Inkspot launches "dollar download" of clip art

The Auckland company that scored a coup by getting its Cliptoonz clip-art products bundled with new iMacs in the US has put its images online for a 'dollar download'.

The Auckland company that scored a coup by getting its Cliptoonz clip-art products bundled with new iMacs in the US has put its images online for a "dollar download".

Inkspot Digital's Louise Rutten says she believes it is the first time professional images have been available to consumers in $1 chunks.

Ironically, Inkspot's biggest challenge has been making the images available for sale in anything other than New Zealand dollars.

"US currency is the net currency and the inability of banks in New Zealand to be able to debit accounts in US dollars is crazy," says Rutten. "It was most frustrating that we couldn't use a New Zealand bank to run our transactions for us. As usual we have had to go off shore to have a supplier capable of billing in US dollars while we are based in NZ. It's a missed opportunity for NZ banks - and it doesn't look like they will be able to rectify this situation in the short term"

The Cliptoonz site will contain the company's Cliptoonz Image Gallery, as well as the latest images from the Clipart for Kiwis CD that was released in December last year.

Image shoppers can choose different file formats at the site. It currently offers .WMF and .PICT the company plans within a month to offer .SWF and .FLA (Flash Library Files) in both still and animated versions. The animated Flash Library Files will cost $ US 5 and can be used for multimedia presentations, Websites and personalised "Web Cards".

"This is to be a fun experience for purchasers," says Rutten. "Our objective is for consumers to keep coming back and repeating that experience. We also have tips on how to use the images to create fun scenes, animations and also free interactive postcards."

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