Google Blogoscoped

Monday, June 25, 2007

Xcavator, Photo Comparison Search is an interesting stock photo search engine. Instead of just searching for tags, you can also select a color, or upload your own photo to get best matches returned. Results are already OK, and would probably be even better with a larger image database in the back-end (so that you would find more precise matches to the photos you upload).

What’s really neat is that you can drag and drop photos from the result onto the bar below the results, so that you can buy the stock photo at a later point but continue browsing... in fact, thanks to Ajax you never have to leave the frontpage of Xcavator; on the downside of that, you also can’t use your browser’s back button to return to past searches (as ever so often with modern web apps, for every pro of on-page interactivity, there’s a con in accessibility).

If you find certain surprising or just very precise matches when you uploaded a photo to the site, please post your screenshot in the comments.

[Thanks Gary Price in the forum and Matt McA.!]


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