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« on: April 24, 2008, 16:33 »
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Hello all,
i'm developing a monitoring application for microstock (its a Donationware (FREE))
now, the first Beta version is ready!

here small overview about functions:

current supported agencies
    * www.shutterstock.com
    * www.fotolia.com
    * www.bigstockphoto.com
    * www.dreamsteam.com
    * www.123rf.com
    * www.iStockPhoto.com
    * www.StockXpert.com
automatic check and clearly displaying most used account information:
    * earnings per current month/day/total
    * downloads per current month/day/total
    * active files
    * pending files
    * new messages
    * average earnings per download (Month/Day)
multi currency
etc...

@adminstrator: can i publish link to my homepage here?
Thx
Globus

P.S: and sorry for my bad english, it's not my native language. :)


« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 17:06 »
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Such an aplication would certainly be useful for me! It would save me a lot of time. I cannot help checking the sites every few hours...
When will it be possible to try?
Nice day to you.

« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008, 17:37 »
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Sounds like what CushyStock and about 3 other aps already do.  How is it different from what Cushy does? :)

M

« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008, 01:10 »
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008, 02:30 »
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@mantonino
the main aim of other applications are
- upload functions
- IPTC
- Keywords
- etc.

the aim of my application are:
- small
- easy to use
and main aim: overview and statistic

s

CofkoCof

« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008, 04:10 »
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Would be great to have a free application like that. But I have some doubts about the security of my passwords, so I'll pass for now.

« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2008, 04:19 »
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There is already http://microstockmonitor.unfolded.com/  :o I am using it and be very happy, so what would be the difference to your program/ app? SY

« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2008, 08:05 »
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@hospitalera
Hi
<http://microstockmonitor.unfolded.com/> is a good application but,
- i miss many information (daily/monthly earnings, pending files, etc)
- and you have to login manuall into each agency before you can use the app.
- for other differences: please compare the feature list.
thx

« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008, 08:50 »
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@mantonino
the main aim of other applications are
- upload functions
- IPTC
- Keywords
- etc.

the aim of my application are:
- small
- easy to use
and main aim: overview and statistic

s


Thanks for the info & I looked at the site.  Cushy does statistics for the main sites too so I think I'll pass but I'll keep this in mind. :)

« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2008, 15:47 »
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Hi!

I think it's a nice application and i guess you should do something to guarantee that those passwords are not used in any other way. Something like providing the source code so that some expert could analyse it...

(that's why microstock monitor makes you log in everytime... but i also think that's why microstock monitor is useless)

Other thing you may consider is to make it minimize to the icon tray and it could pop up a small window with the earnings on mouse over and making the application fetch the earnings at startup, instead of having to wait the preferences specified amount of time...

Otherwise i like the app

Regards

Francisco Leito
« Last Edit: April 25, 2008, 19:42 by fleitao »

« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2008, 02:18 »
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@fleitao
Thank you for new ideas and suggestion

>...  you should do something to guarantee that those passwords
>are not used in any other way.
>Something like providing the source
>code so that some expert could analyse it...

I think every user or expert can analyse the safety of stockmon by using a network-monitoring software. (so you can trace all StockMon network activities)

In addition all passwords will be MD5 encrypted storaged.
For more security i could add option for user to not save passwords on HDD (in this case after every app-start you have to enter you login data)

Thx
Globus

« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2008, 14:57 »
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Hello all,

New StockMon Application UPDATEa new StockMon version is available!
all improvements are documented here:
http://stockmon.110mb.com/news.html

Have fun!

« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2008, 15:26 »
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Oh, no.... One more bugware.....

« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2008, 15:53 »
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Oh, no.... One more bugware.....
1. this is a BETA version
2. there is no software without bugs!
3. if you find a bug, then report it and make a contribution to improve this software.
I think such statements are senseless, it's simply spam. Sorry  :-\

« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2008, 17:21 »
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Beta is something that is working with possible problems that developers do not (cannot, but not "do not want to") see.

Steps for Stockmon to come a little closer to Beta:
1. Run
2. Configure all supported sites
3. Start update
4. Compare numbers with reality.



« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2008, 01:17 »
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Beta is something that is working with possible problems that developers do not (cannot, but not "do not want to") see.
Steps for Stockmon to come a little closer to Beta:
1. Run
2. Configure all supported sites
3. Start update
4. Compare numbers with reality.

Hi UncleGene,
thank you for replay and matter description.

i tried to understand and to reproduce you problem on my environment but without success.

returns all plugins wrong numbers?
cann you recognise the same factor between wrong numbers and correct numbers?
have you set correct excange-rate EUR-USD?
have you changed currency? (most micrstock agencies pay only in USD, but if you change currency to EUR, of course you have got other numbers)
which operating system (+language) do you use?

