Microstock management

Stay on top of your stock submissions with this handy tool.

It used to be that only professional photographers were able to sell their images as stock photos, generic images that are licensed for use in a variety of creative projects. The Internet has democratized the stock photo industry, and there's now a thriving market for microstock companies, which are based entirely online and accept work from professionals and amateurs alike. As a photographer, managing your accounts with various microstock sites can get complicated. Cushy Stock is a helpful workflow tool that allows photographers to stay on top of their microstock submissions.

The program's interface is sleek and well-designed, reminding us a lot of Office 2007. Cushy Stock comes preconfigured to work with some of the most popular microstock sites, including iStockPhoto, Fotolia, and Shutterstock, but it's easy to add other sites as well. Cushy Stock lets users edit each image's metadata, and the submission process is managed by a drop-down menu that lets users select Ready to Upload, Pending, Rejected, and other statuses. When users are ready to submit images to one or more microstock sites, the Upload tab displays all the images that have been marked Ready to Upload; from there it's just a click of button to upload the images. Cushy Photo has both a built-in Help file and video tutorials to help users learn its finer points. Overall, we found Cushy Stock to be both powerful and easy to use, and we think it's a great tool for photographers looking to manage their stock submissions.

Cushy Stock is free to try, but the trial version has a nag screen. The program installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We recommend this program to all users.

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