What type of tools are used to do invitation design?

Can anybody tell me what do we call the online tools which are used to do online image design which some companies are using now a days. For example, Pingg.com.

Also please send me some pointers to such tools. Both open source/freeware or commercial.

Or better still, can somebody tell me the name of the tool which Pingg is using. And if they are not using any tool then are they using some framework/SDK to do online editing of images/backgrounds.

Simply, i want to know how they are doing this or how such a thing can be done.

Thanks,
Nitin
nitingupta183Asked:
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David S.Commented:
For some sites it's easy to tell which tools were used to make it. For others, you would have to ask the developers. This case seems to be the latter.

Adobe's PhotoShop and Fireworks image editors are popular.  Some people use Paint Shop Pro or even GIMP instead.

There is an larger number of tools for writing the code used in those pages.
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nitingupta183Author Commented:
These tools, if I understood correctly, are used for designing the web pages. What I am looking to know is those tools/APIs which are exposed to the user of the application itself to do on the spot image or background editing, setting templates etc. This is quite popular with online Invitations and eCard portals. I am sure that they have not done it from scratch. Somewhere there must be an API which is actually doing the core stuff and these applications have just wrapped these APIs withing their user interface.

I will be glad if some one can introduce me to these tools and APIs.
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David S.Commented:
Ah. Sorry, I misunderstood what you were asking.

As far as I can tell, it's a custom system.  They are using the Prototype JavaScript framework though.
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nitingupta183Author Commented:
Yes. I also reached the same conclusion by googling around and having a peek at the page source.
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nitingupta183Author Commented:
I have got another question on the same problem. Pingg loads the invitation templates (images) previews or the thumbnails at a remarkable speed. They do open a popup and reload the trans coded version of the selected templates in a popup window.

Can anybody suggest how this fast loading is achieved? One solution to the problem is to have the content delivery network support, which is good. But additionally, is there any possibility of using a special media or content server which keeps the content for them.

If someone can shed light on the client side & the server side handling on how something similar can be done, will be great. Do the javascript frameworks like Prototype or GWT provide some options out of the box to transfer the data in some kind of reduced size form.
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David S.Commented:
They're using Lightbox 2: http://www.huddletogether.com/projects/lightbox2/

It looks like some of those images are being served from a CDN.

Sadly they've violated the terms of use for some of the scripts they are using.

> Do the javascript frameworks like Prototype or GWT provide some options out of the box to
> transfer the data in some kind of reduced size form.

As far as I know, no. Images can only be compressed so much.
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