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February 12 2014

15:36

35 Best HTML5 Development Tools To Save Your Time

Are you running out of time? Want to save your time without compromising on the quality of your work? Here is the solution for you. Have a look at this collection of 35 best and most useful HTML5 development tools that not only save your time but also improve your productivity as well. The introduction of HTML5 has greatly modernized the designing and development industry and completely altered the way development was done before.

Check them out and pick the ones you like the best. We hope that you will like this collection and find these amazing HTML5 development tools useful for you. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always more than welcome. Let us have a look. Enjoy!

HTML KickStart

HTML KickStart is a ultra–lean set of HTML5, CSS, and jQuery (javascript) files, layouts, and elements designed to give you a headstart and save you a lot of hours on your next web project.

Patternizer

Patternizer is an easy to use stripe pattern generator. It’s lots of fun and free!

Font Dragr

A revolutionary way to test custom fonts in the browser. No coding, no uploading, just drag and drop.

CreateJS

A suite of Javascript libraries & tools for building rich, interactive experiences with HTML5.

Sprite Box

Spritebox is a WYSIWYG tool to help web designers quickly and easily create CSS classes and IDs from a single sprite image. It is based on the principle of using the background-position property to align areas of a sprite image into block elements of a web page. It was made using a combination of JQuery, CSS3 and HTML5, and is totally free to use.

Adobe Typekit

Adobe TypeKit is a cloud-based service that offers a vast library of web safe fonts to add flair to your webpage designs. Learn more.

Online 3D Sketch Tool

A drawing application that lets you save and share replays of your work with friends.

Liveweave

Liveweave is a HTML5, CSS3 & JavaScript playground for web designers and developers.

The HTML5 Test

The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5?

Moqups

The most stunning HTML5 App for creating high fidelity, resolution independent SVG mockups and wireframes.

Stitches

Stitches – An HTML5 sprite sheet generator.

SproutCore

SproutCore is an open-source framework for building blazingly fast, innovative user experiences on the web.

Zebra

HTML5 Canvas Rich UI JavaScript Library.

Less Framework

Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.

Webdirections

Rendera

Type in your HTML code and see it rendered in realtime. Then style it with CSS. You can use any of the HTML5 or CSS3 tags your browser supports.

CanvasLoader Creator

The Heartcode CanvasLoader Creator is a free online tool which you can use to generate scripted preloaders (spinners or throbblers) for your HTML projects. The Creator is using the CanvasLoader UI Library.

On/Off Flipswitch HTML5/CSS3 Generator

Generate pure CSS3 On/Off flipswitches with animated transitions.

Adobe Edge Animate

Adobe Edge Animate is the premier HTML software with integrated tools for creating compliant cross-browser animation and other content.

Initializr

Initializr is an HTML5 templates generator to help you getting started with a new project based on HTML5 Boilerplate. It generates for you a clean customizable template with just what you need to start!

LimeJS

LimeJS is a HTML5 game framework for building fast, native-experience games for all modern touchscreens and desktop browsers.

CreateM

Create.js is a comprehensive web editing interface for Content Management Systems. It is designed to provide a modern, fully browser-based HTML5 environment for managing content. Create can be adapted to work on almost any content management backend.

Twitter Bootstrap

Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development.

Foundation

The most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world.

Skeleton

Skeleton is a small collection of CSS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone.

Montage HTML5 Framework

An HTML5 framework for building modern Web Apps.

Edge Code

Adobe Edge Code (Preview) is a lightweight HTML and CSS editing tool that includes preview, quick editing, and integrated visual design features to help you speed up the development of your projects.

Edge Inspect

dobe Edge Inspect is a workflow and preview tool for testing and simulating across multiple mobile web browsers.

Edge Webfonts

Adobe Edge Web Fonts provides access to a suite of free web fonts to use immediately in your websites.

PhoneGap Build

Adobe PhoneGap Build is a cloud-based service for creating apps without downloading iPhone, Android, or Blackberry SDKs.

Html5 Video Voting

This tool allows you to gather feedback on your videos. Voting is exquisitely simple. All you do is click on the video and use the spacebar to submit your vote, it will automatically populate the bar graph above.

