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Title: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on September 26, 2015, 10:22
Hi everybody

I'm a programmer and microstocker at the same time and today I'm pleased to present my piece of free and open source software. It's named Xpiks (Cross-platform Image Keywoarding Software) - keywording and uploading tool for microstock photographers and illustrators. It was written from scratch with aim to make it more usefull, convenient and quicker than existing tools.

Program is available for OS X, Windows and Linux.

Main features:


Main website (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/)

UPD.Introduction video (https://vimeo.com/153564940)

Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/)

Tutorial part 1 (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-use-xpiks-part-1)
Tutorial part 2 (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-use-xpiks-part-2)
Tips and Tricks (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/hidden-features)

Any feedback would highly appreciated would it be good or bad. In case you've found any bugs or misfunction, please, check out this page (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error)) on how to report it.

If you have any questions please, ask them in the Support section on the Xpiks Website, because it's hard to keep track of all forums. I will definitely respond within 24 hours (due to the difference in time zones).

I'm developing Xpiks only in my free time and anybody is welcome to join the development on Github (https://github.com/Ribtoks/xpiks (https://github.com/Ribtoks/xpiks)). Any help would be highly appreciated - see Contributors Guidelines file in the repository.

If you liked program or found it useful for your needs, you can support development sending any amount of money to my Skrill account kushnirtv at gmail dot com
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on November 09, 2015, 11:15
There's a new release of Xpiks available. Visit the downloads page http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/ (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/) to grab it.

Improvements:

Fixes:
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: fotoVoyager on November 09, 2015, 13:26
Can you use this application to 'stamp' metadata like title, description and keywords back into the exif/iptc fields of the image itself? When I save the image from within Xpiks it puts a .xpks file next to it - presumably this is some kind of sidecar file that contains the metadata I added?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on November 10, 2015, 07:52
Can you use this application to 'stamp' metadata like title, description and keywords back into the exif/iptc fields of the image itself? When I save the image from within Xpiks it puts a .xpks file next to it - presumably this is some kind of sidecar file that contains the metadata I added?

Hi

.xpks file is just the backup. Title, description and keywords are written to the exif/iptc fields of the image itself. Backup is useful if you made some edits and then somehow exited the program without saving or blackout or etc. Afterwards you can restore everything from the backup.

You can always turn off/on creation of the backups in Settings ->  Behavior -> Create backups for items
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: stockyme on November 10, 2015, 08:57
Thank you for sharing this wonderful software. I am using stocksubmitter already but am not quite happy with it so I will surly try this one now :)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: jzehnder on November 21, 2015, 01:39
I love your program. It took me a little bit of time to realize I didn't have to save separate backups of every file, but it's been smooth sailing since then.

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 19, 2015, 12:48
Hello everybody. While new Xpiks 1.1 release is coming (in few hours), I've created official Xpiks page on Facebook. It would be great if you will support Xpiks by promoting the page with likes or reshares. Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/ (https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 19, 2015, 14:18
New release of Xpiks is available! Xpiks 1.1 brings to you spell checking, auto updates and a lot of small improvements! Download release here http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/ (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/)

Don't forget to support Xpiks with sharing and promoting Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/ (https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/)

Major features of this release:

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: jzehnder on December 19, 2015, 23:05
I love this program. I am having an issue with the latest release. It loads fine, and imports photos fine, but when I go to the Upload screen and then click Start Upload, I'm getting a weird error, and the uploads do not go forward:

"The program can't start because VCRUNTIME140.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 20, 2015, 03:24
"The program can't start because VCRUNTIME140.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."

Hi. Thanks for ringing the bell. Can you please go to downloads and download Xpiks again? I've updated zip archive. It should have name Xpiks-v1.1.zip. Looking forward to hearing from you
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: jzehnder on December 20, 2015, 23:53
That took care of it. Thanks.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 09, 2016, 13:51
There's a new bugfix release available. It should have reached you via auto update. Now importing/exporting of files takes literaly 10 times less time than before.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 10, 2016, 01:13
And about vectors?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 10, 2016, 02:42
And about vectors?

What exactly about vectors?

Xpiks can upload them and zip if necessary (if you will tick the box). What else?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 10, 2016, 03:54
And about vectors?

What exactly about vectors?

Xpiks can upload them and zip if necessary (if you will tick the box). What else?

Oh amazing.. I haven't tested it out till now.. will do it soon, the images looks promising. Great work bro.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 14, 2016, 03:59
Its crashes after I agree to the terms and go to main window.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 04:04
Its crashes after I agree to the terms and go to main window.


What? :) You're the first one to report this kind of bug.
 
Can you please describe your operating system and send a report about a bug using guide http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error/ (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error/) I'll take a look at it ASAP.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 14, 2016, 04:07
Its crashes after I agree to the terms and go to main window.


What? :) You're the first one to report this kind of bug.
 
Can you please describe your operating system and send a report about a bug using guide [url]http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error/[/url] ([url]http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error/[/url]) I'll take a look at it asap.


I am using windows 10 64 bit with 8gb nivida 880m card
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 14, 2016, 04:10
I also didn't got any installation file.. Its was all extracted file so I have no log directory
"on Windows they should be at C:/Users/USERNAME/AppData/Roaming/Xpiks/ directory"
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 04:11
I am using windows 10 64 bit with 8gb nivida 880m card

This is very strange since I have around 80 users on Win10 at the moment and none of them experienced such a disaster. I'm looking forward to receiving a log from you so I can investigate it.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 04:13
I also didn't got any installation file.. Its was all extracted file so I have no log directory
"on Windows they should be at C:/Users/USERNAME/AppData/Roaming/Xpiks/ directory"

When Xpiks is launched it writes to logfile. Doesn't matter about installation files.
if your username is cgartist on your computer, than please take a look at

C:\Users\cgargist\AppData\Roaming\Xpiks

Also you can just type '%APPDATA%\Xpiks' (without quotes) in your explorer path edit line
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 04:43
Its crashes after I agree to the terms and go to main window.

Please, send me also Windows crash report and screenshot with a crash.
Thank you
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 14, 2016, 07:20
Its crashes after I agree to the terms and go to main window.

Please, send me also Windows crash report and screenshot with a crash.
Thank you

It closes automatically, there isn't any crash window present.

Also I found the log file and here is what I got.

