Drupal PicLens module mentioned on Cooliris blog

A few weeks ago, the crew of Cooliris contacted me for some more info about the Drupal PicLens module I wrote. They now published an article on their blog with some of the answers I gave them. I hope I didn't say anything stupid though .. The story also mentiones the Phoca Gallery for Joomla! with PicLens support, so I guess every major framework/cms out there is picking up the hype of PicLens and MediaRSS.

People who attented the closing session at Boston in March surely remember the awesome slideshow with pictures of the entire DrupalCon. Well, now you can enable PicLens support for images on your very own Drupal site. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the implementation of PicLens (lite) on my own image gallery of Random pictures, just click on the 'start slideshow' link. Drupal and PicLens: a very sexy combination if I say so!

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drupal, piclens

Imagecrop 5.x-1.0 is out

A first official release of imagecrop is out today. This module uses the power of imagecache 2 which let other modules define their own image actions. Imagecrop enables an action where you can crop your images with a javascript toolbox as long as a preset has the javascript crop action. The main difference with projects like eyedrop or imagefield_crop is that it doesn't provide it's own widget to upload images, instead it just 'hooks' into image modules/fields. Supported modules so far are image, imagefield and node_images. The first release has been tested in a production environment for about 2 months now and suffers no real bugs anymore except some browser caching problems now and then on IE, so this is also a call for reviewers and other smart people to test and (hopefully) submit patches! I've prepared another screencast to see it in action on the image and node images module.

Of course, a better way than looking at a screencast is to download it yourself and test it! Patches are even better. Some suggestions: browser caching problems, hook_imagecrop so your own custom module can benefit from it etc..

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drupal, imagecrop

Turning 30

In less than 2 months, I'm celebrating the 30th year on this planet and I want everyone to share that day with me. I'm throwing a party the 7th of june 2008 with 4 other friends at the Tequila in Gent (stalhof 4). We chose this place because we're able to play our own music, so expect some nostalgic tunes from the 90's. If you read this and you feel like coming, you're invited. I'll send out e-mails too, but I'm pretty sure I'll forget a lot of people. Don't feel offended if you are one of them, it's not my intention, just come along and we'll buy you some beers!

And if you have some spare time: try to match our names with a kid on the picture.

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personal

An italic pipe

Take a very good look at following 2 characters:  / (*1) and /. If you are familiar with a keyboard and a bit of html, you'll find out soon that the first is a pipe ( | ) between <em> tags, which is used on the web to display things in italic. The second is just a plain simple forward slash. Where am I going you think ? Well, I heard a story today from a colleague who once got a question from a friend asking how he could make the pipe sign on his keyboard italic so he could finally enter a website in the address bar of his browser. After all those stressing hours today and yesterday, this was the icebreaker for me and other people at work. We have a blackboard on our wall where we simply added this: http:<em>||</em> People who don't understand it, don't worry. Those who do: it was so funny this afternoon when we heard about this, I guess it's probably stupid when you're reading it. Nevertheless, I think this would suit in the 'horrible questions for a helpdesk' sphere. Oh yeah, and we also launched Expo 58 today. *1 If you are reading this on oerwoud, this doesn't have the effect I'm aiming at, you should look at the original post

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humor, work

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