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Google updates Image Search with preview panel

By dpreview staff on Jan 28, 2013 at 22:03 GMT

Google has rolled out an updated version of its Image Search feature with faster browsing speeds and a redesigned UI. Announced last week, the revamped image search is now online, and allows users to preview suggested images in a larger window, and scroll through other pictures using using their keyboard's arrow keys. This takes the experience of browsing images from a search much closer to that of using Google's dedicated smartphone and tablet app. 

While the company's blog post, announcing the new interface mentions an ability to view 'detailed' metadata information, it currently appears to display only basic data, limited to source and image size along with options to either visit the source or view the original image.

Google's revamped image search offers a faster experience and a refined UI which allows you to preview and scroll through suggested images quickly in a dedicated preview window.

Comments

Total comments: 36
jtimar84
By jtimar84 (9 months ago)

I think this is totally unacceptable, and huge abuse of power by Google. For the good of everyone, Google needs to be forced to spin off it's search engine into a separate entity. Google is now stealing the peoples images and displaying them at full resolution is their search results. How is that not theft? It's astounding the level is greed and disrespect for people who work hard to create content and intellectual property.

I wrote a guide on how to <a href="http://inthelimelight.net/stop-google-image-search-from-hotlinking-your-photos-without-a-plugin-bing-too/">stop Google image search from stealing your images</a>. I hope some may find it useful, but it's a shame that it is necessary.

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Feb 3, 2013)

2 parts post...

What I would like to know is why some folks here are complaining at all.

I have used google to find my images and check WHO IS USING THEM.

Essentially, a thieves detection at it's best.

You don't want to see your stuff on google?

Use robot.txt of your website. ( http://www.robotstxt.org/robotstxt.html )
Use 'nofollow' parameter ( http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=96569 ) Oops google is useful again!!!
Use private sites no open to the public

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Feb 3, 2013)

If you cannot do either (yeah, right) use the following according to your level of paranoia:

Who the hell cares?
- Post a link to your RAW file

Very little concern:
- Lower the quality to 72 dpi
- Use EXIF

Somewhat concerned:
- All the above PLUS
- - Lower the size to that of a postage stamp when printed
- - Discretely Watermark the image

Concerned:
- All the above PLUS
- - Use visible watermark DIAGONALLY ACROSS the image, not on the sides
- - Warn viewer of copyright enforcement

Obsessive:
- All the above PLUS
- - Only post in private sites that you own (use robot.txt)
- - Password protect your site access
- - Purchase a software that splits your image(s) into several randomly named images and post them for you (up to 3000 pieces)

Sickness
- Do not connect your computer or any device to the internet

If someone does not get the joke within the real information, take a deep breath.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 29, 2013)

Yay! Now people will be able to pirate my photographs even without ever seeing slightest part of my website!

I knew google supports torrents, piracy, etc. but THAT?! It's like an open move against whole photographic community!

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Jan 29, 2013)

great!!!
downside is if your pics are PUBLIC... and if YOU have PUBLIC WEB PRESENCE (open blogs, open social networking with gazillions of pics of other PEOPLE (friends/family OR STRANGERS)) on the SAME NETWORK... you (your PROFILE PIC) or your photos ALONG with PROFILE PICS of everyone else on a WEBSITE YOU FREQUENTLY 'blog/vlog' online, will be 'connected/associated' with YOU, whether you like it or not.. it's been like this ever since Google made IMAGES 'searchable'... (allows one to 'google' a person to see where else they exist online OPENLY...)

(i know... I'm on a dating website... and i see gazillion of unrelated folks 'connected/associated' with me even if i've never seen them before!!! lol) BUT I use it to CHECK if 'dates' are FAKERS (stealing 'people' shots to pretend they're a 'hot chick' when they may be just a teenaged guy!)

sdyue (not my hubby)
DPR still hasn't helped me fix my profile name!!!!
:(
maybe i should just create a new profile, so i don't have to use this one

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Jan 29, 2013)

DO A GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH for:
"sdyue DPReview"... and you SEE all the 'associated' images I've created on my sdyue DPR PROFILE, as well as DPR FORUM blog/thread/ COMMENTS...!!!! plus IMAGES from my 'sdyue' DPR GALLERIES (I'm 'sdyue', same as my profile pic now...)

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comet suisei
By comet suisei (Jan 29, 2013)

The American can do whatever they want, the blame the rest of the world for everything but.. who cares?

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Feb 3, 2013)

Yeah, the US is always the evil doer.

WWI and WWII anyone? (j/k)

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chj
By chj (7 months ago)

lol, random, empty U.S. critique

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Bluebird47
By Bluebird47 (Jan 29, 2013)

It's illegal. Even with your company-friendly laws in the US, I'd bet this is not covered by "fair use", seeing how strictly a non-commercial entity like Wikipedia guards the use of such material. And now, suddenly, a big ad-financed company can just hotlink the full versions of people's copyrighted material without any downsizing and still call that "fair use"? I think not.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 29, 2013)

It's not hotlinking. The images are not permanently embedded, and only retrieved when you click a thumbnail hosted by Google.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 29, 2013)

It is hotlinking - they display YOUR photographs on THEIR website. In FULL SIZE. Without EVER loading anything from your website besides the image itself.

