Options and Modes

The Professional and Home version come with Options and Modes they allow for flexibility.

The Options can be thought about in terms of usefulness within a first phase analysis. The software has to look through maybe a million or more photos.  If it had to analyze in detail every photo it would take a very long time.  The picture recognition software uses several methods to speed up the search.  But choosing the correct option will help provide best results.

The options are Slow Auto Off, Slow, Colour Quick Match Auto 1 (default), Colour Quick Match, Black White Mono, Full Match, Near Full Match (Pro Version Only), Object Center Colour Match,  Forms and Pattern Only.

They are all useful and within a couple of days it becomes obvious which ones are the best for certain tasks, but without going though all of them the Colour Quick Match Auto 1 (default) will be used 80% of the time.  The Black and White Mono is used for very dark or light images or mono however it can be useful where there is color but most is black or white.  Form is very useful for finding scanned in forms in the office if scanned in say in jpg or tiff etc formats.  Full and Near Full Match is used if searching for the duplicate or very similar images, not objects.  Although you see a lot of colour matches they are very clever at what they do even if the colour of a car is different it can still pick up cars usually; but their main focus is colour.

There are also several modes, Fine (Pro Version Only), Narrow, Normal , Wide and Landscape. If you enter a sample of a castle in it you could use Fine Mode  if you only wished to find the same castle. It is less likely to find any other castles.  This is great if your a stamp collector; but not so great if your looking for all castles on your computer.  Narrow to Wide will therefore allow you to pick up more castles and the wider you go the more similar pictures of other things near to your sample picture will also be picked up.  The only other mode is Landscape Mode, this is the only mode that does not attempt to identify the main object it is more about looking at the whole picture and comparing that picture to other similar pictures.

The default Options and Modes should be fine for normal searching but there are times when you may wish to change the modes.  When using Auto Tagging changing the mode from Normal to Wide helps find more images.  Also Wide mode should be selected for web crawling.

The options are mostly self explanatory but some like "Forms" is used with designs and forms that you fill in.  If you are searching for a grey or black and white photo you can use "Black White or Monochrome".  Colour Quick Match 1 Auto is the default and should be used most of the time.  Near Full Match Only and Full Match are very useful if the picture are the same or very close and near duplicates somewhere else on the hard drive. 

General Picture Recognition Software