Image Seam Carving, Online.
October 1, 2007 5:03 AM   Subscribe

Remember this? It's content-aware image resizing. Well, now it's alive online.

Links to plugins, the paper, etc. So far there's only one plugin, for GIMP, but it also has the link to some actionscript about it.
posted by flibbertigibbet (28 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
There goes my morning productivity, out the window...
posted by melorama at 5:09 AM on October 1, 2007

Doesn't seem to be fully optimized yet. "resizer" only got pared down to "rsizr"--they left a vowel on the table.
posted by DU at 5:26 AM on October 1, 2007 [3 favorites]

Also, they have incorrectly detected me as not having Flash 9.
posted by DU at 5:27 AM on October 1, 2007

And for my third comment: No, I'm wrong. There's a release today for Flash 9 on Linux! They were right! AND this version works better for me! Yay for awesome!
posted by DU at 5:32 AM on October 1, 2007

I just gave it a test spin, and it makes my photos look eff'd-up. But eff'd-up in new and interesting ways, I guess.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:39 AM on October 1, 2007

All hail LazyWeb! That was pretty damn fast to get it up as a web site 'n everything. Now to find some photos.
posted by GuyZero at 5:57 AM on October 1, 2007

Running it, however, is sloooooooow.

Let me add a few more "o"s there.

posted by GuyZero at 5:59 AM on October 1, 2007

So far there's only one plugin, for GIMP

When I blogged about this yesterday, I found there was also a Photoshop plugin (which is also mentioned on the page you linked to), Picutel's Smart Resize.

Smart Resize is commercial, though; the evaluation version only works on images 640 by 480 or smaller.
posted by dansdata at 6:00 AM on October 1, 2007 [1 favorite]

Do not, under any circumstances, use this to resize porn.
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:33 AM on October 1, 2007

I solved! (might still be NSFW)

/me proceeds to register
posted by furtive at 6:36 AM on October 1, 2007 [7 favorites]

It really does what it says. And the whole seam-carving thing is amazingly awesome.

But uh, as soon as rszirszrzr or whatever it is finishes doing the carving, it resets the image? what? I don't really know what's going on here. I probably need more sleep.

I like that there are PS plugins though. I'll have to mess with those.
posted by blacklite at 6:47 AM on October 1, 2007

For some reason, it doesn't like my Flash version in IE. I see the javascript detecter is returning "NaN" for one of its evaluations, so I'm sure that's the culprit.

I finally got it to work under Firefox, after also upgrading Flash.
posted by thanotopsis at 6:54 AM on October 1, 2007

Didn't work for me; it took a long time to upload the image and then showed a plain grey screen.
posted by rottytooth at 7:00 AM on October 1, 2007

Actually there's been a version online for quite some time, also flash based. It was very slow, though.
posted by delmoi at 7:24 AM on October 1, 2007

This a very cool concept, but I was under the impression from the first post that this was supposed to happen in real-time as you rescaled the browser window. Otherwise, what's the point?
posted by itchylick at 7:42 AM on October 1, 2007

Wow. That's pretty much all I have to say. Wow.
posted by sveskemus at 7:44 AM on October 1, 2007

blacklite: Once it has resized the image you can use the grab handles to drag it whatever size you like (up to your limit).
posted by markdj at 7:44 AM on October 1, 2007

blacklite: I thought that too, but when it looks like it has reverted to the original, try using the resize handles - it now lets you resize anywhere between the original and the size you chose, in real time.
posted by jiroczech at 7:50 AM on October 1, 2007

blacklite, think of the first procedure, where the red lines get drawn on the image, as the calculating step. It's figuring out how it would resize that dimension to the extent that you asked it to. Afterwards, using the resize handles allows you to flow through those pre-calculated values quickly, and in both X and Y dimensions.
posted by odinsdream at 7:56 AM on October 1, 2007

Very cool. Try it out with a small picture (200 px on a side or so)—very fast.
posted by adamrice at 8:03 AM on October 1, 2007

just tried it out, and it threw an error. oooh, as3/flex sites love throwing me errors.
posted by localhuman at 8:03 AM on October 1, 2007

Very very cool. Thank you. Although I have now lost the morning :-p
posted by reformedjerk at 8:09 AM on October 1, 2007

Ok, now I get it. Didn't realize you could scale after it did all the calculations.
posted by itchylick at 8:28 AM on October 1, 2007

Also: Does it only downsize?
posted by odinsdream at 8:51 AM on October 1, 2007

If automation like this gets any more sophisticated I'm going to need a new job. This is very impressive.
posted by Grod at 9:15 AM on October 1, 2007

I buried Paul.
posted by rory at 9:26 AM on October 1, 2007 [7 favorites]

Also: Does it only downsize?

Well, once it finishes the calculation, you can drag it larger the original, but I wasn't very impressed with the results.
posted by smackfu at 10:13 PM on October 1, 2007

Works, a bit slowly, with a 5 megapixel image for me.
posted by IronLizard at 10:11 AM on October 2, 2007

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