Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Perfect Pixels from Pixlr.com

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 10:02 PM PDT

Pixlr is an online image editing application created entirely in Flash. Think of it as a free, online, always available Photoshop. Admittedly, it might be aimed at graphic novices rather than for professionals who demand more power from a desktop application, but having tested Pixlr I must say it is very impressive! Features such as layers, filters, blend modes and image adjustments, usually reserved for the desktop installation of Photoshop, are all available at Pixlr.com courtesy of Flash Player running in your favorite Web browser. You can even open images from your local machine, manipulate them inside of Pixlr, and then save your freshly edited files back to your desktop.

Tapping into the API

But the fun does not end there. The creators of Pixlr have opened-up the power of their online software application with an API! So you can take advantage of some of the available Pixlr Web services and integrate them into your own apps. Are you paying attention, Flash developers? ;-)

Sending images to the Pixlr editor can be done in two ways either via a GET or a POST request. It couldn’t be simpler. Imagine the possibilities of tapping into the Pixlr API: You could use it to collect digital signatures from your Flash/PHP application for example, where users could sign their name using a mouse or graphics tablet via a Flash drawing tool you’ve created (or purchased and extended from FlashDen of course) and then have the image saved and uploaded to a server and then e-mailed back to you. Pretty exciting.

Or what about using the Pixlr API to have clients review your images, add notes to it, draw big circles around things they want changed, and then send the file back to you? As you can see from the API examples below, Pixlr has some promising potential:

Finally, Pixlr is growing from strength to strength. Yesterday saw the release of Pixlr Express, a photo-centric application to directly compete with Adobe’s online version of Photoshop, Photoshop Express (also developed in Flash incidentally). Time will tell if Pixlr continues to grow in order to compete with corporate powerhouse Photoshop Express, but as far as online application development is concerned, Flash is already the winner.

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Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics

Last week, Google added a new feature in Google Apps that allowed educational institutes and organizations to track how people are interacting with Gmail messages.

Anyone with admin access in Google Apps can see basic visitor stats for Gmail messages...

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Nominate Yourself for the Microsoft MVP Award (India)

microsoft mvp award Microsoft awards the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status to select individuals who are seen as active participants in technical communities like blogs, Internet forums, user groups, wikis, conferences, etc.

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More Twitter Followers Don't Always Mean More Clicks

The "Suggested Users" feature of Twitter has left many souls unhappy and rightly so because the moment your Twitter profile shows up on the suggested list, your follower count can grow almost exponentially thus making you look all the more...

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Your Kodak Gallery Photos Will Be Deleted Unless You Buy Something

kodak-galleryKodak Gallery (Ofoto) is an online photo sharing site where anyone can upload pictures for free just like Flickr.

The service is especially popular among Kodak digital camera users since these cameras ship with Kodak Easyshare software that can directly...

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Google Postcard: Search the Web by Snail Mail

Now you can search Google without the computer or a mobile phone. Just write your search query on this postcard and send it to Google office via Snail Mail.

google postcard

This is obviously an April Fools joke but a hilarious one. Thanks Matt.

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World Map Turned Into Animal Shapes

animal world maps

Twelve Animals is a creative project of Kentaro Nagai that uses the world map to form twelve different animals shapes representing the Japanese zodiac. If you are curious to know how the world map was transformed into animals shapes, check this

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Pittsburgh Gets Federal Stimulus Dollars for Green Projects

Posted: 31 Mar 2009 08:22 AM PDT

It may have a reputation of being snowy and gray, but Pittsburgh is exploring how it can take advantage of solar power.

Pittsburgh’s plans to make itself into a hotbed for solar power and other green technology got a metaphorical fist bump last week with the visit of two cabinet secretaries to announce funding from the federal stimulus package.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $11 million green stimulus funding during their trip. They also toured a welding and heating and air conditioning training facility at Allegheny County Community College, where officials showed off the skills needed for energy efficient projects. Allegheny County  will get $8.1 million, City of Pittsburgh will receive $3.4 million out of a $3.2 billion pot being divvied up around the country.

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Best of Green:Net! Power Grid Goes 2.0

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 06:31 PM PDT

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Down the Foxhole - FlashDen

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New FD Blogger - Please Welcome Scott!

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 12:59 PM PDT

After an extensive search of qualified candidates all over the globe, we’ve finally made a decision. He’s a Flash master, audio guru, brilliant designer, and a well-known and respected FlashDen community leader. Please welcome Scott Wills! Scott’s no stranger to the FlashDen blog. Here are some of his more notable posts:

Reviewer Notes: What we Look for in File Design
50 Absolutely Killer Flash Templates
45 Creative and Distinctive Flashden Preloaders

Scott, we know you’re going to do a great job and we’re looking forward to reading your posts!

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FeedDemon 3 - The Perfect Twitter Client

feeddemon 3 FeedDemon 3, which is available for download here, includes some new features that turn this already-brilliant RSS reader into an almost perfect Twitter client for Windows. Here’s why:

1. Support for Short URLs

If any of the tweets includes a URL...

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Earn your Master of Arts Degree in Social Media

social media classroom

Go to LinkedIn or Twitter and you’ll find tons of people who claim themselves to be "social media experts".

These are mostly self taught "gurus" who, with their own experiments, have learned how to harness the full potential...

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Fish Oil Diet Could Curb Greenhouse Gases From Cow Farts

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 06:44 AM PDT

Irish scientists have discovered that adding just a small amount of fish oil to the diet of cattle can vastly reduce the amount of methane produced by, ahem…cow farts.

Climate scientists have long known that, pound for pound, methane is 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping the suns rays, making it a highly potent greenhouse gas. An incredible 900 billion tonnes of the noxious fumes are produced each year by methanogen bacteria that live in the digestive systems of ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats.

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US Scientists Say Burning Ice Could Provide Green Power

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 03:58 AM PDT

US Scientists have revealed how natural gas locked up in frozen water crystals could provide massive amounts of energy, and claim that it could even be totally emissions-free.

The astonishing claim was made by Tim Collett of the United States Geological Survey at last weeks national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Collett told the gathering that, to the naked eye, clathrate hydrate (CH) looks like everyday ice but, as well as being partly made of water, the molecules are also organised into “cages”, which trap individual molecules of methane.

Remarkably, a new method of extracting the methane and ’swapping’ it with carbon dioxide could turn the substance into a revolutionary carbon-neutral fossil fuel.

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Best of Green:Net! How California Cut Energy And Costs With IT

Posted: 29 Mar 2009 11:22 PM PDT

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Best of Green:Net! Using the Internet to Solve the Energy Crisis

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Sink-to-Yard Graywater Retrofit Could Make Desert Bloom

Posted: 29 Mar 2009 09:33 AM PDT

sink-to-garden.Researchers at New Mexico State University are testing a relatively inexpensive plumbing retrofit that could help buildings capture relatively clean graywater from plumbing before it hits the sewers, and reuse it onsite for outdoor watering.  It’s a green four-for-one: the NMSU graywater system conserves water, relieves sewer systems of excess flow, fosters tree growth to cool buildings, and reduces stormwater runoff by improving soil and vegetation.

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