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iPhoto '09 has a fantastic new face recognition method: the Faces tool. From understanding the tool to sharing favorite shots on Flickr and Facebook, iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Faces teaches iPhoto users how to take advantage of Faces. Instructor Derrick Story covers how to identify people in an iPhoto library, create a slideshow with Faces photos, and use Faces to organize collections. With all the new features of the Faces tool, iPhoto is a great family snapshot application.
Well, so far we've been talking mainly about people but for a lot of us, pets are part of the family too. So can we use face detection to help us pull together all the photos that we have in our library of our little furry loved ones? Well, let's find out. By the way, if you have been doing any reading online, you will hear that some people say yes, some people say no. It has been quite the heated discussion. We will find out right now for ourselves. So I'm going to go to an album that I have of our little friends. So we have all sorts of stuff in here. We have doggies, we have the pet seal, it's kind of a rare pet, but we have kitties, and we have a horse. Otters. Everyone has otters in their swimming pool, of course. So we have all these sorts of things.
So let's take one of these pets and do our face detection thing to it and see if iPhoto then can find other photos with that pet in it. So we will start out, just do this little guy here, this little Pomeranian. Just click on name. That's a nice clean look at his face. So right away you will notice that we don't get the square automatically. That's a bit of a sign. So we can manually do that by using the Add Missing Face command which is right down here. I think we will tighten it up a little bit right there and move it around and then we will give him a name here and I believe this is Truman.
So we have now entered Truman into our face recognition database. So he should be on our clipboard. So we will go up to our corkboard and there he is on our lovely corkboard. There is Truman. It's a pretty fine shot of Truman. We'll double-click on him. Now normally when we have people, iPhoto will take this information and say, is this Truman, is this Truman, is this Truman? And we are not getting anything right now. So it looks like on a little dog, we are striking out. Well, let's try another pet.
Let's go here. Well, let's try a cat. See, now I had heard, I had read online that cats do better than dogs. So let's set that to test here. So we have a nice clean look here, a kitty. So we'll go to Name, add sign, we don't get the automatic name thing, but we will add one right here. Good. We'll go JJ, which is the name of this little guy. Click Done. Let's go to our Faces corkboard, here is JJ. And nuts! We are 0 for 2 here.
So I would think that the Faces for pets is not something that iPhoto is quite up to yet. So if you have pets, you can go ahead and name them the usual way, but we are not going to be able to pull them together automatically using this face recognition technology. However, you can do the missing face thing as I did here and add them to the corkboard at least, so that they are represented here. But unfortunately, we are not going to be able to use the technology to search for them. It's just outside of the algorithm that Apple uses for Faces technology. Too bad because they are so near and dear to our heart.
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