It's a CLEAR example of what hotlinking is.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 29, 2013)

It's no different from what google images already did. It just looks better.
Now i'm going to steal some of your pics and burn them. Just for fun.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 30, 2013)

There's huge difference, cause previously google just added an overlay to your website. So your site actually loaded, and you could lure people onboard. Now it's just a plain piracy, where Google simply takes image from your site and puts it on theirs. That's GIGANTIC difference.

It's sad you cannot see it. Nor repercussions of this change.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 30, 2013)

It's sad that you expect me to see things your way. I will just go on burning your pics (if I ever find any).

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Feb 3, 2013)

I do not see how it is illegal, at all. There is no claim of ownership. If you post something on a public site (like DPReview) the image is available to all. The so-called 'hot link' bring you to the original site where YOU posted the images for public consumption.

If you are unhappy with your stuff being on the public eye, don't post on free-for-all sites or at the very least, reduce the quality to 72DPI and reduce the printing size to a postal stamp.

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deluk
By deluk (Jan 29, 2013)

I've been getting annoyed with this for the last few days. I'm just getting the black screen with nothing in it. I'm having to scroll to the bottom and click on "Use basic version" to get any site info and links. Looks as if it will be good if I can get it to work but at the moment it's just a picture album. Recently I've been using image search just to find things rather than wading through all of the selling sites and all of the generally irrelevant stuff that seems to come to the top of most searches.
Unles anyone has any ideas it looks as if I'll have to mail Google.

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NiallM
By NiallM (Jan 29, 2013)

try a different browser, or maybe you have certain browser extensions running that are interfering with it.

The new Google image layout suddenly came on my screen yesterday evening - pleasantly surprised by it; i think it's a good improvement..

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deluk
By deluk (Jan 29, 2013)

I've been running I.E. for 15 + years with no problems or aggravation and have no known extra extensions running on my current IE9 (Win7/64) so probably not the problem.
Google has had several annoying changes lately and more to come, iGoogle being axed for example. I'm of the don't fix what ain't bust mentality. I'm running Google Classic for example as I didn't like how the new version worked and Google may well say that you need to use the new version to make the new image search work. Ho Hum........

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 29, 2013)

This works great for previewing pics. Great development. And it's free!

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Bluebird47
By Bluebird47 (Jan 29, 2013)

It's NOT free. Someone is always paying, in this case the content creators who have invested their time, money, energy and sometimes even their lives to create these images! Without getting anything back due to this blatant theft. There is really nothing to add about this. This is not how image SEARCH ENGINES are supposed to work. As Google's blog post squarely admits, this is all about providing visual ANSWERS to visitors. Answers Google didn't pay for at all!

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 29, 2013)

all you get is a low res preview image. You can click through to the original or the website which it is on. If you do not want want your images to be indexed, you can tell Google in the robots.txt. Theft is when someone grabs your camera. When somebody shows a pic you put on the public internet it's not theft. It's normal. This overwrought anomalystic property thinking is not what the internet is about.

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english_Wolf
By english_Wolf (Feb 3, 2013)

D1N0, actually when theft takes place when an image is used without authorization and claiming the copyright to it.

Google does neither, quite the contrary, it can be used to find the thieves.

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daMatrix
By daMatrix (Jan 28, 2013)

So they going to show other people images big. Some may object that their work is shown in review (not preview) size - out of context - in a diarrhea of whatever other images. No matter what kind of iptc info bla they put next to is, it s wrong.

Atleast I feel my work will be violated by Google... Because I took great care in presenting my photos in the right web environment. I took special care in the choise of photo combinations on my website, creating a balanced mood that enpowers all images. It is wong of Google to show the large photos in a mixer of trillion other photos choosen by a script..

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MirrorBox
By MirrorBox (Jan 29, 2013)

So edit your robots.txt file to prevent Google from indexing your images …

http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35308

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (Jan 29, 2013)

Let's just say that more or less one hunder people will see your work, while if you let Google search your site you would have had millions of potential viewers.

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Jen Yates
By Jen Yates (Jan 29, 2013)

Well it's really good that google will honour this decision of yours. Just prevent them from adding your site (or sections of your site) to their index.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_exclusion_standard

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DaveKaiPiper
By DaveKaiPiper (Jan 29, 2013)

Really loving the new flow :)

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Escape
By Escape (Jan 28, 2013)

How do I get this new view? Mine still shows images the old way.

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rondhamalam
By rondhamalam (Jan 28, 2013)

OMG

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fabio riccardi
By fabio riccardi (Jan 28, 2013)

Looks like someone at Google liked the new iTunes "Expanded View" layout:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/whats-new/

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Jan 29, 2013)

Ah. The Apple thought of it first post. Seriously...

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Jan 28, 2013)

Good. Good hope they also have some kind of protection now, to pictures linked to malware sites.

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 29, 2013)

Nope, they don't.

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Jan 29, 2013)

But they should have. :)

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Plastek
By Plastek (Jan 30, 2013)

true

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Total comments: 36