Picapp.com is a site that has thousands of royalty-free photos for bloggers to use on their blogs. The site features images from Getty Images, Corbis, Image Source, Jupiter Images, Newscom, Pacific Coast News and more. The site is able to provide the images on a royalty-free basis because advertising is embedded with the images when the user places them on their site. The photos on the site can be viewed by category, which includes Sports, Celebrities, News, Fashion and Travel. Images can also be searched by tag or keyword. To use an image on the user's blog or other website, the user simply pastes the embed code that is available when viewing the image into their website HTML code. This embeds the gadget that is used to display the image along with the advertising for payment of royalties.
The site offers a Wordpress plugin which makes it easy to embed images directly from the Picapp.com site into Wordpress blogs. They also offer a browser plugin for Firefox which makes the search function from Picapp.com available in the user's browser window. The site features high-quality, professional images in a wide range of subjects. The meta-data in the embed code is optimized for search engines, making SEO ( Search Engine Optimization) easier for the website owner. The site directly supports the Blogger, Movable Type, Vox, Wordpress, Terapad, TypePad and Facebook platforms. Generic code is also supplied for use on any website where the user has access to the HTML code for the page.Show more screenshots »
Picapp.com is based in San Francisco, with a development and operations center in Herzeliya, Israel. Eyal Gura is co-founder and CEO, while Chico Monabeal is Vice President of Research and Development. Dror Ginzberg is General Manager, Israel operations. The site was launched in 2008.
Competition to Picapp.com comes from sites such as iStockPhoto and FreeDigitalPhotos.net. istockPhotos sells images based on size. There is no advertising associated with iStockPhoto photos. FreeDigitalPhotos.net provides free images for blogs and websites, and pays for the royalties by selling higher-resolution versions of the images for print and graphics design use. There images are also advertising-free.
The site is quite responsive, with page loads happening quickly, despite their being a large number of thumbnails shown on most pages. Image downloads are quite responsive as well. Navigation is intuitive, with a search bar and links to categories shown on the site's home page. There is no advertising displayed on the Picapp.com site itself, only in the images embedded from the site.
Registration to Picapp.com is free and is not required to use the site. Registered users gain the advantage of smarter searches based on their previous searches. The registration process asks for email address and password. Validation of the email address is required.
Registration is free and there is no premium membership offered to the Picapp.com site.
The Picapp.com site is recommended to anyone who needs high-quality images for their blog or other website. The site has millions of images available and is very up to date. For example, if you were covering a movie premier that took place last night, photos from the premier would be available on the site this morning.