Pics.io Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Pics.io

Cloud-based digital asset management solution

4.7/5 (23 reviews)

Pics.io overview

What is Pics.io?

Pics.io is a cloud-based digital asset management (DAM) solution, using Google Drive or Amazon S3 as storage, designed for software developers, designers, schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofits to collaborate, share and manage product photos, audios, videos, and other files across their organization. It comes with version control functionality, which allows managers to track changes across projects, draw visual comparisons for images and videos, exchange comments or feedback on changes, highlight areas of improvement, receive real-time notifications via web browser or emails, and more.

Key features of Pics.io include a digital library, asset sharing, collection management, side-by-side file comparison, and collaboration. The solution enables users to view and share files in various formats including sketches. Businesses can utilize the centralized platform to attach or detach files, sort and modify assets in bulk, organize them in hierarchical structures, and provide restricted access to specific users.

Pics.io facilitates integration with several third-party applications such as Google Drive, G Suite, Slack, Zapier, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects. Users can modify access to public websites with custom domains, bulk permissions, password protection, and more.
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Pricing

Starting from
$120/month
Pricing options
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Markets

United States, Canada, Australia, Germany

Supported languages

English
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Pics.io reviews

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Anthony Accetturo

Pics.io revolutionized our agency asset management, reduced costs & optimized our creative process!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-11-01
Review Source: Capterra

It's a gamechanger for our agency, and we plan on using them forever. The cost structure is unbeatable since it's based on seats rather than media storage limits, which will save our agency hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. This is by far the biggest cost saving per SaaS our agency uses. The DAM supports all the functions you would expect from a top tier DAM software, dynamic AI based tagging, proofing, large portfolio of media extension previews, extremely quick rendering, folder support with unlimited subfolders, meta data explorer/updater, and more. Its support for Google Drives makes it unique and adds huge value.

Pros
We took a risk with Pics.io, it seemed like a newer solution in the industry and it was significantly less then what the competitors offered in terms of cost. But, it met our goals and needs perfectly. We wanted a system that would be able to seamless collect all our client's assets, which we're currently being stored inside of Google Drives and more importantly Google Shared Drives. We did not want to significantly change our onboarding process and to keep it as is we needed to continue to use Google Shared Drives with our DAM software. I was a bit worried that it would be a ghetto implementation due to all the API work required to get software like this working, but it was flawless in the end. The biggest driver for us was cost. Since we are a full-service media agency, we produce terabytes of information in terms of videos, images, raw formatted creative, and even some rare formats like 3D. The cost to do this with other DAM's would be easily 5-6 figures per month since we would need to pay by the GB. The ideal solution for us would be to use our Google Drives since we have UNLIMITED storage. Pics.io was able to deliver a fully working DAM with dynamic creative support and previewing using our Google Drive storage saving us hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. I think it would be impossible for any other DAM to compete with this solution on cost and functions. - Cost - Integration with our Google Drive's and Google Apps - Ease of Use - Support - Functionality

Cons
At first, some less common formats like PSB (Large Photoshop Files) did not have support at all for previewing and some larger PSD's failed to preview. This would have been a major issue for us, since the entire reason we decided to go with a DAM over just a Google Drive was to be able to quickly preview media files in mass. Pics.io was able to quickly fix these issues and add FULL support once we reached out to there support via LIVE CHAT! This was huge for us, since it's rare to have a SaaS turn around feature requests within a day or two on demand. Overall, support has been nothing short of exceptional! Second issue, which hasn't been fully fixed yet, is the AI scanning / tagging of assets sometimes seems to fail with some formats. They have been working on making this better, so I'm not overly worried about it and it's not a hugely important function for us. For the most part, it works well. Overall, Pics.io has been able to resolve any issues we experienced. As a DAM, it works very very well.

Response from TopTechPhoto


Anthony, we highly appreciate your being with Pics.io and sharing your experience. We are continuously working on improving our product and our support team is always here to help.

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Holly B

Fantastic value and stellar support!

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-11-07
Review Source: Capterra

Our photo library and photo management process had been a total cluster nightmare before we switched to Pics. We have thousands and thousands of photos that had previously been stored in a bunch of different places, haphazardly categorized, not syncing properly, and overrunning our hard drive space. Cleaning up that kind of mess definitely does not happen overnight, but I’m relieved that we now have the right tool to be able to do so. Now our main problem is just finding the time to transfer and organize our huge backlog, instead of fighting with the software as we had in the past.

Pros
TONS of features and highly customizable. Too many to discuss them all here, but to cover just a few… My very favorite features are the hierarchical keywords / ability to use a controlled vocabulary for keywords (rare in products that fit in our budget), granular permissions for different user roles AND within specific folders, and "audit trails" that show who did what and when. Pics.io’s “websites” feature is also great—this allows us to share various ad-hoc downloadable collections of photos with people in our community in just a few clicks (without needing to give them actual accounts) AND to auto-expire the “websites” on a particular date. We’re always getting photo requests from people, and so this feature saves us a lot of time (in our old system we had to just email photos to people or lend out flash drives or some other cumbersome thing). Pics also has custom fields, which I love. I haven’t yet delved into using custom fields to their full potential, but even in my limited use of them so far, they’ve been great for miscellaneous details that we don’t want cluttering up our keywords or descriptions. Last but not least, support is truly stellar. There is a built-in chat system within Pics, and someone almost always replies within a couple/few minutes. Everyone is always very friendly and helpful. Pics is also incredibly responsive to feedback and they've already implemented a couple of feature requests for me, which has made a huge difference for our workflow.

