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Reverse Image Search Engine

Published 06/28/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Adam Brown
What can you use the app for?

Tineye is a search engine like no other, rather than searching for words it is an image search engine. Although the concept is nothing new and Google has offered image search for a long time, this one works completely differently. It’s a unique image search engine that searches for images rather than their descriptions. It’s simple to use, you can upload or link to an image on the internet and then search and this will then scour the internet to find the same image. It works very well and will even locate images that have been rotated, altered or cropped. It will even pick up images which have been heavily edited which is a very impressive feat. Tineye is a unique search engine that isn’t just useful but it’s also great fun to play around with.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

TinEye was produced by Idée and launched in May 2008. Idée are also well known for making Idée PixID, and Piximilar both of which are similar ideas to tineye. Most image search engines work by searching for keywords or metadata, this is the first search engine released that searches using image recognition technology.

What are the differences to other apps?

This application is unique because instead of searching for keywords and Meta description information it works by comparing the images using sophisticated image recognition software. This is revolutionary and very impressive.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The application looks very similar to most search engines, however instead of typing in search terms you can either enter a URL of an image or upload one. This doesn’t take long to do; the maximum image size for an upload is 1MB. Once you have either pasted in the URL or uploaded the image then clicking the search button will almost instantly load your results, it’s amazing how quick it really is.

How does the registration process work?

You can use tineye without registering and it can be used exactly like any other search engine, just for images. However if you want to register then it’s free and offers a number of benefits. You will be allowed to try out new and exciting features before everyone else, you will be able to bookmark your search results, you can save searches in your history, and you can also sign up to the newsletter. To register you need to visit the registration page and fill out the form. You will then be sent an email that you need to confirm by clicking on the link.

What does it cost to use the application?

Besides the free reverse image search engine, TinEye charges different fees for different services aimed at corporations. The basic MatchEngine service for companies starts at $200 a month and rises to as high as $1,500 a month. These plans differ greatly from the free version as they are designed for companies with large data bases of photos. The most expensive version offers an image collection size of 200,000 and monthly searches of 150,000.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Tineye is a revolutionary search engine that can be used to find images on the internet, rather than searching for descriptions or keywords this compares images using sophisticated technology. It’s ideal for anyone wanting to find out where an image originally comes from, or to make sure that nobody copies images without your permission.

  • Search for images similar to the one you upload
  • Revolutionary image recognition software
  • Quick search results
  • Finds images that have been cropped edited or rotated.

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TinEye contact details

Telephone: 416.860.0330
Postal address:
223 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1S2

TinEye pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : $200.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $1,500.00

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