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Let's Get Ready to Hack!

This year at SXSW, we’re infusing Cloudinary’s powerful Visual APIs to the SXSW Hackathon, where teams compete  on high-tech creativity during a straight 24-hour programming event. Taking place at TechSpace, this exciting event will culminate with demos and awards at the Hilton (Salon C) on Wed, March 15 at 2pm.

 

 

Our challenge for the SXSW Hackathon is the Lifestyle Hack, where we’re asking teams to build an application that enriches the human experience; It can be a mobile or web app and even a bot! To qualify, teams need to use Cloudinary and demonstrate in a compelling way that their high-tech creation facilitates a lifestyle improvement.

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Authentication via cookies for session-based access control

Controlling who can access your images and videos, and when, can be an important concern for your business and security workflow. You may have resources that you only want some of your users or employees to access, or you may need to make sure that your original resources are secure, and only transformed (edited) versions of your resources are delivered, e.g., with a watermark or logo displayed.

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Image Loading, Reloaded

By Ezequiel Bruni
There are many ways to load an image, choose one.

In the world of web design, what you don’t see can hurt you. Worse, it can damage your brand reputation, bottom line, or both.

Specifically I’m talking about images. Images can consume a lot of bandwidth (upwards of 70% of it for some sites). You get charged to send them. Your users are are charged to view them. In fact, you’re both probably getting charged for images that are never seen because website visitors never scroll down far enough to view them.

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How to handle file uploads with

In this post, I’ll show you two ways of handling file uploads with AJAX:

Cloudinary is an end-to-end solution for all your image and video-related needs, which enables you to securely upload images or any other file at any scale from any source. Cloudinary also provides an API for fast upload directly from your users’ browsers or mobile apps. Check out Cloudinary’s documentation for more information on how to integrate it in your apps.

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Build VS. Buy
At Build.com, where I’m a software architect, we manage hundreds of millions of images. Our site offers more than 1 million home improvement products, such as tubs, toilets, cabinets, fireplaces – really any thing homeowners need for their improvement projects. And for each item, there are multiple images – product and gallery images, action shots, close-ups and thumbnails – that our visitors view from a variety of devices, including mobile phones, tablets, their desktop computers and our native app. In addition, these images are used in many view templates – on the landing page, via search, by category and in the cart.
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Image Management Best Practices
 
There’s no debating the fact that including images on your website or mobile app draws the interest of users and leads to stronger engagement. For example, posts that include images produce 650 percent higher engagement than text-only posts, according to a WebDAM infographic. Use of attention-grabbing images is only going to grow. Consider that by 2018, 84 percent of communication will be visual, the infographic noted. 
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How to handle file uploads with PHP

There are lots of images and videos all over the internet. A lot of applications these days demand that the user is able to manipulate and upload files to the server. Thankfully, PHP provides the functions to handle file uploads. There are two main ways to handle file uploads with PHP: The barebones way, which includes building an HTML form that allows users to submit files, and then creating a PHP upload script to handle the files; and using Cloudinary’s solution.

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