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Taras Kushnir

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  1. On 8/12/2020 at 4:18 PM, Jeremy Lopez Foppiani said:

    If my file name has parentheses at the end (like "sequence (1) .mp4") the transfer fails.

    Is it a rule that should not have parentheses or a system failure? It happens in ftp and ftps.

    BTW, if you upload in Xpiks, it automatically makes your filename "Shutterstock-compilant" so you don't need to worry about that. The trick is that locally you can have any names, just the names that you "create" on FTP server should be "compliant". Not sure if you can fix it in FileZilla.


  2. 13 hours ago, Evgeny Drablenkov said:

    what are the advantages of this Protocol over the old one?

    It's security. When you upload via FTP, your username and password are transferred via plan text through the internet. This is crazy nowadays as anybody who can see them if they are in the same network as you (e.g. if you connected to free WiFi anywhere). I wrote about that long time ago.

    Resolutions to this security hole could be: using SFTP (less advanced than FTPS), using FTPS (like Shutterstock) or using separate credentials for FTP upload (as Adobe stock / Fotolia does). So it's a rather good change.


  3. Ivan,

    I looked into your file. If you open it in Notepad++ (for example), you'll see the following:

    - file uses semicolon (';') as separators instead of comma (','). CSV is Comma-Separated Values (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma-separated_values)

    - elements with spaces and commas should be in quotes

    e.g.

    1.mp4;A static shot of a few trees with green leaves on a hillside in Gorkha, Nepal, during the summer, at sunset with the ridge of a large hill in the background.;Tree, nepal, green, sunset, golden, hour, light, wood, single, mountain, hill, hillside, trekking, Gorkha, Asia, adventure, nature, outdoor, warm, summer, sun, wind, tropical, heat, alone, rocking, province, region, static, tripod, shot, clip, ridge, leaves, yellow, orange, brown, earth, breeze, view, haze, foreground, background;Holidays;No;No

    should become this

    1.mp4,"A static shot of a few trees with green leaves on a hillside in Gorkha, Nepal, during the summer, at sunset with the ridge of a large hill in the background.","Tree, nepal, green, sunset, golden, hour, light, wood, single, mountain, hill, hillside, trekking, Gorkha, Asia, adventure, nature, outdoor, warm, summer, sun, wind, tropical, heat, alone, rocking, province, region, static, tripod, shot, clip, ridge, leaves, yellow, orange, brown, earth, breeze, view, haze, foreground, background",Holidays,No,No

     

    P.S. Microsoft software rarely respects the open formats since they use their own formats. So they might screw your CSV if you will not select correct values for delimiters and space/comma strings somewhere in the settings


  4. On 7/3/2020 at 3:03 PM, Ivan Dunsmore said:

    I ended up just doing a manual copy-paste of all the information in my excel sheet. I contacted Shutterstock by email and they told me to to remove the files completely along with clearing the clearing cache and cookies and then try to upload again. Didn't work for me, and afterwards they just stopped answering me, so customer service is pretty useless.

    Hi Ivan

    Could you try to generate the same CSV in Xpiks? https://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/howto-export-csv/

    Most probably the issue is in tricky file format: maybe some of your keywords are not correctly saved in CSV so the final file format is corrupted. Can you send the CSV that you used for upload?


  5. Most probably your images will not be reviewed immediately. That means if you were not so lucky, the effect of uploading few times 3 images will be the same as with the batch. By sending 3 first images you will get into "review queue" and when fetched by reviewer, they will most probably fetch all your uploaded images.


  6. I did some calculations to estimate contributor earnings loss based on number of monthly downloads. Since you know your monthly downloads, you can check how much you are affected by this change. Here's a link to analysis: https://xpiksapp.com/blog/2020/new-shutterstock-earnings-breakdown/ and there's also a link to Jupyter notebook in the blogpost if you want to verify/change the calculations.

    Currently if you have around 100 monthly video downloads, you will loose around 2.5% of earnings for the whole year. But if you have only 20 video downloads per month, you will loose as much as 19% in total earnings. You can check more numbers in the blog


  7. Xpiks just got notarized for macOS Catalina 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/

    Let me know what do you think


  8. 47 minutes ago, Joaquin Corbalan said:

    Hi Taras, thanks for the advice, but that's not what I need. As you suggest, I would have to choose the keys I want to eliminate, and that would take me full days because each image has different keys. What I need is not to discriminate between keys, simply delete based on a number and that the software indiscriminately erases "x" or "y" number of keys.  something I can do in 1 minute whether it be 5 images or 5,000.

    I'm sure that programming something like that is possible , but I'm not a programmer!

    I think it is not possible in Xpiks to delete keywords based on number of keywords.

    Closest thing in Xpiks you can do is to group images with similar keywords (I highly doubt you have 5000 images with unique keywords) and do so some of the steps described above.
     

    If you are a "power user" not afraid of command line applications, particularly exiftool (https://sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/) then you can export all keywords to csv file, open it in Excel, some some magic there and import them again with exiftool. In order to do that you would need to read the documentation on exiftool command line parameters.


  9. 3 hours ago, Joaquin Corbalan said:

    Hello!

    Is there a way to change the number of keywords in a batch of images, fast and easily ?

    I need to reduce the number of keys in his metas, go from the usual 50 to only 30, and I need to do it with about 4,000 images all with different metakeys... Let´s ay, delete the last 20 keys that each image has, whatever they are.

     

    Thankssssssss

     

    Hi

    Of course this is possible. There're 2 ways to do it.

    1. Batch Editing (tutorial https://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/batch-basic/) using Partial changes (https://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/batch-partial/) - you set new keywords in a batch. This way all images will have same keywords (the ones that you will specify)
    2. Deleting keywords from a batch (https://xpiksapp.com/tutorials/howto-delete-keywords/) - you specify keywords that you would like to remove in selected images. This way you will only remove keywords in a number of images in a batch.


  10. 14 hours ago, Karthikeyan Gnanaprakasam said:

    Xpiks, when i save an image. It exports only the description, title and keywords or even the image ? Any thoughts? What that export really does?

    Hi. I don't understand your question. Description/Title/Keywords are saved inside the image. When you "Save" in Xpiks metadata is stored inside image/video files.


  11. 14 minutes ago, Linda Bestwick said:

    The video part isn't working for me. The thumb nail images are black on import and the programme goes into 'not responding' mode on trying to save any changes. Metadata does import when I try again, but it's not visible on the actual files outside of Xpiks, and because I can't save in the programme I also can not move on to uploading.

    I've also noticed other bugs with warnings for images. They aren't always correct and don't alaways update on making changes to correct the genuinely incorrect ones. IE Title has to many characters (202), on changing and saving shows as the same warning with (196) or whatever. When it should no longer be a warning at all.

    Hi Linda

     

    There was a known issue with video thumbnails. If your Xpiks version is lower than 1.5.0.5 then please download new one from the website. Regarding metadata saving - can you please elaborate on that? Also sending the logs will help a lot (http://xpiksapp.com/2015/09/03/how-to-report-an-error/)

     

    I will look into the issue with warning as well, thank you for reporting it.


  12. I'm happy to announce new Xpiks release 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/

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

     

    Short changelog:

    Major changes:

    • Support for Video files
    • Words semantic analysis (duplicates detection)
    • Presets groups and autocompletion
    • Session management
    • CSV export
    • New shiny UI
    • Automatic metadata import support
    • Directories filtering
    • New languages: Hungarian, Indonesian, Polish and Turkish

    Minor changes:

    • Hotkeys to switch artworks in one item editing mode
    • Ability to clear all EXIF metadata from image files
    • Suggestion images loading improvement
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