Tennessee Genealogical Society



FotoTagger is a great tool to enhance our photographic labeling. It is a
free download getting lots of praises from those who have started using it.
With permission from the site, I would like to share with you the press
release regarding this product:
Press Release: FotoTagger - a new personal tool for photo annotation and
To address challenges of managing tsunami of digital photos, Cogitum LC, a
software developing company, based at Ashburn, VA, announced today release
of FotoTagger, a new personal free software tool for image annotation and
With FotoTagger, users can annotate images by adding easy-to-hide movable
notes to digital pictures. Once annotated, the images can be instantly found
by textual notes and published to blogs directly from FotoTagger.
Challenges: FotoTagger addresses three main challenges in managing digital
pictures by providing the following features:
1) Keeping image details forever: Every user definitely has experience of
forgetting names of people or objects presented on photos. Attempts to
include relevant information as a part of a file name or to add keywords are
often inconvenient and inefficient when it comes to identification of people
or objects.
On the other hand, having names and comments placed directly on digital
photos is useful only when a user is able to easily hide these annotations
and view an original image. This is exactly what FotoTagger basically does.
Currently, FotoTagger is already used for annotating travel photos, family
pictures, and paintings.
2) Finding needed images immediately: For most users, wasting time trying to
find a photo with a specific person or object is a usual exercise.
FotoTagger provides 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.
3) Sharing annotated images by using standard blogs: Many users often want
to share images along with some textual comments and explanations. A real
value of photo sharing can be often measured not just in a number of photos.
In many cases, it is determined by few pictures with reasonable annotation.
That is why FotoTagger supports publishing to blogs as a form of photo
FotoTagger helps users publish images with additional text explanations to a
blog just in a few clicks so annotated pictures can be easily shared with
other people. The current version of FotoTagger supports publishing to
Blogger.com and LiveJournal. Alternatively, annotated images can be also
shared through email and exporting to HTML for easy publishing in the Web.
Distribution: 3F distribution principle: Current personal version of
FotoTagger supports what could be called "3F principle" F1: Free of charge;
F2: Free of ads; F3: Free of spyware and privacy intrusion.
FotoTagger can be downloaded from the Cogitum Web site

and numerous download Web sites. The product Web
site 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 thanks to ignoring FotoTagger 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
Appeal to history: FotoTagger is probably the first and only software
product that proudly claims utilizing three thousand years traditions. The
blog associated with the program developer demonstrates that many cultures
in the history used text over image with traditional image media. FotoTagger
just restores this tradition to digital images.
Company: Cogitum is an innovative software developing company with several
award-winning personal software tools, including Co-Tracker and Co-Citer
that gained total hundreds of thousands downloads.
Contacts: Cogitum, 21339 Fairhunt Drive, Ashburn, VA 20148 USA, phone:
1-703-858-2377, fax: 1-703-858-5343
By Tina Sansone
Permission given by Alex Masycheff (Product Manager of FotoTagger)

Contributed by
Tina Sansone
TN Genealogy Society Member