Sunday, June 25th, 2006
Update (June 28, 2006): Beau Hartshorne of Snipshot (formerly Pixoh) says “massive chunks” of Cellsea code are identical to Snipshot. “This is not an accidental inspiration. Check out the cropping code, the resizing code, and so on. Weâ€™ve also noticed that portions of their website are also stolen directly from ours … We are contributors to MochiKit open source project. However, the code in question is proprietary and was taken directly from out site. “
Cellsea has a well-featured image manipulation tool.
You start off by uploading or providing a URL. One smart thing about the URL is it can be a web page URL, not just an image URL – not everyone knows that images have their own URL! Choosing a web page opens up a menu of images on that page.
Anyway, onto the tool itself. It’s billed as an “editor”, though it’s more about managing and running transformations, and there’s no tools for drawing, filling, etc. As a transformation tool, though, it has all the functionality you’d expect from a typical desktop system. Most of the transformations produce a windows-like dialog allowing you to set up the algorithm’s parameters. Each transformation is followed by a delay of several seconds, as the server processes the image and returns it back. During the wait, a neat little transparent progress indicator is overlayed on the image – there seems to be a general trend (looking at some of the video sites) for this sort of thing (semi-transparent controls over graphics).
It’s easy to see how image/photo sites could benefit from a tool like this. It would also be useful for many people (e.g. most bloggers) who republish existing web material.
Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 4:25 pm