Cogitum LC, a software developing company, has announced the release of FotoTagger, a free software tool for image annotation and sharing. With FotoTagger, users can annotate images by adding movable notes to digital pictures. Once annotated, the images can be found by textual notes and published to blogs directly from FotoTagger.
FotoTagger features: the ability for users to keep image details forever; an ability to reach a desired image by searching across textual notes. This capability lets users perform a meaningful search and rely on what is presented on a picture rather than on formal parameters, like a file name or an image creation date; and the ability for users to share annotated images by using standard blogs. FotoTagger helps users publish images with additional text explanations to a blog so annotated pictures can be shared with other people. The current version of FotoTagger supports publishing to Blogger.com and LiveJournal. Alternatively, annotated images can also be shared through email and exporting to HTML for publishing in the web. FotoTagger can be downloaded from the Cogitum website and numerous download websites. The product website provides various examples of possible FotoTagger applications, help documentation, and FAQ. The current version supports several photo management features, such as image rotation, image re-size, fit screen, sending an annotated image by email, support for annotation in most alphabetic languages, as well as export of an annotated image to HTML and export of tags to XML. Technically, all annotations are embedded into an image file so they cannot be lost or disassociated with the picture. An original image is never distorted as FotoTagger ignores annotations by all other image viewers, including browsers.
Similarly, uninstalling FotoTagger will not change or damage images. FotoTagger works with JPEG files. Cogitum has also suggested an open standard for storing and visualizing annotations. The standard is based on the existing standards for digital images.