Tom,

Just curious if you did any research on the eVision product or not, and if
you have any idea of what the intended use for that product is. When you
are comparing ThumbsUp with eVe, you seem to be really comparing apples and
oranges, or really more like pop-guns to howitzers. In looking at ThumbsUp,
it seems to basically be an image viewer, one of many in the field, that
allows you to see, graphically, what you have on your hard drive by displaying
the thumbnails of the image files in a folder (much like what MS Explorer
does now, for Windows 2000). It might even be able to access images inside
of documents, though I have yet to find a version of ThumbsUp that does that.
I have located one, version 3.0, that looks like a "Hello World" of image
viewers, and simply creates an HTML page for you. Then I found a version
0.37 that looks better than the version 3.0, very Mac like though, but still
just shows the thumbnails of image files in the folder. A bit more with
image manipulation, but that is all.

eVe, the product that is mentioned in the article, is not made for a home
user with some vacation shots on their hard drive that they want to look
at. It is made for the large business with a huge amount of digital assets
(photos, videos, sounds, logos, etc.), and needs to be able to control and
locate appropriate images quickly. It is made to hold a collection of thousands
or tens of thousands of images, and allow you to very quickly find the one
out of that collection that best fits your need for the current project.
The problem it is solving is one where you are looking for a specific picture,
having 50,000 mixed images, and being able to narrow down your search process
to only several mouse clicks instead of having to page through 1000 pages
of randomly organized images. You can intuitively select one, and ask eVe
to retrieve more images that are similar to that one - visually similar,
intuitive search.

That is what it is all about, and has nothing to do with viewing a couple
of images in a folder on your hard drive. It also handles images within
PDF and DOC files, keyframes within videos (so you can jump to the middle
of a video where this image is located and start playing it there), etc.

Apples and oranges, Tom, pop-guns and howitzers.

Flip


"Tom" <hartta@efdsw.navfac.navy.mil> wrote:
>
>Search/Find-ing images on your computer/network
>
> Go Beyond Keywords! Perform a Visual Image Search
>Searching graphics files via keywords can be tedious.
>Learn how to use image-matching technology to find images by matching shapes,
>patterns, colors, and textures.
>By Chris Brant and Tony DeYoung
>
>The above article WEBDEV discusses how to write a program to find an image.
>Great training tool, otherwise a great waste of time. ThumbsUp4.0 A freebie,
>will find not only images. It will find any graphic, icon, image, photograph,
>etc. on your computer/network. There is a better version but it costs a

little.
>It is stable and has been around more than 8 years now. The upgrade will
>allow editing as well.
>It will find a graphic, image, etc. buried in nearly any file, even those
>you did not know contained one.
>I hate reinventing the wheel. That is a nice tutorial but it is useless

otherwise.
>On the otherhand if your bag is graphics and you have that much time on

your
>hands contact them and apply for a job. Be productive.
>Tom
>PS: I am not selling for them. I'm a civil service employee.