- TinEye to the rescue!
“I found a picture while searching for faeries one night and I saw one that was beyond perfect for the cover for my novel, which is being released this spring. I used Google Goggles and searched everywhere … high and low … but TinEye helped me find it on deviantart in about fifteen minutes, following links from the main one.
Now I have contacted the artist and am just waiting to hear from her [...].
Eden: thanks for sharing! If you are a TinEye fan and would like to share your TinEye search story with us, get in touch!
From Mixed Media Bag:
It’s 2011 and I don’t have a real robot or flying car nor have I been to outer space, but it’s still the little things that technology does to simplify random processes that wows me.
We are humbled!
- TinEye the movie quiz killer?
Vagebond from the Netherlands writes:
Because of all of the recent commotion about reverse image search tools like TinEye – but mainly just for the fun of it – I created a new type of quiz that is TinEye proof no doubt. It’s not harder or easier than our regular episodes of MovieQuiz, just ‘different’.
And what Vagebond means is that he prepared a special Movie Quiz, with published clues but no images!
I for one could not name a single one of the movies! Happy searching.
Good work Vagebond!
- Photography as theater
We love hearing from our TinEye fans because that’swhat keeps us going every day and that’s how we discover awesome photography. For example: the work of Roberto Kusterle. Here is Sophie’s story:
I had adored this following image for ages, and had no idea of the source.
All I knew, was that it was surreal photography and possibly one of my favorite images ever, but I did not know anything else about it…Until I searched for it in TinEye!
I then found a copy of this image with a name in foreign letters. I search this in google, and found a few stunningly beautiful images that lead me to find the artist’s name in a readable form to me: Roberto Kusterle. I found his site and am enamored with every photograph he has ever created.
Endless thanks to TinEye!
Thank you Sophie for sharing your story with us. We are now insane about Roberto Kusterle’s work! Have you seen his angel (I want wings, why can’t we all have wings?) and Il Bambino e il suo bosco?
- Is the TinEye index weird?
I can’t stop being surprised at what is in the TinEye index but hey if it helps out AskReddit then that’s just awesome!
- TinEye Chrome Extension
Hey TinEye fans and Chrome users. Many of you have asked why when installing our TinEye Chrome Extension, a popup warns you that our extension can access “Your data on all websites” and “Your browsing history”. What? Does this mean that TinEye is keeping track of all the webpages you visit?
Well no, TinEye does not, and never will. It is simply that our TinEye extension needs access to the page you are browsing in order for TinEye to be able to add a context menu to perform a TinEye search. Basically, in order to access the image’s URL, our TinEye extension needs to be able to read the page your browser is on. The warning is simply Google’s way of being cautious and letting you know what an extension could access. There is no way for TinEye to add an image context menu without having this warning appear. Drop by the Google Support forum for all the nitty gritty details http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=30636989775092ba&hl=en
Ok, this explains the “data on all websites” warning, but what about my browsing history? Why do you need to access that? Well, as it turns out, to be able to open your TinEye results in a new tab, our TinEye extension needs to access your browser’s history! Again this is just the way such extensions work in Chrome and not an attempt on TinEye’s part to access any of your data.
So happy and safe searching!
UPDATED: To view the source code of the TinEye extension, simply download the extension, rename it from *.crx to *.zip, and then extract it.
- TinEye sleuthing & President Nicolas Sarkozy
André Gunthert’s visual exploration of President Nicolas Sarkozy images in the French press, particularly Le Nouvel Observateur. A fascinating series of observations. In French only. So this one is for all our French TinEye fans.
Original photograph and cover of Le Nouvel Observateur. Photograph by Jean-François Robert.
Photo manipulation to create the Nouvel Observateur cover.
And just for fun: some of the President’s image transformation unearthed by André Gunthert using TinEye:
- Extension preferences here for Firefox and Chrome
The new extension preferences allow you to:
- Show/hide TinEye icon in context menu (Firefox only)
- Set sort order preference as best match, most changed biggest image or last used*
- Open searches in background, foreground or current tab
TinEye extension preferences are easy to set!
In Firefox, go to Tools>Add-ons in the Firefox menu bar. Locate ‘TinEye Reverese Image search’ in the Add-ons window list and click the ‘Options’ button.
In Chrome, go to Tools>Extensions in the Chrome menu bar. Locate ‘TinEye Reverese Image search’ in the extensions list and click the ‘Options’ link.
We hope you enjoy! <3
* The sort order set in your extension preferences will take precedence over your browser’s last remembered sort order.
- Safari extension is here!
The TinEye extension is now available for Safari, allowing you to conveniently search for any web image straight from your browser.
Once installed, simply right-click on any web image and select either “Search Image on TinEye” or “Search Page on TinEye”. Results are displayed for you at tineye.com
We are also introducing preferences to our family of extensions, starting with Safari. Preferences allow you to:
- Set the default sort order for your search results
- Open searches in background, foreground or current tab
Firefox, Chrome and IE users: Don’t worry! Preferences are coming for you soon (keep an eye on our updates page).
Safari users: Get the new TinEye extension while it’s hot!
- Remember sorting preferences
Whether you’re logged in our out, and even if you’ve totally shut down your browser, TinEye will remember your last sorting preference. For example, if you searched for the biggest version of an image the last time you used TinEye, you will get the biggest results first the next time you use TinEye.
Enjoy, and happy searching!
Image by matsuyuki