Quote
14.01.2016 12:17:28.198 - Debug: Log started
14.01.2016 12:17:28.205 - Debug: Reading local artworks library...
14.01.2016 12:17:28.205 - Info: Reading settings values
14.01.2016 12:17:28.221 - Info: Initializing upload infos from string
14.01.2016 12:17:28.226 - Debug: About to load main view...
14.01.2016 12:17:29.465 - Debug: Main view onCompleted handler
14.01.2016 12:17:29.465 - Debug: Main view loaded
14.01.2016 12:17:30.310 - Debug: Delayed onOpen timer triggered
14.01.2016 12:17:30.310 - Debug: Starting spellchecker service...
14.01.2016 12:17:30.310 - Debug: Starting backups saver service...
14.01.2016 12:17:30.311 - Info: Update service: checking for updates...
14.01.2016 12:17:30.374 - Debug: Hunspell initialized with AFF "\\\\?\\C:\\Users\\USER\\Desktop\\Xpiks-qt-v1.1.3\\dict\\en_US.aff" and DIC "\\\\?\\C:\\Users\\USER\\Desktop\\Xpiks-qt-v1.1.3\\dict\\en_US.dic"
14.01.2016 12:17:30.376 - Debug: "Encoding of AFF set to UTF-8"
14.01.2016 12:17:30.596 - Debug: Opened dialog Dialogs/WhatsNewDialog.qml. Opened dialogs count is 1
14.01.2016 12:17:30.958 - Debug: Opened dialog Dialogs/TermsAndConditionsDialog.qml. Opened dialogs count is 2
14.01.2016 12:17:32.384 - Debug: Reporting action 0
14.01.2016 12:17:32.385 - Debug: Dialog closed. Opened dialogs count is 1
14.01.2016 12:17:33.871 - Debug: Saving current xpiks version
14.01.2016 12:17:33.872 - Debug: Dialog closed. Opened dialogs count is 0
14.01.2016 12:17:34.165 - Debug: Telemetry report submited successfully
14.01.2016 12:17:36.133 - Info: Update service: available = 113 current = 113
14.01.2016 12:17:36.134 - Info: Updates checking loop finished
14.01.2016 12:17:36.134 - Debug: Updates worker finished
14.01.2016 12:17:38.707 - Info: Reading settings values
14.01.2016 12:17:38.822 - Debug: Opened dialog Dialogs/SettingsWindow.qml. Opened dialogs count is 1
14.01.2016 12:17:45.113 - Debug: Opened dialog Dialogs/LogsDialog.qml. Opened dialogs count is 2
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 07:31
It closes automatically, there isn't any crash window present.


cgartist, if there's no crash window present how would you know if it's a "crash"? Is there a Windows crash window? (Like "Application Xpiks stopped working. Check the solution online blah-blah-blah"?) If there is one, it contains some useful information - I would appreciate if you would grab it and send me.

The log file you pasted here looks like absolutely healthy. Maybe you accidentaly clicked "Disagree" and Xpiks just closed?

And please - send logs and bugs-related stuff to the Support forum on the xpiks website http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/support/. (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/support/.) Maybe it will be useful for other users as well.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 14, 2016, 07:39
No, there isn't any kind of notification I get when it crashes.. It runs fine for a minute and closes, automatically....

I have runned it as admin, and I see its working fine.. I will keep you updated if it closed again.. thanks
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 07:43
No, there isn't any kind of notification I get when it crashes.. It runs fine for a minute and closes, automatically....

I have runned it as admin, and I see its working fine.. I will keep you updated if it closed again.. thanks

Never run it as admin. It's should be working just fine from your default user account. If there's no crash from Xpiks than it's very strange.

There's a possibility that you have third-party software (antivirus, firewall etc.) which closes/quarantines Xpiks, because Xpiks closes itself only if you disagree to the Terms and Conditions (and in case of crash, of course, but then you will get at least Windows standard crash window). So you can check your antivirus/firewall if it blocked Xpiks.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on January 14, 2016, 07:50
Yes I have avast antivirus and when I run Xpiks it scans the software automatically and then it closes. I think you are correct, this is some compatibility issue with my antivirus.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ArturoDV96 on January 14, 2016, 11:51
I wasn't even able to open the program and couldn't figure out what the problem was. Sure enough, I have Avast and when I disabled the shields the program opened right up.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Hi Cliff(s)! on January 14, 2016, 12:30

to make it more usefull, convenient and quicker than existing tools.

(...)

  • keywording capabilities as well as setting additional XMP/IPTC metadata (title, description, author)
  • uploading images to Stock Agencies' FTP hosts (keeping encrypted list of credentials)
  • keywords suggestion based on Shutterstock API or local library
  • search through loaded images by any metadata (keywords, description, title)
  • ability to upload vector (eps/ai) files with images with same name (useful for illustrators)
  • automatically zip vectors and previews if needed
  • checks for potential problems before upload (insufficient resolution, missing metadata etc.)
  • spell checking


happy to see this one coming out: finally a nice one!! Currently working with several command line tools (which is about okay) and online "solutions" (which is not). It's great to see that we do not have to bend over backward to Adobe and similar outfits (or run emulator stuff etc) just in order to make keywording and EXIF manipulation etc a tat easier.

Thanks for you work, will check it out as soon as I fixed a bunch of dependencies on Debian/GNU Linux (Linux Mint), details attached as footer below (general update didn't fix it and didn't touch the "old" libQT packages).

-- Cliff

-----
xpiks depends on libqt5concurrent5 (>= 5.2); however:
  Version of libqt5concurrent5:amd64 on system is 5.1.1+dfsg-5.
 xpiks depends on libqt5core5a (>= 5.2.0~alpha1); however:
  Package libqt5core5a is not installed
(...)
etc...
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2016, 15:54
-----
xpiks depends on libqt5concurrent5 (>= 5.2); however:
  Version of libqt5concurrent5:amd64 on system is 5.1.1+dfsg-5.
 xpiks depends on libqt5core5a (>= 5.2.0~alpha1); however:
  Package libqt5core5a is not installed
(...)
etc...


Hi Cliff

You're free to take a look at Debian's package specs https://github.com/Ribtoks/xpiks/tree/master/src/xpiks-qt/debian. (https://github.com/Ribtoks/xpiks/tree/master/src/xpiks-qt/debian.) What distro are you using?

If you will fail with satisfying all the dependencies, you can always try to build Xpiks alone (debian package anyway is a few bugfix releases outdated).
http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2014/building-xpiks-alone/ (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2014/building-xpiks-alone/) - guide on the main website
https://github.com/Ribtoks/xpiks/blob/master/BUILD.md (https://github.com/Ribtoks/xpiks/blob/master/BUILD.md) - guide in BUILD.MD
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: 60D on January 16, 2016, 12:55
Thanks a lot for sharing this software with us. Really a useful tool.

Some bugs(?)
- Cannot always detect spelling errors in keyword list. Probably it happens when a set a keywords are copied from one image to another (not sure).
- Replace option in spelling correction tool doesn't work properly for keyword list. I had a correct spelling keyword (First I didn't notice that correct one is there) and wrong one in the list. I selected to replace wrong one with the correct one select from suggestion list. However, it didn't remove the wrong one from the list.

Some suggestions:
- Display some of the image details below the thumbnail, such as the date taken. Those data are useful when editing editorial images
- Enable full preview option of images (or an option to open the original file from the disk.). This is useful when we need to seem more detailed view of images.
- Enable bulk edit of the images (select multiple images and edit them at once).
- Show the number of characters in the title (Some agencies, such as SS, has limitations on that. Therefore, it's useful to know the number of characters.)


Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 16, 2016, 13:11
Thanks a lot for sharing this software with us. Really a useful tool.

Some bugs(?)
- Cannot always detect spelling errors in keyword list (check the attachment). Probably it happens when a set a keywords are copied from one image to another (not sure).
- Replace option in spelling correction tool doesn't work properly for keyword list. I had a correct spelling keyword (First I didn't notice that correct one is there) and wrong one in the list. I selected to replace wrong one with the correct one select from suggestion list. However, it didn't remove the wrong one from the list.

Some suggestions:
- Display some of the image details below the thumbnail, such as the date taken. Those data are useful when editing editorial images
- Enable full preview option of images (or an option to open the original file from the disk.). This is useful when we need to seem more detailed view of images.
- Enable bulk edit of the images (select multiple images and edit them at once).
- Show the number of characters in the title (Some agencies, such as SS, has limitations on that. Therefore, it's useful to know the number of characters.)

Hello.

Thanks for the suggestions and bugs descriptions.

1. Bulk edit is already implemented! Select multiple images and press "Edit" button.
2. Full view of the image is implemented as well. First of all there's a "larger" view if you double-click on the image or click "Edit" under keywords. Also true full view is available if you click on the Image title under the image preview. There's a 100% view button.
3. I will add "Date taken" field to the preview. Thanks for the suggestion!
4. Regarding the number of characters, it's not displayed anywhere, but if you will exceed max number of characters, you will get a warning from Xpiks before upload.

Regarding bugs.
1. About the "unable to replace" bug. You cannot edit a keyword to an existing one. If you have "keyword1" and "keyword2", you cannot edit "keyword2" so you will receive two "keyword1"s. So if you have a correct keyword and the one with error it fails to replace the one with error to the correct one because it's already there.
I know it's not obvious at all, but I'm thinking of how to notify user in the most friendly way about it. It will be fixed with the next releases.

2. It can detect wrong spelling. It's just not always submitted for spellchecking (will be fixed soon). To force spellcheck, just simply Select All items and press Tools->Check spelling.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: 60D on January 16, 2016, 19:55
Thanks for your reply. I definitely haven't fully explored all of its functionalities.

4. Regarding the number of characters, it's not displayed anywhere, but if you will exceed max number of characters, you will get a warning from Xpiks before upload.

What is the max number of characters in current settings? (In SS, it's 200)

So if you have a correct keyword and the one with error it fails to replace the one with error to the correct one because it's already there.
Yes, but it doesn't remove the wrong one. It's great if it removes the wrong one while keeping only the correct one.

One more suggestion:
- Add real-time word suggestion function (like in SS). While typing a keyword, the program should be able to suggest list of possible words and a user should be able to pick one from that. (please check the attachment)

Xpiks is already really good. I hope my suggestions will help make Xpiks even better. Thanks again.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 17, 2016, 03:18
Thanks for your reply. I definitely haven't fully explored all of its functionalities.

I guess you should explore the first post in this topic. There're two "HowTo" blogposts and "TipsAndTricks". I think they cover 95% of Xpiks features you will want to use.

Max number of characters can be set in Settings -> Warnings

Real-time suggestion function is already in the TODO list along with some others. So it will be available in one of the next releases (1.2 or 1.3). Thanks for the suggestion.

Regarding the word removal - we'll see how to do that best.
Thanks for reporting this!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: seawhisper on January 17, 2016, 03:39
I've downloaded the program, gonna give it a try. I'm using lightroom so it's quite nuisance. ;) Out of curiosity how are you going to monetize the software? I didn't see any pricing on the website.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PZF on January 17, 2016, 06:48
Went to have a look. "Download the Xpiks zip archive from the link above" it says. There seems to be no such link. But there's an icon on the left so I grabbed that, Says 20 mins to DL..... We will see.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PZF on January 17, 2016, 07:26
Instructions looked good - bit tricky to actually install, seemed to be many stages but eventually got to see the screen.
But now I just get a mssage Qt5core missing.
Ideas anyone please?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 17, 2016, 09:22
Instructions looked good - bit tricky to actually install, seemed to be many stages but eventually got to see the screen.
But now I just get a mssage Qt5core missing.
Ideas anyone please?

Hello. Please, describe your system, what did you actually download and when do you get the "Qt5Core" missing info?

If it's Windows version, what was tricky in the installation? You just have to unzip 1 archive.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PZF on January 17, 2016, 11:31
Ta!  I downloaded from the yellow button on your site for Windows. When I clicked on the Dld file I got file called (more or less) Cpix q t 1.1.3.

In this was a list of subfiles - starting Bearer, then Dict. But nothing installed.

So I transfered these into a file on my computer, found an exe which looked hopeful, and the screen did indeed appear as per the demo - but when I tried again (can't remember quite how - set up the icon) - I got that error message.

I'm not tekky, as you can gather.....!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 17, 2016, 15:58
So I transfered these into a file on my computer, found an exe which looked hopeful, and the screen did indeed appear as per the demo - but when I tried again (can't remember quite how - set up the icon) - I got that error message.

If you will run it from a shortcut from wrong directory you will get this error. Can you please confirm if you run extract archive somewhere and afterwards you just launch xpiks-qt.exe from extracted location, it runs OK?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PZF on January 17, 2016, 16:27
Extract archive????

