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« on: August 11, 2010, 04:40 »
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Microstock Newcomer Pixmac Hires Industry Veteran  to Spearhead North American Business Arm And Take Over The World (www.pixmac.com)

Prague, Aug 1st
Simon Raybould has been appointed Director - Sales & Marketing, North America for Pixmac. Formerly with the V.C.G Group and later Getty Images in London, and then until recently with Corbis and Veer in Canada, Simon now has his eyes firmly on the microstock market in the USA and Canada.

The team at Pixmac are young, dynamic, tech savvy entrepreneurs whose perspective on the stock photography industry sits firmly behind their Macbooks.

We hear a lot about how the industry has been in turmoil and it seems to be always bad news for photographers well our perspective is the opposite. Its the best time in the industry if you are a buyer that is.  Great imagery is now as cheap as chips as they say in England, Simon notes. And Pixmac leads the picture pack.

Fresh faced, 2 year old start-up Pixmac has built a fabulous user interface from the ground up. Everything is based around helping the worlds designers. For example, we dont even ask people to register or even have a username, login or passwords if they dont want to. You can just find an image and buy it. One less thing to worry about.

Couple all this with the fact that we represent both Fotolia and Dreamstime on the same site Pixmac has over 10 million pictures to choose from.  Our page upload speeds are really fast, and we have great features like our big brothers search for similars, related images, zoom, and even a neat new upload an image and see if we can find something similar functionality (in beta testing).

We dont carry the old baggage of the olden sic golden days of stock photography (some of us werent even born then). All we care about is giving designers the best tools to do their jobs easily and quickly. Quite simply we are like them. We are all Mac obsessed, drink bucketloads of Starbucks, and have an office dog that occasionally eats one of the office chairs (no really).

Our target sights (or should that be sites?) are firmly on growing substantially and quickly. Corbis for whatever reason never really took the second place on the podium in the microstock arena, as they did in mainstream Royalty Free and Rights Managed content.

So thats what we are after. Is it going to be easy? Certainly not. But the Starbucks down the road is open 24 hours, and they have plenty of comfy seats with electrical sockets to plug your laptops in.

About Pixmac

Pixmac is a young and vibrant startup company that makes good use on the previous experiences of all it's team members. Their very wide range of skills in design, technology and search engine optimization mix together and blend into the easiest and fastest agency out there, north, south, east or west.

We've quickly became cashflow positive and we're now working on making the user experience as good and pleasing as we can: 

   We've introduced easy shopping without registration and are the first agency to do this.

   We're the fastest in page loading and image turnaround
   We're still the only agency that sells more micro-priced sources

   We've been growing faster than any other microstock agency launched since 2008.

Pixmacs  head office is based in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, a popular storybook tourist destination.  Its the country of the 2010 World Ice Hockey Champions and the country of worldacclaimed President Vaclav Havel, the leader of the new free Czech Republic. 

We have now opened  a North American office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (because thats where the Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team is). So North American designers  here we come!

Intrigued by what you have read? Please take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee and go speedily to www.pixmac.com and all will be revealed!

We love the world, its peoples and its colours.  Please do take a look at our Home Page.

Thanks for joining us.

The Team at Pixmac and Pixie, of course.


eggshell

« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2010, 05:08 »
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...And Pixmac leads the picture pack.
...We've been growing faster than any other microstock agency launched since 2008

If they say it it must be true then .

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...We are all Mac obsessed, drink bucketloads of Starbucks...

These folks are so hype , I'm already hooked

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...We love the world, its peoples and its colours...

* I give up , I can't make it cheesier .

I'm still waiting to see an agency statement that ends with :

"We love cash , bucketloads of cash "

« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2010, 05:32 »
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"We've introduced easy shopping without registration and are the first agency to do this. "

That'll be great for hunting down license violators.  Good luck!

« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2010, 06:13 »
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"We've introduced easy shopping without registration and are the first agency to do this. "

That'll be great for hunting down license violators.  Good luck!
Exactly. Very, very bad idea.

« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2010, 06:30 »
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so i think everyone porfolio in dreamstime and fotolia will be available in pixmac?

what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?

« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2010, 06:40 »
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so i think everyone porfolio in dreamstime and fotolia will be available in pixmac?

what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?

If you have checked the Partner Program in dreamstime, yes your port is automatically at Pixmac. I don't know about fotolia.

jareso

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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2010, 06:49 »
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what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?
As far as I know they are running some system that should eliminate possible duplicities.

« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2010, 06:53 »
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so i think everyone porfolio in dreamstime and fotolia will be available in pixmac?

what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?

If you have checked the Partner Program in dreamstime, yes your port is automatically at Pixmac. I don't know about fotolia.
Are you sure? I just checked, im enrolled on dreamstime but cant find any of my pics on pixmac (want to keep it that way); its also one of the many reasons i ditched Fotolia...was really tired of seeing my pictures popping up on all sorts of sketchy sites, some even without watermark.

« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2010, 06:54 »
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i found some of my images i have on both fotolia and dreamstime, it appears on pixmac as fotolia.

do they choose or include whole porfolio?

i saw pixmac had a 'celebrity' images, all famous people images taken by paparazzi. quite new idea.

« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2010, 07:04 »
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so i think everyone porfolio in dreamstime and fotolia will be available in pixmac?

what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?

If you have checked the Partner Program in dreamstime, yes your port is automatically at Pixmac. I don't know about fotolia.

On FT you can't choose. You're in.

And any kind of "duplicate avoiding software" or whatever they intend to use - it does not work. I can easily find (some of) my pictures twice on their website - for slightly different prices  ??? ???

And those prices are strange as well, for what would sell as an XS on FT (customer paying 1$ or 1 depending on location) their price tag is $3.88.

I'm afraid there's really nothing we can do about that other than delete our port on FT and opt out the partner program at DT... >:(

« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2010, 07:07 »
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so i think everyone porfolio in dreamstime and fotolia will be available in pixmac?

what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?

If you have checked the Partner Program in dreamstime, yes your port is automatically at Pixmac. I don't know about fotolia.
Are you sure? I just checked, im enrolled on dreamstime but cant find any of my pics on pixmac (want to keep it that way); its also one of the many reasons i ditched Fotolia...was really tired of seeing my pictures popping up on all sorts of sketchy sites, some even without watermark.

Well, my answer is correct as of a few months ago. I was doing a Tineye one day on some of my images and some appeared on pixmac. Since I didn't upload to that site, I investigated and found out they were added through the DT partner program. I emailed pixmac and had them removed, and unchecked partner programs in DT. If something has changed since then, I am not aware of it.

« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2010, 07:08 »
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Fresh faced 2 year old start-up
That made me laugh.  2 years going nowhere doesn't make them fresh.  I also don't see the point in aiming for second.  I still think any site that comes up with a cheaper more efficient way for us to sell to the buyers and pay us a decent commission could wipe away the opposition.  Its a shame none of them try that.

« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2010, 07:09 »
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If you have checked the Partner Program in dreamstime, yes your port is automatically at Pixmac. I don't know about fotolia.
I checked out of the partner programs at DT. I was tired to see those 0.21$ sales. Now you can say that's a loss but I can live with that kind of loss. I'm glad Pixmac is going to conquer the world from behind their Macs. Can somebody wake me up when they actually did?  :P
(I'm a bit allergic to yuppie hype - it's so... 80'-ish; the 80-ies are out, greed is out, success is out, and we survived global warming)
« Last Edit: August 11, 2010, 07:16 by FD-regular »

rubyroo

« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2010, 07:26 »
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That's a good point about licence violation, Sean.  Now that I've read the hype, I may just opt out because of that.

I agree FD... so 80's.

« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2010, 07:48 »
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Simon Raybould has been appointed Director - Sales & Marketing, North America for Pixmac. Formerly with the V.C.G Group and later Getty Images in London, and then until recently with Corbis and Veer in Canada, Simon now has his eyes firmly on the microstock market in the USA and Canada.

Is he one of those responsible for the disastrous start of the Veer Marketplace?

« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2010, 07:56 »
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i thought sales on pixmac isn't subscription based?

i wonder are whole porfolio of dreamstime will be enrolled? i only see my images from fotolia.

« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2010, 08:46 »
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This is one of the most unprofessional and lousy written press releases I've ever read.

It's a shame that any John Doe starting an "agency" can get contracts with DT or FT right off the bat. Most likely these guys are friends and are doing each other a "favor".  ::)

The world keeps turning.

« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2010, 08:52 »
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so i think everyone porfolio in dreamstime and fotolia will be available in pixmac?

what about similiar photos in this 2 porfolio? and what the different directly uploading to them?

If you have checked the Partner Program in dreamstime, yes your port is automatically at Pixmac. I don't know about fotolia.
You're correct, Tangie just confirmed in the DT forums. Still strange my pics werent there when i'm enrolled. Not anymore, i dont feel comfortable with buyers not even have to register.

« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2010, 09:22 »
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(and we survived global warming)

Tell that to the Pakistanis


It's just another wannabe trying to rake in a cut from the industry. If they can't even produce a coherent press release the chances of them making a hit with the designer community are pretty small. The only way to make a middle-man business like this work is through strong communications which they obviously aren't capable of.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2010, 09:24 by BaldricksTrousers »

« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2010, 09:32 »
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OK, I'm not on any of the social networking sites so I cannot test this site's "send picture to Twitter" button to find out what happens. Could somebody who is on Twitter test it to let us know if this is just giving away our photos to Twitter blogs? Because as far as I am aware, usage on blogs should be paid for and if it isn't then it becomes a violation by Dreamstime and Fotolia of their agreed terms, as far as I understand them.

sc

« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2010, 10:01 »
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Just looking through Pixmac and found my DT portfolio. Pixmac has 877 images of the 1823 that are on DT. Looks like there hasn't been a recent update of my images. The most recent image on Pixmac was uploaded to DT on 4-23-09. In the time period from 4/09 to today I have up loaded about 500 images to DT so there is about a 500 image discrepancy - so they did not import the whole portfolio.

And I only show 4 sales through Pixmac.

My FT referenced portfolio shows 1529 images of the 1855 images currently on FT.
Most recent on Picxac was uploaded to FT on 4/24/10
And it shows 10 sales.

So obviously there are a lot of duplicates.

« Reply #21 on: August 11, 2010, 10:36 »
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Picmac and Dreamstime seem to be good partners. Both are unprofessional.
How a DT admin can say this on DT forum?

Contributor's question:
" I`m a bit worried about pixmac recent developments: buyers dont have to register or login...making it impossible to pursue copyright infringments."
Tangie's response (DT admin):
"The fact that the buyers do not create accounts does not necessarily mean that they do not provide any data making thus the purchase impossible to track. Our recommendation is to contact Pixmac and ask them for more details".
They have no idea how it works? Dreamstime have signed contracts with theirs partners and this is contributors job to deal with them? We don't even know who they are. There is no list, no details.

« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2010, 11:03 »
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Picmac and Dreamstime seem to be good partners. Both are unprofessional.
How a DT admin can say this on DT forum?

Contributor's question:
" I`m a bit worried about pixmac recent developments: buyers dont have to register or login...making it impossible to pursue copyright infringments."
Tangie's response (DT admin):
"The fact that the buyers do not create accounts does not necessarily mean that they do not provide any data making thus the purchase impossible to track. Our recommendation is to contact Pixmac and ask them for more details".

They have no idea how it works? Dreamstime have signed contracts with theirs partners and this is contributors job to deal with them? We don't even know who they are. There is no list, no details.

That is the same answer they gave me way back in January (or maybe even before) when I found my photos on Pixmac. I had to contact Pixmac directly to get them taken down, then had to uncheck partner programs on DT. And I was under the impression that the sales from Pixmac were directly reported into DT and they could not be separated out. sc said a couple of posts ago that he shows 4 sales through pixmac, so I am not sure how pixmac sales are being reported.

« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2010, 11:22 »
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Yes the guy recently left Veer. That's what managers do all the time when things look dim, switch companies. Seen too many of those. It's not a photographer's friend, though.
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We hear a lot about how the industry has been in turmoil and it seems to be always bad news for photographers well our perspective is the opposite. Its the best time in the industry if you are a buyer that is.  Great imagery is now as cheap as chips as they say in England, Simon notes. And Pixmac leads the picture pack.

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Yes it's true the photographers are bleeding to death and their corpses are all over the place. But think about the vultures!  ;D They will have a great feast soon on those suckers with their cams. And I'm going to teach Pixmac how to properly scrape the last meat from their skulls, yeah!.

I really start to feel "cheap as chips". Maybe it's a better name than "regular".
I don't understand how any photographer can not feel insulted by this kind of corporate underlife. Instead of making sure the producers of images that suffer all costs and risk get some decent fees, the corporate will kick them further down. The worst thing is that you have no choice by the obligatory opt-in.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2010, 11:35 by FD-regular »

« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2010, 12:46 »
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I did upload some of my portfolio directly to pixmac when they were paying an upload bonus.  Just logged in and they sold a few recently.  Looks like they are all PPD for reasonable amounts, none of the cheap subs they once had.


 

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