17 Apr 2008 CushyStock – Microstock Upload Utility

CushyStock screenshotCushyStock is the microstock upload utility for those who want their microstock upload utility to do everything. It’s packed full of functionality and features.

Created by Russian programmer Alex Bakulin, CushyStock gives the immediate impression that the core processes were well considered. The layout and workflow is clear and logical, making it quick and painless to learn how it works.

The functionality provides substantial time savings for high volume microstockers, which sets it apart from competing microstock upload utilities.

CushyStock Details

Price Free to try with a limit of 1 upload before requiring the application be restarted. Full license US$49.95
License Single seat. 1 year service packs, upgrades and email technical support. 30day money back guarantee.
Supported sites Any agency that supports FTP, but already setup are: Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Fotolia, BigStockPhoto, CanStockPhoto, 123rf, StockXpert, Crestock, Galastock, Stockphotomedia, Albumo, Most Photos
Compatibility Microsoft Windows only

What it does

  • Allows you to input IPTC data into your photos if it’s not already there
  • Automatically uploads your files
  • Displays balance and sales statistics

Cool Features

  • Model release management – allows you to link and upload model releases with individual photos
  • Intuitive interface – easy to learn and use
  • Automatic keyword generation to help keywording your images
  • Supports illustrations with EPS format viewing and conversion
  • Simple Wizard mode to upload images in just four steps
  • Multi-file actions – easily edit or queue multiple files with a single action
  • Omni-agency support – setup any quantity of agencies as long as they support FTP uploading
  • Customer wishlist to suggest and vote on features for future versions
  • Referral program

Coming Soon

  • Support for uploading to iStockphoto
  • Tracking individual images

The Verdict

CushyStock certainly has a generous list of features, which combined with the intuitive interface, makes it an ideal tool for active microstock contributors. The only negatives I experienced were the inability to upload multiple files simultaneously and the minimal support information on the website. Otherwise this is a great facility that will make preparing and contributing photos to microstock agencies easier and quicker.

Check out the CushyStock website.

  • R. Kneschke
    Posted at 12:18h, 17 April Reply

    I am pretty sure it won’t work for LuckyOliver… πŸ˜‰

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 19:34h, 17 April Reply


      I’ll remove LuckyOliver from the post, just for chronological accuracy. Thanks for the pointer! πŸ˜‰


  • pdtnc
    Posted at 17:59h, 17 April Reply

    Interesting, I’m just not that keen on passing my details onto someone in Russia… I know its probably kosher, but I’m sticking to what i know FlashFXP for FTPing πŸ™‚

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 19:37h, 17 April Reply

      It’s an application so your details don’t get sent anywhere other than to the FTP address you enter into the relevant field. I’d be concerned giving my details over to a third-party website, but in an application you can monitor what information is sent to what address, if you know how. I haven’t done this, but I expect we’d have heard if someone found the application was sending user credentials off to another address.


  • Matt Antonino
    Posted at 04:00h, 18 April Reply

    I’m demo-ing this now. If it works as advertised and Alex is going to support it moving forward, I’m probably getting this – thanks for the link! I HAAAATE monitoring my FTPs. This would be fantastic.

    (And I used your link so I hope you’re an affiliate already)


  • Harry Phillips
    Posted at 22:20h, 06 June Reply

    I just checked the web site and it now lists support for iStockphoto.

  • John
    Posted at 20:00h, 19 August Reply

    I suggest software as a TAG for all these utilities.

  • rvvelde
    Posted at 16:14h, 02 February Reply

    I bought a license key. Didn’t work. Send a mail to support. Got one reply (“we’ll sort things out”) and after that on the cushystock website there was a new message:

    “Software support and development are temporary suspended. You can purchase the license at your own risk.”

    So I’m stuck with trial version after paying. Disappointed.

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