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General - Top Sites / The Wall
« on: January 29, 2015, 10:54 »
I'm a fairly new contributor now reaching 1000 images. I'm doing micro full time and earnings are increasing at a decent rate, but I'm a little worried about the sustainability in the long run - I hear a lot about the wall, when despite uploading your earnings eventually stop growing, and stabilize/fall in the given time. Predictable, of course, with hundreds of thousands images entering every week, there's no way to keep up. I know experiences are different for each contributor and things change with time, but I would like to hear from all of you:

- How long did it take to reach the wall?

- Do you plan to keep uploading after reaching the wall?

- Have your earnings drop after hiting the wall or just stabilized?

- Have you ever overcome the wall (made the wall taller)?

I think it will be an interesting discussion for veterans and newbies alike.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

Adobe Stock / Fotolia Joins Adobe
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:02 »
Adobe Completes Acquisition of Fotolia

Vibrant Image and Video Marketplace to Be Integrated as Key Part of Adobe Creative Cloud

SAN JOSE, Calif. Jan. 28, 2015 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) has completed its acquisition of privately held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for stock content. Adobe announced its intent to purchase Fotolia in December 2014 and the acquisition cements Creative Clouds role as a vibrant market for creatives to buy and sell assets and services as well as showcase their talent to a worldwide audience. Work will now begin on integrating Fotolia into Adobe Creative Cloud. This will provide current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 35 million images and videos, significantly simplifying and accelerating the design process. Adobe also plans to continue to operate Fotolia as a standalone stock service, accessible to anyone.

Founded in 2004, with offices in New York, Paris and Berlin, Fotolia currently operates in 23 countries and has websites in 14 languages.

Were now hard at work to radically simplify the buying and selling of stock content, said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. Fotolia is helping Creative Cloud become the marketplace for creatives to buy and sell high-impact assets, find talent and promote their work in front of an influential global community.

With more than 3.4 million members, Adobe Creative Cloud features the worlds leading desktop tools, an array of complementary mobile apps, training content, creative assets and services and ready access to a dynamic community. Creative Cloud is transforming how creatives find inspiration and deliver their best work and the value of Creative Cloud is increasing all the time through product updates and new capabilities.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure

This press release includes forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including risks and uncertainties related to Adobes ability to successfully integrate Fotolias stock content service into Creative Cloud. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including statements regarding: the ease of use of any future Adobe stock content service, the functionality of the services commerce system, plans for integrating the service into Creative Cloud and other anticipated benefits of the transaction to Adobe; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These risks, uncertainties and other factors, and the general risks associated with Adobes business, could cause actual results to differ materially from those referred to in the forward-looking statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Adobe and are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe's SEC filings. Adobe does not assume any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements or other statements included in this press release.

General - Top Sites / Beautiful Keyword
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:09 »
Guess what - the uploading system in SS and FT doesn't accept "beautiful" anymore.

While people were probably overusing it, what if you really have a beautiful woman, or landscape?

Shutterstock.com / SS not reporting sales? - Solved
« on: August 21, 2014, 18:05 »
Today I came to the conclusion that SS is NOT reporting all sales. Here's why:

1 - When I go to the Image Gallery Stats and sort by downloads, it's not really in order. There are files with 0 sales in front of files with 1 sale, files with 2 sales in front of files with 3 sales and so on. No big deal so far.

2 - In my Image Gallery sorted by Popular, I have files with 0 downloads side by side with files with 1 download, being both recent images uploaded in the same batch. Ok getting suspicious now.

3 - Again in the Image Gallery sorted by Undiscovered, those same files with apparently 0 downloads DO NOT appear in the search, meaning they were sold.

Rest assured that I have nothing in the Delayed Earnings tab.

This must be investigated. Check your own stats and you will probably see the same for some specific images. I first noticed a few months ago but thought it was just a one image bug - and after checking again I'm pretty convinced this is happening.

I would like to hear an official explanation for this.

Dreamstime.com / DT Review Madness
« on: August 16, 2014, 08:54 »
I'm quite shocked by DT today. I had 70 files pending in the queue, uploaded daily in small batches. So instead of reviewing batch by batch once a day, they decided to simply reject everything (100%!) all at once for being "similar". Just for comparison, I had a 95%+ approval in SS with those images. While some may indeed be similar, also completely different subjects were smashed all together.

Does anyone else experienced this today?
Is this their new policy to reduce the review times?

So I have a great idea for a series, it's a simple image yet with a strong concept.
It's applicable to several situations, so I would like to create about 10-15 images changing only the text - one word.

I have seen contributors with hundreds of similar images changing only the word, color or slight variations.
Agencies have software to detect similar images, so I would like to know your experience dealing with this situation.

Should I change the background always or it's acceptable to modify only the text?

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