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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2013, 12:43 »
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Hi guys, I completely understand your frustration and wish I had some better news for you.  But at this point, the only real option is to upload to PhotoDune under the current conditions or to hold off until a better system is in place.  I do know that PhotoDune improvements are being discussed but since PhotoDune is not our only marketplace, it must share developer resources. 

I have put together a short and simple demo of how photos should be added to PhotoDune and hope it will help out for those who choose to do so :)

So to recap the process, simply add all photos at once (no folders) to the /bulk_import/photos directory via FTP then add any and all associated release for those photos to the /bulk_import/photos/model_releases/ directory.

All releases will be associated to the images and you will need to do nothing more on your end for that. After this is complete, head over to your dashboard on PhotoDune and process theme from there.

Please let me know if you need any further assistance. josh.sprague@envato.com

Demo Link:
http://enva.to/VRE465

That's excellent Josh.  Thankyou I will now have another go at uploading. :D


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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2013, 12:52 »
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Hi guys, I completely understand your frustration and wish I had some better news for you.  But at this point, the only real option is to upload to PhotoDune under the current conditions or to hold off until a better system is in place.  I do know that PhotoDune improvements are being discussed but since PhotoDune is not our only marketplace, it must share developer resources. 

I have put together a short and simple demo of how photos should be added to PhotoDune and hope it will help out for those who choose to do so :)

So to recap the process, simply add all photos at once (no folders) to the /bulk_import/photos directory via FTP then add any and all associated release for those photos to the /bulk_import/photos/model_releases/ directory.

All releases will be associated to the images and you will need to do nothing more on your end for that. After this is complete, head over to your dashboard on PhotoDune and process theme from there.

Please let me know if you need any further assistance. josh.sprague@envato.com

Demo Link:
http://enva.to/VRE465


Hi Josh, thanks for chiming in. I saw the new tut on the site and it looks good.

Just one thing, it seems FTP has some issues. When I uploaded 48 images, only 40 showed up on the site. And then I uploaded 8 again, and only 6 of them showed up. It seems your FTP is not processing all images correctly. FYI.


Hmmm that's not good.  I am submitting a ticket now for this.  I'm wondering if it is related to some of the other issues we have been experiencing... http://themeforest.net/forums/thread/update-on-payment-search-and-support-ticket-issues/84512

Thanks for the heads up :)

Poncke

« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2013, 13:04 »
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You are welcome. Ow, a little addition, it also took ages to process the 48 files, not hours, but almost half an evening and night. Right now its processing one image, and its taking like 10 minutes already, chewing on the file  :)

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« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2013, 14:37 »
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You are welcome. Ow, a little addition, it also took ages to process the 48 files, not hours, but almost half an evening and night. Right now its processing one image, and its taking like 10 minutes already, chewing on the file  :)

Hi Poncke, thanks again, I have seen this happen before myself and think what actually might be happening is not so much that it is still working on the files but rather something is sticking and the message that they are complete is not being displayed until the server refreshes.  If you will check the ftp, you will see that your files are likely cleared off which tells me the images have been successfully moved over.  This is frustrating though because you are unable to submit the files until it reports back...

I will submit a ticket for this and see if the devs can track down the issue.

« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2013, 04:11 »
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Just want to say that I really appreciate the fact that you are so on the ball about answering our questions here Josh.

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« Reply #30 on: April 04, 2013, 18:41 »
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I've just spent 40 mins on this site trying to sort out files I found in the mysterious "hidden" tab.

I'd have a giant rant but I've already wasted too much of life on PD today.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2013, 18:51 by gillian »

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« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2013, 16:46 »
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I've just spent 40 mins on this site trying to sort out files I found in the mysterious "hidden" tab.

I'd have a giant rant but I've already wasted too much of life on PD today.

Hi Gillian! So sorry about the trouble you are experiencing... Please feel free to hit me up with any questions you might have and I will do my best to help you out :)
josh.sprague@envato.com

« Reply #32 on: May 08, 2013, 17:55 »
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I've just spent 40 mins on this site trying to sort out files I found in the mysterious "hidden" tab.

I'd have a giant rant but I've already wasted too much of life on PD today.
I've spent also many times for uploading there, especially with MR.
Actually, if you have one photo with 3 peoples, another photo with 2 of them and a new one who isn't in the first photo, you have to proceed to 2 different uploads with the files and the releases !!!  Medieval time strikes again!!!Many contributors ask them to do something for a while, but they don't care, they prefer passing time counting the bucks. And what about the extended license at a ridiculous price?? 
I've just sold again a 75$ single download on shutterstock, please uncheck extended licence on Photodune, or you're going to sink deeply in their sand.

joshsprague

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« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2013, 21:14 »
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I've just spent 40 mins on this site trying to sort out files I found in the mysterious "hidden" tab.

I'd have a giant rant but I've already wasted too much of life on PD today.
I've spent also many times for uploading there, especially with MR.
Actually, if you have one photo with 3 peoples, another photo with 2 of them and a new one who isn't in the first photo, you have to proceed to 2 different uploads with the files and the releases !!!  Medieval time strikes again!!!Many contributors ask them to do something for a while, but they don't care, they prefer passing time counting the bucks. And what about the extended license at a ridiculous price?? 
I've just sold again a 75$ single download on shutterstock, please uncheck extended licence on Photodune, or you're going to sink deeply in their sand.

