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Nich sent us a link to his project, Dr. Pic, an all AJAX image editor. Without using any Flash, the application allows you to upload an image, do simple draw and filter operations, place text, crop, resize, and save a finished copy. Javascript is used to draw preview material to the canvas, and then the user’s commands are submitted back to a PHP backend which returns a new image to replace the previous version.

It doesn’t pretend to be a Photoshop, but in a pinch it could come in handy as a quick tool for resizing or cropping an image. Aside from all that, it’s a nice example of how you can leverage some server-side heavy lifting to support functionality that Javascript is lacking.

Dr. Pic – AJAX image editor

19 thoughts on “All AJAX image editor

  1. Never saw the logo for Microsoft cashback, I went as far as the review stage of buy it now, where if you proceed any further, you’ve committed to buying the item.

    Too bad, I was hoping to get a MSI Wind too!

  2. This worked great, -after- I signed in at Live.com. Thanks, I have an MSI Wind on the way!

    Costs for me ended up being $479.99 plus $19.99 shipping, minus $50 rebate and $96 Live Search cashback (20%).

    Grand total of $354, assuming collecting on the rebate and cashback isn’t a problem. I didn’t actually create the cashback account until shortly after I made the purchase (I didn’t realize there was a separate account from the Live.com signin), so I’m hoping that won’t be a problem.

  3. Thanks, Nick. I didn’t create the cashback account until after the fact, either. But I noticed that the message that I got in my eBay inbox said “Click the Get cashback button to access or create your Microsoft account”, so it should work OK.

  4. I just got an email from Microsoft confirming my pending cash back. I have to check back 60 days after the purchase to actually claim it, though.

    “To view the details for this purchase or your other Live Search cashback transactions, sign into your Live Search cashback account. The transaction will be listed as pending for 60 days. After 60 days, we’ll let you know that it’s available for payment and you can get your cashback!”

    Of course, it ended up in my spam folder as I’m sure the followup notification will. After all, we’ve been telling spam filters for years to ignore email messages about free money from Microsoft :-)

  5. I was able to get a Logitech G15 for ~$50 when it was all said and done while here @ work. The next office over, however, was unable to see the deal on ebay. Perhaps it checks IPs and if you’re natted, tough luck.

  6. Do you think these cashbacks are generally only for the U.S. folks? I’m a Canadian hoping these type of deals are valid for me too!

  7. Does the Live account need to be connected somehow to the ebay account; should I have the live.com e-mail address in my ebay account somehow?

  8. Ted, I received a message in my eBay inbox after the purchase. It took me to the Live.com page that associated my Live.com ID with the purchase.

  9. …because I didn’t see that “Microsoft cashback” logo on any of the pages. (I was signed in to both my Live account and my eBay account.) Did anyone have success despite not seeing the logo, or am I maybe not looking in the right place. Or when you (Brian) got your message in the eBay inbox, this was despite not seeing that logo. Thanks!

  10. Ted, did you see the “You may get XX% off with PayPal if eligible” link at all? You might want to check the Fatwallet forums to see if anyone else had the same experience you did.

  11. Hey Brian: Maybe I’m confusing myself. I did see that link (save X%) on the Live.com site when I searched for “cheap laptop” but didn’t see “that at every step of the way, I saw the icon for “Microsoft cashback” at the top of the screen.” Am I reading your step incorrectly, that even on the eBay pages there should be a cashback logo at the top?

  12. Ted, you’re right. You should see a logo even on the eBay pages–when you search, when you bid, and when you pay.

    If you don’t, then you might want to try your search on a different day, different time of day, or even from a different network (say, a public hotspot).

  13. I tried to sign up to livesearch cashback but they don’t offer the service to the UK :(. Maybe they might expand in the future.

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