piXserve Workgroup Edition

piXserve™ is a client/server application that automatically creates a searchable index of the visual contents of media files. piXserve “sees” the contents of digital images and videos, and stores a description of this content in an XML database.  piXserve can also recognize objects, text, and faces of interest to users and can automatically add searchable tags to images and videos where those items are seen by the software.

The Workgroup Edition of piXserve aims to serve the needs of a small set of users working primarily with still images.  Over 90 different image formats can be indexed and searched with this version of piXserve.  In a small workgroup environment, there are typically less than 10 users and image archives tend to encompass of the order of hundreds of thousands of assets.  Customers can purchase additional user seats as necessary.  A single piXserve license covers use in a 2-CPU- max server environment.  There is an administrative licensing limit of  not more than 6 cores per CPU for the standard license.

Key features:

  • Automatic Indexing
    Point piXserve to a repository of images and automatically index their contents. No manual intervention or data entry required. piXserve “sees” what is in the image and automatically creates records that describe the shape, the position, the size, the color, etc. of the discernable objects in the image. Whatever is in the image is automatically indexed.
  • Powerful Search
    Through a web browser interface, users login to piXserve, connect to available databases and formulate search queries to retrieve images and specific segments of video files:
  1. Use an arbitrary image from user’s dektop to search for images that contain the same or similar items
  2. Use the mouse to point to an area of the query image to indicate which specific item(s) should be searched for.
  3. Browse the contents of existing databases, and use any of those images to formulate a visual search query.
  4. Search images by keyword or “notion”.
  5. Type a text string to search pictures where that string appears in the field of view
  6. Perform not only simple but also complex searches (Example: type a text string to retrieve a picture where a restaurant name is visible on the screen, and use a picture of a person to search for instances where both are in the same picture. Use AND, OR, and NOT operators to combine up to 6 criteria in a single query.
  7. Search by file name (any text sub-string that appears in the full path of the image/video file).
  8. Search by GPS or other external metadata, if available.
  9. Use piXserve-suggested keywords to describe the contents of a picture.
  • Comprehensive Search Environment
    Users can prune and save search results for future reference. Search results can be annotated and, as they are stored in XML format, can be easily imported in typical office productivity applications.