Monthly Archives: April 2014

Enhancing your photos’ popularity… with *science*

Good news for the deeply needy: MIT researcher Aditya Khosla has a tool for optimizing response to your images. According to The Verge,

Khosla says his algorithm allows him to predict how many views your photo will get before you even upload it. The algorithm considers social factors such as how many followers a user has, the number of tags on the photo, and the length of the title. It also measures content factors such as texture, color, gradient, and objects present in the photo. (Miniskirts, bright colors, people instead of scenery = good. Plungers = bad. Pink and yellow miniskirts, even better. Green plungers, horrible.) […]

Right now the algorithm is much better when social factors are included, but Khosla hopes to improve it. He also plans to create a tool that can automatically edit your photo to make it more popular.

Interesting, though the idea of robots editing our art makes me think of Dead Poets Society:

Excrement! That’s what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard! We’re not laying pipe! We’re talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? “I like Byron, I give him a 42 but I can’t dance to it!”

[Via Margot Neebe]

Adobe’s Project Parfait: Convert PSDs to Web via the Web

Ah—I’ve been looking forward to talking about this one for a while, and now that it’s public, I can.

I loathe making users do shit work, and laboriously converting among file formats is most definitely shit work. Back in the day it took (by my count) 168 individual steps to import a 20-layer PSD into Flash. With LiveMotion we took that down to 2. It’s maybe not that dramatic, but Adobe’s new Project Parfait is pretty slick:

Adobe’s Raymond Camden writes,

This is exactly the kind of tool that is useful for me as a web developer. I have a lot of respect for Photoshop, but I find it hard to use at times as I don’t use it very often. Something like Parfait is a heck of a lot simpler for me and I’m willing to bet a lot of developers would think the same. If you try it out, make note of the Chat option in the lower right corner. I found a small bug and reported it via that pod. You can also get support via the forums just launched for the project. 

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