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Jan 29, 2009, 10:59 AM
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angemon89
Jan 29, 2009, 11:03 AM
Meh, I don't plan on using the faces feature anyway. I want iPhoto 09 for the geotagging.

sanPietro98
Jan 29, 2009, 11:19 AM
So far, I have to agree with the article. It does require some training, but that's understandable. I can't say for sure if I think the feature is a hit or miss until I use it more.

My photo library has close to 8000 photos, and it is asking me to "confirm" the facial recognition on a large portion of them, so it is a bit tedious. I'm interested (and hoping) to see that it begins to "learn" my library's faces and adapts.

We'll see.

zombitronic
Jan 29, 2009, 11:43 AM
What if you're someone who changes facial hair styles frequently?

kgb2
Jan 29, 2009, 11:52 AM
I've played with it a lot. Although it isn't perfect, it makes tagging the photos with person information very easy.

The trick is to pick a couple of faces and add them to the database, then iPhoto gets better and picks more faces. From those faces, you add more to the database, and it gets better.

The errors I find funny are when a sconce with two lights was picked as a face and once a belt buckle was too. These are only minor annoyances, as it is easy to simply tell iPhoto that those are not faces, and it leaves you alone after that.

One thing that mildly irks me, is when I am going from photo to photo, and I come across someone for whom I do not wish to make a "new person." iPhoto will ask me, "is this Sherry?" I'll say no, but not add a name... I want it to remain "unnammed person" but when I flip back, iPhoto asks again.

In all, a good feature. iPhoto is much better with it now, I wouldn't ask apple to take it away. I've already had quite a bit of fun using this new feature.

Povilas
Jan 29, 2009, 11:53 AM
So far, I have to agree with the article. It does require some training, but that's understandable. I can't say for sure if I think the feature is a hit or miss until I use it more.

My photo library has close to 8000 photos, and it is asking me to "confirm" the facial recognition on a large portion of them, so it is a bit tedious. I'm interested (and hoping) to see that it begins to "learn" my library's faces and adapts.

We'll see.

I have 1818 pictures with faces of me, my friends and iPhoto recognized 1799 of them, event those made with Razr V3i :) So i'm very happy with iPhoto at this point. But Places doesn't wotk at all it says it needs connection to internet, but i'm connected 24/7/365 have no idea where the problem is. Firewall is not blocking it. Any ideas?

Shoesy
Jan 29, 2009, 11:54 AM
What if you're someone who changes facial hair styles frequently?

Wear a special wig for photographs?

kgb2
Jan 29, 2009, 11:54 AM
What if you're someone who changes facial hair styles frequently?

it seems to be good about glasses/no glasses, hat/no hat etc... For example, iPhoto was able to easily identify my child with wet hair in the pool and froo-froo hair for a party. Hats don't seem to matter. Facial hair doesn't matter.

In all, iPhoto seems to err more on OVER-inclusion rather than over-exclusion. So any face that remotely looks like the one in question, it'll ask you about.

foobarbaz
Jan 29, 2009, 12:42 PM
Even if automatic recognition doesn't work at all, I'm still buying it! Right now I have a keyword for almost every person, and I'm really looking forward to a cleaner interface for that. If it tags some of those automatically, I'm fine with that...

bluefox9er
Mar 1, 2010, 03:50 PM
it dosn't work at all....cant even distinguish men from women,kids from adults or ethnicities.

utter rubbish