Microsoft PhotoSynth: Something Like a Panorama Stitcher “on Steroids”

Microsoft today has announced a new technology called “Microsoft PhotoSynth” coming from its labs. The idea seems to be to connect all photos (even from the whole Web) by analyzing them for common details and then showing them connected to each other and you can move around in the collection like you would turn your head. It works similar to a panorama stitching program but to a much larger scale…

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Here is a great video that will show you a little bit how it works.

http://throwawayyourtv.com/2006/07/microsoft-photosynth.html

Study shows: Website navigation belongs top left, Back is used less often and browser windowsize of 800×600 still rules

Websiteoptimization.com today published the results of a user behaviour study which tracks what people do when they browser:

The Hamburg researchers also found an F-shaped pattern of clicking activity similar to results found in eye tracking studies.

[…] The researchers found that the nature of web navigation has changed over time. Comparing three web browsing studies ending in 1994, 1996, and 2005. […] The most significant changes were the increase in submit and new window events and the decrease in the use of the back button.

[…] Although all survey participants used a screen resolution of at least 1024 by 768 pixels, most did not utilize their entire screen for browser windows. Smaller windows, toolbars, and other widgets left users with about 160 horizontal pixels and 170 vertical pixels unused. For 1024 by 768 screen users, the average available document width was about 890 pixels

They also show something they call “heatmaps” which show the most active areas of mouseclicks (below, left graph) or eye movement (below, right graph, for google.com).

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Read more: http://www.websiteoptimization.com/speed/tweak/clickstream/

The Web IDE “Aptana”: A robust, JavaScript-focused IDE

Aptana is a robust, JavaScript-focused IDE for building dynamic web applications. Highlights include the following features:

  • Code Assist on JavaScript, HTML, and CSS languages, including your own
    JavaScript functions
  • Outliner that gives a snapshot view of your JavaScript, HTML, and CSS code
    structure
  • Error and warning notification for your code
  • Support for Aptana UI customization and extensions
  • Cross-platform support
  • Free and open source. (Source available soon)

findr: Tag based, interactive image search in the flickr cosmos

Again a flash-based interface add-on for flickr: With findr you can interactively browse through the photos on flickr using their tags. The more tags you select the more focused your search becomes.

Here is a sample screen (click to zoom in):

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Flappr: Flash-based interface replacement for flickr

Even though I believe that the flickr user interface is one of the best web interfaces of this planet the folks from flappr are creating an interesting flash based approach to navigate flickr photos.

Click the image for a preview:
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Create comic strips with “bubblr”: Another cute flickr tool

With bubblr you can create comic strips (funny ones of you can) using photos from flickr. Simply select some photos from a flickr account, add those speech bubbles and click publish. Be aware that bubblr saves your work onto its website and I have not seen a way to delete it there later!

Here is a sample:

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“FAlbum” integrates your flickr photos with your wordpress installation

Today I found a nice tool for flickr users is “FAlbum” which is a set of PHP scripts that implement a front end for your flickr photos into your wordpress installation… (sample).

Some features are:

  • View album of most recent photos
  • View your photos using tags
  • View your tags in a cloud format –
  • Flickr notes are viewable (multi-line and html code)
  • Next image pre-caching is performed on the browser