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Imagesleuth, An Enhanced Retroreveal Replacement - V1.3.0

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I have just released V1.3.0 of ImageSleuth. ImageSleuth is a free enhanced retroReveal replacement.

The most significant change is the addition of the Colour Erase and Replace tool - a further weapon in the armoury for anyone trying to identify Postmarks, cancellations, overprints etc.
Imagesleuth V1.3.0, An Enhanced Retroreveal Replacement
Imagesleuth V1.3.0, An Enhanced Retroreveal Replacement
A brief demonstration/tutorial on using the new features can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/QL9QBjwgUCc

ImageSleuth is cross-platform; it may be downloaded for Windows, Mac or Linux. Once installed, it does not require an internet connection to function.
Nor is it necessary to rely on the continued availability of a third-party website.

Download ImageSleuth here.

NOTE: Because I have not paid for costly software certification certificates, when downloading and installing ImageSleuth it is possible that Windows or MacOS will warn that the software is from an "unknown publisher".
I have scanned the software using half a dozen virus scanners, including Norton and Windows Defender, all have confirmed that the software is safe.


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WARNING TO ALL -- decided to give this a test.

IT lead me to something called Driver Support on there, that decided to install itself and then tells me it is $US10 a month.

Uninstalled it - what a waste of 10 minutes of my time.

www.retroreveal.com still works fine, is free, and can be done online in seconds with nothing to download.

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Don't know what buttons you were clicking Glen, but I had no trouble at all.

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I turn on my Windows laptop once a week or less. Every time I do I get a pop up telling me I have out of date drivers that need to be updated. I’ve been ignoring it for a few years now and haven’t yet run into anything I need that doesn’t work. Your mileage may vary.

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Tried to download and got “Confluence” add from the Aussie boys running Atlassian.

Stopped at that point so no download for me. I have the earlier version of Imagesleuth which works OK for me.
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Global Admin wrote: 12 Jun 2024 13:38 WARNING TO ALL -- decided to give this a test.

IT lead me to something called Driver Support on there, that decided to install itself and then tells me it is $US10 a month.

Uninstalled it - what a waste of 10 minutes of my time.

www.retroreveal.com still works fine, is free, and can be done online in seconds with nothing to download.
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I guess that you must have clicked on one of the adverts.
Unfortunately, Google controls the adverts, they have become rather distracting and confusing, I need to figure out how to tone them down.

ImageSleuth is free, does considerably more than retroreveal.com, and once installed, it is always available. There is no need to rely on a 3rd party website which can disappear any day like the original retroreveal.org did.

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Allanswood wrote: 12 Jun 2024 13:52 Don't know what buttons you were clicking Glen, but I had no trouble at all.

Likewise.

Thanks Clive.
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Allanswood wrote: 12 Jun 2024 13:52
Don't know what buttons you were clicking Glen, but I had no trouble at all.


The one in the centre of his page -

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That's an ad. You can recognize it at the small blue cross in the upper right corner.
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For me it works great...
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Works great for me too.

Thank you Clive
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Your own installed personal copy based on RetroReveal.
The rest are ever changing pop up adds.
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I can strongly recommend installing Adblock.

It makes the internet a fair bit less annoying.
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The Pom wrote: 13 Jun 2024 06:16 I can strongly recommend installing Adblock.

It makes the internet a fair bit less annoying.
I’ve had Adblock for years. It certainly reduces a lot of adverts :!:
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I have used Firefox for 10 years as it has adblocker built in.

These annoying 'random' ads on this site were not blocked - they are absurd to have on a site offering 'free downloads'.
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Global Admin wrote: 13 Jun 2024 16:26 These annoying 'random' ads on this site were not blocked - they are absurd to have on a site offering 'free downloads'.
Downloads are all free. There is no charge whatsoever.

Whether it is for the AlbumEasy or ImageSleuth software used by thousands of people or the few hundred albums available to download - all are free.

I have put in hundreds if not thousands of hours developing these software packages.