I downloaded the zip file from your site.
Nothing opened.
I found what looked to be a likely Exe and ran it.

If I ran something from a wrong directory it was just because that's all I found!

:(















Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 15, 2016, 14:47
Screencasts how to use Xpiks:
https://vimeo.com/153564940 - Introduction
https://vimeo.com/155296801 - Keywords editing
https://vimeo.com/155427686 - Using backups (.xpks files)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Epsilonth on February 15, 2016, 14:59
Looks good. Can you add function where the program automatically pick reverent category then submit? Especially for dreamstime. It's really a pain to submit there.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 15, 2016, 15:01
Looks good. Can you add function where the program automatically pick reverent category then submit? Especially for dreamstime. It's really a pain to submit there.

Hi. It's in TODO list for future releases, so eventually I will add this function.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Mogwai on February 15, 2016, 15:16
What is this about categories?  ??? You can put categories in metada?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 15, 2016, 15:19
What is this about categories?  ??? You can put categories in metada?

Hi. Categories via metadata are not supported by microstocks. Submitting categories via Xpiks will be available in future releases via plugins.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Mogwai on February 15, 2016, 15:22
Thank you for the fast reply.

I might be confused - if micros don't use categories why submit with them?

Or by "submitting categories" do you mean "submit category-A to micro-A, category-B to micro-B"?

Great software btw. Very classy.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 15, 2016, 15:25
I might be confused - if micros don't use categories why submit with them?

Or by "submitting categories" do you mean "submit category-A to micro-A, category-B to micro-B"?

All microstocks use different categories. Description, title and keywords are standart Exif/IPTC metadata of image files (jpg, png and almost all others). Categories are not. So microstocks can read description/title/keywords from image files but want contributors to choose categories manually.

By "submitting categories" I mean that Xpiks somehow will overcome this limitation in close future.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Mogwai on February 15, 2016, 15:28
Thank you very  much for the explanation, and great job.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 16, 2016, 09:50
Also, kindly reminder to support Facebook page of Xpiks https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/ (https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/) with reshares or likes. Please help me spread the word!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 28, 2016, 04:55
Xpiks release 1.2 is out! http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2016/third-stable-release (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2016/third-stable-release)
Windows and OS X build are available, Linux build soon.

Actually this release was supposed to be later, but because of tons of users experiencing “cannot find Exiftool on Mac” problem, I decided that some features will slip into next Xpiks 1.3 release and this one will be publicly available ASAP.

Major features of this release:
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 04, 2016, 02:38
Xpiks now supports 32-bit Windows (starting from Windows 7) and RPM-based Linux (openSUSE, Fedora)! Download here http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/ (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Artist on March 05, 2016, 11:13
Screencasts how to use Xpiks:
https://vimeo.com/153564940 - Introduction
https://vimeo.com/155296801 - Keywords editing
https://vimeo.com/155427686 - Using backups (.xpks files)

Please create a screencast for uploading vectors and can this tool upload videos too?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 05, 2016, 11:18
Please create a screencast for uploading vectors and can this tool upload videos too?


"uploading vectors" is processed transparently for you. Almost no need to specific actions.

You either drag'n'drop vectors with previews to Xpiks (images with attached vectors looks like here http://pasteboard.co/20K3feor.png (http://pasteboard.co/20K3feor.png)) or select in Xpiks Settings -> Behavior "attach vectors automatically" and Xpiks will search for vector with the same name as preview.

When you upload you have an option to create zip with vector and preview (in the Upload dialog in the Tab "Advanced").

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No, video is not supported yet.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: affini4 on March 09, 2016, 08:36
wonderful program!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: mantered on March 10, 2016, 09:55
Nice program ;) Thanks ! Keep up the good work !

Would it be possible to limit the number of keywords at the "suggested keywords" stage ?
I saw that you can "Check warnings" but I think it would be more useful at the keywording stage.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 10, 2016, 10:15
wonderful program!

Thank you! Glad you liked it.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 10, 2016, 10:15
Nice program ;) Thanks ! Keep up the good work !

Would it be possible to limit the number of keywords at the "suggested keywords" stage ?
I saw that you can "Check warnings" but I think it would be more useful at the keywording stage.

Hi

Well, there's a counter so you will always see how many keywords you add when you use "Suggest" feature.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on March 12, 2016, 09:51
I uploaded my images yesterday with xpiks for the first time. It really saved much time and thank you for that. I might be wrong but uploading time seemed longer comparison to fetch. Besides that i liked whole thing. Thumbs up!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 12, 2016, 11:34
I uploaded my images yesterday with xpiks for the first time. It really saved much time and thank you for that. I might be wrong but uploading time seemed longer comparison to fetch. Besides that i liked whole thing. Thumbs up!

Hi. Glad you liked it. I didn't quite understand what do you mean by "uploading time seemed longer comparison to fetch". What fetch? Where?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on March 12, 2016, 17:26
Quote
Hi. Glad you liked it. I didn't quite understand what do you mean by "uploading time seemed longer comparison to fetch". What fetch? Where?


Fetch is a file transfer software that supports ftp and sftp for Apple.

http://fetchsoftworks.com (http://fetchsoftworks.com)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 12, 2016, 17:30
Fetch is a file transfer software that supports ftp and sftp for Apple.

[url]http://fetchsoftworks.com[/url] ([url]http://fetchsoftworks.com[/url])


Ok, thank you. Will keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 07, 2016, 12:22
Today I announce release of Xpiks 1.3! This is a very big release which introduces plenty of new features and bugfixes. Just take a look:

Major features of this release:
Bugfixes:

Also Exiftool for Windows builds was updated to the latest one (10.16 at the moment) and this will first launch can last a bit longer, but all following will be as quick as before.


You might have already received an auto-update, but if not, welcome to Downloads page http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/ (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/downloads/)


Please, support Xpiks in Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/or (https://www.facebook.com/Xpiks-748703535265682/or) by donation of any amount via PayPal (you can find Donate on the Downloads page)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on May 08, 2016, 08:05
I got this error message after i downloaded: “xpiks-qt” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer."

Previous version was working with no error.

Edit: It was on my part. I fixed it.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 10, 2016, 06:32
 I tried to upload files today using xpiks but they didn't arrive at the websites. At the end I uploaded them by myself.

Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 10, 2016, 06:35
I tried to upload files today using xpiks but they didn't arrive at the websites. At the end I uploaded them by myself.

Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk


Hi

That's sad to hear. Can you please post the logs and give more details?
http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error (http://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2015/how-to-report-an-error) - this is how to get/see the logs

Details I need: operating system, xpiks version, which stock/s you were uploading to, did Xpiks fire any errors?

Also sometimes it takes some time for websites to process FTP queue so you have to wait a bit.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 10, 2016, 06:38
No error. Latest xpiks version, latest Mac OS version. I managed to upload to DT but tried MostPhotos 3 times

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 10, 2016, 06:40
I am new to MostPhotos but so far images where in library after uploading. Nothing there.

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 10, 2016, 06:46
No error. Latest xpiks version, latest Mac OS version. I managed to upload to DT but tried MostPhotos 3 times

Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk

Uploading in Xpiks is absolutely same for all stocks. If some of them worked and other didn't, we have to look for a problem outside of Xpiks scope of work.

Did you read how to upload to MostPhotos? Maybe they process files longer than usual today because of some internal reorganization etc. There're chances your photos will appear after a while.

Also in the MostPhotos FAQ it's said you have to upload vectors to specific folder
3) Upload it to the ftp, in the folder that is called vectorimages

Currently Xpiks does not upload files to "specific" folders. This will be addressed in future releases.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 10, 2016, 06:58
Doesn't Xpiks keep images once added? When I close Xpiks the images are all gone. If I want to upload to more agencies I have to import them again. Am I doing something wrong?

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 10, 2016, 07:01
Doesn't Xpiks keep images once added? When I close Xpiks the images are all gone. If I want to upload to more agencies I have to import them again. Am I doing something wrong?

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No, Xpiks does not keep images once added. Xpiks is not a file browser tool, but rather processing tool. You open something, process it, get rid of it.

You can access recently opened directories through File -> Recent directories.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 10, 2016, 07:15
Thank you. What does file back up mean? It asks me if I want to back up my files. What happens if I click yes?

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 10, 2016, 07:18
Thank you. What does file back up mean? It asks me if I want to back up my files. What happens if I click yes?

Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk

When you write metadata to your images (Saving) there's an option not to overwrite the image you opened, but to create a copy of it with metadata written to the copy.
(Usually people don't use it and it will be removed from the interface in future releases)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 11, 2016, 03:34
I tried to use Xpiks for Canstock  but when I try the connection it comes up as red. I have not used it for Canstock before. I used the password I use for logging in to Canstock website. But it comes up red when testing connection.

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 11, 2016, 03:36
I tried to use Xpiks for Canstock  but when I try the connection it comes up as red. I have not used it for Canstock before. I used the password I use for logging in to Canstock website. But it comes up red when testing connection.

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Please read information in the CanStock of how to use FTP or ask their support.
Maybe you need to use other username, other password or other ftp address.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: HappyBunny on May 11, 2016, 03:42
The FTP address is the same that's written on Xpiks buy I will contact them. Thank you.

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PZF on May 23, 2016, 02:12
I downloaded the update yesterday but can't see how I get it to install. Have sent an email to your website.

Suggestion - can updates be constructed so that when you download the new version it just auto updates?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on May 23, 2016, 02:16
I downloaded the update yesterday but can't see how I get it to install. Have sent an email to your website.

Suggestion - can updates be constructed so that when you download the new version it just auto updates?

Hi
I have answered you in the support forum. No need to "install" it. Just unzip and open xpiks-qt.exe

Yes, there will be auto-update implemented in future versions.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on June 12, 2016, 15:10
Latest version doesn't search on editorial images. Is there a bug? or on purpose?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on June 12, 2016, 15:16
Latest version doesn't search on editorial images. Is there a bug? or on purpose?

Hi

Can you confirm that at the same time old version was able to provide you with results and new version is not capable of doing so? If yes, can you send me the logs please and provide with the request itself so I can repro it?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: qunamax on July 07, 2016, 09:37
Hi, really appreciate your work on software.
I have question about 123RF, just registered there with 3 photos accepted. Later I put some bunch of photos trough Xpiks and uploaded to Alamy, Fotolia and 123RF. Alamy and Fotolia got the photos just right over ftp, while photos sent to 123RF (connection test and everything else was green and OK) uploaded but were nowhere to be found on 123RF... Do you know what could have caused this?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on July 30, 2016, 05:49
Hello,

I don't even know if it is possible but are you planning to add keywording option for video?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Video-StockOrg on October 17, 2016, 09:26
Any future version that could work with video too? We like the combination of keywording from different sites.

If future version will include video import (even if only screengrabs are in thumbnails), it would be great to export metadata in .csv form.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ArturoDV96 on January 03, 2017, 12:06
Well, I can't even get the program to open. As soon as click on it, I get a message that "xpiks-qt has stopped working".

This still happens even when I've disabled my Avast shields. :/
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: redwater on January 09, 2017, 15:40
Hi,
I've been using the software for a bit and it is really good! Would you be able to add capability of opening PNG files and adding metadata? Some agencies and most PODs accept PNG files as well.
Happy new year to all :)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 28, 2017, 19:06
I'm pleased to announce Xpiks 1.4 "spring" release!

Here's detailed overview https://ribtoks.github.io/xpiks/blog/2017/xpiks-14-detailed-features

New features at a glance:

- presets for keywords
- additional quick buffer for convenient editing
- support for user dictionary of misspelled words
- ability to fix spelling in multiple files at once
- detailed view of failed uploads
- find and replace functionality
- batch keywords removal functionality
- support of StarDict dictionaries for translation
- ability to show current file on disk
- recombining selected artworks in multiple edit dialog
- automatic updates
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: photoboxer on February 28, 2017, 20:09
First time ever i see a warning now. My computer is blocking xpiks. What`s wrong with xpiks?

"The computer was protected by Windows
The execution of this app is or may be a risk for the PC"

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 01, 2017, 02:39
First time ever i see a warning now. My computer is blocking xpiks. What`s wrong with xpiks?

"The computer was protected by Windows
The execution of this app is or may be a risk for the PC"

Hi. Xpiks is same as before (open-source, safe). The correct question is what's wrong with your Windows ;)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Chichikov on March 01, 2017, 03:11
It would be great to have it connect to Lightroom (as plugin?)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: sarah2 on March 17, 2017, 04:31
OK. Have downloaded the update. But see no exe file to click. :( Please advise.

