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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2013, 23:18 »
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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?
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2013, 04:36 »
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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.

Hi Xanox - You were banned because this was yet another registration of yours on our forum, in a string of anonymous names and multiple registrations, where you have previously been banned for continuously breaking the forum rules. You keep changing your name, but the ban will remain I'm afraid.

The forum is still linked to the homepage via the "for sellers" link at the top of the page and we welcome contributors to use it. We are also working on a new and improved version which we are very excited about to launch soon.

James Allsworth
Content Executive and Social Media Manager
Alamy
« Last Edit: March 28, 2013, 05:47 by Alamy »


rubyroo

« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2013, 05:33 »
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Thank YOU for listening, acknowledging and responding so promptly.  It's much appreciated. 

Here's hoping for an easier, faster uploading process. (Fingers crossed) :)

« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2013, 05:50 »
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Thank you very much for being involved here. I believe companies that engage with our critique in a positive way will have the best longterm success in the market. I know we keep nagging and complaining, but we only want alamy to be the best it can be ;).


« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2013, 06:41 »
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where you have previously been banned for continuously breaking the forum rules. You keep changing your name, but the ban will remain I'm afraid.

We are also working on a new and improved version which we are very excited about to launch soon.

James Allsworth
Content Executive and Social Media Manager
Alamy

to be exactly Zanox stayed under the radar for maybe 1 year and was finally banned because he complained the "Best of" button was a disastrous idea in the way it was implemented.

turns out Alamy itself now listened to us and "bestof" is now called "Creative" and the search results are also quite better than during the launch months ago.

what about the old diatribe about the "stack" feature 2-3 yrs ago ? me banned again and Alamy pulling out "stacking" after buyers complaints.

it's getting funny as you keep banning me for basically telling the truth, i should switch into a fortune teller career maybe ... but frankly now i've enough of the super boring alamy forum and of mods who cant deal with well grounded cricitism.

good luck with the new one, i promise i'll not join anymore with new aliases.

« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2013, 07:20 »
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I'd like to thank everyone here for their comments in this thread - we read all the feedback we can, not just on our own site and find it all very useful.

Best wishes

James Allsworth.

And thank you for coming into MSG and being upfront about what you are currently doing and listening to our feedback.  means a lot when you consider other agencies who ignore this forum and the (mostly) quite good ideas and alternatives offered up by some pretty experienced artists.  Really makes a big difference.

RacePhoto

« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2013, 12:42 »
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Enable the site to read metadata for Title, Caption and drop all the keywords into Comprehensive, we can edit from there. People will send you vast praise and thanks.  :)

I like the Essential Box limit which makes people think about what words really count and matter, instead of their favorite 500 words that are often distant or irrelevant. (spam) But making it easier to add keywords and some EXIF data, would be very kind of you.


I'd like to thank everyone here for their comments in this thread - we read all the feedback we can, not just on our own site and find it all very useful.

Best wishes

James Allsworth.

« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2013, 03:39 »
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Enable the site to read metadata for Title, Caption and drop all the keywords into Comprehensive, we can edit from there. People will send you vast praise and thanks.  :)

I like the Essential Box limit which makes people think about what words really count and matter, instead of their favorite 500 words that are often distant or irrelevant. (spam) But making it easier to add keywords and some EXIF data, would be very kind of you.


We import the IPTC metadata when we upload your images, but only extract the caption, description, keyword and date fields depending on which version of Photoshop you are using.

IPTC headers in Photoshop 6 & 7

  • The caption field corresponds with our caption field which is limited to 128 characters. If you add more than 128 characters in Photoshop we will transfer your data to our description field. You will then need to add a new caption.
  • The keyword field corresponds with our comprehensive keyword field. We limit the keyword field to 856 characters and we truncate any words over this amount.
  • In the IPTC keyword field add each word individually as there is a cut-off point of 32 characters (including spaces) beyond which Photoshop will truncate a list of keywords. Click Add after youve entered each keyword.

IPTC headers in Photoshop CS and above

  • The description field corresponds with our caption field. We limit the caption field to 128 characters and any additional IPTC data overflows to our description field.
  • The keyword field corresponds with our comprehensive keywords field. We limit the compehensive keywords field to 856 characters and any additional IPTC data is truncated.
  • Separate your keywords with semicolons in Photoshop to ensure they transfer correctly.

James Allsworth
Alamy
« Last Edit: April 04, 2013, 03:42 by Alamy »

« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2013, 03:54 »
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Enable the site to read metadata for Title, Caption and drop all the keywords into Comprehensive, we can edit from there. People will send you vast praise and thanks.  :)

I like the Essential Box limit which makes people think about what words really count and matter, instead of their favorite 500 words that are often distant or irrelevant. (spam) But making it easier to add keywords and some EXIF data, would be very kind of you.



I disagree. I would like the keywords dropped into Main Keywords and the Essential and Comprehensive keywords removed. That is what people really want, one set of keywords.

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2013, 04:00 »
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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.

Hi Xanox - You were banned because this was yet another registration of yours on our forum, in a string of anonymous names and multiple registrations, where you have previously been banned for continuously breaking the forum rules. You keep changing your name, but the ban will remain I'm afraid.

The forum is still linked to the homepage via the "for sellers" link at the top of the page and we welcome contributors to use it. We are also working on a new and improved version which we are very excited about to launch soon.

James Allsworth
Content Executive and Social Media Manager
Alamy
hilarious, I've been to the Alamy site one time and came across Xanox and his poisonous words (mostly bagging out micro and MSG in general) and now, this person is HERE. I think your reputation precedes you i'm afraid, if even I know about you.

rubyroo

« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2013, 04:04 »
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I disagree. I would like the keywords dropped into Main Keywords and the Essential and Comprehensive keywords removed. That is what people really want, one set of keywords.

