What’s Coming Up Next? – Tom Bluewater Introducing Foto Lineup for macOS

Mac application Foto Lineup

TOKYO (MacHouse) – I have to admit that I’m obsessed with non-fiction crime stories. I’m hardly interested in fictions. America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries were my favorites in the 80s and 90s. These days, I spend quite a lot of time watching Forensic Files and On the Case with Paula Zahn on YouTube. Watching one episode after another, I’ve come up with a new app development idea. How about running a photo lineup with an iOS app? That’s how I’ve ended up with a new application which I submitted to Mac App Store several minutes ago. This new submission is called Foto Lineup.

Combined with an iOS counterpart (Foto Lineup Viewer as freeware available to App Store), Foto Lineup makes a photo lineup system that utilizes the iCloud server as storage. Use Foto Lineup to create photo lineup data so that a crime witness can see a photo lineup with an iOS device (iPhone, iPad) to make positive identification over several suspects. You can create a picture profile with a local image file. You can also take a photo with the FaceTime camera installed on your desktop computer. Give each photo personal characteristics such as gender, skin color, eye color, first name, last name so that you can make a query over data you store on the iCloud server.  

Mac application Foto Lineup

Tom Bluewater
  Mac application Foto Lineup

Tom Bluewater


  1. Import a photo from a local image file (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, PSD, TIFF).
  2. Take a photo with the FaceTime camera installed on the desktop computer (iMac, MacBook Pro…).
  3. Adjust the size and position of your picture so that you can make a clip of it.
  4. Give a photo personal characteristics such as gender, skin color, eye color, first name, last so that you can run a database query in order to make a photo lineup.
  5. Upload a picture profile record to the iCloud server. Or save one to your disk.
  6. Load a locally-saved picture profile record.
  7. Access the iCloud server to read picture profile records. Run a database query based on gender, skin color, eye color, with or without glasses, beard, mustache.
  8. Upload a photo lineup record to the iCloud server. Or save one to your disk.
  9. Load a locally-saved photo lineup record.
  10. Add a picture profile to the checkout profile from a file (.foto).
  11. Print a photo lineup on paper. Generate a PDF file.
  12. Use the iOS counterpart to access the same set of photo lineup data you have uploaded to the iCloud server.
  13. The fullScreen mode is supported.
  14. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  15. Languages: English only.
  16. Application file size: 28.8 MB.
  17. The application comes with a built-in, 18-page user’s guide. Click on the ‘Learning how to use Foto Lineup’ button over the home screen.

System requirements

  1. 10.11 (untested), 10.12 (10.12.6), 10.13 (tested with 10.13.1)
  2. 64-bit system
  3. Internet connection


  1. The application is designed only to use the FaceTime camera installed on a desktop computer. It will not access a third-party USB-connected web camera.
  2. In order to store data to the iCloud server, the user must have an iCloud account with iCloud Drive on.
  3. The user can print only the visible area of a photo lineup on paper.

Version history

Nothing so far…

Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it. If you are running this trial version under macOS 10.12 Sierra, you need to quit the application right after the first launch to evade a Sierra bug.

Note that you will have access to development-stage data while you are using the trial version. When you download the commercial version from Mac App Store, you will start from the scratch with production-stage data. Therefore, use the trial version only for the test base and do not upload many records to the iCloud server. Since use of the CloudKit framework requires a provisioning profile, there is no trial version

Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.

Foto Lineup is a product of Tom Bluewater.
Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Mac App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

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