PhotoSpiralysis Online App

January 1st, 2012

PhotoSpiralysis is a free online tool which lets you apply the Droste effect to your own pictures. The latest version (HTML5) works on most browsers, but does not support all features from the previous version (Silverlight). Therefore both are still available.

Start PhotoSpiralysis (HTML5)
Start PhotoSpiralysis (Silverlight)

  • Does not require plug-ins
  • Improved image quality (bicubic input sampling and supersampled output)
  • Incremental rendering (image keeps on improving while the user idles)
  • Only supports PNG image format
  • Transparent areas need to be created with an offline editor
  • Slow compared to Silverlight version (limited multithreading support in HTML5)
  • Buid in tool to create transparent areas (circle or 4-sided polygon)
  • Supports JPEG and PNG
  • Fast compared to the HTML5 version
  • Requires Silverlight plug-in
  • Not supported by Chrome or Edge. Other browsers may discontinue support in the future as well.

Silverlight not supported on Edge and Chrome

September 26th, 2015

Unfortunately Microsoft and Google decided not to support Silverlight anymore in their latest browsers. This means you can’t use Edge or Chrome to use PhotoSpiralysis.

Fortunately there are still plenty of browsers left on which PhotoSpiralysis still works like FireFox, Opera and Internet Explorer.

In the mean time I’m experimenting with a PhotoSpiralysis version using HTML5 which will make it available on any modern browser (including mobile ones!).

[Update November 13 2015]: I’ve created an HTML5 version of PhotoSpiralysis which you can access here: Epsilon. It’s still in development, so if you have any suggestions please let me know. For now I’ve tested it with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. I will try to get it compatible with other (mobile) browsers as well over the coming months.

Gamma version online!

June 4th, 2012

Today the third version of PhotoSpiralysis is released. These are the improvements compared to the beta version:

  1. Better interface
  2. Polygon cutouts (only with exactly 4 points so far)
  3. Cutout area inverts automatically with the zenith/nadir settings

There will be an update on this version soon where the following will be addressed:

  1. Variable number of polygon points
  2. Speed/quality settings

PhotoSpiralysis Beta

January 1st, 2012

Today the second version of PhotoSpiralysis is released. Where the first version (alpha) was only available as a download for Windows, PhotoSpiralysis Beta is an online browser app. It only requires Silverlight 4, which is available for both Windows and MacOS in combination with either Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

Future features

January 1st, 2012

The ‘winning’ feature off the last poll was the invertible cutout area. The cutout area is now automatically inverted with the selection of zenith or nadir.

Votes for other features are still valid for the next release: