Category Archives: Cutcaster Updates

Updates to our site.

Cutcaster’s April Newsletter

The new Cutcaster is rocking and rolling. Traffic and sales are improving each day and the reviews from our customers and contributors have been outstanding. Shortly, we’ll begin our first real advertising and marketing campaigns for the new site. Are you ready to take advantage of this opportunity?

Upload your newest artwork to attract the attention of picture buyers who are searching now at Cutcaster. Uploading new content, as often as possible, is the best way to get higher placement in our search results as well. Learn from this short uploading video how to upload multiple pictures at once via our new FTP system.

Want to know a great way to get more sales and impress visitors that land on your portfolio page? Organize niche sets of your images with our newly released Lightboxes. We’ve seen that creating lightboxes has led to an increase in views and sales for images included within them. Why not create your first lightbox now to see how it works? This short lightbox video shows you how easy they are to create.

Are you telling your friends and colleagues about Cutcaster and using your referral codes so you get earn easy cash at the same time? See how to add a referral link to your webpage, blog or forum signature that points to your portfolio and gives you cash when new users signup.

If we aren’t already connected on our Facebook page and Twitter page, please take a moment to connect with us.

Your Cutcaster Team.

Creating an Image Lightbox using Cutcaster Photos and Clip art

Here are two very short videos to help you understand how the new lightbox system works. We have a few more tweaks to make to the feature but the first video shows you how you should be
creating a new image lightbox and then second video shows you how you can add an image to a photo lightbox.

We will be releasing shortly the ability to delete lightboxes, set them to public vs private and also the ability to easily send them via the site instead of copying and pasting the URL into an email to someone. Hope these help and please pass along your feedback regarding the lightbox functionality.

How to change your photo or vector’s price?

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This option is now available for files that were previously on the old Cutcaster. Remember you are setting the price for the medium size file and we will adjust your medium price to reflect the cost for larger or smaller file sizes. If you have problems adjusting your prices, please contact webmaster@cutcaster.com.

Image Review Back to Normal

Our review process is back to normal and review is in full swing again. Any pending images have started to be reviewed again by our review team. You can check the status of your uploads at any time from your account page under “Media Files”; Overview.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing your uploads.

UPDATE- FTP will be released in the next day or so. At that time you will be able to bulk upload files to Cutcaster. We will be releasing more information on the new upload process on the blog and within the upload area.

Update regarding older files and earnings

All files that were REVIEWED and ACCEPTED from the old Cutcaster are now on the new site and should be up-to-date. This relates to files that were uploaded and accepted after the 21st of Dec as well as a few other lingering files which we pulled over.

Any files that were pending or submitted after the new site was released are still in REVIEW. They will be reviewed and moved to your portfolio by the end of this week.

In addition all your image earnings and referral earnings should be up-to-date and complete. If you see any differences, please contact webmaster@cutcaster.com.

FTP uploading will be available at the end of this week.

Thank you guys.

The Cutcaster Phoenix

Today, we released the new Cutcaster, your royalty free photo and stock vector marketplace. Completely re-built from the ground up with a simplified search and dramatically improved user experience. We hope you will enjoy the upgrade.

Image buyers needed speed. They needed a top notch but simple to use image search. And they need great royalty free images at affordable prices. We pulled up in the ‘Ferrari of Search Engines’ with the passenger side-door wide open. Our image search tool is now superior in speed, accuracy and ease of use, freeing up users to focus on their creative projects.

Notable site improvements include faster image loading time, increased functionality, improved site layout, cleaner architecture and a simplified design that lets buyers focus on the image buying experience. As always, browsing by image categories or searching by keywords on Cutcaster is completely free and you don’t need to sign-up. When a user searches with keywords, they can then filter their search options by: categories, colors, contributor’s name, vertical or horizontal orientation, picture resolution, price, relevance and image format — including jpeg and/or vector files. The moment a user finds an image that meets their needs, they can further refine their selection from the “Similar Pictures” filter or by choosing another image from the same cluster of images. Picture buyers can immediately purchase images with any major credit card or use site credits to download the images, which comes with a record of it’s metadata.

While some photo agencies were pinching pennies from their users’ pockets or others were closing their doors because of the economy, the Cutcaster team dedicated themselves over the last 9 months to learning more about their customers’ needs, learning more about online image search and building one of the fastest and simplest user experiences for searching and downloading royalty free images.

Don’t ‘Betta’ against the Phoenix. We have risen from the ashes of our old site and now look confidently towards the future.

About Cutcaster
Cutcaster is a simple-to-use website for intelligently searching and downloading royalty free photos, hi-res pictures, stock vectors and free stock images for use on websites, presentations, newsletters, ads, books or any commercial project. Browse our enormous image categories, search faster with our intuitive search engine and download affordable creative imagery for as little as a few dollars.

