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This article was published on January 28, 2009


    iPhoto’s Faces also knows how to handle the cats

    iPhoto’s Faces also knows how to handle the cats
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    One the long awaited features of the new iLife is Faces. iPhoto uses face detection to identify faces of people in your photos and face recognition to match faces that look like the same person. That makes it easy for you to add names to your photos. Put a name to a face in a couple of photos, and iPhoto suggests a set of possible matches you can confirm with a click. The program then goes on to find more matches.

    The service allegedly works ok, although iPhoto sometimes recognizes random round objects as your grandfather. Anyhow, Faces will get a PR boost by a post on MacLife. The thing is, Faces recognizes cats! Roberto Baldwin writes:

    Well, we are happy to say that we were able to get iPhoto to recognize Robbie’s Cat, Lola.

    iPhoto's Faces Recognizes Cats | Mac|Life

    Considering the enormous amount of photos owners take of their cat (what’s up with that?), I’m pretty sure Faces will become a success. After all, a cat is a member of the family and deserves a spot in the iPhoto Faces gallery.