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New photo tool is cream of the crop

MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2007

When you want to resize or edit your images online, the choices are becoming complex and mind-boggling.

Add to the list of options. This beta site allows you to do things you can’t do with expensive high-end programs like Photoshop, such as shrinking or enlarging images vertically or horizontally, with not much distortion. And all this is done inside your browser; you don’t need to download software.

The service is free, since for now is primarily a Web showcase for the tool’s varied features.

In terms of ease of use, Rsizr ranks with other cool image editing sites, such as and

Look at the two photos of the air balloons featured at the right. The top image was uploaded to rsizr, then retouched to enlarge the main balloon.

The resizing of the main balloon still preserved the relative position of other balloons in the image without complex photo-editing.

That algorithm Rsizr uses was developed by Shai Avidan, senior research scientist at Adobe Systems, and Ariel Shamir, a visiting researcher at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Mass.

In August, Avidan and Shamir published their photo-editing trick, known as seam carving, and explained it in a YouTube video.

The Rsizr site was launched at the end of September. For a demo of Rsizr, go to /blogs/txt.


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