Thx
Globus

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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2008, 02:48 »
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These sort of home-produced programs scare the heck out of me. Who are you for starters? Why on earth would you think I would want to entrust you with financially sensitive information just because you've wrote a program?

You're probably a very honest, hardworking individual, but the application is full of bugs, your website is lacking to say the least, your contact details amount to an email and there's nothing to tell us who you are or how to contact you should you be working on a sophisticated little Trojan horse?

And stockmon.110mb.com doesn't come up on a whois search?

So get real mister. If you want come on here and market a product at the very least get someone who speaks marketing English and be a little bit more professional in your approach, because right now I wouldn't go within a thousand yards of you or your application and I trust you now understand why.

« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2008, 05:35 »
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These sort of home-produced programs scare the heck out of me. Who are you for starters? Why on earth would you think I would want to entrust you with financially sensitive information just because you've wrote a program?

You're probably a very honest, hardworking individual, but the application is full of bugs, your website is lacking to say the least, your contact details amount to an email and there's nothing to tell us who you are or how to contact you should you be working on a sophisticated little Trojan horse?

And stockmon.110mb.com doesn't come up on a whois search?

So get real mister. If you want come on here and market a product at the very least get someone who speaks marketing English and be a little bit more professional in your approach, because right now I wouldn't go within a thousand yards of you or your application and I trust you now understand why.

hello contract

i can understand your worries but not your ton!
i know there are always some people with opinion that home-produced programs are bad.
but i know too that mostly this sort of people haven't no clue in computers and software.

you tell, that the application is full of bugs, but how do you know it without to try it?  ???

[..] stockmon.110mb.com doesn't come up on a whois search? [/..]
stockmon.110mb.com is a subdomain!
if you like to pay me a domain, i would made a DENIC record

[..] sophisticated little Trojan horse? [/..]
mister, please read a topic above. (any cann test the application with a network-tracer...)

[..]your contact details amount to an email and there's nothing to tell us who you[/..]
i think this information is senseless, because you can't check it anyway!
(for example: you are a honest user, but your profile here in forum without personal information, why?)

[..]come on here and market a product[/..]
1. it's not a commercial product
2. I force nobody to use it!


I do not know a application which offer me this kinds of features as StockMon.
It was the main matter for me to develop this application.
Now i offer free this application to all on the world, i make a contribution for free software.
Everybody can decide by himself to use it or not

have a nice day  :)

« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2008, 07:58 »
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The market which stockmon is trying to reach is a very small one --- one that would not attract a commercial firm.  I think it's great that "one of us", who also has programming skills, has taken the time to create a program that will help us with our endeavors.  If one does not want to trust the author, than that's your choice -- but to publicly attack him because he not Bill Gates (who never has bugs in his programs) is uncalled for.

Just me $.02 worth...

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« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2008, 12:54 »
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The market which stockmon is trying to reach is a very small one --- one that would not attract a commercial firm.  I think it's great that "one of us", who also has programming skills, has taken the time to create a program that will help us with our endeavors.  If one does not want to trust the author, than that's your choice -- but to publicly attack him because he not Bill Gates (who never has bugs in his programs) is uncalled for.

Just me $.02 worth...

Nobody is attacking anyone. I'm merely pointing out some glaring holes in his marketing approach including what I see as very basic omissions on his site.

That is not an attack, those are observations so let's make that distinction here. If you are going to get my personal details it is perfectly reasonable that I know who you are or how you can be contacted despite any claims by the author that those details are meaningless.

« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2008, 09:52 »
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Hi Globus

Thanks for putting the time and effort into this software.  As a software developer myself, I know the effort required in getting ANY product to the beta stage.

And, this is freeware, another thing to be grateful for :)

Please don't pay too much attention to the negative response you've received here.  I for one am pleased you've taken the time to provide us with this and will be trying stockmon.  If it does what I need it to, I'll be using it.  :)  If others are worried about it (and if they don't have the knowledge and skills to verify that it's safe for them) it's their perogative to not use it - fine by me.

« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2008, 10:41 »
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For me the application still has the problem that you have to divide the dollar amount by a factor of 100.

« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2008, 08:33 »
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Hi Globus

I've tried the beta and have found a couple of bugs and have a few suggestions:

Bugs:
  • As mentioned by oboy, the earnings figures seem to multiplied by 100 (I've worked around this temporarily by setting the Euro to USD rate to 100 and then set the currency to EUR, this gives the currect dollar value)
  • The fotolia earnings figure is completely out - is it, maybe, because my currency at fotolia is GBP and not USD?

