Tuesday, May 18, 2010

iStockphoto Announces Plug-in That Allows Users of Microsoft PowerPoint and Word to Download iStock Photos and Illustrations Directly into Presentations and Documents

CALGARY, Alberta, May 17, 2010 – iStockphoto®, the world’s busiest online stock image marketplace, today announced the immediate availability of a new plug-in that puts more than six million photos and illustrations at the fingertips of Microsoft Office users. The plug-in is available for free and can be downloaded at http://www.istockphoto.com/istockphoto-office-ribbon. It allows users to access iStockphoto images from within PowerPoint and Word, where they can select, preview, purchase and insert images directly into their documents.

“iStockphoto has been a valued image provider on the Microsoft Office web site for several years,” said Sharon Meramore, the downloadable content manager for the Office website. “We’re excited that iStock now exposes its whole collection through the user interface of Word and PowerPoint, making it easier and faster for our customers to create more compelling documents.”

The plug-in will add an iStockphoto tab to both PowerPoint and Word. From there, users can take advantage of iStockphoto’s powerful search engine to browse photos and illustrations. Those new to iStock can set up an account and buy credits to purchase images. Current customers can log into their accounts and access all the standard functionality of the iStock website. They can also make purchases using their existing credits all without leaving PowerPoint or Word.

The iStockphoto Office plug-in download page features a short video by Garr Reynolds, a popular blogger and author of the best-selling book, “Presentation Zen.” The video shows how easy it is to select and add an iStock image into a PowerPoint presentation.

“One of the most effective ways to turn a mediocre presentation into a remarkable presentation is through the use of well-chosen, high-quality imagery,” said Reynolds. “The availability of this plug-in is great for presenters and even better for their intended audiences.”

About iStock

iStockphoto offers easy, affordable inspiration with millions of vetted, royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash® files. Using the most advanced search in the business, customers download a file every second from a collection of more than six million files for business, marketing and personal projects. iStockphoto started in 2000, pioneering the micropayment photography business model, and has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStockphoto pays out on average $1.7 million weekly in artist royalties. iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.

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