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  1. It's been over a month since Alamy joined PAMG. Is it premature to expect some communications with Alamy's customers & contributors from the new ownership/management on their vision and plans for Alamy going forward?
  2. Wife and I shopped local supermarket last week and I took X-T2 along for a few images: Toilet paper aisle.
  3. My Alamy portfolio has not been updated with new image submissions during the past past week or so? is it just mine? --- OK - never mind. The portfolio sorting was not set to show most recent first.
  4. While we have less than a dozen confirmed cases in our own county along with similar low numbers in adjoining counties the local county and municipal governments have officially prohibited public and private gatherings of people greater than 10 in number. It was 50 - but they're just reduced the number in an aggressive effort to combat the spread of the virus. I suspect the Governor of Texas will institute something equally restrictive for the entire state. Other restrictions include all bar/pub & restaurant dining-in is prohibited - only drive-thru, to-go, or delivery service.
  5. We just returned from a quick visit to one of our local large supermarkets here in central Texas. Not overly crowded and no lines to enter or checkout. Everyone orderly and cordial. Of course there wasn't a roll of toliet paper to be found on the shelves while we were there. Other paper goods like paper towels all gone for most part as well. Oddly the shelves were also almost stripped bare of dishwasher detergent and dishwashing soap. Wonder what's with that??
  6. I quit using Apple's mice years ago - mine ate batteries too fast. The battery cover on my wife's iMac mouse is even difficult to unlatch. I unplugged mine and use USB mice on both my IMac and Dell W10 slim desktop box.
  7. I should note that the Thunderbolt dock I chose utilizes standard off-the shelf SATA storage devices. No special Thunderbolt drive required - just any common SATA SSD or HDD. What I'm using: https://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_RS5212-overview.htm Note that an Apple Thunderbolt cable is required.
  8. My mid-2011 iMac is a 21.5" wide-body model with a CD/DVD drive and Thunderbolt, Firewire, etc. ports. Thunderbolt ports are small and not obvious on back chassis unless looking specifically for it. I never used the Thunderbolt port until my old internal HDD began causing crashes. I then discovered that the Thunderbolt's high-speed interface was very suitable for booting MacOS and running storage drives. Considerable info on internet/YouTube on Tb docks and booting/running off Thunderbolt Firewire too slow except perhaps for data/backup. The chassis even runs cooler. After the occasional reboot I use Disk Utility to unmount the old internal HDD volume. This will power the internal drive down after a while and allows the chassis to run cooler.
  9. Removing iMac's glass display panel is not really for the faint-of-heart. Some special tools are needed as well as model specific special pre-cut double-sided adhesive gaskets used to bond the glass panel to the chassis. Or pay a repair shop or Apple to remove panel and replace HDD. If the internal HDD is/has gone bad - there is an easier way. Most of the iMac's in at least the past 8-10 yrs will have a Thunderbolt port on back of the chassis. Thunderbolt is a 2 channel 10 Gb/sec/ch interface. I purchased a 2 bay external Thunderbolt dock, Thunderbolt interface cable, and 1TB SSD. Plugged the SSD into the dock along with a big HDD for data. Installed MacOS on the SSD as the boot drive. This bypasses the internal failing HDD without need to remove the display panel. Works great - my mid-2011 iMac much faster.
  10. Perhaps true if a newly QC approved image's License Type in AIM is initially selected as RM. My experience is if a newly approved image's initial default license type of RF is used then the lack of a property release will auto check "Sell for editorial only".
  11. In addition Affinity Photo needs to come up with an equivalent to Lightroom's copy and pasting of selectable "Develop" settings from one image to additional images. That feature is too much of a time saver to do without in many cases.
  12. Alamy's own guidance has an example image that tells us the truck manufacturer would need to sign a release if not an editorial image. "Property is not just limited to buildings, it’s anything identifiable that’s copyrighted/trademarked e.g. logos and branded items. This release must be signed by the property or brand owner." "In the example below, you’d need a property release from Pepsi and Coca-Cola and the manufacturer of the truck:" https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/model-property-releases-stock-images/?section=7
  13. What I do for cars or any property without a release is in AIM under the Optional tab mark the question "Is there any property in the image?" as "Yes". That will automatically mark and put the image on sale as ""Sell for editorial only".
  14. It opens OK with Brave browser which is recognized for privacy and security and has internal ad-blocking.
  15. Interesting read regarding censorship by a large well known image agency at request of China. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/chinese-censorship-or-work-elsewhere-inside-shutterstock-s-free-speech-n1144211
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