Photo tagging got faster, easier to use and a pleasure to look at

Photo tagging got faster, easier to use and a pleasure to look at


photo tagging automatic names import exportLast September MyHeritage revolutionized the way you organize your digital photos. Instead of manually adding names to all the people on all your photos, like on facebook, the MyHeritage photo tagging automates this process – making it much quicker and more fun. The now released new tagging feature still finds all the faces in your photos, groups those that are the same person and let’s you quickly tag them with a name from your family tree or a new name. And after you identified all family members at least once you can turn on automatic tagging, so people in new photos will mostly be tagged automatically, at least if they are from your family.
Besides: You still get automatic albums for all people you have tagged, which only include photos with them. And there is still our beautiful “face cloud” that visually shows you who’s most present in your family.

Tagging at the speed of light
First thing you’ll notice is the complete redesign of the interface, even though some of the biggest changes happened behind the scenes, where we made your tagging go even faster. Now, the new tagging page is not only incredibly fast, but also very reliable and working quickly even with huge photo collections.

A new sidebar
Our new tagging interface got a nice facelift. One of the additions is

photo tagging names automatic sidebarthe new sidebar on the right, that shows you the people you tagged recently and gives you some options for them: you can select an overview of all photos of this person, show his or her pictures in the family tree, view his or her profile or change their personal photo (the key photo that represents them).

By clicking “Show all” you get to a list of all people you have ever tagged – those who are in your family tree and those who aren’t. If they are in the tree and so are you, we will also show you, how you are related. For Malia Ann in the attached screenshot for example, the sidebar shows Stanley Ann as Grandmother. The green bar at the bottom shows how many of the faces that were found in your photos have been tagged already.

Full (screen) little helpers
There is a couple of other improvements that you’ll appreciate, if you tag a lot. You can now skip faces (with the “Delete selected faces” link at the bottom right). This feature is extremely helpful if you took photos for example in public places and our face recognition found people you don’t know at all.
Finally you can also expand the new tagging interface to full screen (with the button at the top right), just as the full screen option you know from your family tree.

Let’s get tagging!

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The “add new person” dialogue in the new tagging interface

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  • Kari Lemons

    June 21, 2009

    I have a suggestion for the photo identification system. I would like to be able to choose the pictures that I want to be compared by the identification software. I have 5 pictures of what I believe to be the same person and the software is not identifying them as so. I want to be able to select them side by side for comparison and so I can see them side by side.
    It would be a manual comparison section. A check box by each picture when check would bring 2 photo’s into a workspace. an analyze button clicked would started the process and a “match”, “no match” response would be given. I could then tag them as one person. This feature would be most helpful when working family albums. I also need a easier way to delete photo’s from the system. Each photo should have the following buttons when clicked. Tag, Edit, Delete.


  • Fernande Parent

    July 2, 2009

    F�licitations pour votre blog.
    Pourriez-vous faire en sorte que nous puissions l’avoir en fran�ais, je ne suis pas parfaite bilingue mais, j’appr�cierais grandement.

    Fernande Tr�panier Parent

  • Mario

    July 2, 2009

    Hi Kari,
    Thanks for your ideas. I have forwarded your thoughts about the individual comparison to our product development team.
    Regarding options for every photo: On the ‘photos&videos > albums’ page, you have those options and more. If you click on the options wheel at the bottom right of a photo you’ll get: view, slideshow, rename, copy, delete.
    If you don’t want to tag certain faces, on the ‘photos&videos > Tag people’ page you have the option ‘delete selected faces’ at the bottom right of the tagging window.

    Bonjour Fernande,
    Merci bien pour vos compliments. C’est une bonne idee. Pour le moment vous pouvez contactez sophiane (at) myheritage (dot) com. Il peut vous envoyez ca en Francais.

    Best regards

  • Marielle G

    July 16, 2009

    J’aimerais avoir votre site en francais pour mieux le faire fonctionner.


  • Mario

    July 16, 2009

    Bonjour Marielle,
    Merci pour votre commentaire. Allez-vous a et le site est en francais. Mais: en ce moment nous n’avons pas un blog en francais.

  • Francisco Emiro DURAN MARQUEZ

    July 16, 2009

    Estas innovaciones son excelentes, al igual que la totalidad del extraordinario Sistema de MyHeritage [These innovations are great, like all of the extraordinary system of MyHeritage].

  • Isac Pinheiro

    July 19, 2009

    This is a very important tool for all families in the world. It is easy to use and is able to connect the origins of each family.

  • Terry Pugh

    July 19, 2009

    oh well. I was hoping from the description I could use this to identify unknown people in a photo by comparing them with KNOWN pictures (I DO know they are all the same kids, and about the same year).
    While this service happily MARKED all the faces for me, it failed to identify them, simply listing the people in that family and asking me to choose them instead.

    Matching the pics up with celebraties is okay, I guess, but how many of us are REALLY so closely related to celebraties that this is useful? And of those, how many DON’T know that is a picture of teh ‘current president at the family barbacue 10 years ago’?

    Maybe the next release will make this actually functional.

  • Linde Wolters

    July 22, 2009

    Dear Terry,

    Face Recognition for genealogy is already in effect. When you tag a photo, the program does indeed try to recognize who is the person in the photo. On the bottom of the screen on the ‘Tag People’ page if the program thinks it found the face of a person it

  • Frank Gill

    December 3, 2011

    This is the best news for all who gather information well done

  • Daphne Bellamy

    December 9, 2011

    Can you tag unknown people that do belong in your tree but no name given on the photo and no family left to help.