Just the uploading, especially the descriptions, keywords etc...are a pain. Although I agree with weighted keywords. But why do i have to add manually how many people are in the picture? That is what model releases are for, right?
+1000
Drives me mad uploading there.  Also I use IrfanView to keyword my images and this is the only site that it doesn't export all the keywords to so I have to go and manually  add more.

« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2013, 03:35 »
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I dont know what it was like before. Uploading and approval are easy and fast, but you have to manually edit every single file. That is a complete waste of my time. No bulk edit tools and many extra steps others dont have.


« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2013, 03:38 »
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Even adding the model releases takes more clicks than anywhere else!!

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2013, 03:42 »
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wait, can't you drag them down into that bit at the bottom and do a batch edit?
although you still have to go in and triple check all their little boxes.
i rarely upload more than 10 a time (too scared to lose a big batch of good stuff in case they don't like one)

rubyroo

« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2013, 03:48 »
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2013, 03:59 »
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They could at least add check boxes instead of the pull down selections. that would make a huge difference already. And put all what needs to be selected on one large page.

Seriously, the UI seems to be designed to make me waste as much time as possible.

I also havent found a lightbox or gallery tool. I need to organize my portfolio by subjects because I shoot many different themes. And obviously these media boxes should show together with the image. How else can the customer find more of my files?
« Last Edit: March 27, 2013, 04:21 by cobalt »

« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2013, 04:04 »
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They could at least make the keywording area of the site work. Since yesterday the "manage images" area doesn't load the images, at least not in Firefox. So you don't need to worry about manually editing all the files any longer, the new site won't let you!

« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2013, 04:12 »
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The possibility of high commision sales is the only thing that keeps me uploading here. I stopped bothering with panthermedia and a couple of others because it just wasn't worth the effort involved.

« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2013, 04:14 »
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I wonder why they still haven't opened up the video side of the site to all contributors?  They were already late to the market but now they've only offered video buyers a small collection for such a long time, I wonder if they will ever take it seriously?

After another commission cut and very poor sales so far this year, my motivation to carry on uploading to alamy is low at the moment.  I hope the new look site will help and my zooms are quite good lately but another month without any sales other than novel use and I think I'll stop uploading.

« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2013, 05:40 »
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Hi Cobalt,

I find alamy is one of the best submit interface.. there is a batch submit features..just 'manage images' and highlight the thumbnail in same series, 'shift' or 'control' to select mulitple images..and pull to the tab under..

you can then edit them in batch.. I used adobe bridge for my keywords and it import as the third keyword tab..so I usually move them to the 'main keywords' and 'second keywords' tab.



They could at least add check boxes instead of the pull down selections. that would make a huge difference already. And put all what needs to be selected on one large page.

Seriously, the UI seems to be designed to make me waste as much time as possible.

I also havent found a lightbox or gallery tool. I need to organize my portfolio by subjects because I shoot many different themes. And obviously these media boxes should show together with the image. How else can the customer find more of my files?

« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2013, 05:41 »
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Ill try that, thank you. :)

Dan

« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2013, 08:17 »
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      Hope  thngs  will  continue  to  improve  especially  SALES.

« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2013, 09:21 »
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... the UI seems to be designed to make me waste as much time as possible.

It sure does.

Making us cut/paste all our keywords from one box to another - every single time, on every photo, year after year...  come on people.  FIX THIS.

« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2013, 10:03 »
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Hi Cobalt,

I find alamy is one of the best submit interface.. there is a batch submit features..just 'manage images' and highlight the thumbnail in same series, 'shift' or 'control' to select mulitple images..and pull to the tab under..

you can then edit them in batch.. I used adobe bridge for my keywords and it import as the third keyword tab..so I usually move them to the 'main keywords' and 'second keywords' tab.
OMG thank you so much.  I had no idea that you could batch assign the attributes.  That will save me so much work.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2013, 10:06 by fotografer »

dbvirago

« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2013, 12:23 »
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Well, since it's not working right now, I'll post here. The place I always start is My Alamy. To have to click on My Alamy to get to the My Alamy link to get to My Alamy since redundant, repetitious and redundant.

Agree with others on the submit process. Would be nice to at least be able to set some defaults. For me it's always a photograph. I don't mind the extra work on keywords if it actually makes a difference, but as I've always had a hard time seeing what sells and why on Alamy, it's hard to be convinced of that.

It hasn't affected me in a while, but the ' we accept all of all the batches submitted, or you're stuck for a month is hard to take. I have heard the logic that all images from a single shoot will be the same quality but A) that isn't true and 2) I never submit all images from a single shoot - I'd rather submit variety. So the fact that the food image I shot 3 months ago isn't up to standard has nothing to do with the model shot I took last week.

Sales took a dramatic dive after the search change so not happy with that. Also, novel use is a horrible joke.

OK, that's all I got. Site is back up now.

« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2013, 12:30 »
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The homepage looks way too busy. The design is really amateurish.

SNP

  • Canadian Photographer
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2013, 12:47 »
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The site looks great, is fast and responsive. Just the uploading, especially the descriptions, keywords etc...are a pain. Although I agree with weighted keywords. But why do i have to add manually how many people are in the picture? That is what model releases are for, right?

ditto :-)

« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2013, 13:49 »
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no more link to the Forum in the home page and in the backend.

as i said in the past, they just want to kill it, now it's only linked in the Sitemap page.


« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2013, 13:55 »
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on the other hand the rants of their CEO in the Alamy Blog now are prominently linked in the home page, i'm afraid this is the last straw for what was left of their idea of interacting with contributors.

so, no more forum apart for the few oldies still writing there, and censorship in their corporate blog, FB page, and Twitter page.

it's funny how much all these companies love the idea of being "social" while acting 100% anti social when  the slightest criticism hits their as-s.

« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2013, 13:58 »
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by the way, just banned from their forum again for complaining about the forum being now invisible from home page !

good, deleted the alamy forum from my bookmarks.
good riddance guys, and dont worry the few forumers left over there will soon move here with some time.

lisafx

« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2013, 14:19 »
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I don't really care about anything but sales, and my Alamy sales this month are pathetic.  Wonder if the site redesign has anything to do with it?

« Reply #24 on: March 27, 2013, 22:57 »
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I don't really care about anything but sales, and my Alamy sales this month are pathetic.  Wonder if the site redesign has anything to do with it?

in my experience, corny stock images that sell well on micros don't exactly fit well on Alamy nor as Creative/RF nor as editorial.

travel images are another story, but it seems alamy buyers like the "natural" look rather than overphotoshopped stuff.

after the recent tweaks in their search my sales and views are now stable at alamy but zooms and some other stats are getting more and more useless.


 

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