I just have to post my experience with a web based company regarding my efforts to find a good, inexpensive way to watermark my photos before posting them on my website:
I searched topics here and read a lot of different threads but really still didn't have a sense of which way to go for my needs.
So I googled the subject and came up with a lot of returns, making my research take even more time. I downloaded several programs and one by one installed and tested them. The first one I tried was Visual Watermark
I installed and tried out the trial version but immediately discounted it because of what I found to be a very difficult to look at background screen within the program. But the program worked well I have to say.
So I tried several more and found them to be dismally short of my needs. Awkward, difficult and just a real pain to use and not very good programs.
I kept coming back to Visual Watermark and the more I tried it, the more I liked it. I could do batch watermarking which is important to me as I do dozens of photos for one project. But that background. . . . . Ugh! It is a series of tiny squares and it makes my stomach do flip flops just looking at it.
So I finally said - well, maybe I'll get used to it and paid my 20 bucks and bought the program. I had to do 64 pictures for a display I was building so with very little effort, I created a quick watermark for my solarium company and marked all the photos in one easy process. But that ugly background. . . . .
Well, I decided to send a note to tech support and see if there was any way I could change it. About 12 HOURS LATER, I got an answer already! No was the reply - Sorry, but maybe in a future version. OK, I grumbled, I'll get used to it.
The NEXT DAY, I get another email from the same tech support lady. She provided me with a link to download an altered version of the program where the checkerboard background was changed to plain white. So I grabbed the file, installed it over my first installation and Presto! Nauseating background gone!
Why do I post this story??
Just to show that there are some companies out there that actually answer tech question email.
I am amazed at the amazing awesome service this company provided! And then a few days later I got an email from another person in the company:
Here is a copy and paste of what he wrote:
"I just wanted to drop you a note to see if
everything is OK and if you have any questions
about Visual Watermark.
Also we would be very glad to hear from you what
you like or not in the Visual Watermark."
So if you are looking for some way of protecting your photos with a watermark, this is a really good business to deal with. I give them a 5 star, ten out of ten.