Cons
Although the search functionality is very robust, many of the more powerful searches require using specific syntax rather than the graphic search interface. I'm generally okay with that myself (although sometimes I get stumped and need to take some time to figure out a particular search), but some of my colleagues find using search syntax less intuitive, and so they can struggle to find things when the appropriate search in a particular situation requires using the syntax rather than the graphic search interface. Navigating the results of a search can be a bit cumbersome if there are hundreds of results located in a number of different folders, since it’s not possible to get a bird’s-eye view list of all of the folders whose contents match the search query (there is a separate folder search, but that only searches for the names of the folders themselves). This isn’t a huge deal, since I can of course just scroll through all the photos or revise the search to exclude the individual folders I don’t want to have to scroll through, but I do find myself wishing that the two forms of search could be integrated. But I have not put in a request about either of those things, and Pics has already changed the things that WERE on the top of my list, when I made the requests. So I’m not too concerned about this.

Response from TopTechPhoto


Holly! Thank you for review. We appreciate your company being with us and continue working on our product.

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Jonny Long

Phenomenal Platform, Better Customer Support

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-07-27
Review Source: Capterra

See the above. I love Pics.io and have enthusiastically recommended and referred many industry colleagues to the platform.

Pros
The versatility of Pics.Io makes it an absolute no brainer of a platform. It has all the functionality we need to effectively organize and view our content along with a huge array of additional features such as metadata tagging, simple website deployment for client review, and multi-level/team usage that make it indispensable. This paralleled with unrivaled customer support make it one of my all time favorite pieces of software that I've had the pleasure of deploying while in business.

Cons
There are a few nit-picky bugs here and there, but the customer support is always on top of user feedback, which has made these bugs/cons a non starter.

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Angelo Hijada

Comes up a bit short of the big giants

Reviewed 2016-12-05
Review Source: Capterra

I used Pics.io for my personal photo business. I wanted a way to be able to collaborate with my fellow photographers and editors on certain projects and I found this software to be somewhat useful. I liked the fact that it works right on top of Google Drive, but I wanted something more to it -- maybe something more fluid streamlined. Maybe it hasn't dawned on me just yet, but I feel as if Pics.io is still not matured enough to compete with other software giants like Adobe, etc..

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Scott Friend

Amazing Digital Asset Management Program

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-04-18
Review Source: Capterra

I set out looking for a way to manage my digital assets so that they become useful to me, and didn't cost me more time trying to find what I wanted. Pic.io allows me to save tons of space on my internal drives AND backup drives by using an infinitely expandable Google Drive system, and does it all AFFORDABLE, not to mention that it can scale up to fit future needs. Customer for life right here.

Pros
So of course, I LOVE the price levels in Pics.io, especially compared to all the other DAM software platforms out there. Past that, I LOVE the fact that they built this system to run directly from Google Drive, which is great affordable storage. I was able to use a program on my computer to upload ALL of my Digital Assets to the chosen folder on my Google Drive, and from there Pics.io worked its magic and is doing its part to keep me working. The ability to create custom tags, keywords AND custom fields is absolutely what I needed, all in a package I can afford that will grow with me into the future!

Cons
While I LOVE the fact that this system runs its storage directly from Google Drive, I do wish there was a way to run it from Amazon AWS Cloud Storage, or even my own on-site server. My catalog is huge, so uploading it all was a pain. I also wish that it did more automatic processing of things like keywords and details. I know some of that is impossible, but to a point, it isn't for basic info.

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Pics.io pricing

Starting from
$120/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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A 14-day free trial is available, with no credit card required.
Pat as you go: free for individual users and freelancers.
Micro: $120/month or $1200/year
Small: $480/month or $4800/year
Medium: $840/month or $8400/year
Enterprise: Contact TopTechPhoto for pricing information.

Pics.io features

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API (574 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (380 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (223 other apps)
Campaign Analysis (315 other apps)
Campaign Management (379 other apps)
Campaign Segmentation (217 other apps)
Content Management (288 other apps)
Customizable Templates (304 other apps)
Data Import/Export (277 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (267 other apps)
Email Marketing Management (212 other apps)
Engagement Analytics (275 other apps)
Monitoring (261 other apps)
Multi-Channel Marketing (253 other apps)
Real Time Analytics (255 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (379 other apps)
Social Media Integration (329 other apps)
Third Party Integration (375 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
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Additional information for Pics.io

Key features of Pics.io

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Asset Categorization
  • Asset Control
  • Asset Library
  • Asset Sharing
  • File Conversion
  • Online Proofing
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
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