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At the beginning, searching consisted of trying to find websites based upon your favorite things. Finding those boring static HTML pages at 56k speeds would keep you entertained for hours.

Soon after the early search days of AltaVista, Infoseek and Yahoo, Google took over. Google would not only find those same pages during the internet conception, but would essentially answer any question you want as well. Today, we still have all of that, but with Maps, News, Videos, and of course images.

Ginipic is an depth image search tool of not only your own entire image collection, but almost all of the major image hosting/sharing sites as well. This includes DeviantArt, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Google, Fotolio, Photobucket, and several others. The tool runs locally on your Windows PC and includes a very easy to use navigation tool.

First and foremost, the biggest and most important piece of Ginipic is the search portion. Having the ability to comb several image hosting sites in the matter of a few seconds makes life very easy when you’re searching for that next great photograph or graphic. The screenshot below gives you a better idea of how exactly the search works.


After finding something you’ve been searching for, you simply click on any particular image to quickly preview it before you accept your selection. From the preview window, you can share it on all of the major social networking The 5 Best Open-Source Social Networking Software The 5 Best Open-Source Social Networking Software Read More sites, e-mail, save it, favorite it or set it as your desktop background.

The preview window is also where the drag-n-drop feature comes into play. From Ginipic you can simply select your picture from the window and drag it into any compatible image application.

Ginipic includes both a large sidebar window to search and preview, or a full screen mode. It includes windows wrapping so it never gets in the way, and when you’re done using it, you can have it continuously running in your system tray.

Ginipic is one of the first of its kind and works really well at what it’s main purpose is – meta image searching. Its incredibly fast search of not only your PC but essentially all of the web as well makes it a one of a kind of application that can come in handy in many situations for work or home.

What do you think? Do you have any similar desktop or web based image search engines that you use?im How do you see utilizing an application like Ginipic?

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  1. Hannes
    March 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

    No it's not cool. Rather use with its integrated file size display instead or for large images.
    With ginipic there is the chance to define a special image size on the images only for these on your harddrive and not for web. Overall the whole application takes too long for any action.

    • T.J. Mininday
      March 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm

      Compfight looks like a very powerful tool. Thanks for pointing that one out for us. It may be one to review in the future.

  2. Marble Host
    March 16, 2009 at 6:09 am

    It took me some time to deliver my impressions (our President Sarkozy was on an important TV interview), but here goes...

    1- Cool install (I already had .NET FW 3.5 SP1) ;
    2- A bit long to start (30 seconds but I have a 1.6 GHZ Duron) ;
    3- If you loke pictures, images, photography like I do, hold on : this is Nirvana. Ginipic may be long to start, but it retrieves pics very quickly, and it removes automatically duplicates! Choose your search engine, or select them all, or search on your own local drive : it finds everything, blasting fast!
    4- The GUI... try it and tell me if perfection is the wrong word!
    5- What I miss : a filter, in particular for picture dimensions.

    • Transcontinental
      March 16, 2009 at 6:32 am

      Nice to have French on board, Marble Host!

  3. Transcontinental
    March 16, 2009 at 5:03 am

    I have tried ginipic, it's a wonderful software but I'd express two points,

    1- That of David's concern : it does mess up the desktop;
    2- Mainly, it did not have at the time any size filter, which is not a problem with a hundred pics but appears bothering when thousands of images are found and that 20, 30, 40% or so are tiny ones we may wish to avoid.

    Otherwise, an very nice tool (even though requiring .Net Framework 3.5).

    • Robin
      March 16, 2009 at 6:08 am

      Actually Ginipic does allow you to search for sizes.. it's just in the advanced search part (arrow on the search box).

      The icon rearrangement is a problem though! Hope they'll fix it

  4. David
    March 16, 2009 at 2:35 am

    I tried this after I saw it elsewhere and it really messed with my desktop icon layout when its "sidebar" arrangement appeared. It moved everything around and didn't tidy up, even when the program was shut down. Had to put most of my icons back to my preferred places. Uninstalled.