If you’ve been having trouble finding free or Creative Common-licensed photos for use in your projects, Sprixi filters out the fluff to help you find the images you really want.
One of the frustrations of searching for anything on the internet, let alone images, is imprecise search results. If you’ve ever searched for something and found something completely different — usually because the file name or the associated keywords were strangely or inappropriately applied — then you know what we’re talking about.
Sprixi helps circumvent the strangeness of file names and misapplied keywords by letting users vote on whether or not an image is really what they were looking for. Search for “school bus”, for example, and get some images of a micro-processor bus and you can flag them as not helpful to your search. Because thousands of users have come before you, analysing the images, you won’t often find misplaced images. Search results are divided into sorted and unsorted images, with the sorted images on top — sorted in this case means that users have verified that the images do in fact contain the thing you are looking for.
Sprixi currently pulls images from Flickr, OpenClipart.org, and from user uploads. Sprixi is a free service and requires no registration or login to use. Have your own favourite tool or service for finding free images to use on your projects, let’s hear about it in the comments.