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« Reply #75 on: March 07, 2013, 12:09 »
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I have just registered with Pond. I am not on Pixmac. I want to start uploading some content on these sites. Out of the two which has the easiest/quickest upload method.

I've never uploaded to Pond5, so I can't speak to that, but the upload process at Pixmac is easy - no categories necessary, and a decent batch function to assign releases and submit.  Also, reviews have, so far, been within a few days.

And the upload process is easy at Pond5 as well (at least for photos): no categories, and a batch too. I don't know about releases though.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2013, 03:34 by microstockphoto.co.uk »


microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #76 on: March 07, 2013, 12:10 »
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I'm on both Pixmac and Pond5 but I don't remember being asked to sign the agreement (unless of course I signed it without even reading!). Is there a place to check if I'm opted in?

« Reply #77 on: March 07, 2013, 12:13 »
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I'm on both Pixmac and Pond5 but I don't remember being asked to sign the agreement (unless of course I signed it without even reading!). Is there a place to check if I'm opted in?

Please check with Lucy at [email protected] with your username in hand. She'll tell you the status.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #78 on: March 07, 2013, 12:14 »
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I'm on both Pixmac and Pond5 but I don't remember being asked to sign the agreement (unless of course I signed it without even reading!). Is there a place to check if I'm opted in?

Please check with Lucy at [email protected] with your username in hand. She'll tell you the status.

Thanks!

I contacted Lucie and she solved the problem. I am posting her answer here since it may be useful for other people: "thank you for letting us know - we didn't send the info to Polylooks users by mistake. Now you should see it in your Pixmac account and be able to confirm the agreement."

My Pixmac account was in fact derived from Polylooks - a long gone German site.

« Last Edit: March 08, 2013, 03:52 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

lisafx

« Reply #79 on: March 07, 2013, 12:26 »
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I don't know what accusation I made, based or baseless?  And Pi$$ed off ... where did that come from?  I simply expressed an opinion about something in which I really have very little interest.

There does seem to be a lot of confusion.  And not just about this sale.  The entire industry is diluted and confusing.  Who is partners with whom.  And how much are we losing by selling thru partners?  And, Zager sold his company.  Why is he assuming the leadership role in this thread?  What is his authority for making reassuring statements?  Is he liable for any false statement about a company that he no longer owns?

Just like me -- I have no images at any of these sites -- Zager does not have a dog in this hunt.


Sorry, but throwing around loaded, and insulting term like "clusterf***", not to mention accusing people of making "false statements", when you now admit you don't even have any experience of either of these sites is pretty baseless.

That kind of nastiness is the reason so many people don't post here.  There used to be a lot of admins from various sites that posted in MSG and answered questions, but now very few ever do.  If this is the way we treat Zager and Tom, who are willing to come in and help contributors with this transition, then I don't blame admins from the other sites for staying away.

When people who have no personal stake choose to hurl insults and profanities at the sites who are doing right by their contributors, I guess I can see why so many of the sites feel free to disregard us and treat us badly.   


« Last Edit: March 07, 2013, 12:32 by lisafx »

« Reply #80 on: March 07, 2013, 12:29 »
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I have just registered with Pond. I am not on Pixmac. I want to start uploading some content on these sites. Out of the two which has the easiest/quickest upload method.

I've never uploaded to Pond5, so I can't speak to that, but the upload process at Pixmac is easy - no categories necessary, and a decent batch function to assign releases and submit.  Also, reviews have, so far, been within a few days.

Cheers. :)

« Reply #81 on: March 07, 2013, 12:47 »
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Sorry, but throwing around loaded, and insulting term like "clusterf***" when you now admit you don't even have any experience of either of these sites is pretty baseless.

That kind of nastiness is the reason so many people don't post here.  There used to be a lot of admins from various sites that posted in MSG and answered questions, but now very few ever do.  If this is the way we treat Zager and Tom, who are willing to come in and help contributors with this transition, then I don't blame admins from the other sites for staying away.

When people who have no personal stake choose to hurl insults and profanities at the sites who are doing right by their contributors, I guess I can see why so many of the sites feel free to disregard us and treat us badly.

Thank you Lisa, this is a great post.

I've personally learned a lot thanks to this forum and I recommend it to every CEO to get here and try to swim in these wild waters. My English improved a lot by reading posts here over and over. Even the negative ones are good to see. They make the discussion a bit more real as "positive only" discussions seem a bit unbelievable. That's the crazy virtual world we live in.

My suggestion/approach is that if I spot a question that I can answer I try to answer it openly and qucikly as possible (many books were written about that by the way). And if there's somebody just unhappy with microstock overall, and honestly, I can understand why, he might have difficult time recognizing what's a fair approach and what's just another BS.

So let's see if the merger will bring something positive to each contributing artist...

