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« on: May 19, 2012, 09:46 »
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I saw a SS tweet last night that lead me to a post on the buyer's blog describing Shutterstock Instant a new search interfact they are testing.  From the blog:

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Shutterstock Instant is the worlds first image search experience truly optimized for inspiration and browsing. Instead of trying to add more features to our core website, we thought wed just re-imagine how a website would work if we focused more narrowly. Our hope is not to replace our current experience, but offer a new one for those of you in the exploration phase.


Looks interesting and I like that it's an additional tool, not a replacement for the current search.  Here's the link to the full post on the blog.


« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012, 10:25 »
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Good stuff!

« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2012, 10:46 »
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Totally good stuff!   ;D 

« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2012, 10:50 »
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It looks quite a bit like their ipad app which is also very nice.  I guess this is where their R&D money is going.. at least some of it.

Wim

« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2012, 11:19 »
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I like it except for the large preview.

http://www.shutterstock.com/labs/instant/
« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 01:47 by Wim »

« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2012, 11:57 »
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That's a lot of bandwidth!

« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2012, 12:33 »
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I like it - I gave them some feedback on what I think could improve it. It'll be interesting to see where this goes. I love their iPad i/f and this does seem to have grown from that.

rubyroo

« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2012, 15:33 »
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I like it too.  It's not even aimed at me, and I'm inspired already!  ;D

A great piece of R&D SS.  Well done to all involved.

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2012, 17:49 »
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Good stuff. The larger preview favors the more pro-ish looking, well retouched clean and sharp images with good looking models imho.

« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2012, 17:51 »
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I don't like it all that much.  Its a data dump.

« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 17:54 »
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That's a lot of bandwidth!
And it does look nice.

iStock couldn't pull this off because they'd be too stingy to finance the IT muscle for it. Not to mention that they don't even have can't get programmers that can code that stuff.

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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2012, 18:16 »
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That's a lot of bandwidth!
And it does look nice.

iStock couldn't pull this off because they'd be too stingy to finance the IT muscle for it. Not to mention that they don't even have can't get programmers that can code that stuff.
Oh, please, don't let them even try  ::)

Poncke

« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2012, 06:52 »
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1000px photos on a platter for the steal

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« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2012, 12:51 »
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1000px photos on a platter for the steal
+1

« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2012, 14:23 »
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It might be great as a show piece for the IPO crowd, however I would be willing to bet it will kills sales. The large 1000 pixel images make it unbelievably easy to remove the logos.

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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2012, 14:31 »
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Remove using spot heal brush and maybe a bit of cloning and then when you are done just resize it!

It's not rocket science.


http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/suite/perfect-resize/?ind


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Genuine Fractals is pretty amazing. I use it myself. It enables photographers, graphic artists and digital imaging professionals to create high-quality, print-ready enlargements from image files of any size or resolution. Provides easy encoding and rendering for all RGB (8-bit and 16-bit), multi-channel, and grayscale images (8-bit only).

« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2012, 14:53 »
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It only works in English ? No other languages ?


« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2012, 15:41 »
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Thats amazing stuff, indeed like their ipad app :) which I love!

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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2012, 15:59 »
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It might be great as a show piece for the IPO crowd, however I would be willing to bet it will kills sales. The large 1000 pixel images make it unbelievably easy to remove the logos.

I heard that nonsense here about flicker (with a burst of very questionable hate speech about the site and its users). They said something like: 'yeah upload your stuff to flicker like that, and watch your sales tank you fool' So...  I have a pretty darn frequented flicker stream, millions of views. I upload there at decent size, 1200+px longer side, dimunitive logo. I tested. I uploaded few batches of stuff made for stock to flickr first (20-30 pics), even put them into groups, lots and lots of views. Absolutely nothing happened to the sales. Tried it without uploading anything to flickr. No difference between the two. This stuff is fools' myth... nonsense. Stuff like this doesn't make any difference. I also started to see my stuff popping up on allday.ru and sites of the like in packages after a while doing stock. Those were full res, they were not from flickr: they were BOUGHT from the stock sites... so if this really does bother you, you should know that the biggest threat to your stuff IS YOUR OWN LOW PRICEPOINT my friend. But no change in sales from that either, except for growing sales according to a growing port.

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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2012, 16:35 »
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A fifty buck piece of software and under a minutes work.

Here is the under a minutes work now add the software and people already think their stuff is being stolen?

Wake up!
« Last Edit: May 24, 2012, 18:15 by ruxpriencdiam »

« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2012, 16:41 »
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1000px photos on a platter for the steal

That's very encouraging. Not. >:(

EmberMike

« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2012, 20:15 »
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At least you photo folks still have a watermark that poses at least somewhat of a challenge to remove. For us vector folks, in any image that's a set of something, icons for example, the watermark on the 1000px preview doesn't cover much. For some reason they've done away with the two diagonal lines as part of the watermark, leaving just the SS logo, so anything that appears above or below the logo watermark is completely unprotected.

Imagine a set of 9 icons. 3 rows of 3 in a single image. 6 out of 9 of them will have nothing covering them. Easy pickings for anyone not interested in paying for anything.

eta: yes I know I "retired" from the forums. But I read about this over at SS and couldn't not make a comment. :)

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« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2012, 20:51 »
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