Could Dreamstime please change their policy and have our vector files reviewed at the same time as our jpg files.
I uploaded some vector website templates recently and on one of these I had over 50 views before the vector was approved. As these templates are designed specifically for vector buyers (which contain standard ipsum dolor text) sales on jpgs are pretty useless. I reckon I have missed out on a number of sales on that vector template due to the fact that the vector file was not available for approximately 3 weeks, and now the views have really slowed down.
Every other agency I submit to reviews the vector file at the same time as the jpg file, so why is it that Dreamstime cannot do the same. Please Dreamstime will you change your policy on this?
Unfortunately this is quite hard to implement as reviews for the additional files are special considering all the programs needed to open the respective files. Designers can add the files to a lightbox and when the additional file is approved they can download it. Or if you have a request for the additional file you can ask for priority review by contacting support on the respective page.
Although we do understand your point, I believe that Nikitu has already explained why this feature is not available at this point.
Still, there is a small issue about which you seem to be forgetting, as it relates to the current approval process itself for additional formats. Even if JPEG and Vector files were to be reviewed simultaneously, certainly you wouldn't have any garanties at all that your additional formats would be approved as well. And if not approved, you would end up having only JPEG files anyway.
Tish, other agencies may have different workflows. For the time being this is how files are reviewed at our agency. If there are any changes in this procedure you will notice it at review or it will be announced.
As a brand new contributor here I think it would be really helpful if the illustration uploading process could be streamlined at some point in the future. I'm exploring the illustration upload process at multiple agencies and compiling an article on vector workflow for microstock uploading.
Dreamstime is the only site I've come across so far with the two step approval process. I found it fairly easy to add my eps file after the jpg upload and I like that the iptc data is read automatically, but I'd love it if both files could be reviewed at the same time, and I personally wouldn't mind if illustrations took slightly longer to be approved in order for that to happen.
In my experience as a designer/buyer with illustrations the usability of the eps file is more important than the jpg file and there have been many times when I'd choose another file if the vector wasn't available for my first choice image, so in theory I worry that the gap where the vector file isn't available might lose sales for new images.
I'm a bit curious about the reference above to all the programs that are needed to open the files. As vector contributors here what programs should we be testing in? I usually just go down the checklist of Illustrator 8 compatibility, in fact I just go ahead and open in Illustrator 8 and check for open paths and rasterized shapes.
I know from being a longtime CorelDraw user and having designer colleagues that still swear by old versions of Freehand that even totally compatible eps 8 files can do some funky things with strokes and radial gradients, but I've always considered this kind of an accepted hazard when it comes to not using a more recent version or industry standard product.
I also agree. I believe that accepting the additional files and jpeg at the same time , it could increase sales. And then, contributors would work less: for example, when I receive emails for approval of additional files, I must remember to add the word "vector" for each image. I know it sounds stupid as motivation, but it would be a good thing!
I had been planning on submitting a bunch of Vector files, but now I feel uncertain about it. I agree with Frozenpeas, and wonder if this isn't just the best solution for everyone:
"couldn't the jpeg version be put on hold until the vector is reviewed as well. Then both files could be launched at one time."
Great question, one that has been asked on several threads but never seems to be answered or considered.
Most of these Illustrators are not even asking for a faster turn around time, just that the JPEG and EPS files be released at the same time (later, but at least simultaneously). This would solve nearly all of the concerns and problems both buyers and submitters are having with Vectors on Dreamstime as well as allow DT to take the time needed to evaluate Vector files. Less confusion and annoyance had by all!
Is there a "technical" reason this solution could not be accommodated?
I'm not an illustrator, so perhaps this is really silly. But why don't you upload the vectors and once they are approved the jpegs with a note to the reviewer that the vector version is online already?
I could not agree more. I only recently started uploading vectors here and was very surprised when I realised that the two versions are not approved at the same time. In fact, for a lot of agencies the jpeg isn't important at all, it is just the vector that matters – quite rightly.
@Rolmat and Nikitu – I have to agre with 9lives, telling us that you need diffferent programs to open vectors does not seem enough of an explanation as to why vectors cannot be reviewed at the same time. Surely as an agency that sells images, you should have all the software you need to open those images? And as enough people have pointed out by now, DT is the only agency that has this strange policy. It is definitely not an encouragement to carry on uploading vectors.
The lifetime of good vectors consists of years. The difference between JPG review and Vector is of just a few days, sometimes hours. If there is an emergency, priority review is given, such tools exist on the site and are often used by buyers.
The submission should be done at the same time for both formats, we will try to address that in the near future.
My first illustration seemed to go on a priority review without my asking (I'm guessing because it was a running graphic that I submitted while the Boston Marathon was coming up--unplanned but a pleasant surprise)
However the vector still has not been accepted and here it's been a few weeks. So what was the point of putting the jpg on rush review when the vector obviously was not?
It's been 2 years since this was brought up, I can't say I'm feeling all that confident that you guys took this seriously when you said you would look into it.