Stock Photo Search Engine Arrives

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A search engine covering the stock photo industry has been created to ease the burden placed on creative directors who no longer have to search for the perfect image by going from one supply house to another. It is all here, millions of images, sorted by keywords, with one click to reach the supplier and make the purchase., the first image search engine designed to “spider” stock photography databases, has emerged from its soft launch phase. Enhanced with new site design and functionality, the search site enables graphic artists, picture researchers and art directors to find the perfect image solution in a fraction of the time it normally takes. is not a stock photo agency. As a stock photography search engine, this web site aggregates images from all kinds of qualified sources and provides state-of-the-art functionality, like a universal lightbox, that applies to all the web sites being searched. Royalty-Free and Rights Managed images are both available. Editorial images, such as news, celebrity and archival imagery, will be added in the second quarter of 2005. And, the addition of stock footage will be in Q3 2005.

Each week, 15,000 new users search for photos at the web site. In the first few months since soft launch, this photo search engine has passed the quarter million mark in users who are finding centralized research to be a compelling reward for trying something new. Simply put, provides two invaluable benefits to its image users – a savings of time in searching multiple sites at once and the benefit of viewing the newest images from a broad variety of photo industry web sites.

For designers who normally search four or more sites to make sure they’ve seen a good selection of images, they will save 75% or more of the amount of time they have been spending to search multiple sites by using this image search engine instead. This single site may very well be the most efficient starting point to find that “one in a million” image. It empowers and supports a search of excellence that has previously been too often curtailed because of time constraints.

The second core benefit of is its ability to add the most recent images from so many web sites to every search. Their technology continuously spiders or crawls the web sites of participating image providers to add the freshest images to your search results. Keyword search starts the process. Users can then choose from various follow-up search options to quickly zero in on that perfect image, including searching within the existing found set and a ground-breaking “similars” search that displays images like the one selected.

Image licensing is handled by the image providers who are just a click away. By clicking on a thumbnail image, you are instantly connected to the source - the preview page at the web site of the stock photo agency that handles licensing of that image. Navigation straddles both the search engine and image provider’s web sites, enabling users to easily use the full functionality of both sites.

One of the most useful tools of this search resource is the universal lightbox that travels with you on your search page and from computer to computer if you opt to login. In each lightbox that you create and name, you can add images and other media from various web sites, annotate each with your notes and comments, and email a copy of that lightbox to your colleagues. Thousands of lightboxes are created and saved on the site each month.

Being a completely open source site, no login is required to use Benefits, like immediate access to all login protected functionality on Image Provider sites as well as lightbox portability, encourage the user to sign up in its Universal Registration Application which simultaneously sends the user application to all participating photography web sites to speed user access along the way.

For large volume image users, also offers customized versions of the public site that can be “stocked” exclusively with images from preferred vendors that are specified by the client company, and which provides corporate branding and additional enhancements. has accomplished a rare feat in stock photography – coming up with something that is excitingly new that has immediate tangible benefits for the designers and researchers who use it.

For more information about, including possible interviews with company officers, screen grabs, biographies and other materials for expanded articles, please contact public relations representative Marty Appel at (212) 245-1772, or company President Randy Taylor at (212) 929-6965.

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