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Poncke

« Reply #100 on: April 02, 2013, 10:37 »
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1st quarter is gone. Its April, 2nd quarter. Whats the status of this project? Is it out of beta? Has it launched?

Did anyone have any sales? Was it worth the investment?


« Reply #101 on: April 02, 2013, 11:54 »
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Wasn't it about to be launched a year ago?  Seems like a very long delay after being told several times last year that the full launch was very close.

« Reply #102 on: April 02, 2013, 14:59 »
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I did a google search for it, found the front page and it still says Photographer Beta Now open. If you do an image search it still puts up the dialog saying this is limited and once it has launched all sites will be searched.

In other words I see no change at all from many months ago, and I hope no photographer has been paying them monthly fees as nothing's functional yet. All the articles Google search returned on the first page were from a year ago, so if there is anything going on, Google didn't find it.

Ron

« Reply #103 on: June 16, 2013, 06:43 »
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http://support.picturengine.com/customer/portal/articles/478852-when-will-the-site-be-%22live-%22

When will the site be "live?"
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2012

I wonder what have caused them to abandon the project? If they wait any longer, Symbiostock will take their place, if its not too late already.

« Reply #104 on: September 21, 2013, 19:46 »
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Whatever happened to PicturEngine?

« Reply #105 on: September 22, 2013, 04:16 »
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I don't know but for some reason I'm going to leave this link here :)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaporware

« Reply #106 on: September 24, 2013, 17:53 »
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Whatever happened to PicturEngine?
They are doing great.
Patience is virtue.  ;)

« Reply #107 on: September 25, 2013, 16:52 »
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Whatever happened to PicturEngine?
They are doing great.
Patience is virtue.  ;)

ROFL!   why is there still no there there?  the domain just points to a domain broker!!!!

last heard they were asking photogs to pay for a service they couldn't even see in action,and that was more than a year ago

they have a long way to go to gain ANY respectability after the misrepresentations they made here, and the failure to address MAJOR discrepancies in the way they were pitching to sellers vs buyers

« Reply #108 on: September 26, 2013, 07:49 »
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I hope nobody gave these people any money.  I was suspicious about this group all along because some of the top peeps in here asked questions that they simply couldn't answer very convincingly. 

Ron

« Reply #109 on: September 26, 2013, 08:13 »
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I hope nobody gave these people any money.  I was suspicious about this group all along because some of the top peeps in here asked questions that they simply couldn't answer very convincingly.
I think some people did sign up. Not sure if any cost were involved, I believe it was 90 dollar or something. And after beta it would be 480 dollar/yr.

Anyhoo, I am sure he ran into issues. They shot past their go live dead line of April by 6 months and there hasnt been any communication from them from about 10 months I believe.

« Reply #110 on: September 26, 2013, 13:44 »
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There's been quite a lot of activity behind the scenes in the last few weeks, and we've been in contact with Justin.

Things are still happening, though slowly.

« Reply #111 on: September 26, 2013, 13:47 »
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I've spoken with Justin in the last couple of days. He told me PicturEngine is on the verge of their Grand Opening. Sadly, he also told me this three months ago...and six months ago....and nine months ago... and also twelve months ago.

« Reply #112 on: September 26, 2013, 20:43 »
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I've spoken with Justin in the last couple of days. He told me PicturEngine is on the verge of their Grand Opening. Sadly, he also told me this three months ago...and six months ago....and nine months ago... and also twelve months ago.

is the grand opening going to happen before or after a live beta test????

Grafix04

« Reply #113 on: October 27, 2013, 00:12 »
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Whatever happened to PicturEngine?
They are doing great.
Patience is virtue.  ;)

How are you doing there Maigi?  Have you made any sales?  Has anyone else?

Looks like they've finally gone live but I notice that the sim search still isn't available and the search can be really slow.  It wasn't what I was expecting with all the high tech talk Justin was pushing.

Another thing I've noticed is that Google isn't indexing PE's photographers' images in their search.  That could be a good thing if the site takes off, especially considering all the shenanigans on Google distributing high res pics.

Traffic wise they're not doing too well yet but they seem to be improving.  On Alexa they're ranked globally on 1,294,869 but have jumped from 3,079,390 in the last three months.  In the US, they're ranked 164,651.

