Help TinEye

Help TinEye

We are working on redesigning our TinEye website and introducing a new brand for TinEye. This is exciting for us at the Ideeplex as we have been looking forward to this for a while. As we are working away here,we would like to hear about what improvements and changes you would like to see made to our user interface? Drop us a note in the comments, we would love to hear from you as always or simply send us a note at hi [at]




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uberVU - social comments Mar 16 10 at 4:16 pm

Hard to tell to be honest ’cause it’s almost perfect already.

Something that could come in handy would be a link to the Google Cache version of a site where a picture was found because every so often the site’s dead but I’m still curios in which context a certain image was used.

Josh Mar 16 10 at 1:35 pm

Hi Josh: thanks for your feedback. TinEye is almost perfect? Love it! Link to cached version of a site is something that we have been discussing specially since as you mentioned some of the TinEye links show image usages that are no longer online.

Leila Boujnane Mar 16 10 at 1:41 pm

It is very good indeed, I would only ask for inclusion of more social-y populated sites – DeviantArt, for example. Perhaps it would be possible to agree with those sites’ owners to use some sort of API to automatically place an image in TinEye when it is submitted. Just an idea, and I am almost sure you’ve been doing something like this already, as you guys keep to surprise me with your developments!

Thanks for such a great service.

Anton Mar 16 10 at 3:14 pm

Hi idee!
I was walking by your office last night on my way home and despite a brief flash of recognition I didn’t clue in to the connection until this morning when I used tineye for the millionth time =)

You’ve got fantastic products but I still see many areas for expansion and improvement.

For the TinEye UI specifically, here are my thoughts:

Clearly, the best match algorithm needs some tweaking to improve image quality evaluation. I’m sure you’re working on that already, but its the most obvious first impression.

Some kind of graphical representation of match quality would be appealing, like a star rating (where users could rate images for you – which would then be tracked by a leaderboard on your facebook page/site to motivate users).

It’s not currently crystal clear what the links that accompany image results actually mean – they would do well to be associated with an icon or a hover identifying the meaning of each link.

Hover information for each image (including the aforementioned links) would actually allow you to show an image grid of results, which would look great and more contextually appropriate.

The image grid results would also minimize scrolling and pagination. Win and win.

The image results themselves need some flair to be more visually attractive. This would be as simple as a CSS3 dropshadow and perhaps a slight border radius. I can see where people searching for accuracy wouldn’t like a pretty border but they would mainly be using the pro version no? That could be an option for them.

Well, since I’m probably just rambling about things you’ve already got in the works, I’ll take my leave =) Feel free to give me a shout if you’d like more feedback!

You guys do excellent work, keep it up!

steve Mar 18 10 at 10:39 am

After thinking for a while on something to make TinEye homepage better (almost impossible since it’s already simple and works well) I had an idea!!! :)

You should present about 4-6 random example searches in the homepage under a “TRY IT NOW” message. :P

You did a good job with but this seems to be hiding (you know, the link to it is under the FAQ…)

Rafael Mar 19 10 at 1:50 pm

I mainly use tineye when I find a low-res picture and want to see if there’s a higher resolution version out there somewhere. Perhaps you could offer to upsample images using a sophisticated algorithm (something better than bicubic) for situations where no larger version of the image is available.

Douglas Apr 14 10 at 6:09 am

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