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Riya Photo Service – first look Alpha.

 Riyahomeset

This is the main interface page of the service, with a filmstrip of images and options for browsing. Note that the Faces Recognized menu options at the top follow you around throughout the interface to let you identify images at any time and in any function.

Riyaaddressbookset

The Address Book section is mind-bogglingly clever. Attach email addresses to your images and, quote – ‘If someone else on Riya has identified a person in their albums with the same email address you add, we will start recognizing them automatically for you.’ Not great for babies you mutter, and you’re right, but for friends or family across disparate photo albums, a real time saver.

Riyaadvancedsearch

The Advanced Search area is clearly a work in progress, but contains indications that the images will all be searchable by EXIF data, which I assume will be automatically extracted from the images as they’re uploaded. A quick peruse of the page also reveals tasty morsels such as search by camera type, similar to celebrities (?), search by age and search by ratings. This is absolutely not yer grandmother’s photo cataloguing system.

Riyauserprofile

The User Profile page offers a traditional personal profile, plus options to export your tags to Flikr or to photos on your desktop. Not sure about the use for the latter, but the former is clearly a no-brainer for Flikr lovers.

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2 Comments

  • Nigel,

    I enjoyed reading your blog… thank you for the detailed and frank review…;-)

    Munjal Shah – Riya

  • Hiya Munjal, thanks for dropping by yourself (and for your frank and genuine blog – heh). One thing that I’m not sure of, which is not clear really, is what is the end plan once testing is completed?

    Are you going to offer a consumer photo portal, a back end tech for other portals, or something else as yet undecided? And notice how diplomatically I avoid mention of any possible buyouts. :-)

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