After experimenting with subscription plans last year , Adobe is revamping its pricing strategy with the launch of Adobe Creative Cloud and the CS6 software suite. Creative Cloud—priced at $50 per month on a yearly subscription, or $75 month-to-month—offers unfettered access to all 14 of Adobe's new CS6 applications. The idea is that customers who may only need access to Creative Suite products on a temporary basis—beyond each product's 30-day trial period—can subscribe for only as long as needed. Adobe first experimented with subscription pricing last year when it offered CS5.5 versions of its Design Premium and Master Collection suites for $95 and $129, respectively, with a yearly commitment. Now, however, the company has opted against tiered pricing, and is offering the entire CS6 suite for more than half the price. Some individual apps, however, such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro, can still be licensed for $19.99 per month on a one-year contract.
New websites let you view Instagram photos inside your desktop web browser without requiring the Instragram mobile apps. Instagram , an extremely popular photo-sharing app that also lets you apply retro effects to your photos, has 40 million users and Facebook just paid around $1 billion to buy Instagram. All photos uploaded to Instagram are public by default but unlike other photo-sharing websites like Flickr or Picasa, Instagram doesn’t have a website where you can browse photos uploaded by other users. You need to download their mobile app, available for Android and iPhone, to view photos.
Our API directory now includes 203 photo APIs . The newest is the Getty Images Connect API . The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Flickr API . We list 600 Flickr mashups .
Mooter Media , a digital media shop based in Australia, has just sealed a whopping $15 million funding deal. The money will be used to create a social photography platform in partnership with Hot Shot Media that Hot Shot CEO Chris Jermyn says will “define and commercialize social photography.” Social photography has been one of the most addictive — and most difficult to monetize — crazes of the smartphone era. When mobile phones are equipped with surprisingly adequate picture-taking hardware and apps for editing and sharing photographs abound, capitalizing on social photography seems like a ripe opportunity for many entrepreneurs. Mooter and Hot Shot’s plan involves an application called ImageSocial. The app will be launched initially on web, mobile, iOS and Android platforms later this year.
Taking pictures on your iPhone gives you a great deal of data embedded in to your photos. Location, camera type, exposure, even camera orientation. But what if you want more. Well, MetaPhoto (currently available on the iPhone) aims to further enrich your photos. Using the Urban Mapping API , MetaPhoto looks up a great deal of information about the area a photo was taken and adds it to the photos header.
Kooaba offers image recognition through its Kooaba API , allowing you to compile metadata on objects in your photos. This can be used for product recognition and pricing, but could also be used to augment personal photo collections, which can be so large that they are nearly impossible to search by hand. There are tons of use cases for image recognition and this API should really open up the field and bring more applications to market. The API is RESTful, serving XML responses. There are actually two APIs here: one for adding images to the Kooaba datastore, and another for comparing an image against a “pre-defined database of reference images.”
20 January 2011 Last updated at 12:19 GMT Many people come to regret the images they post to Facebook Help is at hand for anyone who has ever forgotten about embarrassing images they posted to a social network or website. German researchers have created software called X-Pire that gives images an expiration date by tagging them with an encrypted key. Once this date has passed the key stops the images being viewed and copied. Creators plan to levy a small charge to use the tagging system and put a digital lock on digital pictures.
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Georgia Tech researchers have developed a tool called Collage that will allow Internet dissidents to insert hidden messages into Twitter posts and Flickr images in order to circumvent the censorship measures imposed by oppressive governments. The tool, which is implemented in Python and uses the OutGuess framework , relies on a technique known as steganography to weave hidden messages into an image file. It uses an automated testing tool called Selenium to facilitate the deployment of the messages.
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