Visit http://cutcaster.com/ to experience the dramatic improvement.

New Cutcaster Release and Scheduled Downtime

Be aware that over the next 24-48 hours, we will be taking the site offline to replace it with the new Cutcaster site. We’re like a kid before Christmas. Our plan is to switch to the new site later this evening Eastern Standard Time EST. The site wil

l be down for updates and when it returns we hope you love the drastic improvements. While some sites are “pinching” their contributor’s pay, alienating their customers’ needs, or closing their doors, Cutcaster delivered a more intelligent image search tool, that operates lightning quick speeds, with superior results and will move picture buyers beyond their dated agencies. Allow us a second chance to make a first impression.

Any updates we have on the release will be posted here, our Facebook page or our Twitter account.

UPDATE (12/19/2011 11:30pm PST) – Countdown is underway to move over a large chunk of the metadata from the old database to the new site which has been tested and is ready to debute. Tomorrow we will pull the site offline. It’s amazing how true it is that 99% of the work comes in the last 1% of the details.

Time to throw the baby out with the bath water, as they say!

Let the trumpets blast. It’s time for a little change-up.

For the last 9 months,we have been quietly planning, re-designing and writing code for the new and improved version of Cutcaster. (This is when you can picture our team huddled around the drawing board, burning the midnight oil and planning out the re-design).

The new site, which is still being tested, should launch by the first of next year. It will drastically improve the sites design, usability, search engine optimization, page load speed, sales conversions and overall visual appeal. The first version of Cutcaster allowed us to see how people used the site. What people liked.  What confused people. What didn’t work. Some of it made us proud and some of it was frustrating. From the start, we always asked for your feedback and now you will see how YOUR feedback shaped our redesign.

Why the change?

This was long overdue and has been carefully planned out. The Cutcaster site had become slow during high traffic times of the day, our database and code could have been written better and the color scheme, while different, was a distraction from the main ojective visitors had which was buying images.

We want to be proud of the product we provide and the time had come to rebuild and re-invent.

What to expect?

The design of Cutcaster will be more elegant, provide better consistancy, be simpler to use and focus entirely on our contributor’s content. From the start, we knew we needed three things to be working for us.

First, Speed. Search had to be lightning quick and return the most relevant results or buyers would go elsewhere.  The reorganization of our database and code will ensure that the search engine will return results immediately, cluster similar images and start to rank them.

Second, Quality. Cutcaster has some of the best quality available in any picture library online. We have a creative director and image review team that carefully checks all uploaded files and over the last year has removed over 300,000 files from our library that were dated, showed unlikely situations or felt “stockish.” Now we are getting closer to 600,000 fully reviewed files of just the best of the best.

Third, Price. Cutcaster has the best pricing in the industry. Contributors set their prices and buyers can pay what they want. Our market-priced images tend to range in price from $1 up to $20 for a high resolution file. Buyers are sure to find a great deal everytime they search Cutcaster.

Over the next month, we will continue to update you on the process and ask some of you to beta test the improved site to work out the kinks. 2011 is going to be a exciting year with the new changes and we are proud to be able to put out a product that shows all the hard work that was done in the background.

If you haven’t already, please join us at Facebook, Twitter and MySpace (yes, some people still use MySpace).

Search Engine Tweaks

Happy Belated Halloween. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday.

We had a busy weekend at Cutcaster. First, we spent a good amount of programming time last week and this weekend making a necessary updates to our search engine and how Solr, which is used to aid search on our site, was interacting with and re-indexing our photo database. One problem that we noticed was that all files that were accepted and on the live site were not showing up in search results when they should have. This problem was corrected and all files now show up during search when they should be returned. Another issue was search slowness which we are constantly working on and is still a work in progress. We also tweaked with some of the search weightings and pricing on the site. Let us know if any of your files are not showing up on the site when you do a keyword search.

UPDATE-

We have completed the wire-frames for the new site redesign and are about 60% of the way complete with the new code for the backend and new functionality. Exciting stuff. I will post some of the new wireframes that will show you the new look but won’t give away a few of the cool new features we have in store. We are hoping to release the new site by end of December or early January so be on the lookout.

Photo Caption Contest Winners

We’ve got the winners!  Here are our picks for TOP 3 CAPTIONS submitted to round two of our contest:

1. “The official nose-picker of the NFL!” –David Pino

2. “The hidden dangers of rhinoplasty…” –Todd Arena

3. “DIY allergy cure!” –HD Connelly

Congratulations, your creativity just won you Cutcaster credit!

Thanks to everyone who participated.  Stay tuned for more contests coming soon…