I Never Forget a Face
by Gary Woods
For those of you who are Apple fanatics you undoubtedly know about the iLife Suite which graces all new Macs. iPhoto is one of the included programs in that suite and it's great for cataloguing, editing and dispersing your pictures around the world.
The latest iteration of iPhoto appropriately called iPhoto '09 has a new feature that with a little help from you can detect the faces within your photos allowing you to quickly sift through your entire library based on content rather than the way you arranged your photos in folders or by time.
Once iPhoto has sorted all the pictures into groups of similar subjects you can start assigning names to detected faces. To do this you select a photo in your library that contains a face and click on the Name icon. Then you click on the Unnamed field below a face and type in a name. As you type iPhoto will suggest matches from your Address Book or from other faces you've previously named.
As you continue to go through and name your photos iPhoto learns from the input and tries to put names to faces on its own. To help this process along you'll get a corkboard with entries for every person you've identified. When you double click on a person's name you will see two areas. The top includes photos of the person you've identified and below is a gray area with photos that iPhoto suspects may be the same person. You then click on the Confirm Name button to begin the verification process.
I think iPhoto '09 is worth the price $79 alone but there are other great programs too.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc