10,000 photos milestone
We would like to thank all our members for your loyalty to the site, your active participation, and very helpful feedback. Thanks to you, ShutterPoint now bypassed the milestone of 10 thousand images in our collection. This milestone is a significant achievement in a short period of time since ShutterPoint went live, and it would not be possible without our valued members who are passionate about photography.
Statistics and Summary page
One of the new exciting additions to the website is the
Statistics and Summary
page. This page is the at glance view of all statistics for all your photos. This is where you see vital information such as ratings and views data all on one page. A very important feature of this page is the column called Status. The system tries to analyze potential problem areas for each photo and will mark the status column as either "OK", or color it in red for issues of high importance, orange for medium importance, or yellow for low importance. If a potential issue is identified, the link to the detailed explanation and ways to correct it will be displayed in
the status column.
Statistics and Summary page can be
accessed from the Quick Links section at the
Home page, from
My Photos page, or from Manage Albums page.
ShutterPoint is now a Froogle merchant. What does it mean? Froogle is an online
shopping comparison service created by the biggest and most powerful internet search
engine company Google. Froogle uses powerful searching technology to locate millions
of products for sale on the internet. ShutterPoint periodically sends the entire
catalog of all photos for sale to Froogle, enabling Froogle visitors to find your
photos. ShutterPoint provides information about your stock photos to
Froogle's Photography category.
Several important points worth remembering about Froogle:
For more information about Froogle, please visit this page:
- Froogle is designed to search titles and description of products. While searches at ShutterPoint are geared towards finding photos by keywords, searches at Froogle use title and description instead. To ensure your photos can be picked by Froogle search engine, please review the titles of your photos to ensure they describe them the best way. In order to take advantage of keyword searching, we automatically add your keywords to the end of the description when sending the catalogs to Froogle.
- It may take up to a week for your photos to appear within Froogle results.
- Froogle service is in beta mode, which means it will be changing over time.
- ShutterPoint cannot answer questions about your photo not appearing in Froogle results, its positioning within results, and other similar questions related to Froogle website's functionality.
Size (Resolution) field
In order to help buyers locate photos suitable to satisfy their specifications, we
introduced a new selector called Size. All photo category pages and some other pages
providing thumbnail views of photos now include the new Size drop-down selection. The
size refers to resolution of the original image in mega-pixels, and determined by
multiplying width in pixels and height in pixels. This number is crucial in
determining the quality of the prints, as low resolution (low pixel count) images may
not be up to standards to produce desired results from.
New ratings rule
In the past we faced unpleasant situations when some members take revenge on others
for rating their photos lower than expected. Those who got "burned" for objectively
expressing their opinion about photos that may need improvement know how frustrating
it can be to discover that their own photo that was rated by others with 9 and 10 got
a rating of 2 from someone who only sought revenge.
The new rule is targeted to put an end to these frustrations, and provide for
environment allowing more objective ratings. It's described in the
FAQ section, and
simply put, it will make it more difficult for someone to give low ratings out of
revenge. The rule is first attempt to regulate the ratings automatically. We have
been suggested by several members that it would be beneficial to require comments for
any ratings, or for ratings within a certain range. We would like to
know what you think - please share your ideas by
Payment process changes
Two important changes have recently taken place with regards to processing payouts
for photo sales:
Fees for processing pay-outs have been altered. We used to impose a small
surcharge on making pay-outs via PayPal, while keeping check pay-outs fee-free. As we
try to move towards processing most of the tasks electronically, we have dropped the
PayPal payments fee, making it the preferred method of payment. Check payouts will
carry a $1 processing and postage fee as of December 1st, 2003. During the month of
November, all payouts will be free of fees regardless of the payment method. To modify
your payment method settings, please follow this link:
Some members may notice that the country entry for their check payment settings did
not get saved. If this affected you, simply re-enter your country to ensure proper
addressing at https://www.shutterpoint.com/Account-PaymentInfo.cfm.