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PicApp - free images for bloggers but not ready for prime time.

There has been a bit of buzz recently over the new site which has just started a public beta - I was mailed an invite to check it out. The aim of PicApp is to make professional images from the likes of Getty Images and Corbis free for use by bloggers using an ad supported system.

Instead of inserting a straight image you get a code snippet to add to your post which provides the image in a flash widget which displays ads when you mouse over the image; a good idea but I personally don't think it's ready to go prime time.

Size and scope

At present I see two main stumbling blocks for PicApp:

  • the sizes of images offered, and
  • the variety of images

Whilst many of the images can be used in a choice of sizes (normally two or three alternatives) I feel that even the smallest is too large for many blogs - approximately 350x210 for landscape and 210x320 for portrait. This just seems to take up to much space in a post and, in my opinion, looks as though you are using it for padding. Understandably, the image size needs to be large enough to support the included ads so I don't think that we'll be going much smaller than this.

This being early days the images available appear to be limited but this may improve over time as more sources become available. If you want images relating to current affairs you will be fine as most appear to fall in to this area - again, this is understandable when you consider their source.

I think that PicApp will be one to watch as it grows but only time will tell if it becomes a worthy resource that any blogger can dip in to and get something worthwhile out.

Do you use PicApp? What do you think of it?


# Not so sure

I'm not so sure this will take off. Tests have shown that ads in video cause a lot of people to switch away completely. Maybe ads on images will do the same? Also, with so many quality free images available to source, are bloggers really going to put up with ads on their website?
Posted by Nick at 26/03/2008 19:52

# Re: PicApp - free images for bloggers but not ready for prime time.

The difference is that the ads are only visible if you mouse over the image so not much of a distraction. We already plaster Adsense etc. all over the place which are far more visible.
My main concern will still be the variety of images available.
Posted by Colin at 26/03/2008 20:33

# Re: PicApp - free images for bloggers but not ready for prime time.

Even so, I wouldn't use them. Not everybody has flash installed and I bet clicking the image will lead to the image agency.
Posted by Nick at 27/03/2008 13:57

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