img/stack Helps You Manipulate Images on the Fly

Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan has announced that a new version of <img/>stack is now live. The service is described as, “<img/>stack works by taking a URL to an image and instructions on what to do with that image to create a new image on the fly.”

Tobin noted in an email exchange, “I wanted to simply request the image based on how I needed it for the page and just expect it to be there.  Cropped, resized, centered… I didn’t want to have to go back and forth between photoshop and batch processing scripts.”

There’s a tutorial on how the service works which is pretty easy to understand. Basically you can resize an image, crop an image, create thumbnails and fit an image to a specific size. The application lives on their server, you just call the parameters and the image to change and it will render the image as requested on the screen.

Looks like it could be a good fit for web applications that handle a lot of images for products or even avatars.

Gallery2 – A Very Nice Photo Management Application

I have been using and customizing a couple of Gallery2 installations at work and in my personal life. I have to say that I am extremely impressed at how advanced and powerful the application really is.

The installer is probably the easiest (besides WordPress) installation I’ve ever performed. All I had to do was download a small starter package, add a password and upload it to the correct directory. From there, the installer transferred all of the necessary files from Gallery’s server over to mine and gave me very explicit instructions on how to configure all of the settings.

Play Homebrew Software on Your Wii

Wiibrew LogoA few weeks ago, an announcement was made the “Homebrew Channel” had been released for the Wii. What that is, is a channel for your Wii that allows you to boot homemade games, emulators, applications and demos on your Nintendo Wii. The channel is very well put together and looks very professional once it is installed.

It should be noted that this channel is not an official Nintendo release. This channel was developed by independent programmers, as is all of the software that can be run through the channel.

There is already quite a long list of programs that you can download and run through the Homebrew Channel. I have installed it on my Wii and am extremely impressed.

You can find all the pertinent information at WiiBrew.org.