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TinEye Reverse Image Search

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Editors' Review

shelbybrown Aug 18, 2010

TinEye, a Web-crawling Google Chrome extension, has the job of locating an image's site of origin. While you are on a Web site, TinEye will open a gallery filled with the page's images. After selecting the image you want, TinEye will try to find it in their database of 1,647,128,150 images and their respective sites. Though this service would be very useful, it failed to come up with a satisfactory amount of results during testing.

After the quick installation, a little T icon is installed to the right-hand side of Chrome's address bar. To find Web sites to which your selected image belongs, simply click on this icon and a gallery of the page's images will show up. After you have selected your image, a separate tab with TinEye's homepage will appear. This page is organized and not cluttered. The problem is that TinEye does not have many obscure photos to crawl through. Sure, it has many site results for images of Lady Gaga, but it does not have many basic blog pictures that are easy to find otherwise.

If TinEye were able to search a larger portion of the Internet for images, this extension would be great. However, their database is not impressive.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.2

General

Release August 1, 2012
Date Added August 1, 2012
Version 1.1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Google Chrome Beta Channel

Popularity

Total Downloads 4,465
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or 'fingerprint' for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye does not typically find similar images; it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized.