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Tamper Data for Firefox

If you ever wanted to see the data that is being sent from yoru browser to a web server or wanted to the response coming back from the server, you previously needed to resort to proxy techniques like burpproxy, listed on an interface via tcpdump or use one of the commercial traffic analysis applications.

Thanks to Adam Judson you can now do this all from the comfort of your Firefox browser using his Tamper Data extension. Tamper Data installs a new sidebar that allows you to enable/disable “tampering”. When in tamper mode, you can intercept all requests and potentially modify them before they are being sent to the receiving web server.
Highly useful if you need to debug the traffic from/to your web application directly from within your browser.

Great job, Adam!

Technorati’s David Sifry on the state of the Blogosphere

Technorati’s David Sifry posted his February 2006 State of the Blogosphere. There are some pretty incredible numbers in his report:

  • The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half months
  • On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
  • 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created

Some of the graphs in David’s post show near exponential growth. Intersting stuff, thanks David.

Bye Grant!

Grant Munsey and Sandra LaFave
A few days ago we received an email message which infromed us that Grant Munsey had passed away. I was deeply saddened by the news, but also happy to hear that his suffering had come to an end. You can read more about Grant’s 5 year struggle at

I think Grant started at Adobe in 1997 and I had the pleasure to know him for the last two years before a severe illness struck him in 2001. Grant was an immense pleasure to talk to and I’m a bit sad that I never really got to work with him on a project. Grant was also the one who convinced senior management at Adobe that it was time to give back to the Open Source community. The original exists primarily because of his efforts.

Bye Grant – you’ll be missed a lot.

Photoshop on “Sleeper Cell”

Sleeper Cell

Over the last few days the PVR at home has recorded the latest episodes of Sleeper Cell on Showtime. For those of you who have not heard about it: the show is about a terrorist sleeper cell in the US which has been infiltrated by an FBI agent. You get to know the individuals and their motives why they have decided to become terrorists. This is not your run-of-the-mill CSI-type show, but an interesting concept that tries to provides inside into the terrorists minds.

Anyway, so yesterday I watched one of the episodes when it struck me how far Photoshop has come: During one of the episodes the sleeper cell members get information on how to receive further instructions for the upcoming big-bang. They are supposed to look for a certain auction on ebay for a rug, download the image associated with the auction, revert thorugh the “liquify” filter in photoshop to retrieve the password that allows them access to a secure web site on the internet. I kid you not.


I have to chime in with my fellow Adobe bloggers and express my excitement about the merger between Macromedia and Adobe. This is going to be one heck of a combination. Now we can concentrate on unifying our technologies instead of trying to grab market shares from each other.

It was kind of strange to see MACR drop off the face of my yahoo page this morning, but it will live on under ADBE from now on.

A hearty welcome to all the new folks from San Francisco!

Javascript award of the month goes to …

JS/UIX – a Un*x-like OS for browsers, written entirely in JavaScript. And, no, I’m not kidding. This is what I can see in Firefox:

JS/UX in browser

PS: I know that Slashdot ran the story in June 2005, but I haven’t seen it yet.

Photoshop CS2 @ “Der Spiegel”

Jamiri who does comics for Spiegel Online on a regular basis seems to have received his copy of Photoshop CS2 and used it in one of his latest comics.

And for those of you who don’t speak German:
page 1:
“Who is this guy? He looks exactly like you!”
“Yes. Amazing, isn’t it?”
page 2:
“He was a freebie with Photoshop CS2.”
“Stop that.”

Create Adobe PDF Online does IPP

This is way cool! A few years ago I thought it would be nice to be able to convert documents on the Create Adobe PDF Online ( web service from your desktop directly. The Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) has been around for a few years and I was just told that the fine folks on have released it to the world.

Using IPP, you can create a printer instance on your Windows system that points to the online service. No need to have conversion software on your desktop and no need to upload the file to the web service through a browser.
I just went through the installation steps detailed on the createpdf web site and below you’ll see a screenshot of what I saw when I printed a sample page.

The top half shows the printers on my system and the bottom half shows the list of jobs for the “Create Adobe PDF Online” printer. About 30 secs later I received an email with a PDF attachment for the print job.

Great work guys!

[Edited 2005-08-20 per comments below – looks like MacOS can’t do IPP over an SSL connection, that’s why it does not work on the Mac at the moment – thanks Amit!]

create adobe pdf online does ipp

Hello world

tobias hoellrich Yes, I do feel bad that you had to look at an empty blog for the last few days – sorry about that!

I’m the guy on the right hand side (did I really post the first photo on Originally from Munich, Germany, I started working for Adobe Systems Europe in Amsterdam in 1994. There I supported European printer OEMs and taught PostScript classes all over Europe. After three years I moved to the US and began working on web-hosted applications. Create Adobe PDF Online was one of my first creations a few years ago and I’m happy that it is still going strong. At the moment I’m looking at the Digital Home space and try to figure out what role (if any) Adobe could play in your living room. I work out of my home office in Santa Fe, NM.

I have a (borderline obsessive) passion for photography and an unquenchable thirst for gadgetry (don’t tell my wife!).

And that also defines the mix that I hope to provide here in this blog. Thanks for tuning in!