HTML5 Reset

This tool allows the developer a way of resetting the clock. It enables web designers to take their old website designs and re-write them as if the first code they every dealt with was HTML5.

Video.js

Video.js is a JavaScript and CSS library that makes it easier to work with and build on HTML5 video. This is also known as an HTML5 Video Player.

Mercury Editor

Mercury is a full featured HTML5 editor. It was built from the ground up to help your team get the most out of content editing in modern browsers.

Maqetta

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

December 16 2013

14:00

Easy Ways to Contribute to Open-source Projects

When the jQuery project first started, I remember how passionate the team was about helping developers use the jQuery JavaScript library. It was a labor of love with all of us putting in countless numbers of hours, day and night, to help grow the project and the developer community. And we did those for free because we just loved doing it. But as the project grew, so did the expectations from the community in terms of features and support. And this is where most open-source efforts fail to scale.

I think most developers that put out OSS software do it for altruistic reasons wanting to give back to the community something that may solve a critical problem.

As community needs grow, you need to find ways to have more time to focus on features. You can do this by growing your team but that’s not always a solution. On the jQuery project, we increased team size and delegated work but even so, being a volunteer-based effort meant the project was reliant on other people’s availability. And with all of us having full-time jobs and many with family responsibilities, I can say that we managed to accomplish a lot with very little availability.

The other option that manifested was the ability to fund time to focus on working on specific tasks. This typically came in the form of sponsorships from name-brand companies that had made substantial internal investments into jQuery and wanted the project to succeed. This actually worked well because it allowed team members to be able to specifically focus on meeting the community needs and focus their abilities on the tough areas that required a lot of dedicated attention.

Now please don’t think this just came about overnight. It took a long time before anyone wanted to contribute to the project and proving the value of the effort was the critical component to that. jQuery is an important part of many sites and products but that following developed over years of hard work and consistency and is not the norm for most OSS projects. And most OSS projects will never enjoy the level of success and notoriety jQuery has simply because of timing or even being “too niche”.

And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I think most developers that put out OSS software do it for altruistic reasons wanting to give back to the community something that may solve a critical problem. So how do these projects get a leg up like the jQuery project did?

Let’s explore this.


OSS Consumers vs. Contributors

I’ve not met someone (both offline and online) who hasn’t used some open-source software. That’s a pretty big deal because it shows that OSS is everywhere. Developers rely on it to start-up their next great idea. Companies leverage it to lower costs. And governments use it to ensure their meeting the needs of their communities. To say it’s pervasive would be an understatement.

The one thing I’ve felt for a long time, though, is that there’s a definite imbalance between consumers and contributors. The ease with which someone can grab a piece of OSS software and run with it due to flexible licensing and little to no cost makes it incredibly easy to forget that someone out there is actually writing and supporting that software. If you simply consume without considering the time, effort and costs involved in that piece of software, there’s a strong likelihood that down the road you’ll be impacted when the project fails. The road to OSS is littered with failed and abandoned projects created by developers with all the right intentions but just didn’t have the resources to keep it going.


How to Give Back

It’s not to say that you need to go all-in like Facebook did with PHP but there are many ways of helping a project from which you’ve taken something that’s valuable to you and your business. Some low hanging fruit are:

  • Contribute code – Most projects use GitHub which makes creating pull requests insanely easy
  • Contribute time – Projects are always looking for people to help with documentation, support and evangelism
  • Write a blog post – Easy enough to write something that makes using a tool easier for others
  • Ask your employer for time – If you’re using a piece of OSS software at work, ask your employer for company time to contribute back
  • Ask your employer to donate back code – Along the same lines, if you’re extending functionality consider contributing it back under the same license of the project

Many projects have pages similar to this that explain specifically how to contribute.

If for whatever reason you can’t offer any of these, you should consider helping to fund some of these efforts. “How?” you ask.


Donating Online

There have been platforms springing up that are designed to solve this problem and we’re going to take a look at two of the most populars ones.

Bountysource – The OSS Projects Funding Platform

bountysource-logo

Recently, I came across a fundraiser for RVM (Ruby Version Manager). If you’ve ever coded in Ruby on Rails, then I’m pretty sure you know how important RVM is. Unfortunately, it’s main sponsor was ending its support and the project needed to find another sponsor so they took to a novel site called Bountysource which aims to provide a funding platform for open-source software.

bounty-rvm

I found this totally awesome because there really wasn’t a resource like this for the jQuery project (or MooTools, Prototype, et al) that could allow a project to spin up a fundraising page with all the tools to collect donations. And of course, it allows individuals to browser projects they’d like to help fund and donate via PayPal or Google Wallet.

