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« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2013, 12:33 »
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As toonvectors is basically a vector site even though you throw in a jpg version, should we upload designs with e.g. "sample text", "vector EPS10 transparency" text within the design or would you prefer we left such text off the vectors along with their corresponding jpg's.

Placing text like that on some images sometimes gives a visual representation to buyers as to what the image looks like with text on, sort of bringing it alive if you know what I mean. It's the jpg version that you're including which I'm concerned about.

I wouldn't want to lose sales because I've included text, but there again I'm more for selling the vectors of which text is easily removable.


An excellent question.  As you point out, a good argument can be made for presenting both - i.e. sample text for buyers that plan to edit but want a feel for what's possible and blank copy space for buyers who might use the EPS or JPEG itself as is with no editing.

I do not currently have a facility for bundling multiple versions in a single download, although that's something to consider for the future.  However, I am not opposed to these kind of design variants being uploaded and sold separately.  That's essentially how color and black & white variants are being handled now - for example:

http://www.toonvectors.com/clip-art/collections/cartoon-chameleon-on-tree-branch/1412

It's helpful to me if variants are uploaded in the same batch, so they can be grouped and their metadata verified together.


« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2013, 12:46 »
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Cool, thanks Chris, I shall upload them together then.  8)

Now I can start uploading images I wasn't sure what to do with.  ;D

« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2013, 16:38 »
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Hey there, I just put Toonvectors in my signature to promote this new agency.  ;)

Am sooooo hoping it will take off, going to add it to my email signatures as well.

And when I eventually build my new website I will start to promote on there too. Must start that soon. My present one is all in flash, needs changing desperately.  ;D

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #53 on: March 15, 2013, 00:24 »
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Quick question: I noticed that the search returns only 500 hits. Since there are many similar looking files (black and white versions and color variations for instance), most files hardly get seen. Isn't there a way to show more results, or to sort the search on File Age, Number of Downloads, etc?

« Reply #54 on: March 15, 2013, 01:05 »
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Quick question: I noticed that the search returns only 500 hits. Since there are many similar looking files (black and white versions and color variations for instance), most files hardly get seen. Isn't there a way to show more results, or to sort the search on File Age, Number of Downloads, etc?

The current overly simplistic search interface is definitely starting to show strain with the growth of the catalog over the last year.  There are quite a few changes in progress for search that I hope to finish soon.  This includes more total results, additional sorting/filtering options and changes to the way relevance tie-breakers are calculated to provide a better balance between newer and older images.

Microbius

« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2013, 03:58 »
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Is the site getting an upgrade? just noticed it a down at the moment

« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2013, 10:32 »
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Is the site getting an upgrade? just noticed it a down at the moment

No upgrade, both web servers decided to crash at the same time and failed to automatically restart.  I'm looking into the cause, but the site is back up and running now.

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2013, 17:34 »
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Quick question: I noticed that the search returns only 500 hits. Since there are many similar looking files (black and white versions and color variations for instance), most files hardly get seen. Isn't there a way to show more results, or to sort the search on File Age, Number of Downloads, etc?

The current overly simplistic search interface is definitely starting to show strain with the growth of the catalog over the last year.  There are quite a few changes in progress for search that I hope to finish soon.  This includes more total results, additional sorting/filtering options and changes to the way relevance tie-breakers are calculated to provide a better balance between newer and older images.

Great, looking forward to it.

« Reply #58 on: March 26, 2013, 23:02 »
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Great, looking forward to it.

Some of the planned search updates are live now.  The maximum search results have been bumped up to 960 with a small plus indicator when there are more results available - ex. "Showing 1 - 48 of 960+".  I'm keeping an eye on the resource usage of this, but hopefully I can increase it again.

Different sorting options beyond the default relevance for search results have been added: Newest, Most Popular and Random Selection.  These can work a little oddly with a multi-term search, since the terms are OR-ed together by default so the search relevance is essentially discarded - probably why I left the sorting out in the first place.  Still, the new sort options can be useful for single-term searches and with search modifiers such as pluses and quotes - ex.  "Santa hat" or +Christmas +hat.

