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December 13, 2007

Mashing Up Photoshop Elements and Excel

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to mashup a spreadsheet and a photo organizer? What if you could specify a photo, and have the application calculate something based on attributes of the items in the photo? (For example, if Photoshop Elements knows who is in the photo, it could look up their birthdate in your address book and then calculate the average age of people in the photo.) One of my RSS feeds caught a post by Daniel Gasienica that discusses an application that does just that.

The application is being built in Flex and AIR by Hector Garcia-Molina from Stanford University. The above example isn't that great, because the application isn't targeted at consumers, but rather scientists who are collecting tons of photos and metadata, with no way to calculate items based on that metadata. If you think in those terms, the value of the application becomes much clearer.

Sounds like a neat application. I wish there were screenshots to show.

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