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« Reply #25 on: February 07, 2019, 04:46 »
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I've sent out a newsletter today explaining a little more details about what we are aiming to do with Pixify and some information about our beta test.

If anyone is interested it can be read here:
https://mailchi.mp/ad96271f08ad/what-does-pixify-actually-do


steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2019, 09:14 »
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Hi Jacob

I went to your newsletter and then to your own site. Very smart and modern looking. But I scrolled to the bottom of the page and was looking at the footer when the screen froze. My other Chrome tabs were fine. It started working again and I looked at a specific image and it froze again - I was trying to press "Extended" but nothing worked. After a while, it starts again. Don't know if this is a server issue, but worth looking at.

On the more general point, I still have my Symbiostock (Version 2) site and it works fine. I recently moved it to a new hosting company to give myself some more storage for new images, but sales are rubbish - one or two a year. I only keep it because I put so much effort into it (and I know that make zero business sense but I'm attached to it!)

Steve

« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2019, 09:29 »
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Hi Jacob

I went to your newsletter and then to your own site. Very smart and modern looking. But I scrolled to the bottom of the page and was looking at the footer when the screen froze. My other Chrome tabs were fine. It started working again and I looked at a specific image and it froze again - I was trying to press "Extended" but nothing worked. After a while, it starts again. Don't know if this is a server issue, but worth looking at.

On the more general point, I still have my Symbiostock (Version 2) site and it works fine. I recently moved it to a new hosting company to give myself some more storage for new images, but sales are rubbish - one or two a year. I only keep it because I put so much effort into it (and I know that make zero business sense but I'm attached to it!)

Steve

The site works fine for me when I use the latest version of Chrome. I have no problem on Android either. Very clean and stylish looking layout btw.

« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2019, 09:49 »
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I went to your newsletter and then to your own site. Very smart and modern looking. But I scrolled to the bottom of the page and was looking at the footer when the screen froze. My other Chrome tabs were fine. It started working again and I looked at a specific image and it froze again - I was trying to press "Extended" but nothing worked. After a while, it starts again. Don't know if this is a server issue, but worth looking at.

Thanks for the feedback Steve. It's definitely something I'll look into and see if we can try to replicate. Everything you see in your browser is hosted on Shopify, so servers should't be an issue. But thanks for letting me know.

On the more general point, I still have my Symbiostock (Version 2) site and it works fine. I recently moved it to a new hosting company to give myself some more storage for new images, but sales are rubbish - one or two a year. I only keep it because I put so much effort into it (and I know that make zero business sense but I'm attached to it!)

Yeah as I mentioned in the newsletter - beating agencies won't be realistic and it should't be the objective. But if you can at least offer some additional service that people don't get at the big stock agencies, then maybe you can start attracting some returning customers.

« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2019, 14:07 »
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I visited your website!
Great look and nice photos!
All the best for you.
 :)

« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2019, 05:03 »
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I've been thinking about this kind of problems for a while too. The agencies take too much percentage from us. I'm definitely in for this project!

« Reply #31 on: September 22, 2019, 11:11 »
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That's one gutsy move to start your own business in such a competitive branch as the stock industry is. Hope everything is going well with this project.

« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2019, 14:09 »
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Very Impressed with You and your Ideas. Looking forward to any new Info..... I passed along a Link to some good Veteran Friends.
Laurin

« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2020, 14:32 »
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Any news about this initiative?. I am also looking for a solution to sell directly my footage. I am starting with Vimeo On Demand but is is very slow too. Also looking into shopify. It really looks great but I am full of doubts specially because the huge hosting needed once you have thousands of clips. Vimeo Pro Unlimited has a 3TB cap which is very good. I really hope your project is going forward and hope it is close to being completed.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2020, 08:06 »
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Any news about this initiative?. I am also looking for a solution to sell directly my footage. I am starting with Vimeo On Demand but is is very slow too. Also looking into shopify. It really looks great but I am full of doubts specially because the huge hosting needed once you have thousands of clips. Vimeo Pro Unlimited has a 3TB cap which is very good. I really hope your project is going forward and hope it is close to being completed.

Yeah anything that works that doesn't involve Wordpress Themes and plugins. Which apparently do work for "smart people" but are beyond me.  :)

K-tools used to be good, it's now dead. Sites that charge me to host my images are not "self hosted".

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd think that someone who could come up with software for selling digital downloads, a storefront, which could be used for books, photos, video, art, music, anything that's sold as a digital download, would have a good market for people who want to sell things, on their own?

Someone please tell me why I'm wrong and missing some critical flaw in that thought?

Digital Download self hosted software for someones website, that takes payments and creates the download link or allows access?


« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2020, 10:10 »
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With photos I think there are already options like Photoshelter which lets you set RF and RM licenses, and you can upload thousands of images quite quickly. With Video I have not been able to find an easy and fast solution yet.


Yeah anything that works that doesn't involve Wordpress Themes and plugins. Which apparently do work for "smart people" but are beyond me.  :)

K-tools used to be good, it's now dead. Sites that charge me to host my images are not "self hosted".

Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd think that someone who could come up with software for selling digital downloads, a storefront, which could be used for books, photos, video, art, music, anything that's sold as a digital download, would have a good market for people who want to sell things, on their own?

Someone please tell me why I'm wrong and missing some critical flaw in that thought?

Digital Download self hosted software for someones website, that takes payments and creates the download link or allows access?

« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2020, 11:08 »
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Congrats to a very professional site! wish you had come along years ago. I am part owner in a small RF-agency and it took us four exhausting years to get off the ground. All the money went to pay for advertising and promotion this and that and finally we are beginning to see a bit of profit. No joke.
Alongside I've spent fifteen tough years in microstock just to see agencies like SS and Adobe producing less and less earnings! I have just left my ports with them not bothering uploading for over a year.

I really hope you make it wishing you all luck in this venture.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2020, 13:53 »
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With photos I think there are already options like Photoshelter which lets you set RF and RM licenses, and you can upload thousands of images quite quickly. With Video I have not been able to find an easy and fast solution yet.

Thank you there are many of those, when I ask for self hosted I mean software that I run on my pages, that I own and I operate. Not that I pay a monthly fee to someone else, to park my images on their site.  :)

Here's another bit about this place, that announced the beta test last Feb. Jacob Lund - Last Active here... March 13, 2019, hasn't been around in a year.

https://pixify.net/ is that the same one?

I don't intend or believe I could ever compete with the agencies. I just want a place where, if someone visits, they have an option to pay and download an image. Simple digital download software. From what I've found, the best that meets what I want in the end, every item must be added, individually. That's not going to make it for any of us.

« Reply #38 on: June 28, 2020, 15:48 »
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Hey guys!

We are launching beta test of Pixify for a handful of people this week. If you are interested please read the latest newsletter that was sent out this evening: https://mailchi.mp/fc075b99d1d8/pixify-beta-test-launching-now


steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #39 on: June 28, 2020, 16:00 »
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Hi Jacob

Very nice looking site and some great images. The key question for me is whether you sell enough imagery to make it worthwhile effort. I had my own sites in the past, and they have worked pretty well, but I never covered the cost of running them, never mind the effort to put them into place.

Steve

« Reply #40 on: June 28, 2020, 22:19 »
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Does it support videos?

« Reply #41 on: June 29, 2020, 03:59 »
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this does look promising.

« Reply #42 on: June 29, 2020, 04:54 »
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Hey guys!

We are launching beta test of Pixify for a handful of people this week. If you are interested please read the latest newsletter that was sent out this evening: https://mailchi.mp/fc075b99d1d8/pixify-beta-test-launching-now
Congrats for the hard work! Your website looks functional, absolute professional and beautiful! With your quality I think it' s the best way to pursue a fair business  :D

« Reply #43 on: June 29, 2020, 08:31 »
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Does it support videos?

At the moment it's only supporting images. However it's in the pipeline to build support for video. It's just a little bit heavier to handle, so we are making sure that we are nailing images first.

Hi Jacob

Very nice looking site and some great images. The key question for me is whether you sell enough imagery to make it worthwhile effort. I had my own sites in the past, and they have worked pretty well, but I never covered the cost of running them, never mind the effort to put them into place.

Steve

For me it's absolutely been worth the effort. Not saying it's been easy, but I'm happy to see a growing customer base - especially from clients with budgets to make buyouts and extended license purchases. Whether it's worth the effort for you it's completely up to yourself to answer.

« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2020, 13:42 »
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It looks great and it's easy to use.
Besides contributing, I buy a lot of stock.
Right away I spotted an image I have purchased in the past.
The search function works well, but when I am looking for images, I very often use the "find similar images" button that most sites have.
It's great that you can easilly see the whole shoot, but sometimes the models or the setting aren't quite right.
If possible, that would be a good feature to add.

« Reply #45 on: June 29, 2020, 16:15 »
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Hi guys,

Some of you might remember that I posted in here months back about some questions regarding a self-hosted platform. Today we are launching our new self-hosted platform. But more importantly, we are also announcing a new product that we are planning to make available to all photographers out there that can change the way you showcase and sell your images.

To give you a bit of perspective, Im going to take you back in time to about a year ago when I started looking for a solution to a problem: How could I license my images directly to my clients?

I felt like I needed a platform where I had 100% control. A place where I could curate my own work and make sure that my clients would see the pictures I felt best represented us. Also, when clients emailed me directly to purchase images, I felt frustrated when I had to then send them on to agencies who would take 70-85% of the royalties.

So I started researching different solutions to build a self-hosted platform. I wanted a site that looked great and was effective whilst easy to use and maintain. Plus, with a portfolio of more than 20 000 images, I needed something that made it super easy to upload and manage all these assets.

I quickly found that there wasnt really any perfect platform out there that could do this. 

During my research, I stumbled upon Shopify. For those of you who dont know, Shopify is an ecommerce platform that offers tons of customisation options. Shopify would provide me with the control that I was looking for, but it didnt really seem to be built for handling thousands of digital products - and that was a big problem.

In our tests, we found out that to put our products on Shopify would take about 10-15 minutes per item. After a few calculations I realised that it would take me about 173 days of non-stop work to get my entire portfolio online. No thanks! I quickly but reluctantly abandoned this idea and went back to looking for another option. None of them felt right. I guess I had fallen in love with all the possibilities of Shopify.

One of the things thats so great about Shopify is that it has its own app store that lets third-party developers make all kinds of features that you can install on your shop. This made me realise that there might be a way to make it work after all. What if we could make a tool that could automate the uploading process that would otherwise take me 173 days to do?

I met with a friend of mine whos a super talented programmer just to get an idea of what it would take. He made it clear that it was no easy task. Something that looks so simple isnt actually that simple when you have to make a computer do it. After some consideration, we decided to give it a try. We started building an app.

At the same time, there were other challenges. Shopifys built-in themes were simply not made for browsing thousands of stock photos. By now Id also looked through 100s of third-party themes out there with no luck in finding something that was just right.  So we also needed a storefront design built from scratch. I started asking around for talented Shopify designers and luckily found one who had previously created some of the most stunning Shopify shops that Id seen. We teamed up and he started building the storefront design.

Fast forward to January 2019. Its now been more than half a year since we began the process. A process that clearly proved to be more complicated than we anticipated at the beginning. But I believe we have created something really good. Something that enables photographers to use the power of the worlds leading ecommerce platform.

Our new store (http://store.jacoblund.com) was made possible entirely because of the app. We are not fully there yet - the app still needs tweaks and there are additional features we are planning to add. Soon well invite a few people in for a beta testing program, so we can get more user feedback from other photographers.

If you are interested in the app or the beta testing program please visit http://pixify.landen.co.

Very best,
Jacob

Very professional, great work!


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« Reply #46 on: June 29, 2020, 17:06 »
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took a quick look at your beta-notes; some thoughhts:

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costs build up  struck me was the costs - $29/mo for shopify + + fetchApp $10/mo + your monthly fee    [i ignored  paypal et al cost as that's a given for any site]

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besides such on-going fees, looks like making changes will require specific programming knowledge that even most web developers won't have, so add'tl costs for consultants (WP otoh can be modified by non-programmers )

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is the amazon server fee part of the Pixify fee? if so, will it be pro-rated by portfolio size?

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if you're storing all images, will there be a global search across all portfolios? (do you have access to pricing?)

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what sort of db are you using? is it accessible by artists who want their own reports, stats, etc?

« Last Edit: June 29, 2020, 17:08 by cascoly »

« Reply #47 on: June 29, 2020, 17:12 »
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A great job. And very difficult from scratch. very elegant and with very good taste and details. Excellent quality. Congratulations.

One of the problems, besides the work and time, is the storage of files in volume.

Can you tell me the storage memory, the weight of the files as a whole today? How many files take up how much space?

Thank you

« Reply #48 on: June 30, 2020, 05:38 »
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took a quick look at your beta-notes; some thoughhts:

costs build up  struck me was the costs - $29/mo for shopify + + fetchApp $10/mo + your monthly fee    [i ignored  paypal et al cost as that's a given for any site]

You can see it this way: Spend $10.000 - $100.000 USD  (+ operating expenses) on building your own e-commerce from scratch or tap into Shopify's system for $29 USD / month. Spend $20.000 USD (+ operating expenses) on building a digital delivery service or tap into FetchApp for $10 USD per month. There's no shortcuts or ways to avoid putting in either time or money to build something good. (The cost numbers are wild guesses from my side)


took a quick look at your beta-notes; some thoughhts:

besides such on-going fees, looks like making changes will require specific programming knowledge that even most web developers won't have, so add'tl costs for consultants (WP otoh can be modified by non-programmers )

There won't be a need to hire consultants. Shopify has a great options for doing some theme customisations + changing navigation items on the website without any coding skills. The theme we are providing will get you up and running.

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is the amazon server fee part of the Pixify fee? if so, will it be pro-rated by portfolio size?

Yes this will a part of the fee. And yes there'll probably be some different tiers based on portfolio size. We still need to go through beta to monitor costs and find the best way to make a pricing structure.


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if you're storing all images, will there be a global search across all portfolios? (do you have access to pricing?)

This could be an interesting feature to build in the feature. Not something that we are looking at right now.

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what sort of db are you using? is it accessible by artists who want their own reports, stats, etc?


All products will be shown in your Shopify admin where there's reporting. You can also install other forms of analytic software like Google Analytics which can run analytics on the whole e-commerce system.



« Reply #49 on: June 30, 2020, 05:58 »
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A great job. And very difficult from scratch. very elegant and with very good taste and details. Excellent quality. Congratulations.

One of the problems, besides the work and time, is the storage of files in volume.

Can you tell me the storage memory, the weight of the files as a whole today? How many files take up how much space?

Thank you

Thanks for the kind words.

The files will take up as much space as they are currently taking up on your hard drive. When it comes to thumbnails, etc. everything will be hosted on Shopify servers. This hosting for this is included in the Shopify subscription fee.


 

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