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Cropp.me, an image-cropping tool from the Bulgarian startup Imagga has just launched its beta. Cropp.me is a service which offers users the ability to automatically and simultaneously a batch of images online. I spoke with the Imagga’s CEO Georgi Kadrev and he told me that Cropp.me began as a simple demonstration of the company’s image-cropping technology and became an actual service out of user demand. While usage of this product isn’t huge, they do get several thousand unique users daily.
Imagga is a startup which was founded in 2008 and which we covered a couple of months ago when it received an investment from Bulgarian seed fund LAUNCHub. This company was created as a cloud-based, image-management and offers, in addition to Cropp.me, offers a stock-photo service via StockPodium where it uses visual search (upload an image, and receive similar ones from StockPodium’s selection based on colour tagging). Autotag.me, a service which allows users to automatically tag their photos, and colorslike.me, a product which enables users to extract representative colors from photos, are both services that Imagga will be offering, but remain in closed beta.
Croppola offers a similar service and appears to be the main competition. Available for desktop and iOS, this startup has its own algorithm that allows for images to be automatically cropped. Neither Cropp.me, nor Croppola require registration and both are free services.
We tested the service to crop an image of this beautiful image of a coral by Felix Salazar to fit our standard size dimensions. It selects the cropping area automatically, and you can do it in a batch (but our second test of a batch took too long). Too bad that prior to cropping you have to reduce their size manually though.
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