Suggestions:
  • How about doing the fetch from the sites asynchronously so that they are collected in parallel instead of serially?  It'll make the program look a lot faster.
  • Might be a good idea to hide the whole box when the stats for that box aren't available.  I'm thinking of the blue headers with 'N/A' in them for today's downloads from 123rf, etc.
  • How about allowing a single site to be updated by clicking on it?
  • Linking to the target site for messages by clicking on the messages count
  • It would be good if you could highlight the sites that have had a download since the last refresh
  • A countdown counter to the next refresh would help those of us desparate to know the latest figures ;)

Just my 2 cents.  :)

Steve
« Last Edit: June 05, 2008, 09:46 by ste7e »

« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2008, 10:20 »
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Hi ste7e,
thank you very much.

>* As mentioned by oboy, the earnings figures seem to multiplied by 100 (I've worked >around this temporarily by setting the Euro to USD rate to 100 and then set the currency >to EUR, this gives the currect dollar value)
>* The fotolia earnings figure is completely out - is it, maybe, because my currency at fotolia >is GBP and not USD?

i didn't  test the application on english operating system, yet.
but now i can verify this problem by changing system decimal separator

i have fixed the problem and i will upload new vewion on server.
i think on english operating system it will be work now well.

and thank you for good Suggestions!
i think there are no big changes, and i will implement it soon  :)

Globus

« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2008, 06:44 »
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Hi Globus

I look forward to trying the next version.  If you want to use me as an Alpha tester for the trying the new version on an English-language installation of Windows, just let me know.

Steve

« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2008, 02:33 »
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Hi ste7e,
i sent you a PM message :)
Thx
Globus

« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2008, 09:03 »
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Hi Globus,

I have just tried your application and I must say I like it very much. I have only one teeny little problem - after the last payment at Fotolia the total earning does not show properly any more. In the application I can see about 2 USD more than I really earned.
Another thing is that with some agencies the total earning is not really "total" but shows the subtotal earning after the last payment. With other agencies it is really TOTAL - you might want to correct it.
Thank you very much for such a useful application - it seems really to save me a lot of time.
Have a nice time...
 :)

« Reply #27 on: June 09, 2008, 13:30 »
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hi peep,
I am very pleased to hear that you like my application :)
Quote
after the last payment at Fotolia the total earning does not show properly any more.
In the application I can see about 2 USD more than I really earned.
TOTAL earnings indicator show your current account balance.
MONTH earnings indicator show your earnings in current month
(independent from you payout)
if you do a payout, it could be that the MONTH earning indicator show more than TOTAL eanings indicator.


Quote
Another thing is that with some agencies the total earning is not really "total" but shows the subtotal earning after the last payment. With other agencies it is really TOTAL - you might want to correct it.
cann you tell me please which agencies are effected?
i am new in microstock business and i have not enough earnings in some agencies collected yet to take payout and to test this usecase :)

>Thank you very much for such a useful application - it seems really to save me a lot of time.
you are welcome!

I hope I could help you
you can contact me by PM or mail

Thx
Globus

« Reply #28 on: June 09, 2008, 14:00 »
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OK, I am going to check it all, but even now without having to look I can tell you shutterstock is definitely one of them. On the other hand, bigstock is sure to be OK.
But there is something wrong wit fotolia. E.g. I have just sold a picture for 2cr which is 0.66 USD and the application reads 0.81! And the monthly a total sums seem to be affected in similar ways.

« Reply #29 on: June 09, 2008, 14:33 »
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this is verry strange,  :o
I have registered by Fotolia Europa, and here is 1cr=0.83
I sold a picture for 0.35cr, StockMon show mine information correct:
0.35cr * 0.833 * 1.56(excange rate) = 0.45$ (or 0.29)

« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2008, 10:17 »
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Are you going to update it? It does not work with SX any more and it has stopped working with SS today. It stopped showing DT and 123rf todays DLs several weeks ago. And for me it never showed IS todays DLs. This way it would soon turn useless, which I would be very sorry about. I liked this application.

« Reply #31 on: November 23, 2008, 16:44 »
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i updated new plugins, please look on mine site.
re. IS today's DLs: the problem is , IS-Server update daily information only ca. one time per 24h. I hope it will be changed in futcher ;).
ciau
globus

« Reply #32 on: November 23, 2008, 16:49 »
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Wonderful. I am going to update it at once. I really like the application and hope it will keep working. TNX

« Reply #33 on: November 24, 2008, 00:42 »
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StockXpert plugin has multiplication problem (shows cents for dollars... would love to have such performance)

P.S. I want to apologize for my original negative reaction to this app, even with bugs it i pretty handy, and author fixes problems (maybe not immediately, but they are fixed)


« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2008, 02:55 »
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Yeah, you are right - the application IS handy. I find it pretty useful and I am really happy it started working properly again. I have a few bugs here to report: DT plug-in does not show the monthly performance correctly - it is about a quarter of the real earnings although the total is OK. BS total still does not take into account the payments. And of course there are still a few N/A items, but since I am sure you know about them yourself, I shall not write about them.

« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2008, 05:04 »
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i uploaded new StockXpert plugin, please try it and tell me if it doesn't work,thx

« Reply #36 on: November 24, 2008, 07:24 »
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StockXpert works just fine but DT does not. Something is wrong with the monthly earning stat.

« Reply #37 on: November 24, 2008, 07:49 »
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Globus, first of all, u made a great tool!
And the second, I've downloaded plugin for 123rf, but the today's stats is still not working :(

upd: and Fotolia is showing todays more money than real
maybe something wrong in my currency FT options? here it is:
Currency - Dollar
1 Credit = $ 1.00
« Last Edit: November 24, 2008, 09:34 by toshimself »

« Reply #38 on: November 24, 2008, 10:15 »
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And a small suggestion.
I think will be great, if the trayicon will show the sum of today's earnings from the all stock sites, rounded to the entire, for example, if today's earnings is 23,75$, the icon will be 24, and when it's refreshing, it may looks like "24" but in flashing square frame for example. There is also may be option turn on/off this function for trayicon..

upd: and once more suggestion:) it will be nice to see in the main window info about last refresh, something like "last refresh: 3mins.."
« Last Edit: November 24, 2008, 10:48 by toshimself »

« Reply #39 on: November 25, 2008, 10:59 »
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dreamstime today's not working too...

« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2008, 14:07 »
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Info: StockMon.exe was updated!

@toshimself
thank you for cool suggestions :)
>dreamstime today's not working too...
is the problem still exists?

>123rf, but the today's stats is still not working
today's stats will be comming soon

>Fotolia is showing todays more money than real
the problem is: credit price in differnt countries
I'm leaving in Europa, and here is 1Credit = 0,83
i will fix and manage this issue sap.

@peep,
i can't reproduce your problems, but i will try it further ...

« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2008, 16:51 »
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2Globus 
 
For dreamstime yes, today's earnings is "N/A" like in 123rf, monthly is just "0,00" and total is showing current balance.

« Reply #42 on: November 29, 2008, 03:28 »
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@toshimself,
N/A means: this information will not supported by blugin at the moment

« Reply #43 on: December 03, 2008, 16:43 »
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New Update!
  • improved performance
  • delta earnings indication (in mainform and in tray)
  • last update time indication
  • posibility to start updating per agency separately!
  • 123rf: retrive today's earnings
  • Fotolia: Credit-worth is adjustable

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #44 on: December 09, 2008, 08:29 »
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Dreamstime

I still have an issue with Dreamstime - it is correctly picking up the monthly total, but it is showing the monthly statistics (total amount earned and downloads) for September 2008 - instead of December.

Anyone else see that issue?

Steve

« Reply #45 on: December 16, 2008, 15:28 »
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Dreamstime issue located and fixed!  (http://stockmon.110mb.com/downloads.html)
Thanks to Steve!

« Reply #46 on: December 16, 2008, 22:48 »
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Fotolia's currency stats are backwards.  I'm getting dollar amounts under euros and euro amounts under dollars.

Also, I'm getting all-time earnings for BigStock instead of current earnings in account, like Peep.

Otherwise...a very cool app!  It has every single stat that I track, and will save me loads of time updating my spreadsheet.
« Last Edit: December 16, 2008, 22:51 by Karimala »

« Reply #47 on: December 17, 2008, 03:31 »
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Hi Karimala,
Quote
Fotolia's currency stats are backwards.  I'm getting dollar amounts under euros and euro amounts under dollars.
i think you not correct configurated fotolia plugin.
You can set (in Options-Form) credit - worth for fotolia - plugin, default is it 1cr = 1eur.  (new docu isn't ready yet)
please take a look and correct it ;)
thx
Globus

« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2009, 11:23 »
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Hi Karimala,
Quote
Fotolia's currency stats are backwards.  I'm getting dollar amounts under euros and euro amounts under dollars.
i think you not correct configurated fotolia plugin.
You can set (in Options-Form) credit - worth for fotolia - plugin, default is it 1cr = 1eur.  (new docu isn't ready yet)
please take a look and correct it ;)
thx
Globus


I just now saw your reply. 

I tried to fix it per your instructions, and even installed the newest version of StockMon, but I'm still getting $ amounts under euros, and visa versa.  Then I tried changing the currency exchange rate to convert euros into dollars, but it didn't give the correct earnings.  I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I'd like to see dollars on the dollars page, and euros on the euros page.  They are backwards.

« Reply #49 on: April 11, 2009, 13:52 »
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Woops, obsolete thread... reply deleted.


 

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