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10 Startups that manage their images in the cloud - Part 5

Oct 22, 2014 by Orly Bogler
10 Startup companies that manage their images in the cloud - Part 3
Often developers these days realize that they may be "re-implementing the wheel" building in-house technical solutions that are external to their core proposition. To solve this problem, they are looking for the best off-the-shelf SaaS solutions that will help them focus, get to market sooner, with better products, for lower overall costs.
 
As websites and mobile applications get richer in image content, and as developers realize that they are spending precious time implementing image solutions in-house, we see more and more startup companies joining the Cloudinary community.
 
Presented here are 10 startups we are lucky to call our customers, from various verticals and business lines, that leverage Cloudinary's cloud-based image management solution. These sites and apps utilize Cloudinary for scalable and flexible image uploads, cloud-based managed storage, powerful on-the-fly image manipulation and super fast delivery.
 
This is the fifth group of 'startups that use Cloudinary' we chose to present. You can see previous posts here: Part 1Part 2Part 3 and Part 4.
  
  
WeWork is a platform that empowers small businesses to succeed and run easily by connecting them and allowing freelancers and entrepreneurs to focus on what they do best.  
 
 
Gig Salad is the marketplace for event talent and services, providing the ultimate booking experience for both the talent and the buyer. Gig Salad use Cloudinary to create the blurred background images for every one of their users.
 
 
Cir.cl is where people connect to buy, sell and make connections over things they are passionate about. More than just making the sale, Cir.cl is about making connections!
 
 
BabyVote runs a monthly competition of all the cute babies of the world! Images of the babies are user uploaded through Cloudinary, and a baby's profile thumbnail is created by utilizing Cloudinary’s face detection based cropping.
 
 
BrightTALK provides webinars and videos for professionals and their communities, sharing insights, ideas and most up-to-date knowledge with professionals all over the globe through the technologies that BrightTALK has created.
 
 
Zozi aspire to make everyone’s passions accessible, and help discover new ones. Described as the brand for adventure, Zozi lets you discover and book extraordinary experiences with expert guides. Zozi utilize Cloudinary’s add-on features, for the best trip planning experience. 
 
Read more about Cloudinary’s add-ons.
 
Picfair is a versatile open-to-all image market, controlled by the user. The images are uploaded via Cloudinary, using our private images feature, strict transformations, private download URL’s and watermark overlay.
 
 
Updater’s mission is to simplify the way that America moves, by creating a user friendly service. From forwarding your mail to hooking your new place up, Updater has got it covered! All the images on-site are managed, transformed and polished by Cloudinary.
 
 
Ecohabitude is an online marketplace where you can buy, sell, and source eco-friendly products and materials. Ecohabitude uses Cloudinary to manage their images and dynamically generate thumbnails to perfectly fit their website design.
 
 
PeerSpace exists in order to help companies and individuals find one-of-a-kind short-term spaces to inspire their best work, whether for an off-site or meeting, corporate or social event, or production of any kind.  
 
 
That’s it for this round! If you too would like to have your startup appear in our blog, or have a cool use case for Cloudinary that we could spotlight on - drop us a line! We would love to hear how Cloudinary plays a role in your life :)

JPEG-XR conversion with auto browser detection, optimize images for IE users

JPEG-XR Post Sites and apps are including more and more high-quality images. The more you can compress images to reduce their size in bytes, the smaller your bandwidth, the faster your site will load and the happier your users will be. But when compressing images, you need to make sure you maintain high visual quality.

Most web sites and mobile apps use the popular JPEG format to display their images and user uploaded photos. The JPEG format has efficient built-in compression that reduces image size while maintaining a reasonable visual quality. But you can reach much better results using more modern image file formats.

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Reduce size of animated GIFs, automatically convert to WebM and MP4

Animated GIF to WebM and MP4

Short animated GIF-based video sequences seem to be spreading like wildfire around the web.

Media and news sites display short video segments, social apps allow their users to share animated GIFs with their friends, and while the dated animated GIF format is very useful for this purpose, it has one significant disadvantage - its huge file size.

