The privacy focused search engine Startpage will launch new image search related tools soon that improve the user experience significantly.
Startpage, just like Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo, offers a dedicated image search option that users can make use of.
While you can use web searches to find sites with images as well, using the image search engine returns image results right away.
That's great for previewing images, something that web search does not really offer. Up until now, you had only a couple of options when it came to finding images using Startpage.
Image searches start like they always have. Open Startpage and click on the images link there to get started. Or, type in the search term and run a search, and pick the images filter on the results page.
You may also run image searches directly by loading this url instead: https://www.startpage.com/eng/pics.html
Note that it is language encoded. You get the right URL when you right-click on images on Startpage and select copy link address from the menu.
The new version of Images search on Startpage features three new tools that users can make use of:
The new tools improve the user experience when searching for images on Startpage. Take the search for new wallpaper images for instance.
While you could do so previously as well, the new tools enable you to set a minimum resolution, and also color or file type if you want. So, no more clicking on images to find out if they match the desired resolution for instance.
Since you may not want wallpaper images that are lower than the resolution of your device, you can use the image search tools to make sure that all low resolution images are filtered out automatically.
Want only super high resolution images? Either pick a custom resolution, or filter all image results that are smaller than 70 Megapixels (that is 9600x7200).
Want only red wallpaper images to match the color scheme you set on your operating system, or your favorite color? Done with a simple click on the color filter.
Google Images and Bing Images offer similar, or even more image search tools. On Google, you can filter by usage rights or time of publication. On Bing, you can filter by layout and people on top of that.
But Startpage brings privacy to the table, something that you won't get when you run searches on Google's or Bing's image search engine. You get the same privacy protection that you get when you run searches on Startpage.
Startpage's image search capabilities surpass those of DuckDuckGo, another popular privacy focused search engine. If you check out DuckDuckGo's capabilities right now, you will notice that you can only filter by small, medium or large images. There is no option to set a minimum resolution, nor options to filter by color or type.
The new search capabilities will be rolled out very soon to the public.
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.