On top of which I also provide free support, absolutely and completely free of charge no strings attached, and as anyone who has contacted me for support can attest, I offer far better service than many commercial companies. It is rare for anyone to have to wait even a day for a response,

That being said, the ads are placed by Google. The proceeds of which barely cover my hosting costs. My best month ever was just under US$50 which was exceptional.

Until a few months ago the ads were fairly unintrusive, which is what I wanted. However, Google recently changed something, resulting in the mass of ads which now appear on my site, WHICH I REALLY DO NOT LIKE.

I am hoping, when I have time (navigating the Google ad system is not simple), that I will be able to change the settings to revert back to the unobtrusive adverts I had before.

But, either way, I have no intention of completely removing ads, I feel that for the amount of effort I have put into developing my software, if it is too much of a hardship for someone to be inconvenienced for a few seconds by viewing a few ads, then tough.

I get precious little reward any other way. It is amazing how often I will respond to a query, and more often than not, I won't even get a simple one-line acknowledgement that the problem is solved - Free software is really a thankless task.

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Clive, I've been using AlbumEasy for a long time (and make a regular 'contribution' to keep you in coffee and cookies). I appreciate the work that goes into your software and you are quite right to try to claw back what little you can through the ads on your site.

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CollectorColin wrote: 14 Jun 2024 01:27 Clive, I've been using AlbumEasy for a long time (and make a regular 'contribution' to keep you in coffee and cookies). I appreciate the work that goes into your software and you are quite right to try to claw back what little you can through the ads on your site.

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Colin, thanks, I very much appreciate your comment, and thanks Shaky and The Pom for sharing your results, I am pleased that you find ImageSleuth useful.

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There are moaners and negative naysayers is every community Clive.

Ride above it! Thank you for the effort you put in to help collectors get more out of their stamps.
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I got it working fine thanks, looks very useful.

You should get a donation from me. Many thanks :)
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Nick777VVV and Rog,
Thanks very much for your comments - much appreciated :)
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I just gave it a try. Wow! It leaves Retroreveal in the dust. :D
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I tried it with an Iraq Railway Post Stamp with an unknown rectangular marking.

With a good scan and some image manipulation by @Imagesleuth I could decipher the rectangular marking. The English text reads “STATION MASTER RUMAITHA”.

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clivel wrote: 13 Jun 2024 18:26
Global Admin wrote: 13 Jun 2024 16:26 These annoying 'random' ads on this site were not blocked - they are absurd to have on a site offering 'free downloads'.
Downloads are all free. There is no charge whatsoever.

Whether it is for the AlbumEasy or ImageSleuth software used by thousands of people or the few hundred albums available to download - all are free.

I have put in hundreds if not thousands of hours developing these software packages.

On top of which I also provide free support, absolutely and completely free of charge no strings attached, and as anyone who has contacted me for support can attest, I offer far better service than many commercial companies. It is rare for anyone to have to wait even a day for a response,

That being said, the ads are placed by Google. The proceeds of which barely cover my hosting costs. My best month ever was just under US$50 which was exceptional.

Until a few months ago the ads were fairly unintrusive, which is what I wanted. However, Google recently changed something, resulting in the mass of ads which now appear on my site, WHICH I REALLY DO NOT LIKE.

I am hoping, when I have time (navigating the Google ad system is not simple), that I will be able to change the settings to revert back to the unobtrusive adverts I had before.

But, either way, I have no intention of completely removing ads, I feel that for the amount of effort I have put into developing my software, if it is too much of a hardship for someone to be inconvenienced for a few seconds by viewing a few ads, then tough.

I get precious little reward any other way. It is amazing how often I will respond to a query, and more often than not, I won't even get a simple one-line acknowledgement that the problem is solved - Free software is really a thankless task.

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clivel,

Thank you very much for this program. I did a quick try and seems to be mostly effective and user friendly. No issues in download nor installing but Allanswood's instruction to found correct download was very useful. Interesting that we need nowadays instructions for download.
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