Animated GIFs are not optimized for captured videos, resulting in large files, heavy bandwidth utilization, slow loading times, and sub-optimal user experience. Also, resizing and manipulating animated GIFs to match the graphic design of your site or app might be a lengthy, cpu-intensive process, as it consists of dozens or even hundreds of frames being manipulated individually.

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How to automatically adapt website images to Retina and HiDPI devices

Jul 24, 2014 by Nadav Soferman

DPR Post Web development was much simpler only a few years ago, when we were building HTML pages that included images and photos, and all elements shared the same resolution units. If for example, you aimed at a standard 1024x768 screen, you knew these were exactly the number of pixels available for displaying HTML elements and images.

In 2010, Apple introduced the iPhone 4 with Retina display. In order to simplify things for developers, the logical screen resolution remained the same as previous iPhone models (640x960) while the physical screen resolution was exactly doubled (1280x1920). This means that if, for example, you embed an image tag in your HTML page with width of 200 pixels and height of 300 pixels, and you display a double-size image of 400x600 pixels, the Retina display shows all pixels of the larger image, resulting in a much clearer visual result and without performing browser-side down-scaling.

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Automatic image moderation, removing adult or inappropriate photos using WebPurify and Cloudinary

Jul 22, 2014 by Nadav Soferman

WebPurify moderation add-on If your web or mobile application involves user-generated content, you may encounter users who upload inappropriate photos or images to your application. These could be images which offend other users - adult content, violent photos, etc. - or images which cause your site to violate laws or regulations.

There are two ways to identify and remove such images: you can either require approval of each image before it is displayed to your users, or display images immediately after upload, and then quickly remove them from your site as soon as a moderator has found them to be inappropriate.

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Direct upload made easy, from browser or mobile app to the cloud

Jul 16, 2014 by Nadav Soferman

Unsigned upload Handling user uploaded images on your website can be a time consuming task. In this post, we'll show how Cloudinary's cloud-based image management service can help you turn user uploading into a lightweight operation that bypasses your servers altogether.

How do you handle user uploads today? If images are uploaded directly to your servers, this requires some heavy server-side processing, bandwidth and storage space. One way to offload images is to transfer them to cloud storage. But if you're handling the upload operation on your own servers (and then transferring them to the cloud), this is still wasteful of server resources.

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Keep.com, releasing the image processing bottleneck

Jul 10, 2014 by Itai Lahan

Keep & Cloudinary Cloudinary is passionate about its users. We built our cloud-based image management features around real-world pain points, and it's gratifying to see our customers use those features to solve major business challenges.

One example is Keep.com, an innovative online commerce startup, which the Huffington Post has called "the only fashion app worth getting". We wanted to share the story of how Keep used Cloudinary to remove a major bottleneck in the development of their website and business.

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Image manipulation recipes in the cloud. The Cloudinary Cookbook

Jun 26, 2014 by Nadav Soferman

Cloudinary Cookbook How do you crop an image to a custom shape? How do you add a shadow effect to an image with transparency? How do you add text overlay to an image without using HTML?

If you build or maintain a website with a lot of images, you've probably had many questions like these. Most developers who work with images have scripts or tools that can achieve dozens if not hundreds of image manipulations - from basics like crop and resize, to advanced stuff like shadow and transparency, watermarks, face detection, etc. But how do you mix and match these manipulations correctly to solve a problem or achieve a certain effect?

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Animated WebP - how to convert animated GIF to WebP and save up to 90% bandwidth

Jun 16, 2014 by Nadav Soferman

Animated WebP Fashion isn't something you'd expect to repeat itself in the technology world - technology advances quickly and hardly ever circles back. But where animated GIFs are involved, it seems like the 90s are here again. Animated GIFs are everywhere, and not only on strange, cheezy web sites - they've become mainstream. You now see short videos shared and played as animated GIFs in reputed sites such as Gawker and TechCrunch.

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Centralized control for image upload - image size, format, thumbnail generation, tagging and more

Jun 09, 2014 by Nadav Soferman

Upload presets There are many options to consider when allowing a user to upload an image to your website or mobile app. You might wish to limit the size and format of the uploaded images. You may want to apply specific manipulations to the images, such as cropping, resizing and adapting the image to your site's look & feel. Beyond that, it's common to create a variety of thumbnails from a newly uploaded image.

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