PS Please can you do an auto install thing in future?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 17, 2017, 04:35
OK. Have downloaded the update. But see no exe file to click. :( Please advise.

PS Please can you do an auto install thing in future?

Hello. What do you mean "no exe file to click"? What exactly have you downloaded? For the Windows you should extract the archive somewhere and inside you can find xpiks-qt.exe. Double-click it and you're done.
Automatic updates have just been implemented in 1.4 Next update will be executed automatically.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: sarah2 on March 17, 2017, 05:38
ok!  It says xpiks-qt but there was no exe designation which confused me - doh! However, have clicked that and it has gone ok.
Thanks for doing auto update for future!
:)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 17, 2017, 05:40
there was no exe designation which confused me
Please check your Windows settings for showing Known file's extensions.
Cheers
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Stepunk on March 17, 2017, 08:39
Are you planning to automate the submission process (categories, pricing selection, and all the agencies specific metadata)?
That's the main reason I'm sticking to Stocksubmitter, but your user interface is definitely cleaner and better ;)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 17, 2017, 08:59
Are you planning to automate the submission process (categories, pricing selection, and all the agencies specific metadata)?
That's the main reason I'm sticking to Stocksubmitter, but your user interface is definitely cleaner and better ;)

Thanks.
Yep, this is planned though I can't give you any estimates right now because there're some outstanding tasks (video support) not yet finished.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 24, 2017, 02:31
There's a new bugfix release of Xpiks available - 1.4.1. This release focuses on fixing bugs related to the new UI. Also Windows users unfortunately will be able to enjoy automatic update experience only starting with this version due to the bug in 1.4 release. Please update via website! Enjoy!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on March 24, 2017, 02:54
I have been using xpiks and it has really been helping on my workflow. Thanks for that.

I am glad to hear you are working on video submission. Could you also make it possible to see editorial images when searching images for keywording?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: philopenshaw on March 24, 2017, 06:44
thank you! I've been using this for a few days now and it runs absolutely fine on an old macbook. the interface is really well designed.   
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 24, 2017, 07:06
Could you also make it possible to see editorial images when searching images for keywording?

Not really - right now microstocks don't allow searching for editorial photos separately from all photos. You can try adding "editorial" when searching in keywords suggestion.

Regards
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PigsInSpace on June 10, 2017, 01:39
With the newest 32 bit version of Xpiks, when I open the Suggest window to search for keywords, I receive an 'SSL connect error' when I try to use iStock or Shutterstock's search functions. Oddly, it works fine if I select Fotolia. The error doesn't occur in the previous version I was using 1.3.3.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on June 10, 2017, 03:05
With the newest 32 bit version of Xpiks, when I open the Suggest window to search for keywords, I receive an 'SSL connect error' when I try to use iStock or Shutterstock's search functions. Oddly, it works fine if I select Fotolia. The error doesn't occur in the previous version I was using 1.3.3.

Hello

Yes, it's a known and already fixed problem. Please redownload 32-bit bundle. Thank you
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 22, 2018, 05:25
I'm happy to announce new Xpiks release 1.5 with Video support, improved presets, session management, automatic import and many many other features.

Read blogpost with detailed overview in Xpiks Blog http://xpiksapp.com/2018/01/14/xpiks-15-overview/ (http://xpiksapp.com/2018/01/14/xpiks-15-overview/)

Those who use Facebook, don't forget to like and share Xpiks Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/xpiksapp (https://www.facebook.com/xpiksapp)


Short changelog:

Major changes:


Minor changes:

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: qunamax on January 22, 2018, 07:20
Great news!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PigsInSpace on January 23, 2018, 01:04
Awesome, but when will there be a version in Esperanto?!


Note: I'm kidding.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: rene on January 29, 2018, 06:02
Great app, thank you.
Sometimes it crash but the work done is not lost. Maybe I am stressing the program too much (clicking on buttons before former operation is finished). Anyway, I think that Xpiks saves me 30% of keywording tasks time.

Suggestions:
- In exporting cvs file: possibility to add 'open text' fields. For example when exporting cvs for Pond5 I would like to add 'price', 'country', 'city' etc. (Values: '70', 'Germany', 'Berlin' etc.)
- Full submitting feature, not only ftp

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 29, 2018, 06:10
Suggestions:
- In exporting cvs file: possibility to add 'open text' fields. For example when exporting cvs for Pond5 I would like to add 'price', 'country', 'city' etc. (Values: '70', 'Germany', 'Berlin' etc.)
- Full submitting feature, not only ftp


Hi

First of all, ALL crashes should be fixed. Please always report them, send me logs, crash dumps etc. please read more here http://xpiksapp.com/2015/09/03/how-to-report-an-error/ (http://xpiksapp.com/2015/09/03/how-to-report-an-error/)

CSV export allows you to add any field to CSV. Just select "Empty" Property and enter whatever "Title" you want. Please keep in mind that only that column in CSV will be created, no values will be written to it, because Xpiks cannot know what should be  there.

Full submission feature is under development, but I cannot give you any specific estimates on that.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: rene on January 29, 2018, 06:35
@ribtoks

I see, thank you.
I will sent logs next time when a  problem  occurs.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: rene on February 01, 2018, 09:01
@ ribtoks

I tried to report a bug on your website but sign-in with Google account is necessary, so I posted last log lines (before crash) below. Hope it helps.
I was editing columns (changing names and removing) in CSV export module.

14:42:03.602 info T#7528 launchDialog - Opened dialog Dialogs/CsvExportDialog.qml. Opened dialogs count is 1
14:42:06.170 info T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::setCurrentItem - 2
14:42:06.170 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportColumnsModel::setupModel - #
14:42:06.177 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.177 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.186 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.186 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.195 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.195 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.204 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.204 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.212 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.212 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.220 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.220 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.224 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:06.224 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:06.487 debug T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::onQtTimer - timer 7
14:42:06.488 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::onBackupRequired - #
14:42:06.488 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::saveExportPlans - #
14:42:06.488 info T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportPlansModel::sync - 6 plan(s)
14:42:17.870 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:18.912 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:21.459 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:22.042 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:24.081 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:26.098 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:26.098 info T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::justChanged - Maximum backup delays occured, forcing backup
14:42:27.090 debug T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::onQtTimer - timer 7
14:42:27.090 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::onBackupRequired - #
14:42:27.090 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::saveExportPlans - #
14:42:27.090 info T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportPlansModel::sync - 6 plan(s)
14:42:29.318 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:30.373 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::requestSave - #
14:42:33.369 debug T#7528 Common::DelayedActionEntity::onQtTimer - timer 1
14:42:33.369 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::onBackupRequired - #
14:42:33.369 debug T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportModel::saveExportPlans - #
14:42:33.369 info T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportPlansModel::sync - 6 plan(s)
14:42:40.571 info T#7528 MetadataIO::CsvExportColumnsModel::removeColumn - 4
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 01, 2018, 09:07
@ ribtoks

I tried to report a bug on your website but sign-in with Google account is necessary, so I posted last log lines (before crash) below. Hope it helps.
I was editing columns (changing names and removing) in CSV export module.

