Cloudinary Blog

Archive for 2014
KartRocket, managing high quality e-commerce sites
Every once in a while we choose to present a case study of one of our customers and share it with our community. This is a good chance to show the different ways Cloudinary can be integrated, and the various types of customers we have. Today we would like to share a case study of KartRocket
 
 

About KartRocket

KartRocket is a SaaS based e-commerce platform that offers a transparent and complete e-commerce ecosystem that helps SMBs to create their online store in a few steps.
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Our free plan quota just got 500% bigger
We know what it's like to launch a new venture and what it takes to succeed as a company with bootstrapped origins.
 
Cloudinary was extremely fortunate to grow and become an established brand with an amazing customer base, and we never lost sight of our entrepreneurial spirit and love to the startup-y way of thought.
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10 Startups that manage their images in the cloud, Part 5
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.
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Animated GIF? Convert to WebM or MP4 | Cloudinary Blog

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.

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Image manipulation recipes in the cloud

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: convert animated GIF to WebP on-the-fly

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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Central control for image upload and post-upload actions

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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Overlay text on image, pixel perfect with no CSS/HTML

Our customers frequently ask us if we can help them apply dynamic text overlays over images. While a common approach is to add text elements in your pages using HTML elements, CSS or native mobile UI controls, in many cases it's preferable to create images with text layers already included. It makes it simpler to display rich content on different media channels and devices, while ensuring a pixel-perfect result as your graphic designer envisioned.

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Image moderation made easy using cloud-based UI & API

Many websites and mobile apps today allow their visitors to share their own photos. Users upload their profile images to dating sites, photos of their personal belongings to second hand market websites and real estate billboards. Users share their personal photos on social networks, and upload images to their favorite e-commerce websites, showcasing and reviewing their latest purchases.

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Introducing Cloudinary’s new image management console
Cloudinary's Management Console provides valuable information about your images, powerful image browsing capabilities, reports, and various account customization options. 
 
Today we want to introduce the new version of our console, including a completely new full-width responsive layout, important metrics and insights about your usage of the Cloudinary account, an improved Media Library user interface allowing you to browse through and interactively manipulate and manage your images, and more!
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Beyond face detection - smart cropping with Imagga & Cloudinary

It’s a common challenge in many mobile and web applications: how do you allow users to upload their own images, while automatically adapting these images to a fixed graphic design?

A classic example is a user uploading a profile picture, but instead of providing a headshot (which is what we really need from them), they upload a picture of their entire body with additional objects in the background. Obviously this image will need to be cropped to the size of the profile picture, while focusing on the user’s face.

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Online website screenshots with URL2PNG and Cloudinary
Thumbnails of website screenshots are a common visual design element. Search engines, such as Google, display webpage screenshots in their search results. Social news sites, such as DZone, embed screenshot thumbnails of shared pages. Bloggers and technology news sites embed screenshots of company websites and online services they discuss in their posts. Development companies embed screenshots of websites they helped develop.
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Image cloud storage, auto-migrate images to the cloud
Website developers and administrators today tend to find themselves managing quite a few files, images and other media assets. Whether you upload content to your web application yourself, allow your users to upload files or have files imported from content partners, you'll need to handle the upload process, storage, and possibly thumbnail creation required to showcase your assets online.
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Secure image manipulation with signed URLs
Modern web sites and mobile applications frequently showcase a rich set of images with various sizes and dimensions. Such services can even have their graphics, image resolutions and overall look & feel vary between different devices (desktop, mobile, etc.), and may change dramatically with constant upgrades.
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