[update] Since writing of this post Gazopa has been shut down by developers.
When you have one tool that does fine job it is hard to choose right moment to try out alternatives. TinEye worked fine for me, so pitch from Hideki Kobayashi (project leader) about GazoPa gathered dust little longer than usual.
I got to it today and explored this search engine for images that can work both with similarity and keywords.
What it does
GazoPa is a site that maintains index of publicly available online images and allows to search through them.
It support multiply input types for search:
- uploading or linking to existing image;
- drawing image in browser;
- text keywords.
Engine is rather flexible and allows to customize plenty of options, such as image type, desired sizes and freshness.
There are few tabs that acts like channels and pull images (also searchable) from services like Twitter and Flickr.
While TinEye specializes in very precise matches, Gazopa looks for images that are alike but not necessarily same or share same parts. It can be both good or bad, depends on what you want from it. For images I tried it strays pretty quick from exact matches to images in same color scheme and similar layout.
Interface feels really clunky. It took me few minutes to apply filters first time – required absolutely unobvious press of search button with empty search box.
Interesting service with vast functionality slightly undermined by interface quirks. For exact matches I think TinEye would be better choice, but GazoPa is better for exploring images on specific topic or freely.