Hi Smithore, to be clear in the scenario you mentioned you actually could simply upload all images at one time into the photos directory and any and all releases in the releases folder and that's it, all done :)

As to your assessment of Envato, you are certainly entitled to your opinion but I can assure you Envato is not the monster you make it out to be.  In fact, in all my years I have yet to find a company with the same commitment to it's community.  I am with you and have said this many times here that PhotoDune needs some improvements particularly with it's upload/release system and though it is on the list, our list is pretty big at the moment and because we are more than just PhotoDune, we must allocate resources where most needed.  That said, I am committed to anyone here who would like personal one on one help with any issues you might have with PhotoDune (or any of our marketplaces)

josh.sprague@envato.com

« Reply #34 on: May 09, 2013, 03:10 »
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It took me ages to work out how to upload the releases to photodune but now that I have worked it out I prefer the system to most sites way of doing it.   No having to go back in and attatch releases individually.  It can be a real pain when you have a group model session where they don't all appear in every photo and this system saves a lot of work in that type of session.

« Reply #35 on: May 09, 2013, 06:52 »
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It took me ages to work out how to upload the releases to photodune but now that I have worked it out I prefer the system to most sites way of doing it.   No having to go back in and attatch releases individually.  It can be a real pain when you have a group model session where they don't all appear in every photo and this system saves a lot of work in that type of session.

Agreed - actually of all the release systems out there I'd say PhotoDune's was the easiest and best.  It requires uploading in batches sorted by shoot but really, that isn't a big deal even when my images aren't sorted that way to begin with.

« Reply #36 on: May 09, 2013, 07:07 »
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It took me ages to work out how to upload the releases to photodune but now that I have worked it out I prefer the system to most sites way of doing it.   No having to go back in and attatch releases individually.  It can be a real pain when you have a group model session where they don't all appear in every photo and this system saves a lot of work in that type of session.

Agreed - actually of all the release systems out there I'd say PhotoDune's was the easiest and best.  It requires uploading in batches sorted by shoot but really, that isn't a big deal even when my images aren't sorted that way to begin with.

As frustrating as it's been in the early stages on PD, a little discipline to batch upload makes it pretty darn easy once you get the hang of it.  In fact, because of PD I now have new folders that separate my models and their model releases into their own directories.  Makes the whole management of my releases easy. I just wish their site, once you've uploaded, wouldn't twirl for hours on end while you wait to process your images for submission....if all I am doing is waiting for them to come up so I can manually click submit, why do we have to do that at all? Why can't PD just pull the images into review queue since you're not really doing anything to the images anyway?

« Reply #37 on: May 09, 2013, 08:52 »
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Hi Smithore, to be clear in the scenario you mentioned you actually could simply upload all images at one time into the photos directory and any and all releases in the releases folder and that's it, all done
Thank you joshsprague, i will try it!

joshsprague

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« Reply #38 on: May 09, 2013, 08:58 »
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It took me ages to work out how to upload the releases to photodune but now that I have worked it out I prefer the system to most sites way of doing it.   No having to go back in and attatch releases individually.  It can be a real pain when you have a group model session where they don't all appear in every photo and this system saves a lot of work in that type of session.

Agreed - actually of all the release systems out there I'd say PhotoDune's was the easiest and best.  It requires uploading in batches sorted by shoot but really, that isn't a big deal even when my images aren't sorted that way to begin with.

As frustrating as it's been in the early stages on PD, a little discipline to batch upload makes it pretty darn easy once you get the hang of it.  In fact, because of PD I now have new folders that separate my models and their model releases into their own directories.  Makes the whole management of my releases easy. I just wish their site, once you've uploaded, wouldn't twirl for hours on end while you wait to process your images for submission....if all I am doing is waiting for them to come up so I can manually click submit, why do we have to do that at all? Why can't PD just pull the images into review queue since you're not really doing anything to the images anyway?

Ahh yes... That is indeed no fun.  You raise a very good question and I will tell you what I know.  when you hit the process button, PD is grabbing the images from the ftp directory and reading the IPTC data from each.  If all is well, you then need to submit them for review and if there are items that require attention you can then correct them and submit.

Now it does make sense to me though that items not needing correction could be submitted for review immediately leaving only the items that have errors or are missing data.  This would indeed save a load of time especially when we can only submit 40 at one time :)

I will talk to my team about this and see what it would take to do something like that even if it was a check box upon hitting process that says something like "submit files immediately for review?"

Thanks to everyone who has stuck with us warts and all!

joshsprague

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« Reply #39 on: May 09, 2013, 09:03 »
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Hi Smithore, to be clear in the scenario you mentioned you actually could simply upload all images at one time into the photos directory and any and all releases in the releases folder and that's it, all done
Thank you joshsprague, i will try it!

Good to hear Smithore!  You have some really great images and we would benefit from your portfolio for sure :)  Please hit me up if you run into any snags or are unclear on anything moving forward.


 

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