« Reply #82 on: March 07, 2013, 13:05 »
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I have recently uploaded my portfolio to Pond5. So, I went and checked Pixmac, and my portfolio appears there also, and says that it was ported over from FeaturePics.

My problem is that FeaturePics was one of the first sites I ever uploaded to, (years ago) and was still learning. A lot of my images were uploaded in RBG mode, instead of sRBG, and as a result they appear quite dull. As near as I can see, there is no easy way to delete these photos from Featurepics, or Picmac, and substitute the brighter versions that appear on Pond5.

I hope Pond5 doesn't use the older versions, over the newer versions, I uploaded last week.

lisafx

« Reply #83 on: March 07, 2013, 13:09 »
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I have recently uploaded my portfolio to Pond5. So, I went and checked Pixmac, and my portfolio appears there also, and says that it was ported over from FeaturePics.

My problem is that FeaturePics was one of the first sites I ever uploaded to, (years ago) and was still learning. A lot of my images were uploaded in RBG mode, instead of sRBG, and as a result they appear quite dull. As near as I can see, there is no easy way to delete these photos from Featurepics, or Picmac, and substitute the brighter versions that appear on Pond5.

I hope Pond5 doesn't use the older versions, over the newer versions, I uploaded last week.


You can contact Lucy at [email protected].  She managed to delete my duplicate images from Depositphotos off of Pond5.  I imagine she'd be the right person to handle this for you. :)

« Reply #84 on: March 07, 2013, 14:31 »
+2


Sorry, but throwing around loaded, and insulting term like "clusterf***", not to mention accusing people of making "false statements", when you now admit you don't even have any experience of either of these sites is pretty baseless.

That kind of nastiness is the reason so many people don't post here.  There used to be a lot of admins from various sites that posted in MSG and answered questions, but now very few ever do.  If this is the way we treat Zager and Tom, who are willing to come in and help contributors with this transition, then I don't blame admins from the other sites for staying away.

When people who have no personal stake choose to hurl insults and profanities at the sites who are doing right by their contributors, I guess I can see why so many of the sites feel free to disregard us and treat us badly.


I understand what you are saying, but I'm pretty sure you have the cart before the horse. The sites certainly felt free to disregard us and do stupid, shady, and downright immoral things LONG before contributors started treating them badly.


And I don't have to be a contributor to either Pond5 or Pixmac to read the threads and see how confusing it all is. I certainly hope both companies follow through with what they have promised. :-)

« Reply #85 on: March 07, 2013, 14:36 »
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this would be much more simple if they make it easier to understand like:

1 - contributor at Pond5 - what should I do? (step by step)
2 - contributor at Pixmac - what should I do? (step by step)
3 - contributor at both agencies - what should I do? (step by step)
4 - not a contributor - what should I do? (step by step)

WarrenPrice

« Reply #86 on: March 07, 2013, 15:29 »
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http://www.dreamstime.com/forumm_25551_pg1

Some of us have not forgotten.

Trust is hard to come by in this business.


« Reply #87 on: March 07, 2013, 15:39 »
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http://www.dreamstime.com/forumm_25551_pg1

Some of us have not forgotten.

Trust is hard to come by in this business.


have you got any royalties due to that (at DT) after that announcement? also wonder how is the legal action going...


« Reply #89 on: March 07, 2013, 19:15 »
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Hi folks, here's a general response to some of the recurring questions. 

If you're an artist on Pond5, there's no need to upload to Pixmac -- we'll be mirroring opted-in Pond5 files on the Pixmac sites within the next month.  Pond5 artists will be getting an update via email about the opt-in process within the next week or so.

If you're an artist on Pixmac, there's no need to upload to Pond5 -- all you need to do is sign in to your Pixmac account and click through the new agreement.

If you're an artist on both sites, please click through the new agreement on Pixmac, but feel free to upload via either site.  Your earnings will go to the account at which the content was uploaded.  We will remove duplicates, with direct uploads to Pond5 taking priority.

If you're not yet an artist at either site, we'd love to have you!  You can upload photos at whichever one you prefer.  If you are uploading vectors, it should be through Pixmac for the time being as we have not yet enabled this functionality on Pond5.  If you have any media types other than images (video, audio, 3d, etc) you should upload via Pond5. 

Note that we also have distribution agreements with Yaymicro, Featurepics, and Depositphotos (currently at Pixmac only), so you may see your images from those suppliers on Pond5 or Pixmac.

I registered a long time ago but never got around to uploading. I might just take you up on that!

Poncke

« Reply #90 on: March 08, 2013, 02:09 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.

« Reply #91 on: March 08, 2013, 04:05 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.
I'm not with either agency but am thinking about uploading.  Is pixmac easier to upload to as I looked at pond5 and the MR attatchment looked a bit complicated.

