I originally tried to post it on Zooomr’s Epicenter, but I kept on getting error message “This page was not found”. So here it is :
(btw; this is originally a reply to michelinux’s blog post, on the topic of uploading to Zooomr from Linux)
I feel sorry to those who had to do these hoops just to upload their photos to zooomr – btw; michelinux, this is not an offense to you, I’m thankful to people who share their knowledge and help others.
I feel sorry because there’s a superior solution already in linux, which is jUploadr, but Zooomr chose not to support it.
There’s just no way I’m going to upload my photos with the web form.
I feel sorry to the developer of jUploadr who’s getting the heat from people upset because of that, while it’s really the fault of Zooomr.
I think Zooomr needs to find more viable revenue streams, and market them effectively. It’d be a shame if the service fold up in the future due to cashflow problems.
A few ideas, I’ve been using sites such as LuckyOliver.com to get the stock photos I need for my web design business. And I’ve been giving them more money than flickr’s subscription fee, since I’m getting excellent values from that service.
I’ve also paid people via DeviantArts for their beautiful photos.
From what I’ve seen, there are beautiful images in Zooomr archive, but there’s no easy interface for me to browse around & purchase them. There’s a “use this photo as my avatar?” link, but there’s no “purchase this photo?”.
If there’s something like http://stockphotos.zooomr.com which makes it easy for me, than I’m switching to zooomr for my stock photo needs.
Also, zooomr can create themed stock photo CDs/DVDs, which you can buy for a good price. Similar offerings on competing sites are still costing hundreds of dollars, so there’s a chance here.
Seeing the good community it already created, I’m sure they would be happy to help spread the word.
Anyway, if jUploadr is not enabled in Zooomr soon, I’d have to subscribe to flickr instead. I’ve got many photos pending because I can’t upload them easily to zooomr.
Best wishes to zooomr, I’d hate to see the only worthy competition to flickr to go away because of these problems.