Image "popularity" is still used for search relevance tie-breakers, but the popularity algorithm has been tweaked a bit to help stop new images from being buried so much.  I have some ideas for further improving this which I've begun to experiment with.  There is also a deep hierarchical CV/category system under-construction that should help people get finer-grained results once that is integrated into the image similarity, browsing and searching results.

Noedelhap

  • www.colincramm.com

« Reply #59 on: March 29, 2013, 18:47 »
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Great, looking forward to it.

Some of the planned search updates are live now.  The maximum search results have been bumped up to 960 with a small plus indicator when there are more results available - ex. "Showing 1 - 48 of 960+".  I'm keeping an eye on the resource usage of this, but hopefully I can increase it again.

Different sorting options beyond the default relevance for search results have been added: Newest, Most Popular and Random Selection.  These can work a little oddly with a multi-term search, since the terms are OR-ed together by default so the search relevance is essentially discarded - probably why I left the sorting out in the first place.  Still, the new sort options can be useful for single-term searches and with search modifiers such as pluses and quotes - ex.  "Santa hat" or +Christmas +hat.

Image "popularity" is still used for search relevance tie-breakers, but the popularity algorithm has been tweaked a bit to help stop new images from being buried so much.  I have some ideas for further improving this which I've begun to experiment with.  There is also a deep hierarchical CV/category system under-construction that should help people get finer-grained results once that is integrated into the image similarity, browsing and searching results.

Great, thanks!

« Reply #60 on: March 30, 2013, 11:34 »
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hi,
I'm new to this particular forum, and this thread, as another MS contributor pointed me here. 
First, kudos to TV for the startup, nice job!  I hope you do really, really well, and so far I like your concept!
Just heard about it for the first time today, so will read about it, and may apply to see if I get accepted or not, once I research it a bit.

My questions to TV - are you a licensed business in the US (TX)? If so, could you please provide  your business information, appropriate business name, corporation name, DBA, or whatever? Is there an on-line TX site where we can verify your business as being legit licensed?   Do you take out the necessary US state taxes (as many US sites do)? 
Please note, I'm not implying any thought of being illegit - it's just that as a business, I need to know who I'm doing business with (esp since using PayPal, moneybrokers or whatever, which is tied into bank accounts).  Sadly, I've 'met' one too many embezzler's and fraud's, even as we speak, dealing with one (and yes, I know that having a legit license doesn't guarantee honesty, but it's a start).
thank you for your response, if you don't want to put your info here, could you please send me a PM?
dee

« Reply #61 on: March 30, 2013, 17:43 »
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My questions to TV - are you a licensed business in the US (TX)? If so, could you please provide  your business information, appropriate business name, corporation name, DBA, or whatever? Is there an on-line TX site where we can verify your business as being legit licensed?

No, at the moment I'm (Chris Thoman) operating as a sole proprietorship.  Probably the only public record of note is my WHOIS record for the toonvectors.com domain which has my address and telephone number.  I'll probably at least file for an assumed name DBA certificate at some point, but I haven't done so yet.

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Do you take out the necessary US state taxes (as many US sites do)?

I do not withhold taxes, although that might have to change in the future depending on how sales grow.

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I hope you do really, really well, and so far I like your concept!

Thanks!

« Reply #62 on: April 02, 2013, 00:30 »
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Thanks for your response. 
Aha, so you are a sole proprieter, that's probably how many of us are registered in our (US) states, so to me, you are a 'real licensed' business in your state. 
Here in MD, we have an online database where people can check you out, was hoping you had the same thing.  My main concern is that my state requires me to collect state tax (for items sold only in my state obviously - as most states require), and they are very strict as states go about paying it, so, I'm trying to figure out how I would know if you sold to someone in my state, so I could pay it myself?  With other businesses I've dealt with, they collect the state tax so I don't have to worry about it.  I'm wondering what other people do, especially if they have gotten a tax audit  - that could be a nightmare...   
Keep up the good work!


 

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