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MemoryMiner.jpg MemoryMiner 1.5 Introduces Annotation Service
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 10:38 EDT)

You can send an email to a relative for more details about a photo in your collection that directs them to a service for annotation.

John Fox has released MemoryMiner 1.5, updating the interface with a dynamic toolbar and introducing MemoryMiner Remote Annotation Web Service, the first of several Web services to be rolled out this year. Other highlights of the new version include a Quick Search field and a number of enhancements and bug fixes.

The annotation service lets you compose and send secure, private messages from MemoryMiner to friends and family asking them to fill in missing details about the people, places and events depicted in a set of photos. The message includes a link to an easy-to-use Web application giving details of the request (i.e specific questions, suggestions). After signing in, a large version of each photo is displayed for annotation.

The service is available at no charge during beta testing for registered MemoryMiner 1.5 users.

Updates can be initiated from the application itself or from the Web site.

Following are the release notes:

Major Enhancement

• The entire user interface has been refined to adopt the more modern "Unified" look and feel. The tab buttons for Photos, People and Places on the top have been moved to the bottom of the screen where a dynamic toolbar is used to show the various tools that are available for a given usage mode. For example, when editing Places, you'll find a tool bar icon for importing KML files from Google Earth.

New Features

• Support for the MemoryMiner Remote Annotation Web Service. More information can be found here: http://www.memoryminer.com/mm-webservices

• Added "Quick Search" field for searching against the title and text annotation of photos.


• The Text Annotation and Attachment panels now float persistently on top of the main window when opened.

• The application has been speed up in several places, most importantly in the Contact sheet view.

• When performing map lookups using the embedded Google Maps, if a place cannot be located, informative text is displayed below the map.

• The IPTC "Headline" field is now mapped to the the "title" property of a photo. When editing the text annotations of a photo, the original file name is visible on the bottom of the text annotation panel.

• When creating a selection marker linking a person whose "global" icon image has not been set, one is created from the current selection marker.

• Added a "shortcut" button in the Photo editor tool bar for creating a new place.

• The Contact Sheet in the People and Place editors now have independent thumbnail size scalers just like the main Contact Sheet.

Bug Fixes

• When creating a new library, or loading an existing one, a refresh problem with the Contact Sheet has been fixed.

• When selection a person using the "People Picker" the appropriate MemoryMiner or Address Book person is properly selected when using just the keyboard.

• A problem whereby the Places or People table data didn't load on startup has been fixed.

• A problem with photo import "freezing" has been fixed.

• For English language, the birth date formats (i.e. the order of month/day/year) is taken from the user preferences, but a 4 digit year is always used.

• For English language, the birth date formats (i.e. the order of month/day/year) is taken from the user preferences, but a 4 digit year is always used.

• The "Show People Picker" menu item is disabled until a photo is actually being edited

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