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  1. Anyone had one of these?


    Usage: Business use, One of each of the following uses: Personal use, presentation, internal communication, student project, reference for artist, personal website, personal social media, personal print or card, business website, small book (up to 1000 print run, not front cover), small magazine/newspaper (up to 1000 print run), a digital marketing campaign. Worldwide license. Excludes advertising.

    In perpetuity.



  2. 14 hours ago, Alamy said:


    - Big focus on international expansion, local language support from website to customer service to account management, re-engineering our core customer experience from search to checkout, upgrading our datacenters to latest technology, better content insights, new products, updated design and marketing etc.


    If this means foreign-language websites using computer software to translate keywords and captions DO NOT DO IT.


  3. 7 hours ago, gvallee said:


    James, I take it you're no linguist. You refused to listen that automatic software translation is total gobbledygook

    I hope you take this into account for future international expansion and find another solution. Otherwise, you're heading for disaster.


    Totally agree. Anyone with any knowledge of a foreign language and ten minutes to spare will very quickly discover that the standard of keyword and title translation on foreign Alamy sites  is APPALLING.


    On alamy.de a search for the current British PM brings up pictures of Theresa Mai (the month on May) and Theresa kann (Theresa may/might - the verb).

    Hundreds of pictures of bicycles are keyworded with the word Zyklus (cycle as in business/economic cycle - NOTHING to do with bicycles)

    Search for 'Trinkgeld' (the tip you give a waiter) and you get pics of Orange Tip butterflies, white tipped sharks, rubbish dumps, points of pencils etc etc etc, all things connected with 'tip' in English, none of which have ANYTHING AT ALL to do with the German search term used. 

    A search for 'Drachen' brings up pictures of red kites and several other related birds of prey. Why? Because 'Drachen' is German for dragon AND kite (the child's toy, NOT the bird). So a German client looking for pics of dragons (or toy kites) sees pages of birds of prey which - unless they have a pretty advanced command of English - will make no sense at all and probably convince them that the Alamy search engine is hopeless.


    Alamy's success in the past has been largely built on its ranking system and search algorithms.

    Single-word translation CANNOT be done by computer and makes a complete mockery of Alamy's search results and, I suspect, reputation. 


    If you are really going ahead with this change in commission rates, please do not spend A SINGLE PENNY of the extra cash on rolling out further foreign language sites with computer-generated translation.


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  4. 39 minutes ago, Avpics said:

    Last day of the month and as yet no newspaper Live or scheme sales reported. Without them my graph will show a drop in revenue from last month from roughly the same quantity.

    Likewise - I know of some that are due so hopefully the floodgates (?!) will open sometime today. Otherwise next month's figures will get an early boost.

  5. For a long time now I've able to log into Alamy and the forum without the irritation of Capture asking me to identify a small part of a hill or guess what percentage of a car actually counts as a 'vehicle'.

    But it is back, with a vengeance. Have I just been lucky, then unlucky, or is it the same for everyone?

    If it worked, it wouldn't be nearly so bad but having to decide whether the corner of a traffic light without any lights counts as a traffic light or whether a brick might be part of a shopfront is extremely irritating. 

    If our forum is really so secretive we need a security system for logging in:

    a  why is it only used sometimes and

    b  can we please have one that do what it expects us to be able to do?

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