I'm trying to decide whether to go with Symbiostock and later sign up with PE with the Advertising Plan, or wait till my hosting expires and sign up directly as a photographer on PE for $480.  If I add up the cost of hosting myself and the advertising plan, it's a bit cheaper but then there are more headaches maintaining your own site.  The RM calculator on PE looks great too.  Hopefully Symbiostock introduces something similar.



Edit:  Just noticed that the search options don't work.  If I check the RF, microstock or Subscriptions box, RM still appears.  The search results also don't incorporate other microstock agents.
« Last Edit: October 27, 2013, 00:41 by Grafix04 »

Ron

« Reply #114 on: October 27, 2013, 01:26 »
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THere is no content, its an empty shell. Leo is working with Justin to get a Symbiostock connector.

But I am not paying one cent for anything. I have lost all trust in them.

My own site is ranked higher then them on Alexa, I am in the 600k somewhere.

« Reply #115 on: October 27, 2013, 01:57 »
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There is only a partial search available there right now.  They still have not officially gone live.

Grafix04

« Reply #116 on: October 27, 2013, 02:42 »
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I started this thread almost a year ago complaining that they hadn't advanced yet and it looks like they haven't moved.  What have they been doing? 

Yeh, Ron, that's the first thing I thought when I saw their Alexa rating.  Symbio hasn't been around long and they have them beat already.  I also noticed they only have 10 people following them on Twitter and about 40 on Facebook.  Where are all those interested 40,000 buyers?

I think I'll wait for Symbio's new licensing.  Thinking this through, if Symbio takes off there's probably no need for PicturEngine.


« Reply #117 on: October 27, 2013, 02:56 »
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I don't see any point in giving PE money.  Justin shouldn't of kept telling people that they were about to launch.  One mistake is acceptable but this has happened too many times now.  Get it ready before building up the hype.

I think it's very unlikely but if PE takes off, we could get a contributors site with 1 million images that would get in to the PE search for free.  I think that's a better option than all of us paying PE every month.

Grafix04

« Reply #118 on: October 27, 2013, 06:01 »
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I don't see any point in giving PE money.  Justin shouldn't of kept telling people that they were about to launch.  One mistake is acceptable but this has happened too many times now.  Get it ready before building up the hype.

I think it's very unlikely but if PE takes off, we could get a contributors site with 1 million images that would get in to the PE search for free.  I think that's a better option than all of us paying PE every month.

Agreed.

I would have forgiven the days since there are always hiccups with most start ups.  What put me off was his conflicting sales pitch to buyers and sellers.

Now that Symbio is available to us, I'm not sure if I want PE to succeed.  If a buyer's going to choose someone else's image over mine, I'd rather it be one directly from the photographer who will earn 100% than from any agent that will earn half or more of the cut.


stocked

« Reply #119 on: October 27, 2013, 07:07 »
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I haven't looked at PE but one advantage could be that a buyer only have to register once to have buying access to the images. (at Symbiostock you still have to register for each site individually). I maybe would pay for a global simplified registering if priced reasonable.

Ron

« Reply #120 on: October 27, 2013, 07:58 »
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I haven't looked at PE but one advantage could be that a buyer only have to register once to have buying access to the images. (at Symbiostock you still have to register for each site individually). I maybe would pay for a global simplified registering if priced reasonable.

Registration has been simplified, all a buyer has to do is enter email and password and can go straight to purchase. There is no need to wait for an email, or copy in a random password. Its very straightforward now, saving minutes per visit. But yes, each site still requires that login.

« Reply #121 on: October 27, 2013, 13:32 »
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I haven't looked at PE but one advantage could be that a buyer only have to register once to have buying access to the images. (at Symbiostock you still have to register for each site individually). I maybe would pay for a global simplified registering if priced reasonable.

PE is just a search engine - you srill have to deal with each site separately:

from the PE site:
Image results include all of the big stock photo agencies, the best niche agencies, as well as individual photographers.  Image buyers click right through to where the image is housed to purchase a usage license.

and
When you find an image you like, you have the option to search for similar images throughout the industry, ensuring a complete search.  Once you find the right image, just click and license directly from the source.

eg, if you select an image from corbis, you get switched to the corbis site to pay



PE does now claim:
If an image is listed with an agency, and the photographer lists the same image on the PicturEngine platform, buyers see only the image listed by the photographer on the PicturEngine platform.  

but how this will happen isn't specified and the demo doesn't show examples
« Last Edit: October 27, 2013, 13:39 by cascoly »

Ron

« Reply #122 on: October 27, 2013, 13:34 »
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Good catch Steve


 

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