CNET Editors' review
Photo management software comes in many varieties, but Fotobounce is a new one. Like many others, it's free. It lets you upload, store, and share your digital snapshots on a secure Web site, even directly from your phone, and designate trusted individuals who can access shared photos, but plenty of other sites offer all that, too. It can upload your photos directly to your Facebook, Flickr, and AirSet pages, and that's neat, but not unique. It uses facial recognition technology to help you tag and organize your photos. Come again, Mr. Bond? Yes, Applied Recognition's Fotobounce uses once-secret spy tech to tell your brothers apart and quickly identify them in newly saved photos.
Fotobounce's setup wizard scanned our designated library for images, adding them automatically to its interface. A left-hand console let us invite friends to access our images, designate images to share, create albums and collections, log in to Facebook and Flickr, and set options. Fotobounce works just as well as or better than most other photo-sharing tools we've tried, with some neat twists, but we really wanted to see the facial recognition tech in action. Fotobounce was way ahead of us, and it displayed counters of photos, people, and unidentified faces. We clicked on Unidentified Faces, and a page opened with thumbnails displaying faces extracted from our image library. Clicking an icon on any image let us enter the person's name in a pop-up. We could also realign faces in the thumbnails for better recognition and delete images, since some faces were fuzzy and some images that weren't faces slipped through, such as the wood stove that resembled a medieval knight's helmet. As we identified faces, Fotobounce added them to our People list and suggested matches from the remaining images that we could confirm or reject. After a while, we could just click on faces in our People list to identify people in new photos.
Fotobounce's facial recognition feature is extremely cool and surprisingly effective. Don't be put off by the process of identifying faces for the software so it can help you identify individuals in photos as you load new images; it's easy and actually a whole lot of fun. See for yourself; again, it's free.
From Applied Recognition:
Fotobounce is a FREE photo organizer available for download from our website. It utilizes advanced face recognition technology to speed up the tagging and organizing of your photos. It also enables private peer networks for secure sharing. When you create an album, you can easily share that with your friends and family including all people tags. Email photos from your cell phone to Fotobounce directly via Fotomail. Send single photos or albums to Twitter. Two-way connections with Facebook, Flickr, Google, and AirSet. Remote browsing from Android via Fotobounce Viewer product.
What's new in this version: 1. Enhanced drag and drop capability. On Mac and Windows you can drag photos or faces out of Fotobounce into the OS File Manager and in many cases directly into other applications. You can also drag photos from outside of Fotobounce directly into an album in the left-side navigation panel. 2. Google+ API is now supported. 3. Updated graphics modules to speed up performance. This update also resolves one issue with multi-threading on some newer machines. We have also made improvements to the ... See all new features
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"Okay, but not for me"
Version: Fotobounce 3.6
The recognition part of the software can at times be amazing.
For those who are into posting photos on social networks and linking their photos to friends, FotoBounce would greatly ease this process.
If you have a lot of pictures it is slow.
It is thrown off by sun glasses.
If you have crowd scenes, go to museums with statues or paintings, weeding out the faces that you want from those you do not, can be tedious.
Your file organization is ignored. FotoBounce organized solely by date, which means that if you scan photos or have a photo editor that wipes out the date, FotoBounce's organization is useless.
The photo editor included with the program is a joke. I cannot imagine anybody using it. Moreover it doesn't even have the function that would be most useful when working with faces, i.e., red eye removal.
FotoBounce identified that I had some 16,000+ photos. 10 hours later it was still cranking through them, picking out faces for me to identify. It had some 4,000 faces I would need to go through go through to indentify or exclude. At times the software was uncanny at identifying people, at other times it was doltish. The doltish identifications, I believe have to do with the quality of the initial photograph that you use to identify someone. Given the size of the idenfication task, there needs to be a big payoff. I going to de-installing the software because it was not written for someone like me. What would have made the idenfication effort worthwhile would have been if it helped me organize my pictures. If one oculd say, "Group all pictures that have these 4 people (my nuclear family) together arranged by date. Any pictures with person X gets grouped together. etc." that might have be very helpful. As it is, all photographs are arranged by date, ignoring what organizing I had already done. Thus FotoBounce would be a step back, not forward for getting my pictures logically arranged.
"I AM new here but this software really gooood"
Version: Fotobounce 3.2
My Name Is omar faruque sony
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