Bing is on the ball with changes to image search and display.
Bing Image Search Updates Include Touch Friendly Result Pages That Adapt To Screen Size & Resolution, Search Engine Land (Sept 18)
According to the announcement, image results will soon expand to the full width of a user’s screen and include exploration suggestions dynamically placed per a user’s screen resolution.
Many historical images now available for free from Flickr thanks to Kalev Leetaru, an enthusiast, who obtained them from scans of library books in the Internet Archive. The database will have 12 million images.
Millions of historic images posted to Flickr, BBC News (Aug 29)
Google has at long last made it easier to filter a search for images according to usage license. Can access that from search options now – and not have to go into advanced search. Bing’s image search has had this feature for some time.
Google Image Search Adds Usage Rights To Search Tools, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Jan 14)
But as Barry Schwartz warns, an image might seem to be available through creative common rights in error – check thoroughly before using.
A gift to all – British Library has uploaded 1 million scans of images from 17th to 19th century illustrations. They are in Flickr; various rights apply – some are free of copyright, others – full rights reserved. Can search by sets: e.g., maps, portraits, illustrated letters, Christmas. Find them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
British Library uploads a million archival images for free use, CBC (Dec 13)
The library’s goal was for anyone to “use, remix and repurpose” the enormous digital treasure trove of illustrations, maps, landscapes, paintings and decorative letters. It’s the first step in an interesting new plan that includes the launch of a new crowdsourcing application early next year to help describe what the images portray
History and railroad buffs will appreciate The Canadian Pacific Railway Collection of digital photographs available from the Vancouver Public Library. The 1,500 photos date from 1880s to 1950s.
These images provide a fascinating insight into the role of the railway in the development of the province. The pictures portray rural and urban railway stations; railway bridges that are true engineering feats reaching out across the challenging topography of the province; the workers who laid the tracks and manned the locomotives; the passengers who travelled on the railway; and a myriad of buildings, hotels, yards and ships, all of which were part of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia.
Bing Images will search Pinterest images – find the image, find the Pinterest board. Explore Pinterest Boards with Bing, Bing Blogs (Oct 2) Oh – and there is a pin-to-Pinterest option in image search as well.
Google has added strong tools to Google + for online photo editing. Stephen Shankland describes them as sophisticated and responsive. Tools are only available through Chrome. I wonder what this will mean for Picasa?
Google+ gets sophisticated array of photo editing tools by Stephen Shankland, CNet (Sep 12)
The new tools open up a wide range of fine-tuning possibilities for the sort of person who might use consumer photo-editing tools like iPhoto or Photoshop Elements. You can tweak Google’s auto-enhance editing choices, edit the entire photo or selected parts of it, and apply a number of highly customizable filter effects.
Bing’s image search has some little known capabilities. Among these are “higher quality images”, and a better understanding of themes and entities.
Bing: Here’s 7 Ways Our Image Search Is Better Than Google by Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Aug 23)
Bing has added an image search that checks for usage rights.
New Bing Search-By-License Feature Filters Images Based On Usage Rights byAmy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Jul 1)
The “Search by License” feature has six different filters, making it possible for users to find images that will best serve their needs. The six filters include: 1. All, 2. Public domain, 3. Free to share and use, 4. Free to share and use commercially, 5. Free to modify, share and use, 6. Free to modify, share and use commercially.
Yahoo used to provide this – doesn’t now. Google provides the option but it is hidden under Advanced – good luck finding that. Bing puts it right on the search bar.
Bing Image Search Showing Option to Filter by License (Jul 2013)
Google Image Search showing filters (2013). License filter is hidden under Advanced..
Yahoo hasn’t forgotten Flickr – it just increased storage space to 1 TB.
Yahoo overhauls Flickr with one free terabyte for every user, PC World (May 20)
The big news with Flickr was quite literally about size—users of the photo-sharing service will now get one terabyte of storage for free. Flickr’s website also got an overhaul, and there’s a new version of its Android app as well.