Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Yahoo Image Search Collage Generator

Jeremy Zawodny announced the release of the Yahoo Search API a few days ago. I wanted to do something that uses the service. So, here is a quick Perl script that fires up a Yahoo! Image Search for the specified query text and displays the thumbnail images of the obtained search results in the form of a collage. The collage below was generated by saying:

yahoo_collage.pl --query flowers



You can specify the file which the collage should be written to by using the --file command-line option. For example: the following invocation of the script will query Yahoo for pictures of geeks and will write the collage to a file named geek.html.

yahoo_collage.pl --query geek --file geek.html

You can simply open geek.html in a Web Browser like Mozilla Firefox and view your collage later on.



You can download the source of the Perl script from here. I offer no guarantees, so if it breaks, you get to keep both pieces :-)


Update on March 03, 2005: I hacked the above script and generated a wallpaper after querying Yahoo Image Web Service on a set of keywords.





Check it out!

7 comments:

Abhimanyu said...

Hey...Nice One Sid!!

Francis Shanahan said...

Good job, this looks awesome.

You might enjoy this: http://www.FrancisShanahan.com/collage/bezos/bezos_b.aspx

It's the same idea but done with Amazon products. The extra twist is that each collage is interactive, you click a tile and it loads that product!

Anonymous said...

Great work Sid..Keep it up !!!

Anonymous said...

Great Job
But imagine the following scenario. Say one has a number of images of different shape (landscape, square etc.) and would like to keep the aspect ratio of the original images while setting up the collage. Any suggestion?

Sid said...

Well, I haven't tried it but the Image::Epeg module should do the trick.

http://search.cpan.org/~mcurtis/Image-Epeg-0.07/Epeg.pm

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