Hi

Unfortunately that does not help. First of all, please attach full logfile, part that you have posted does not contain useful information. I need some details what operating system are you using and so on. What would really help is a crash dump if you know how to collect it :)
If you're uncomfortable signing in with Google account, you can send full logs to xpiks at outlook (com) email address. Also you could report issue at GitHub (https://github.com/ribtoks/xpiks/issues)

Looking forward to seeing some details from you, I'm eager to fix all those nasty issues.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: rene on February 01, 2018, 10:19
@ribtoks
Email sent.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: wmaireche on February 02, 2018, 11:10
I just tried this software ! it's the first stock software i'm using ! really great app
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: theendup on February 02, 2018, 11:32
Could you put back the “copy” button to where it was? That being under the three dot menu is not very usefull from my experience.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 02, 2018, 12:15
Could you put back the “copy” button to where it was? That being under the three dot menu is not very usefull from my experience.

Hello

"Copy" functionality is in the "More" menu under the keywords. Copying to QuickBuffer from the 3 dots menu is completely different.

Also I would like to state that "Copy" link is shown as soon as you have few keywords to copy. When Keywords are empty or there're only few of them, copying is only available through the menu.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 02, 2018, 12:27
I just tried this software ! it's the first stock software i'm using ! really great app

Glad you liked it!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 09, 2018, 03:27
Xpiks tutorials are ready!

http://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/ (http://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/)

Do you know how to batch delete keywords or to copy all metadata from image in keywords suggestion? Master QuickBuffer, Hotkeys, Presets groups, CSV and many other topics in more than 25 free short screencasted lessons! Suitable both for novices and power users.
 

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Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: PZF on June 28, 2018, 08:58
Anybody else having problems getting the latest update to run on latest Windows? Or is it just me.....
New computer, nothing unusual.
But nothing happens.......and I kept getting the message that an update/upgrade is available....
:(
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Biggles on March 07, 2019, 07:37
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CSV export allows you to add any field to CSV. Just select "Empty" Property and enter whatever "Title" you want. Please keep in mind that only that column in CSV will be created, no values will be written to it, because Xpiks cannot know what should be  there.


Ribtoks, do you think you could expand on this a bit more?

Ideally what I'd like is to create an Excel sheet with a record of all shots, which I can further mark as submitted, rejected, sold etc. I realize you can't do all of that but the more the better, preferably adding on to an existing spreadsheet?

Anyway, point is, when I ask it to export to CSV it asks for a folder, I give it one... and after it says exported successfully there's nothing in that folder? Nothing at all.

Is there supposed to be a spreadsheet or notepad file or something?

Also, please do consider charging for the software. Just not with any kind of subscription. Nobody likes subscriptions and that's why I moved to Affinity Photo, but yeah you deserve payment for building and maintaining Xpiks :)

Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 07, 2019, 10:43
Anyway, point is, when I ask it to export to CSV it asks for a folder, I give it one... and after it says exported successfully there's nothing in that folder? Nothing at all.

Hi. Lets understand what is going on there.

First of all - please check that when exporting you do something along the lines of this CSV export tutorial https://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/howto-export-csv/

Secondly, to understand what's going on, I need to take a look at the logs. Please check it out here https://xpiksapp.com/how-to-report-a-bug/ to understand how to get them and so on.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 07, 2019, 10:45
Ideally what I'd like is to create an Excel sheet with a record of all shots, which I can further mark as submitted, rejected, sold etc. I realize you can't do all of that but the more the better, preferably adding on to an existing spreadsheet?

You see, Biggles, the point of CSV Export is for videographers to overcome limitations of microstocks that cannot read metadata from video, but can read it from attached CSV file. It's not for maintaining list of photos and their statuses. This sounds more like job for Xpiks in general.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Biggles on March 07, 2019, 11:34
Not sure what changed but I just tried again and this time it did indeed export an excel sheet  :o

Ah, so just for video people? I see.

Thanks for the app  ;D
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on July 07, 2019, 19:52
I'm happy to announce Xpiks 1.5.3 update!

Main feature is support for standalone vector files that is essential for new Shutterstock vector upload rules. Also it contains a handful of improvements and bugfixes. You can read in depth about this release and features in the Xpiks Blog:

https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/xpiks-153-release (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/xpiks-153-release)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 04, 2019, 13:56
Xpiks just got notarized for macOS Catalina! https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/xpiks-notarized-for-macos/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/xpiks-notarized-for-macos/)

In case anybody couldn't start Xpiks because of "Xpiks can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer", now this is solved and there shouldn't be any issues.

Also there's a new blogpost:  How to upload video to Shutterstock https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/how-to-upload-video-shutterstock/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/how-to-upload-video-shutterstock/)

Let me know what do you think
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: MysteryShot on December 04, 2019, 14:16
Im not able to use the updated version of xpiks on El Capitan  :(
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 04, 2019, 18:24
Im not able to use the updated version of xpiks on El Capitan  :(
Sent you a link to the previous one in PM.

May I ask you, why would somebody in 2019 still use El Capitan?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: rene on December 05, 2019, 04:54
Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore, at least on Windows10 x32. Have to use old version. :-\
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 05, 2019, 17:54
Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore, at least on Windows10 x32. Have to use old version. :-\

Yes, 32-bit versions are not supported since Xpiks 1.5.3 (current version is 1.5.5). There's lots of work to create release for all these separate unpopular platforms (like old Windows versions, 32-bit Windows etc.) so in the end I gave up and only support type of systems that majority uses.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: rene on December 06, 2019, 04:31
Unfortunately it doesn't work anymore, at least on Windows10 x32. Have to use old version. :-\

Yes, 32-bit versions are not supported since Xpiks 1.5.3 (current version is 1.5.5). There's lots of work to create release for all these separate unpopular platforms (like old Windows versions, 32-bit Windows etc.) so in the end I gave up and only support type of systems that majority uses.
I fully understand and I am grateful for all your work.
But having clear information on download page about versions been supported (or not) could be useful and easy to do.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: SvetlanaSF on December 17, 2019, 13:17
Hey folks, any plans to add the ability to assign agency categories in the upload process? This is the one and only blocker for me to use the app.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 17, 2019, 13:30
Hey folks, any plans to add the ability to assign agency categories in the upload process? This is the one and only blocker for me to use the app.

