11    Aug 20089 comments

MyHeritage introduces a whole new way to work with photos (Part 1)

Today we're excited to unveil an array of improvements in photo management on MyHeritage, that will enhance your pleasure of viewing and sharing your photos. The new and improved Photos tab of your family website provides several features that have never before been seen on any genealogy or photo sharing website. These new features include:

  • A fully integrated, web-based photo browser
  • Photo tagging with automatic face detection technology
  • Face Cloud - a fun way to view the people in your photos
  • Full access to photo albums from within your family tree
  • Enhanced photo search

All these exciting features are included in every family site and are accessible to all our users for free.
At MyHeritage, we are creating the ultimate place for connecting with family and friends and allowing everyone to easily share their special moments.

New photo browser
The 'Albums' page provides a new photo browser that shows all your photo albums and photos. Here you can view, edit, copy, rearrange and delete your photos. The size slider lets you smoothly adjust the display to show many small photos or a few large photos, in crisp quality.

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SCREENSHOT: The new photo browser (click to enlarge)


To view a photo, simply select it in the album and click the View button (or click the little magnifying glass that appears when you hover over it). A window will appear showing a close up of the photo as well as who is in it.

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SCREENSHOT: Viewing a photo (click to enlarge)

Tagging your photos
At the heart of the new photo features is the ability to tag people. Tagging people in your photos allows you to organize and search by person or name. It enriches the viewing experience of your photos by others and, from the historical perspective, it ensures that loved ones are not forgotten. When you tag a person in a photo, an album is created in that person's name and can be used to view all of their photos.

Tagging a person is easy. Simply select a photo from the photo browser and click the Edit button. This will bring up the Edit photo page.

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SCREENSHOT: Editing a photo (click to enlarge)

To the right of the photo you will see the people who appear in this photo. MyHeritage utilizes state-of-the-art automatic face detection technology to detect and mark the faces in the photo for you. So all you need to do is click the 'Who is this?' link (or click one of the faces on the photo) and enter the person's name. As you start typing the name, MyHeritage will suggest matching people in your family tree to save you time.

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SCREENSHOT: Tagging a face (click to enlarge)

Adding new people
If MyHeritage did not detect a face automatically, you can click the 'Add another person' button, center the frame over the person's face, and start typing their name. MyHeritage is unique in that it lets you add new people while you tag, instead of restricting you to people you have already added before.
The MyHeritage photo tagging feature is not just for family members. It can also be used to tag friends and colleagues.

With the addition of advanced features such as automatic face detection, MyHeritage is fast becoming the best place on the web to share your photos with friends and family. Stay tuned, this is the start of many great things to come!

11    Aug 20083 comments

MyHeritage introduces a whole new way to work with photos (Part 2)

Face Cloud
Face Cloud is a fun application, innovated by MyHeritage, that provides a fascinating new way to view the people most important in your life. Once you have tagged photos you can start enjoying the Face Cloud, which is available on every family website. It takes all your tagged photos and shows you the faces of the people who appear in them. The more prevalent a person is in your photos, the larger the face. By hovering over a face in the cloud you will see how many photos that person appears in.

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SCREENSHOT: Face Cloud (click to enlarge)

Face Cloud, however, has much more to offer than just showing you faces. You can use it to find photos of specific people and where they appear with others. Click on a person in Face Cloud and that person will be placed in the search bar below. Select several faces and click the magnifying glass button to see all photos where those people appear together. This is a wonderful way to find specific photos with the exact people you are looking for.

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SCREENSHOT: Face Cloud results (click to enlarge)

11    Aug 20081 comment

MyHeritage introduces a whole new way to work with photos (Part 3)

Viewing photos in the family tree
You can now also access your photos directly from your family tree! Just click on the person whose photos you want to see and click the 'View all photos' button on the left-hand side.

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Family tree on MyHeritage (click to enlarge)

You will see all the photos in which that person appears. To return to your family tree, simply press the 'Back to family tree' button in the upper right hand corner. You can also use the 'List' view in the left-hand panel to quickly change the people whose photos you want to see. Viewing photos right inside the family tree is convenient as you never lose track of where you are.

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SCREENSHOT: Photos in a family tree (click to enlarge)

Searching for photos
Searching through your photos has also been greatly improved. On the 'Find' screen you can search for photos by title, description, place, people, or keywords. Search results can be displayed in handy thumnbail or list modes. Highlighting will show you exactly where your search term was found. So if you search for 'Thomas' for example, you will discover all the photos that mention this name in their title, description, or have been tagged with a person having that name. You can search through your own photos or through all 30 million public photos on MyHeritage!

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SCREENSHOT: Photo search results (click to enlarge)

Viewing a single photo
Viewing a photo by itself also displays comments that have been made on that photo. Comments are typically added by members of your family website and are a great way to interact with your friends and family. It is always interesting to see what people will say about your favorite snapshot.

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SCREENSHOT: Photo with comments (click to enlarge)

The single photo page also contains other details that relate to your photo. This includes technical info (if available from the digital camera), the albums that the photo belongs to, and the people who are tagged in it. If a reverse side of the photo exists it is shown here too, side by side with the photo. MyHeritage is the world's only photo sharing website that understands that many family photos have interesting inscriptions which may be on the back of the photo. Being able to preserve and display them is essential.

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SCREENSHOT: Photo with an interesting reverse side (click to enlarge)

10    Aug 20082 comments

MyHeritage introduces a whole new way to work with photos (Part 4)

Adding photos
Adding new photos to your family website can be done in several ways. If you would like to upload a single photo, click the 'Simple photo upload' button. If you have many photos to upload you can do so using the 'Multiple photo upload' option.
One of the nicer features of MyHeritage is the new capability to easily import your photos from your favorite photo sharing website, such as Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, Webshots or Photobucket. We are constantly adding new photo sharing websites from which to import photos. Once your photos are on MyHeritage, you can benefit from our powerful tagging, searching and sharing tools and associate the photos with people in your family tree.

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SCREENSHOT: Adding photos (click to enlarge)

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