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PRESS RELEASE: ViewMinder Updated to Version 4
ViewMinder Ltd. (http://www.viewminder.com) has announced a major revision of ViewMinder, its application for picture management. Now XML-based content classes make image organizing and management faster than ever.
When an image is shared, class data can be exported with it. ViewMinder has been designed for professionals and news organizations, where portability is essential.
A key feature of ViewMinder is structured metadata. As image collections grow larger, conventional searches based on keywords often generate far too many false results.
ViewMinder uses a relational database, to separately record any number of people, events, places and things shown in the image.
Image descriptions can be exported from the database in XML, so they can be used in other applications or even migrated to another image management program.
Among other new features in Version 4 are a toolbar sort indicator and name sorting for content and authors.
Free ViewMinder Express, available from www.tucows.com, limits the collection size to 250 images but has all the features of the professional program and never expires.
ViewMinder supports Windows XP and Windows 2000. A update with support for Windows Vista will be released in July.
For more information, see http://www.viewminder.com/VM401.pdf.
Structured metadata is ideal for organizing a large number of images, where image organizers using unstructured metadata - keywords - generate many false positives.
ViewMinder divides content into four types - people, locations, events and others - and records them as separate elements in its embedded relational database.
In Version 4, content classes are built from strings in these elements. For example, when an image is placed in the location class "Paris" , a location element is created containing the string "Paris".
When the user selects the location class "Paris", ViewMinder searches its database for all images that have a location element containing the string "Paris".
It will find images with much more location information, like "Seine embankment in Paris city centre", but not with non-location content, such as people named Paris.
Software names have changed slightly in Version 4. Expert ViewMinder is now just ViewMinder. The trial program, previously called Genus ViewMinder, has been renamed ViewMinder Express.
(First posted on Monday, May 21, 2007 at 13:05 EDT)