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« on: June 08, 2011, 02:05 »
Hello for all microstock contributor!

I need some oppinion on this.

Suppose we have a stock management application which can do the followings:

  • it's cloud based (a web platform)
  • you upload the images to the application, add metadata (auto keywording) , and deploys to several agencies (now available only for ShutterStock and Dreamstime)
  • you can track your image state.
  • retrive statistics from the agencies (RPI, $/DL, charts, etc.)
  • plus you have a work timer, a check-in check-out system to measure your worked time and proficiency of an image
  • in short: this product is a combination of an autosubmitter and a microstock analytics software, all in a web platform (backs: just ShutterStock and Dreamstime available now)
All these features for 6 month free than perhaps 10-20$ fee per month. Unlimited upload, unlimited space.

My questions are:

  • worth it for development? (80% is ready now)
  • can we get audience with these features against picWorkFlow and Stock Submitter and Microstock Analytics ?
  • would you use it with these features?
  • special question: if you were the CEO, what should be your price plans ? ...tricky question indeed :)

Thanks for your opinions,

~ Saci ~

« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 05:26 »
If it is like Isyndica was... I would sign up first thing!

I would love to see what you have done so far!

Melissa King

« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 05:29 »
There are already two applications that do a simlar thing,
PicWorkflow and Lightburner.  How would yours be different?


  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 09:26 »
I agree with Leaf - I use Lightburner exactly like this (well, not exactly as I prefer to keyword on my PC so I can search for images locally).

Lightburner is free (I think because they will hope to get referral income from sites that you now add because it is so easy to upload to). The only difference is that they don't store the images as high resolution for more than a few days and then only keep the thumbnail, but I can use MostPhotos to keep a hi-res copy!


« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 09:40 »
In contrast with PicWorkflow:
- one time payment, and a free 90 day trial
- free autokeywording
- easier GUI, i think they have a too complex interface

In contrast with LightBurner:
- unlimited space
- no image deletion after 3 days
- Yuri style keywording if you know what i mean
- analytics for external files - by external i mean image that wasn't uploaded with our application

And much more.


  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 09:57 »
I think if Lightburner didn't exist, then it would be interesting, but given a choice between a free system that does 90% of what I want and a 100% system that costs $10 or $20 a month, I would vote for the free system. I've been trying to sell a great eBook to help beginners get started in stock for only $4.99 and that is a struggle!!

I'm still not convinced of the benefit of doing keywording on your system - what if I want to upload directly to Alamy, say, I would have to get the keyworded files back from your system onto my hard drive to use the Alamy upload process. I much prefer to have keyworded images on my own computer that I can later upload to a brand new site.

What is the real benefit over the competition that people would be willing to pay for?


« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 10:31 »
I would pay for a service with advanced statistics on external images, images that aren't uploaded through your system. Total earnings per image across all agencies (including small ones), on individual agencies, charts of performance over the years for individual files and altogether, RPI, RPD - all time revenue stats, revenue from new content, charts comparing growth on different agencies, stuff like that. Just really detailed stats and numbers that take a LONG time to enter into Excel. Don't even know if it's possible, but I'd love that.

Remember that iSyndica closed for a reason. I did subscribe for a few months and liked their service, but as I'm not a volume contributor I decided it wasn't worth it.

I would say $5 per month and hope that more contributors would sign up due to the low price. But I have no idea if this is even profitable after hosting expenses. Maybe supplement with ads?

« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 10:37 »
Thomas, you might want to try Microstock Analytics. It does most of what you mentioned and it's free for up to 500 files on each site.

« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011, 22:50 »
I'm curious what you mean by 'autokeywording'... wouldn't that be really poor quality keywords?

(I run picWorkflow btw, just asking cos I'm curious :))


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