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Google overhauls image search

Google overhauls image search

Google's image search function has been largely overhauled to pack in more pics and more clever features.

Google's image search has been radically overhauled to not only show more, but also bring up funky lightbox overlays when a mouse is hung over.

Most of the textual information and white gaps have been removed in favour of packing more in per page - except there's no longer any pages. Scrolling down will just load more images.

Firefox users may want to beware though - after scrolling to "page 20" Firefox 3.6.7 we found that a Google image search was using over 650MB of memory, or "just" 300MB with it open in the background.

Down the left hand side there are more refined options to select: Google can pick out specific colours, image sizes or even know if there are faces in the pics as well.

Try it out and let us know what you think of Google's latest search update in the forums.

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devilxc 21st July 2010, 10:24 Quote
It sounds like Google has copied Bing (which I prefered for images). I've not been able to have a look as IE6 at work has the same old google images.
mclean007 21st July 2010, 10:40 Quote
Doesn't seem to have changed on my system (IE 8 on XP, from the UK). Doesn't matter whether I use Google.co.uk or force it to use .com - the old paginated image search remains. Is it limited to certain browser/OS combinations or is there some kind of beta opt-in?
DXR_13KE 21st July 2010, 11:49 Quote
In PT it does not work but if i change to google.com in English it works and it is rather nice.
crazyceo 21st July 2010, 13:19 Quote
Does anyone really care what this company does anymore? Better get the old tinfoil hats out again since they will be keeping all the data they have on you for their own personal use!
Unknownsock 21st July 2010, 13:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by crazyceo
Does anyone really care what this company does anymore? Better get the old tinfoil hats out again since they will be keeping all the data they have on you for their own personal use!

Who cares :o
s_tether 21st July 2010, 14:19 Quote
How weird, new layout works in IE but not GOOGLE chrome !
paisa666 21st July 2010, 14:42 Quote
Well... the options described here in the article, i can see them in google image search, but the pages are still there, maybe that's the only thing different..

Maybe it was a last minute hange, like, they realized the hight memory usage of having one single page and decided to go back to various pages.!!
kzinti1 21st July 2010, 16:40 Quote
Doesn't work on my system, either. IE8 , MyGoogle. Same,o', same, o'.
Snaek 21st July 2010, 19:39 Quote
Works in Chrome for me.
malcolm 21st July 2010, 22:24 Quote
Ok, that's a worthy upgrade on one of my favourite search types!

Hopefully it'll make it's way out onto the regional google sites soon.
Faulk_Wulf 22nd July 2010, 03:41 Quote
So I had to check it out.
I hate it.
Plain and simple.

I liked knowing the size of the image and the url the image was found out
WITHOUT HAVING TO MOUSE OVER EACH PICTURE.

This isn't a case of "fear of change" this is simply
a cry out at being forced to use a less efficient search method.

It's far from the end of the internet as we know it,
and 99.9% won't care or even notice the difference,
but it's going to live me peeved for a good while...
Tulatin 22nd July 2010, 05:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faulk_Wulf
So I had to check it out.
I hate it.
Plain and simple.

I liked knowing the size of the image and the url the image was found out
WITHOUT HAVING TO MOUSE OVER EACH PICTURE.

This isn't a case of "fear of change" this is simply
a cry out at being forced to use a less efficient search method.

It's far from the end of the internet as we know it,
and 99.9% won't care or even notice the difference,
but it's going to live me peeved for a good while...

Waaah. I need to move my mouse!
*brian* 24th July 2010, 10:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by devilxc
It sounds like Google has copied Bing (which I prefered for images). I've not been able to have a look as IE6 at work has the same old google images.

I thought this when I first started to see changes, although I've rarely used Bing, still preferring Google.
Burnout21 25th July 2010, 08:14 Quote
I can't tell if I like the image search now..

the old one spaced the images apart which I find a little easier to define each image, now they mesh and blur when I look at them.

The information density per page has increased, but maybe a choice to set image boards/separation would be great.
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