Are you using the Batch FTP for importing pictures or the import function?
And for the bulk adding of pictures for the users are they upload to do bulk uploads under permissions?
#1) I am not sure what you mean by that but I assume yes. I FTP all of the pics into the folder I created and then I go to that subcategory I want the pics to be uploaded to and click on "Import" to type in name of folder after "Import" and press submit then on next page, it is still blank.
#2) where do I find that permission you were asking about? Maybe that is why users can't do bulk add.