Yes please.  Plus one to that.

« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2013, 08:44 »
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I disagree. I would like the keywords dropped into Main Keywords and the Essential and Comprehensive keywords removed. That is what people really want, one set of keywords.

Yes please.  Plus one to that.

Me too. 

DC


« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2013, 10:55 »
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I doubt making the upload process any easier is a priority for them.  They are way bigger than any of the micros with about 36 million images so the current upload process doesn't seem to be deterring anyone.

« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2013, 11:04 »
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mtkang - thanks for explaining how to work batch edit - saves a lot of time. How I managed to overlook that feature until now is beyond me.

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: April 04, 2013, 11:10 by ann »

rubyroo

« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2013, 11:17 »
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I doubt making the upload process any easier is a priority for them.  They are way bigger than any of the micros with about 36 million images so the current upload process doesn't seem to be deterring anyone.

I beg to differ.  It's deterred me enormously, and I imagine there are many out there who have been similarly deterred.  For all we know they could have had 50 million images with fewer deterrents.

« Reply #41 on: April 04, 2013, 11:26 »
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I use IrfanView to put in my Iptc data and Alamy is the only site it doesn't work properly for.  It only imports a few of my keywords so I have to go and copy them in one at a time.

« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2013, 13:58 »
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hilarious, I've been to the Alamy site one time and came across Xanox and his poisonous words (mostly bagging out micro and MSG in general) and now, this person is HERE. I think your reputation precedes you i'm afraid, if even I know about you.

i'm done with their forum, i'm a "born again stocker".


gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #43 on: April 04, 2013, 16:32 »
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hilarious, I've been to the Alamy site one time and came across Xanox and his poisonous words (mostly bagging out micro and MSG in general) and now, this person is HERE. I think your reputation precedes you i'm afraid, if even I know about you.

i'm done with their forum, i'm a "born again stocker".
lol, good for you.

« Reply #44 on: April 04, 2013, 21:11 »
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Enable the site to read metadata for Title, Caption and drop all the keywords into Comprehensive, we can edit from there. People will send you vast praise and thanks.  :)

I like the Essential Box limit which makes people think about what words really count and matter, instead of their favorite 500 words that are often distant or irrelevant. (spam) But making it easier to add keywords and some EXIF data, would be very kind of you.



I disagree. I would like the keywords dropped into Main Keywords and the Essential and Comprehensive keywords removed. That is what people really want, one set of keywords.

No, please keep that, I really like that system. At least in theory, it is much better for relevance.

« Reply #45 on: April 04, 2013, 21:16 »
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I use IrfanView to put in my Iptc data and Alamy is the only site it doesn't work properly for.  It only imports a few of my keywords so I have to go and copy them in one at a time.

I use Exifer and sometime edit order with Irfanview. My data is uploaded correctly in each image (caption and keywords, dropped into the comprehensive field), but even if I have two images with exactly the same data, when I try to edit both together, then the original data disappears.

« Reply #46 on: April 05, 2013, 09:52 »
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by the way, there's an Alamy Uploader addon for Lightroom, it should support all the fields, not sure about the keyword limit.

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&extid=1946522



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« Last Edit: April 05, 2013, 09:55 by Xanox »

ShadySue

« Reply #47 on: April 06, 2013, 19:37 »
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Unfortunately, I can't see that the files highlighted as 'creative' in the areas of my interest are any more 'creative' than the non-creative ones, any more than the 'best of' were any 'better' than the rest.
Except that some wildlife images are definitely 'creative' in terms of what the tog imagines (or spams) the creatures actually are, as opposed to what they really are. (Though part of that is the same old problem of the search engine, e.g. throwing up whale sharks on a search on whale.)

ShadySue

« Reply #48 on: April 07, 2013, 17:07 »
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I've just noticed that even when a photo is correctly marked as not having PRs or MRs (when they would be needed) the default image page shows pricing for things like 'promotional email' or 'web advert', which should not be available with unreleased images.
Way under that, it says:
"Need an editorial license or can't see an option to suit your needs? Click here for custom pricing or get a quote from our customer care team."
Surely if an image doesn't have a PR or MR and needs one or both, the only options showing should be editorial uses?
I know Alamy says the end use responsibility is the buyer's, but why push them towards wrong usage?

RacePhoto

« Reply #49 on: April 10, 2013, 02:18 »
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Enable the site to read metadata for Title, Caption and drop all the keywords into Comprehensive, we can edit from there. People will send you vast praise and thanks.  :)

I like the Essential Box limit which makes people think about what words really count and matter, instead of their favorite 500 words that are often distant or irrelevant. (spam) But making it easier to add keywords and some EXIF data, would be very kind of you.



I disagree. I would like the keywords dropped into Main Keywords and the Essential and Comprehensive keywords removed. That is what people really want, one set of keywords.

No, please keep that, I really like that system. At least in theory, it is much better for relevance.

I'd agree. People want a better search experience for buyers and then want to lump everything into one field to make it dumber?

Yes it's a little more effort, but when someone searches for something and I know my personal choices for the most important keywords are going to be weighted towards my image. I like it! Cuts down on keyword spam also.

Looks like I haven't tried to import keywords in a couple of years, because they were getting truncated, so I had to cut and paste anyway. Time to try again. Also try the other fields that are being read. I'd be happy if that works. One less manual effort, but since I use the bulk edit and drop down selections, it's not that terrible. That new editor was a really nice addition.

Reminding myself:  caption, description, keyword and date fields


 

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