Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

New Technology: Dynamic Resizing of Images

Category: Adobe, Presentation

TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington reported 2 days ago about a new technology, created by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan, that could have a dramatic impact on the dynamic nature of web pages. The technology allows for the dynamic resizing of images and from the video demo, looks like it works very fluidly. He even mentioned how he wanted the technology in Adobe Photoshop.

Well, it looks like Michael may have gotten his wish as Adobe has hired co-inventor Shai Avidan to their team.

Check out the video to see the technology in action:

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Amazing. It’s Amazing how stupid I feel when I see stuff like this. :)

Comment by FishNYC — August 29, 2007

Amazing, agreed. And the basic concept is quite simple. I’m sure the coding isn’t simple. :)

The part about the faces and where the people are erased is fantastic.

Comment by philip c — August 29, 2007

*ow* my brain hurts.

Comment by James MacFarlane — August 29, 2007

wow. while it’s an amazing technology, i think as this technology becomes more widespread, it’d be important to differentiate an image or picture from a photograph. ignoring the semantic difference between a group of pixels that looks real and a group of pixels that was generated by a regular pattern of photosensitive material is a dangerous precipice that i’m not ready to blindly walk across.

sure is nifty though…

Comment by james vivian — August 29, 2007

that…is awesome! :O

I want this for photoshop! o.o

Comment by DarkRat — August 29, 2007

That was amazing! I hope we get to see some implementations soon :)

Comment by Michael — August 29, 2007


This technology may improve user experience on image resizing a lot for mobile web pages browsing.

Maybe Opera should hire Dr. Ariel Shamir to Opera Mini team, if Adobe has already hired co-inventor Shai Avidan to their team.

Comment by Zhou Renjian — August 29, 2007

It’s more like content/context aware resizing, but very, very interesting indeed.

Comment by Youri op 't Roodt — August 29, 2007

I’ve seen this before and many people were excited. Am I the only one who don’t want an “individual” picture? Where’s the point in looking at “wrong” (as in “only portions with high contrasts”) pictures?

Comment by Jakob Stoeck — August 29, 2007

DarkRat: one of the co-founders was hired by Adobe, so you might see it in Photoshop.

Comment by Vanessa — August 29, 2007

That is really good innovation.

Comment by Jordan — August 29, 2007

Maybe this technology shouldn’t go to the client but server side. If I’m on a mobile device, I don’t want to download and resize a 2048×1536 image, but I would to get a smaller alternative.

Comment by András Bártházi — August 30, 2007

This technique is amazing, especially in the way they remove objects. However, such a technique shouldn’t be used to ‘scale’ photographs, or any other picture that depicts a real place, since it alters the actual image, which in reality will create differences between it and the real object it depicts.

Comment by Viktor Kojouharov — August 30, 2007


Comment by Diego Carrion — August 30, 2007

This is really, really amazing!

Comment by Kevinin — August 30, 2007

Yet another step towards making skilled jobs skilless.

Comment by Aaron Harris — August 31, 2007

Very useful for future totalitarian regimes!

Comment by Tim Cooijmans — August 31, 2007

That is really good innovation.

Comment by ホームページ制作 福岡 — October 24, 2007

ooow that’s’s great.

Comment by wansayr — April 12, 2008

This resizing technique is pretty amazing, but I was looking for a free online tool to actually see it work, before trying to understand how it’s implemented. I wanted to see how it works on my very own pictures. I must confess that it took some time, but I finally found it .For those of you who are interested to see a high quality resizing online tool you can check it out at

Comment by Reshader — May 3, 2008

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