Flimager released

Flimager
Flimager

Finally, I was able to release Flimager today. Its a tool to setup your own Flash slideshow, with your own images. If your images are hosted on your own server, rather than on Picassa or Flickr, this is the tool to go for.

More details on the Flimager page: http://blog.2cent.me/flimager/

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Summer in Delhi

The summer season in Delhi is one of scorching heat with temperature running into forties (degree centigrade), and of hot air blowing (called loo). Its difficult to venture out into the sun even for five minutes. Plants, especially outdoor ones, need a lot of water and care.

However even in this weather there are some beautiful flowers that do not dry up – its amazing how Mother Nature is able to create such a treat. Seasons change, but flowers are simply replaced by other flowers.

Flowering in Summer
Flowering in Summer
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Yellow Yellow dirty fellow :-)
Yellow Yellow dirty fellow 🙂
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Chandrayaan I

Chandrayaan I, India’s maiden unmanned moon mission has sent through its maiden photograph – one of looking back at Earth:

Chandrayaan maiden photo
Chandrayaan maiden photo

It’s a proud moment for us Indians, being able to look back at Earth from so far off.

It’s still on its way to the Moon, scheduled to reach on Nov 8th. Let’s watch out for more photos then.

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Splitting a contact sheet

When I received a CD containing contact sheets from my photographer, I was in a hurry to put the photos online. He had promised to send me another CD containing individual photos later, when the printing for the album was completed.

I tried to use normal software like Photoshop to do the trick, and looked for tools online. While there were a number of tools to create a contact sheet, there were none to take it apart. Strange.

After thinking, I was able to write a small Python program to do the trick. I am sharing it for the benefit of everyone, releasing it under GNU GPL. Download Python and run it like: python split.py Contact.jpg (where split.py is a file containing the code below and Contact.jpg is the contact sheet).
Download split.py here.

Here, the contact sheet is 1000×800 pixels, and I want to split it into 5 parts horizontally and 4 parts vertically. These parameters need to be changed in the first four lines as per need.

I noticed that since the contact sheet was JPG, and the output was also JPG, it was causing degrading in quality. So, I changed the output format to BMP, and then reconverted back to JPG using other software.

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