Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Google Images wants you to go OOH! and AAH!

Google has redesigned and redid Google Images and wants users to go ooh and aah with the new page. They seek to bring in a lot of the new technology they have been working on. Google says they are very good at arranging words and they search engine proves this. What about Images though, how is that going to be easy. Google announced on their blog that they have achieved this to a considerable length. Sorting out pictures and images is very different from sorting out words and content. 

A lot of things said in this world and especially on the web are through pictures and images. People like to share a thousand words in one image. Search Engines on the other hand need to understand these images and interpret them. Which is very hard and thats why Search Engines don't have great picture results as compared to search for words and data. Google says that they are using a sophisticated computer vision technology to power what they call "Similar Images" to sort out images and understand the differences.

Here’s what’s new in this refreshed design of Google Images:

  • Dense tiled layout designed to make it easy to look at lots of images at once. We want to get the app out of the way so you can find what you’re really looking for.

  • Instant scrolling between pages, without letting you get lost in the images. You can now get up to 1,000 images, all in one scrolling page. And we’ll show small, unobtrusive page numbers so you don’t lose track of where you are.

  • Larger thumbnail previews on the results page, designed for modern browsers and high-res screens.

  • hover pane that appears when you mouse over a given thumbnail image, giving you a larger preview, more info about the image and other image-specific features such as “Similar images.”

  • Once you click on an image, you’re taken to a new landing page that displays a large image in context, with the website it’s hosted on visible right behind it. Click anywhere outside the image, and you’re right in the original page where you can learn more about the source and context.

  • Optimized keyboard navigation for faster scrolling through many pages, taking advantage of standard web keyboard shortcuts such as Page Up / Page Down. It’s all about getting you to the info you need quickly, so you can get on with actually building that treehouse or buying those flowers.

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