Poncke

« Reply #92 on: March 08, 2013, 11:22 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.
I'm not with either agency but am thinking about uploading.  Is pixmac easier to upload to as I looked at pond5 and the MR attatchment looked a bit complicated.
No idea, I was hoping an admin would chime in.

lisafx

« Reply #93 on: March 08, 2013, 13:03 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.
I'm not with either agency but am thinking about uploading.  Is pixmac easier to upload to as I looked at pond5 and the MR attatchment looked a bit complicated.

As I mentioned above, there's a simple batch process for attaching releases at Pixmac, if that helps :)

« Reply #94 on: March 08, 2013, 17:41 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.
I'm not with either agency but am thinking about uploading.  Is pixmac easier to upload to as I looked at pond5 and the MR attatchment looked a bit complicated.

As I mentioned above, there's a simple batch process for attaching releases at Pixmac, if that helps :)
Thank you Lisa :D

« Reply #95 on: March 08, 2013, 18:27 »
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I've personally learned a lot thanks to this forum and I recommend it to every CEO to get here and try to swim in these wild waters. My English improved a lot by reading posts here over and over. Even the negative ones are good to see. They make the discussion a bit more real as "positive only" discussions seem a bit unbelievable. That's the crazy virtual world we live in.


I love msg. It is the perfect place to understand how social media and forum communication works. I believe anybody working on a site that sells on the internet should learn how to operate and communicate well on a site like this. And msg is a very friendly place, compared to all the other business forums I go to.

Companies where employees only work on their internal forums sometimes have no idea what the real world is like. Many come across as completly detached from the industry because they have isolated themselves in their own little "protected" bubble.

Companies whose CEOs know how to communicate here, i have a lot of confidence that you guys understand how to do business on the internet. And that you also really care about your business.

So let us see what you can do together! :)

« Reply #96 on: March 08, 2013, 20:17 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.
I'm not with either agency but am thinking about uploading.  Is pixmac easier to upload to as I looked at pond5 and the MR attatchment looked a bit complicated.
No idea, I was hoping an admin would chime in.

Model releases are easy in Pond5 once you figure out their system.  When I uploaded my 3000 images there, I put each model in their own set and uploaded. For example, I created a folder on my computer for Jane Doe, one for Joe Blow, one for Ima Hooker, one for Sheza Teazer and one for Ivan Kutchkokov.  I uploaded these image folders via FTP so ONLY the one specific model showed up in my "ready to edit" section.  The you just easily attach that person's model release to that batch and submit.  Makes things A LOT easier and less confusing.  Only thing is that you have to do multiple uploads, but it is way speedier.  Then when all the model shots are done, I upload ALL non release images as one batch and submit.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2013, 20:33 by Mantis »

« Reply #97 on: March 08, 2013, 20:55 »
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I've personally learned a lot thanks to this forum and I recommend it to every CEO to get here and try to swim in these wild waters. My English improved a lot by reading posts here over and over. Even the negative ones are good to see. They make the discussion a bit more real as "positive only" discussions seem a bit unbelievable. That's the crazy virtual world we live in.


I love msg. It is the perfect place to understand how social media and forum communication works. I believe anybody working on a site that sells on the internet should learn how to operate and communicate well on a site like this. And msg is a very friendly place, compared to all the other business forums I go to.

Companies where employees only work on their internal forums sometimes have no idea what the real world is like. Many come across as completly detached from the industry because they have isolated themselves in their own little "protected" bubble.

Companies whose CEOs know how to communicate here, i have a lot of confidence that you guys understand how to do business on the internet. And that you also really care about your business.

So let us see what you can do together! :)

Could not agree more. 

« Reply #98 on: March 09, 2013, 00:36 »
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If P5 doesnt change their editing process, especially the MR issue, I wont submit. I am not going to edit every single file separately to attach a MR, and all of their templates dont work for photos. How can a site that sells photos, not have a proper editing tool for photos, only focuses on audio and video.
I'm not with either agency but am thinking about uploading.  Is pixmac easier to upload to as I looked at pond5 and the MR attatchment looked a bit complicated.
No idea, I was hoping an admin would chime in.

Model releases are easy in Pond5 once you figure out their system.  When I uploaded my 3000 images there, I put each model in their own set and uploaded. For example, I created a folder on my computer for Jane Doe, one for Joe Blow, one for Ima Hooker, one for Sheza Teazer and one for Ivan Kutchkokov.  I uploaded these image folders via FTP so ONLY the one specific model showed up in my "ready to edit" section.  The you just easily attach that person's model release to that batch and submit.  Makes things A LOT easier and less confusing.  Only thing is that you have to do multiple uploads, but it is way speedier.  Then when all the model shots are done, I upload ALL non release images as one batch and submit.
Thank you for that.  I already have most of my images organized into folders according to model releases needed for when I uploaded to photodune but had forgotten about it.

« Reply #99 on: March 09, 2013, 04:23 »
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   What should I do if I upload to both sites? Upload only on Pond5 in the future?


 

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