Stock Photo Search Engine Launches in the United Kingdom

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StockPhotoFinder.co.uk, a stock photo search engine specifically designed for aggregated search of visual content from multiple web sites in the stock photography industry, has launched its web site in the United Kingdom. A professional research tool, it displays commercial and editorial photos in a single search that spans a variety of independent web sites and data based image archives. Capture Ltd is supporting SPF by building compatibility into its Capture Web systems.

StockPhotoFinder.co.uk (http://www. StockPhotoFinder.co.uk) is launching its stock photo search engine in the United Kingdom. It is a professional search tool that aggregates into a single search result the visual content from a large variety of independent photo agency web sites.

Capture Ltd -- the leading UK supplier of integrated image library management systems -- is supporting and collaborating with StockPhotoFinder by building compatibility into its Capture Web systems.

This new technology promises to save time for advertising, corporate and editorial buyers of photography by using a single search engine to quickly satisfy their needs for visual content instead of doing multiple searches at many different web sites of stock photo libraries, photographers and other image sources. Content can be searched by keyword, caption or by a “similars” search process. The engine facilitates the finding of visual content and transfers the users to the various web sites that represent the images. The licensing is handled directly between the user and the content sources, which are professional business-to-business licensing agents.

Company president, Randy Taylor, points out the value of aggregated search. “If you are a professional researcher for whom time is money,” he says, “why use your time to search two to twenty or more web sites, when a single engine can search them all at once?”

Applying its advanced search technology to the vertical market of photo research and marketing, the StockPhotoFinder.co.uk search engine offers industry-specific tools that make searching for stock photography both effective and efficient. Users benefit from unlimited lightboxes that enable selection, editing and sorting of photos from all web sites that the company “spiders” for content. Notes can be added to each image in the lightbox and both can be emailed to co-workers or clients for approval or review.

The stock photo search engine is uniquely designed to spider databases, which are most often used to archive visual content. Image providers must have an accessible database to participate. To support the marketing needs of images suppliers in the United Kingdom who are not yet searchable on the web, StockPhotoFinder has established a preferred vendor relationship with Capture, Ltd., which is a leading UK supplier of integrated image library management systems. Capture.co.uk (http://www.capture.co.uk) offers fully searchable web systems for all sizes of business and budget, from photographers and small libraries, through to the complex needs -- including pricing and e-commerce -- of large agencies. Capture’s systems include keywording and thesaurus tools that are integrated with a comprehensive back-office system that handles everything from invoicing and accounts to customer relationship management and business efficiency tools. Capture also has a high-end scanning department.

By participating in StockPhotoFinder.co.uk, image providers benefit from collective marketing and built-in functionality that facilitates client sales leads and requests, direct licensing and marketing research derived from data mining. Direct communication between the content licensee and the image provider is supported in various ways. A Quote Request function exists for users to ask for pricing for one image or simultaneously, for all images in a lightbox. A Research Request option provides the user with the ability to send a list of photo needs to all image providers in the site in one action. A hot button links directly to the source from each thumbnail image. And, a Universal Registration Application form enables sign-up of new users across the searchable network.

Special functionality also exists for customized versions that are installed at closed corporate sites for their internal research. Corporations can mix search of their internal visual content with search results from any content providers they choose to include. This Digital Asset Management capability enables corporations to monetize their digital assets, maximize preferred vendor relationships and increase cost efficiencies through labour cost savings.

The stock photo search engine for the United Kingdom is a service of New York based StockPhotoFinder.com, Inc. Over 800,000 users have accessed millions of photographs at this sister site at StockPhotoFinder.com.

Search services at StockPhotoFinder.co.uk are free for users who desire to licence content. The company receives revenue from marketing fees paid by content providers to have their web sites “spidered” for search, from advertising at its web sites that appears in clearly defined areas, and from customization fees paid for corporate installations. Search results are “natural” or “organic” without any prioritization by content provider.

StockPhotoFinder.com, Inc. is the premier company using advanced technology to search multiple, stock photo and footage databases via the Internet through its web sites at StockPhotoFinder.co.uk, StockPhotoFinder.com and StockMotionFinder.com.

Supplemental information:

For more information about StockPhotoFinder.co.uk, including possible interviews with company officers, screen grabs, biographies and other materials for expanded articles, please contact Randy Taylor, President of StockPhotoFinder.com, Inc., at (212) 929-6965.

For more information about Capture, Ltd., please contact Abbie Enock at +44 (0)1491 873197 or email capture @ capture.co.uk.

"StockPhotoFinder" is a trademark of StockPhotoFinder.com, Inc.

“Capture” is a trademark of Capture, Ltd.

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