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Old 20. Jun 2013, 02:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a freeware that search for image similar to google?
If you visit Google Search (image) you are able to find the image that you are looking for by uploading it, clicking the camera icon on the right.


So if you have a low quality photo like a thumbnail, google will search the original high quality photo for you. It also works when uploading images with texts in it. http://tineye.com/ is the first one that provides such services.

Now, what I want is a similar software (freeware) that could search my entire external or internal drive, a terabyte. Is there a freeware that can provide this needs?
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Old 20. Jun 2013, 02:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder, but only because it's portable (hate installations unless necessary). VisiPics is better features-wise. I forgot another I used to use, because my needs are far less nowadays.

Those are the closest to what you're looking, unless you want to look for similar pictures of only specified images. Unfortunately, I don't know of such software.
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Old 20. Jun 2013, 09:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks. So no freeware where you pick a photo then it will look for the specified photo. Guess I'll copy paste that specific photo in the location folder or drive that I'm searching then look for duplicates. It will be time consuming coz it will display all duplicates.

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Old 20. Jun 2013, 12:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That does sound like a useful program, something I'd use myself but I don't of anything that does it.

The two that J.L. mentions work well and I'd also suggest AntiTwin - http://www.anti-twin.com/ - which is also a non-install program.

I'm trying to remember if any of them have an option to only show cross-directory duplicates, if you see what I mean, in which case you could place the pic you want to search for in it's own directory and then compare that one with others.

Two other possibilities come to mind ... there's a program called Photology which I downloaded ages ago and never got around to trying out. It can apparently search using "simple and intuitive filters like faces, sky, color, location, and time of day." Not exactly what you're after but it might be useful to you... http://www.photo-freeware.net/photology.php

Secondly it might be worth your while going to DonationCoder.com, some of the contributors there will take on requests for particular applications. Yours might be a bit too much of an involved project, but it might still be worth asking and maybe someone there knows of an existing program which will do it.
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Old 20. Jun 2013, 06:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Besides another software from below post may help.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...ge-finder.html



or if you just want to search with quickly preview jpg;bmp;png; files (with good eyesight) then try exshail file search. For more details see below post.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/software-suggestions/10532-exshail-file-search.html
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Old 21. Jun 2013, 12:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Jamblebee not sure if you're talking about finding pictures by tagging, but Picasa photo viewer from Google will do a good job of that.
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Old 21. Jun 2013, 12:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I think what Jamblebee wants is something like Tineye or Google Image Search, but one that works on local drives not the net.

So that you can right click a picture on your PC, and select for the program to search your drives for matches or close matches...

Sounds really useful actually, I'm surprised if there isn't something already out there that does it.

Duplicate finders will do it, but as the OP says, the problem is that without an option for cross-directory matches only, the results will throw up lots of duplicates, not just the image you want.
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I got quite excited this morning thinking "Oh we have a winner!"... but, maybe not.

Somebody elsewhere suggested this - Image Forensics Search System http://www.cse.ust.hk/image_forensics/index.html - so I downloaded it and gave it quite a thorough test drive today. It's not problem-free but I thought I'd post it anyway as it's an unusual bit of software.

So, firstly it's pretty old. The website only mentions OSs up to XP and the installer looks old. It also requires JRE but, I just used Uniextract to extract the IFSS installer which includes a java folder and it seemed (at first - more on that shortly) to run fine like that without JRE on my PC. I'm guessing though that this also means that the included java version is pretty ancient.

Anyway. I randomly picked a folder of 103 photos of my local town, picked one out and created a selection of edits of it... I mirrored it, shrank it to a 75x56 thumbnail, grayscaled it, graffitied it, and rotated it through 90 degrees.

The program is easy enough to use, a nice simple layout and interface. You just load your initial pic, select a few options (some of which I still don't understand entirely...) then point it to the directory you want to search and let it go.

It's pretty slow. Took around 5 minutes to scan the 103 pics in the target directory, and while it's working javaw.exe is taking about 90-95% of cpu cycles which also means that the program itself is more or less unresponsive while working. I mostly had to use task manager if I wanted to cancel a search.

Results-wise through, it's great. It picked up on all the edits I'd made with the exception of the 90 degree rotation, though to be fair I think most duplicate finders fail on that too with the exception of Visipics.

It's different in its approach. When you select the target directory the program scans this and loads it into a window from which you can then select which pictures you want for comparison. Select all is the useful default, but this part of the process itself takes ages... two or three minutes for my 103 photos.

Then when it's finished, it doesn't show you a list of "hits" but lists all the files in the target directory, sorted hierarchically according to percentage match.

So far so good, but onto the main problem... I went on to try it on a folder of about 5,400 downloaded pictures, and five times it just exited itself after a few minutes for no apparent reason, before it had even loaded the folder. I even made a copy of the folder and renamed all the pics in it, thinking it might be an issue with path lengths (you know what long names downloaded pics can have...) but that didn't help. I then put aside my non-install version and ran the installer properly, but that made no difference.

So, mixed results really. I'm just running it now on a directory of 934 National Geographic photos and it seems to be fine with that (Edit - completed successfully). If I can find some definite cut-off point beyond which the program won't work, then I think it's definitely a keeper - depite its slowness and cpu-hogging java, it's still the only program of its type that I know of.

It also has some intriguing options as well, such as a "Human" mode which searches faces, and a mode for searching for images within images.

Interestingly, even when I ran the installer it still creates a java directory in the program folder rather than actually installing java. Not sure what to make of that.







Ultimately I guess, a better solution is if we could hunt down a duplicate finder that has the option to only show cross-directory matches, e.g. show when a pic in Folder A matches a pic in Folder B, but not when a pic in Folder B matches a pic in Folder B. I've been looking through various programs today but none of them seem to do this.
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