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Studio Companion: Dinosaurs $3.95
Publisher: Alea Publishing Group
by Walter W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/04/2009 05:40:53

Most of these images already are freely available on the Wikipedia commons, where they were shared with the intention of being freely used by other users. While the authors cite the illustrator, is she being compensated for her work? They're great illustrations -- you'll rarely find better. But I have penalize the company for selling what already is being given away for free.

Here's the wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Approved_din-
osaur_images



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The images are in the public domain and are free to use in any venture. While, like many PD images, these too one might find them elsewhere. The price reflects a number of valid points: we took the time to gather the images in one collection for those without the knowledge to access them; the original images are in .PNG form which we transferred each image into .JPG format, and finally, all of the original images were less than 30 .dpi. While this might prove fine for a web image, but if a customer wanted to print out the product or if a publisher wanted to make a print product with the original images, they would not suffice. We accomplished this by increase the .dpi to 300, the standard for print product images. While these points are moot for someone with the knowledge to accomplish this, in my experience I found that many small publishers do not have access to such knowledge or the time to devote to such endeavors when they can pay a small fee for this process.

We do not make money on this, or any Studio Companion product, to justify the effort. But, since I have the means and the hope to rise the quality of other publishers' products to increase consumer confidence on the whole, then I find that we are justified. It is less than 20 cents per image the consumer is paying for this product for the service we provide distributing these images in a better publishing format.
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