Monthly Archives: November 2009

A semi-static content CMS for Grails with Adobe AIR / Flex

In this post, I want to share my experience building a content management solution for a Grails application using Adobe AIR and XML bundles. This solution allows semi-static content to be kept externally. Main benefits are ease of deployment and desktop integration. Continue reading

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Automatic Background Removal With Pixel Bender

How do you get rid of the product backgrounds?

This was a problem that has plagued me and the other user interface developers at Pixsta ever since I started working here. Our efforts to build nice homepages and cool Facebook / Twitter apps seems almost hampered every try by the limitation that our product images always had a white background.

I decided to spend a little time investigating how we could remove backgrounds on the client-side, and immediately thought of Pixel Bender. In this post, I share the results of my experimentation and show that Pixel Bender is a viable alternative to server-side image manipulation and calculation. It really highlights the power of Flash and Flex over other client technologies like JavaScript. Continue reading