Hey. So far categories are not standarized as other metadata in files so Xpiks will not be able to add categories to artworks that all microstocks will be able to read. However, we plan to add categories when Xpiks will be able to not only upload, but also submit artworks.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: SvetlanaSF on December 17, 2019, 13:46
Gotcha, thanks for the response! I'll keep an eye out for future updates
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on December 17, 2019, 15:08
New blogpost about Freepik in Xpiks blog: https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/freepik-review/
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on January 14, 2020, 14:47
Xpiks starts a microstock digest newsletter!

Get the most interesting news about Xpiks and microstock industry at a whole straight into your inbox once per month. Subscribe on the website:
https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/newsletter/
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on February 09, 2020, 20:41
New in Xpiks blog: Top 10 microstocks for contributors in 2020 https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/top-microstocks-for-contributors/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/top-microstocks-for-contributors/)
With details on royalties, accepted files, exams and more
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: canberksezer on February 23, 2020, 01:13
Hi, i'm having issues uploading 123rf. It doesn't connect. Sometimes it shows green light after a long period. Bu when i upload and check the site, can't see my images at 123rf. Does anyone has such a problem?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 02, 2020, 11:02
New in Xpiks blog: how to upload vectors to Shutterstock https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/how-to-upload-vectors-shutterstock/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/how-to-upload-vectors-shutterstock/)

Covered basics, upload process, vector previews, property releases and more
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: canberksezer on March 15, 2020, 04:20
Hi, i'm having issues with keywording my footage with xpiks. It works perfectly for my photos but when it comes to videos, although i save metadata i doesn't show up when i right click the footage file and check the details. Keywords section is just empty. Thus shutterstock and i stock couldn't read the metadata. (however xpiks itself, adobe stock and pond5 manage to read keywords titles etc.)
What would be the possible solution?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 15, 2020, 11:28
Thus shutterstock and i stock couldn't read the metadata. (however xpiks itself, adobe stock and pond5 manage to read keywords titles etc.)
Hi. I replied to you in Xpiks support but you sent again the same question there

Copying the reply

Most microstocks cannot read video metadata as of now. That's why they invented this whole thing with a separate CSV file that contains the metadata. You can read an example how to do it for Shutterstock here: https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2019/how-to-upload-video-shutterstock/

Best regards
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: canberksezer on March 15, 2020, 12:16
Thus shutterstock and i stock couldn't read the metadata. (however xpiks itself, adobe stock and pond5 manage to read keywords titles etc.)
Hi. I replied to you in Xpiks support but you sent again the same question there

Thanks, but sorry i didn't receive any email from xpiks support. I want to ask another. I want to keyword in xpiks but submit in stocksubmitter. So can stock submitter read the cvs file? I have tried but couldn't manage it. I'm also wandering if that cvs works for istock too?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 16, 2020, 15:03
So can stock submitter read the cvs file? I have tried but couldn't manage it. I'm also wandering if that cvs works for istock too?

Hi. I have no idea if stock submitter can read csv file. Also no clue about istock.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 16, 2020, 15:04
New in Xpiks blog: 10 less popular microstocks worth your time https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/less-popular-microstocks-for-contributors/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/less-popular-microstocks-for-contributors/)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Justanotherphotographer on March 17, 2020, 05:32
New in Xpiks blog: 10 less popular microstocks worth your time https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/less-popular-microstocks-for-contributors/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/less-popular-microstocks-for-contributors/)
Honestly what the h*** are you doing? Freepik? seriously, have you not read anything about them and their history in this forum?

I'm not going through it all again, but I clicked on this thread to look into what Xpiks was about, and if you are promoting Freepik as a "less popular microstock worth your time" I am not interested in having anything to do with you either.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 17, 2020, 09:40
Honestly what the h*** are you doing? Freepik? seriously, have you not read anything about them and their history in this forum?

Actually not. Can you enlighten me?

(also - it's not promotion, it's just a collection of less popular microstocks, just as the title says)
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: whosvegas on March 25, 2020, 08:11
Xpiks is a great piece of software!

Thank you, for developing it!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 25, 2020, 13:04
Xpiks is a great piece of software!

Thank you, for developing it!

Glad you liked it. And thanks for sending the feedback!
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: Justanotherphotographer on March 26, 2020, 10:48
Honestly what the h*** are you doing? Freepik? seriously, have you not read anything about them and their history in this forum?

...(also - it's not promotion...

But it is, it's a referral link and they are top of your list, the text reads 100% like a promotion. How is this not the very definition of a promotion?

You can just do a search of this forum for information about them, there are multiple threads and they all end the same way, why would you promote them without researching them first?
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on March 26, 2020, 11:50
it's a referral link and they are top of your list, the text reads 100% like a promotion. How is this not the very definition of a promotion?

Well, give person a hammer and everything will be like a nail. If you want to see there a promotion, you will. It will not even matter that it's a list of like almost all barely alive microstocks of "second tier", just your narrow vision only captured the first one. Following your logic and definitions, I also promote all these 10 and also 10 more in the first part of the blogpost (the "first tier") where I seem to recommend to register at each microstock.

I did the search on this forum and found a thread where you commented and I'm sorry about what happened. But I did an overview of microstocks with more technical details (selling, payments, upload), not contributor problems that in my opinion had place at almost any microstock at some time. If you even look how many people were banned for nothing on Shutterstock and how many more are blindly copying other people's works and succeed in selling those, everybody should just hate SS and never "promote" it.

So please stop accusing me of something that has nothing to do with reality. I don't express any political opinion in blogposts or specifically support this or another microstock.
Title: Re: Xpiks - open source software for microstocker
Post by: ribtoks on April 29, 2020, 06:35
New blogpost in Xpiks blog: What content to create during the pandemic https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/pandemic-content/ (https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/pandemic-content/) - our take on what you should be working on now to make sales later