Memory Miner: Family History App for Mac OS

MemoryMiner is a MacOS app that’s more than the means to annotate your collection of family photos: It provides options for identifying people and their relationships, the time and place of photo, or places a person has lived or a person’s life. Echoing the interconnectedness of person, places and events, the software builds up a in order to build up a portrait of a person and family relationships. Further, it has the ability to attach audio files to pictures. Hooray! Now my Mom, who won’t learn to type, but is the repositor of family info, can “talk about” the photo and date and time, and not be held back by the tangle of fingers and keyboards.

I watched the demo movie once—it requires QuickTime 7, it would seem. Which I used to view the movie elsewhere, but not at this machine. Anyway, it was an amazing demo movie. Here are pictures of a person. For each, you identify who the person is, what relationship the person is to you (Grandmother, Aunt, Great-Aunt, etc.), when the picture was taken—specific time or approximate. You can draw marquees around different people in the photograph to identify more than one person to a photo. View photos of one person, or this person and that person. Drop an audio file (and thereby link it) to an image. Or create a text annoation of the image. Further, you can identify places where photos were taken. And use the interconnected pieces in order to draw the interconnected picture of your family.

Here’s what Macworld magazine has to say about MemoryMiner as of the Macworld Expo. Kelly Turner describes the common problem—finding a box of old photos, taking them with her to scan and digitize, and getting overwhelmed by the task of identifying who is who. The project—-very noble, very vital—languishes. Then she sees the software, and gets new hope. Here’s her description of the software:

The basic idea is to use your digital photographs to begin building relationships between the people in your photos, the places the photos were taken, and when the photos were taken. The program makes it easy to add this info by simply dragging and dropping details onto a photo. It then uses this information to explore commonalities.

I just downloaded it and launched the application. It’s a very smart, taking advantage of things already in the Macintosh operating system. For instance, it loaded up names of everyone named Kitchens. It looked to see who the “user” of this computer is, and looked in the Apple Address Book, and pulled in everyone with that name. Figuring on the high likelihood that all the others named Kitchens would be related to me. Very slick!!!

I will be posting more about MemoryMiner as I continue to explore it. I’m very jazzed about this; this ability to annotate images with audio—in software—is something I wanetd to do years ago.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on January 18, 2006 in • Do it: YourselfFamily History SoftwarePhotographs
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This software sounds mighty interesting. Thanks for posting about it!

Paula Johnson  on 02/18  at  01:20 AM

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