iLife 09 (2): iPhoto - Faces, Flickr and Facebook
Many of us use our cameras to take pictures of people: family, friends, parties. When we take scores of images over a period of time, it becomes hard to track them all easily. Faces uses some sophisticated tools to help with this: including the technologies of face detection and face recognition.
To use the features, we first select a photograph or a group of images and click on the Faces icon: bottom left of the panel. The software identifies faces in the image with markers that show, "Unknown Face." We can type in a name at this time. If the face is clear enough, moving to the next image of the same person should bring up a panel with the words, "Is this? . ." and the name of the subject.
A "Face" icon is in the sidebar and when clicked, images of those in the selections appear on a cork-board background. Passing the mouse over an image reveals all the pictures identified up to that time. The top image can be changed by pressing the spacebar. Also, selecting the "i" reveals an information panel and we can click on a photograph to make it the top image. That panel can also be used to add full name and email details.
Once activated each of these allows an easy upload to an account on those services. The first time it is done requires authorisation to be granted, but following that it is an easy task, depending on network connections.
Facebook is a service for, among other things, sharing images. Once uploaded, the information and URL can be sent to other people we know. There may be problems publishing to FaceBook if the album uses non-alphanumeric characters like * or % in the title.
With Facebook, if there is a face in an image that was not initially identified, someone else accessing Facebook may identify the person and the next time the user is online the tag will be added to the image in iPhoto.
To test this out, I uploaded a selection of shots from my garden to go with the others already online. I later followed this with another group of photographs uploaded to Facebook. The images being transferred are displayed in a window in iPhoto and a blue progress bar is displayed at the top right of the panel.
I later added more images using Aperture and these synchronised back to iPhoto.
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