Sunday, June 25th, 2006

Cellsea Image Manipulation

Category: Showcase, UI

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. We’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

3.7 rating from 56 votes


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Mmh.. an image tool that can’t seem to load PNGs? What year is this?

Comment by Andy — June 25, 2006

this site is pretty cool for the prefessionals who want to process the images. pixoh is realy nothing compared to this tool. go there to check it out yourself.

Comment by randy — June 25, 2006

i just tried a png file, it works for me. so many features i did not test all of them though.

Comment by toAndy — June 25, 2006

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Pingback by Deep Codes » Cellsea Image Manipulation — June 26, 2006

tried several online image editing tool, i have to say this is one of the best. it not only covers basic operations like crop, resize, rotate, but also many advanced features like paintshop pro does. highly recommend it for professionals!

Comment by dave — June 26, 2006

Hmm … it can’t even resize proportional and it’s terrible slow. Its a nice idea but I think they would have done better if they have thought about the design and functions a bit more – the GUI is really horrible.

Comment by Testerix — June 26, 2006

I think image size matters. if you need edit a web image, it is pretty fast. but if you have a photo say more than 2mb, I guess it is better to use desktop application, none of web image editing tool will work.

Comment by peter — June 26, 2006

I would think any “professional” would use a “professional”, full-featured desktop application he is familiar with for image processing. But maybe this is just me.

Comment by Martin — June 26, 2006

Ohhh Burn.. 8P.

I dig the app. Its ok-ish would be nice to have a preview before the effect is applied.

Comment by Mario — June 26, 2006

greate tool. but if it can have preview and add text to the image, that would be better.

Comment by tester — June 26, 2006

I find this application great for what it was designed to do, namely to detach us from the dreaded PC for everything. With improvements in the bandwidth, it can be pretty handy. The one feature I wish it had is multiple undo’s, as in PaintShop Pro.

Comment by David Tran — June 27, 2006

A nice to have application to extend the functions of a simple web interface to upload and manage photos. I think some of the tools could be taken over for a more simple app. There are some “bugs”:

– No way to resize an image without changing the aspect.
– bad rotation algorithm
– runtime errors (color manipulation doesn’t work)

– The yahoo toolkit is compatible, I tried it out myself.
– This type of application is not really one for the web cause I want to see changes (color curves etc) “live” like in photoshop.
– It looks nice, easy handling.



Comment by Andi — June 27, 2006

I have but one question.. Why does this exist? Please explain. This with GIMP being free of charge etc. Some programs just aren’t meant to be on the web IMO…

Comment by Eddy Luten — June 29, 2006

Well I can see a great use for this. For example image processing companies who let their users edit their own image.
I’m definatly a photoshop lover but some grandma/grandpa would have to call the geek squad to install a photo editing software and teach them to use it before they could fully benifit from a …. “customize your tee-shirt” company.
and I’m also a big fan of open source projects and free source code (for knowledge pouposes).
but this is really a bad implementation of stolen code. If the webmaster is smart then he will use the ideas, and rewrite the code a few times to get it right.

Comment by Phlesh — August 30, 2006

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