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johngriffin

« on: January 21, 2011, 14:30 »
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The future of Cutcaster is now online and we are ready to do battle with the top tier agencies for image buyer's attention. Check out the brand new Cutcaster.

With a completely revamped design, a lightning fast site, a simplified pricing structure and brand new code, we can now provide picture buyers with more powerful/easier searching, superior results accuracy, and a better overall user experience. Try out an image search here.

Pending files and accepted files, which were uploaded or accepted after December 21st, 2010 will be moved to the new site over the next 3 days. In addition, we have rebuilt our FTP option for uploading images and will release that next week. Currently, you can upload individual images and we will parse out your IPTC data like normal. Still no assigning of categories which we will do automatically for you and attaching a release is now sooo much easier.

While some image agencies were pinching pennies from their users or others were closing their doors because of the economy, we dedicated ourselves over the last 9 months to listening to their customers needs, learning more about online image search and building one of the fastest and simplest user experiences for searching and downloading royalty free images. Cutcaster pays contributors between 40-60% of image royalties (60% if you include referrals) and you can request payout after you hit $20 in image sales or referral. Our sales have been constantly improving and that was before this major change so we are excited to see how things improve going forward.

To learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions or see how easy it is to buy stock images from us.


WarrenPrice

« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 14:48 »
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Good timing, John.  The problem as I see it, however, is I am a producer, you're a reseller, and I have no idea what the buyers think of all the recent shenanigans.   :(

« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 14:52 »
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Very nice new look!

John, I can't find pending images after submitting...

WarrenPrice

« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 15:15 »
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Very nice new look!

John, I can't find pending images after submitting...
+1

sc

« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 16:25 »
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Very nice new look!

John, I can't find pending images after submitting...
+1

I had the same problem this morning but I just did a 1 image upload and all went fine. (the ones I uploaded this morning aren't showing up at all though)

Site looks great - very fast search - easy upload interface.

steve

« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 18:25 »
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Hi John

it's good to see cutcaster is still up for the fight.

I like the new (much needed) look

do you have a list of todos somewhere?

i'm looking at the earnings history, it seems that not all the sales from the previous site are listed there - from way back in 08/09 (although they may have been imported and all dated as "2011-01-20" ?) is that correct?

Also the listing can't be sorted by date / is not in date order, it's alphabetic I think, so txns in 2011 are followed by 2009 then 2010 after that.

I think the portfolio on the old site could be sorted by downloads or views - it would be nice to have that functionality back, although I think features for buyers should come first.

it would be better to fill out the W-8BEN (or whatever tax form fits) online rather than print, scan it and upload it.

« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 18:46 »
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Put intro Welcome text into left align like below it will be better without sloppy spaces btw words

Welcome to the new Cutcaster
Cutcaster is a simple-to-use website for intelligently searching
and buying royalty free photos, hi-res pictures, stock vectors and
free stock images for use on websites, newsletters, advertising,
publishing or any commercial project.
Browse our enormous image categories, search faster with our
intuitive search engine and download affordable creative
imagery for as little as a few dollars.

« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 19:05 »
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Looks good and does seem very fast.  I can't see any way to zoom in to see the quality of an image.  Is that something buyers like?

« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2011, 08:14 »
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besides having like 200 pictures removed now my low balance is on 0$, used to be around 2$..

« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 09:01 »
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Much better site!  Great improvement.  Just wish I could get a sale every now and then.

« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2011, 09:33 »
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Put intro Welcome text into left align like below it will be better without sloppy spaces btw words

Welcome to the new Cutcaster
Cutcaster is a simple-to-use website for intelligently searching
and buying royalty free photos, hi-res pictures, stock vectors and
free stock images for use on websites, newsletters, advertising,
publishing or any commercial project.
Browse our enormous image categories, search faster with our
intuitive search engine and download affordable creative
imagery for as little as a few dollars.

Also!

Not satisfied with the price? Give us your offer and wait for the response!


P.S.
John, give us some percentage more (not only referrals) and I many of us will make marketing for CC... That can be some kind of new project on CC.

We need to find way how to motivate buyers and contributors...
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 09:41 by borg »

« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2011, 13:20 »
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- Design too wide: would I have to scroll horizontally all the time like on the new IS?
- No left margin on left text.
- Colorless too spread out landing page; main slide show too large.
- Search for Asian sunset and get this bunch of chairs;
- "Similar pictures" on this one is a server cleaning table.

Hmpff....  ::)

« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2011, 14:20 »
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Took me ages to work out that I had to scroll across to see the sign-in box.

« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2011, 14:25 »
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no way to sort images after I search.....pretty standard on every stock site.....sort by most downloaded, sort by newest first, sort by relevance, etc etc etc?
also no stats, like no way to see how many downloads a particular image has.  The name of the site should change... what does "cutcaster" even mean? always thought it was a weird name for a stock agency.

« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 15:21 »
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I like wide effect because my monitor is wide...  ;)

CD123

« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2011, 16:48 »
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As mentioned to you in my email John, here comes the complaints about the site's width.

For you with a problem with it, while holding in Ctrl (Windows), press "-" on your numbers pad and you will zoom out to the correct display for the site. Not sure about Internet Explorer, but Firefox is clever enough to keep all my other links on the original setting, while only using the zoomed effect on the Cutcaster site.

Hope it helps those unfortunates like me without the "wide screen" monitors.

PS Put down your vote about the new website here:
http://www.microstockgroup.com/microstock-news/new-cutcaster-website/msg181480/#new
« Last Edit: January 22, 2011, 18:06 by CD123 »

« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2011, 18:41 »
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I seem to be missing approx 25 images from my portfolio and it looks like my earnings may have been misplaced during the transition as I am back to a zero balance....but other than that... I think the site looks really good.

« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2011, 21:21 »
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Looks good.  Nice overall style, colors and fonts are pleasant, good proportion and placement - the site has a relaxed but serious 'feel'.

Yes, maybe the main page is too wide, and the slideshow could be smaller.   

« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2011, 05:11 »
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Missing rejections and pending sections... Or I can't find it...

CD123

« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2011, 20:30 »
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Would also perhaps be nice to go to a My Account with indication of number of files online, pending, sales amount, number of sales, etc. in stead of a mini profile. It takes long to load and is not necessarily the info one wants to see offhand. I rather select profile if I want to look at it. Rather start with account summary.

« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2011, 20:46 »
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I like wide effect because my monitor is wide...  ;)

This wide "effect" is OK. Seams biggest front thumb in industry. (Bad thing of that is screen shot as gift away for bloggers and little screen grabber fishes)
(only on iStock you cant have wide monitor enough for they epic F5 sht)

« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2011, 11:52 »
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my earning is back to 0, where is my earning?

« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2011, 12:14 »
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An improvement yes, but .....

95% of my portfolio just shows as broken thumbnails, even in searches. No thumbnails = no sales.

« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2011, 12:16 »
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my earning is back to 0, where is my earning?

talked with CC yesterday and the balance will appear again just like your full portfolio

« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2011, 15:49 »
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Nice look, but has some problems.  In my case, I have files that were approved in Jan missing from my portfolio.  Sales from 2008-2010 are appearing as 2011.  No option to request payout from referrals.  Shows only referral earning but no balance.  Duplicate photos that were removed over a year ago have reappeared.  Photos that were rejected appear as approved.  Also--double check spelling and grammar for the site.  Found several instances where "Royalty" was spelled "Royality."

Marburg

PS--I sent an email with the photo numbers in question.


 

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