Webmontage is a complete new program inspired by WebCollage.
Version: 1.0.0Webmontage is a complete new program inspired by WebCollage, but with more potential to give the user the fun (s)he is looking for. It has better multiplatform support through the use of PHP instead of Perl.
Operating System: Linux
Webmontage is a program very much inspired by WebCollage of Jamie Zawinski who I greatly admire for his achievement.
So what does it do?
It rips images of the web to do things with them. Currently it can create an ever changing image with pictures on it linked and the searchterm annotated or change your desktops background. Just like Jamie's webmontage it is probably illegal to use in some countries as it cannot distinguish between copyrighted or free to use imagery. So be warned you have to contemplate very carrefully how to use it's output. f.i. you might consider:
Producing wallpaper archieves
Producing clipart archives
Research and detect certain imagery
Though the latter might be in terms with the law the primery two most probably are NOT.
You can use webmontage to find wallpapers on the internet, have them optionally framed and displayed on your desktop. You can keep the original picture or throw them out after creating your desktop. Actually this is only a spinoff of the
Random image montage generation
Which is IMHO much more intresting. webmontage will find images of your choice defined by a searchitem list and place them randomy on a canvas defined by you. It will at the same time generate a imagemap
that will make it possible to click on the canvas to trace where the original picture came from. It also annotates the seachterm that was used.
Wheres the fun?
The program comes with examples on how to use it but I would like o point out that one of the nice things are the searchterm lists. f you look in the archive you will find a list that is build to create a random canvas with the tv series Lost as topic. (No I do not watch it, but luckely for you my family does giving me time to write this app). You might create such lists and exchange them with your friend. How good are your search terms can you avoid off-topic images???
· PHP5 with its basic modules:
· Curl (to retrieve urls and images)
· GD ( to handle the images)
Then ofcourse it would be nice if you know how to use it, if not, hopefully the two examples randpic.php and rndwallpaper.php will be enough to get you started the first should run out of the box, the second one might need some editing of the command line, especially when your stuck on Bill Gates mallware.