Fotobounce Offers Equal Opportunity Photo Sharing by Expanding to Linux

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Applied Recognition Inc. announces the availability of a beta version of Fotobounce on Ubuntu Linux (10.04 and newer) with features that continue to make photo sharing and organization easy and fun, while preserving photo privacy for its users. Photos and related data can be moved transparently between Windows, Mac and now Linux systems with ease.

Applied Recognition Inc. announces the availability of a beta version of Fotobounce on Ubuntu Linux (10.04 and newer) with features that continue to make photo sharing and organization easy and fun, while preserving photo privacy for its users. Photos and related data can be moved transparently between Windows, Mac and now Linux systems with ease.

Key features for Fotobounce version 3.6 for Linux include (note that features apply to Windows and Mac also):

Privacy

Privacy and the Internet don’t always go hand-in-hand. Fotobounce thinks it is important that users be able to control who has access to their personal photos. This is why Fotobounce has created the Private Network feature. The Private Network is a close group of people where Fotobounce users (a.k.a. Bouncers) invite friends and family to share their photo libraries. This feature puts users in control of their photo privacy and enables them to define what is to be shared and with whom. To make it easier to build a Private Network, Fotobounce enables users to invite Bouncers by importing contacts from Gmail and Yahoo. Users can also organize Bouncers into groups.

Built-in Face Recognition and Automated Tagging

Fotobounce utilizes advanced face detection and recognition technology to automatically detect faces when photos are found or imported. As faces are detected by Fotobounce and tagged by the user, this “trains” Fotobounce to learn who people are and helps automate the tagging process.

This saves the user valuable time by reducing the need to tag individual photos. Once photos are tagged, they can be shared within the Private Network, or uploaded to Facebook and Flickr. Either way, tags remain intact, saving the user and their friends and family the hassle of re-tagging.

Multiple Sorting Options

Along with “People” and “Date,” Fotobounce users have multiple options to organize photos into different album types. This provides more targeted photo organization and improves “search and find” capabilities. These new album options include: Event, Place, Collection and Keyword. Event and Place albums are self-explanatory. A Collection album is a versatile album that can be used where organizing photos into events or places would be inaccurate or impractical. For example, photos of animals or pets would be placed into a Collection album. Keyword albums (or what other programs call “tags”) allow for broad categorization of photos. Photos contained in Keyword or Collection albums can be contained in multiple albums. Users can also create album hierarchies such as Country, State and City.

Facebook & Flickr Friendly – Without Re-tagging

Sharing photos on Facebook, Flickr and Google is effortless with Fotobounce. Photos are uploaded directly from Fotobounce. On Facebook the name tags and descriptions are preserved. There’s no need to spend additional time painstakingly re-tagging photos and no browser-based transfers or third-party software is required.

Full-Resolution Photo Capture from Mobile Devices

Fotobounce’s unique Fotomail feature enables users to email full-resolution photos from any portable camera device directly to their Fotobounce system on their desktop. The next time Fotobounce is launched, the user will see that photos are waiting to be imported to the desired destination album in their Fotobounce library. If users have friends sending photos, they can also have them email those photos to the users Fotomail address.

Photo Viewing & Sharing On the Go

Fotobounce makes it easy to browse photos and share them on the go from any platform and practically any mobile device such as BlackBerry, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Fotobounce Mobile delivers private remote access to photo albums from supported mobile devices for sharing with friends, family and colleagues from practically anywhere. Fotobounce Viewer enables users to browse photos with an intuitive graphic interface that runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android computers. The Fotobounce Viewer also interacts with the camera device on smartphones running Android (and soon Apple mobile products) to enable quick sending of photos directly to Fotobounce on the user's desktop.

With this latest release, PC, Mac, and Linux users alike are able to enjoy the benefits and features offered by Fotobounce in organizing, sharing and managing their digital photos. There are also no compatibility issues when moving photos and metadata back and forth between any of these platforms. In fact, a user’s entire Fotobounce photo library, with all related data, can be moved between environments effortlessly.

"The Linux community should not be left out when it comes to leading edge features like face recognition and advanced peer-to-peer photo sharing," says Applied Recognition President Ray Ganong. "We are happy to extend the functionality to the Linux platform so that families and friends can share digital photos with one another regardless of what computer system they prefer."

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