The free tool, downloadable from Digimarc's Web site, works in conjunction with popular desktop search tools such as Google Desktop Search, MSN Desktop Search, and Yahoo! Desktop Search, to enhance the image search capabilities of these tools. Current desktop search tools have limited image search capabilities, typically looking for the file name in the header of an image, which can be easily changed or forgotten.
Most professional and many consumer photographs are distributed today in digital form with an extensive array of associated information or "metadata" carried within the image files.
Digimarc Image Search works with and extends existing desktop search tools by enabling users to: more quickly and effectively find images stored on a computer based on such information or "metadata" embedded into digital images, including keywords, copyright information and digital rights data; and identify image copyright holders and facilitate image licensing by accessing Internet services, where available, that connect to an image owner's website or Digimarc's image registry, which is available to users of Digimarc MyPictureMarc and ImageBridge digital watermarking software.
This beta release supports web updates for images from the Corbis stock photography library and for all other images that use Digimarc digital watermarking products. Digimarc software is used to digitally watermark photographic images for a variety of purposes, including copyright protection, facilitation of licensing, and the monitoring of Internet marketing programs.