What really impressed me is that fact that a project can list out the things they want to accomplish and through crowdsourcing, the community can help to fund the completion of the specific features through developer payouts (called a “bounty”). So say that you really wanted $.Deferred functionality in Zepto.js. You could contribute to the feature request to entice the community to implement and once it’s done, the bounty would be paid out to the person(s) who did it.

bounty-zepto

The service addresses the need of the project, even to the point of breaking down the bounties to specific tasks and values but also allows the community to decide what’s important and fund the development of that feature. It’s a bit of a KickStarter for open-source. Very cool.

Gittip – Crowdfunding People Who Inspire You

gittip-logo

Gittip is a service I found out about because of John Resig. He’s been a real advocate of the service and that says a lot.

gittip-home

To quote John:

I saw a great opportunity for the development team at Khan Academy to give back to the Open Source community in ways that were not just code-related.

It’s very different from Bountysource in that it’s meant to offer small weekly cash gifts to individuals that you feel are providing you a value. You can give any amount you want up to $100 per week. This is actually a great resource for those single-man projects where the lone coder is adding features, answering support emails and working the community. It might seem inconsequential but even donating five dollars per week to that developer may be what he/she needs to ensure they know their work is appreciated.

There are over 650 communities listed on Gittip and choosing one will display all of the top givers and receivers:

gittip-js

This also allows you to drill-down into individual profile pages to allow you to contribute to some who inspires you:

gittip-resig

And in keeping inline with its OSS ethos, Gittip even allows you to checkout its source code via its Github repo.


More “Do” than “How”

The point of this article is to drive home the importance of contributing back to open-source. If you’re a consumer, then you should seriously evaluate how valuable that library or tool is to you and figure out how to support it. If the project isn’t on Bountysource or Gittip, why not reach out to the project owner and ask them to join so you can donate.

And just because you may not be interested in contributing code doesn’t mean you can’t leverage other skills to help a project grow. In my opinion, the single biggest need of an open-source project are people who know how to work with a community. Soft skills are so important and from my experiences, sorely lacking.

The main thing is that there really is no excuse not to contribute back when you find something valuable. Just because it’s “free” doesn’t mean that a lot of investment wasn’t placed into it and if you don’t support it, it may just go away some day.

November 18 2013

16:13

42 Fresh Tools And Resources for Developers And Designers

In this round up, we are presenting a collection of 42 new resources and tools for the developers and designers. These tools and resources can save their time and let them perform their job quite easily and effortlessly, thus increasing the productivity. Every designer and developer makes use of some sort of time saving tools. Therefore, we thought to compile a collection of 42 new and useful resources and tools for developers and designers.
Here is the full collection after the jump. We hope that you will like this collection. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Your comments are always welcome. Enjoy!

CSS Modal

CSS Modal is built out of pure CSS. JavaScript is only for sugar. This makes them perfectly accessible. The modals are designed using responsive web design methods. They work on all screen sizes from a small mobile phone up to high resolution screens.

JSHint

JSHint is a tool that helps to detect errors and potential problems in your JavaScript code. To start enter your JavaScript below and click the Lint button.

Light Table IDE

Light Table is a new interactive IDE that lets you modify running programs and embed anything from websites to games. It provides the real time feedback we need to not only answer questions about our code, but to understand how our programs really work.

CSS Trashman

The trashman examines your site’s live DOM and reverse engineers a new, more elegant definition that captures styles down to the pixel.

Prepros

Preprocessing just got easier with Prepros Enjoy the dead simple design & development workflow.

Browserhacks

Browserhacks is an extensive list of browser specific CSS and JavaScript hacks from all over the interwebs.

Learn CSS Layout

This site teaches the CSS fundamentals that are used in any website’s layout.

PiCSSel-art

PiCSSel-art is a very useful drawing tool to draw pixel art and get it in CSS. Draw pixel art using CSS only.

Markdown.css

CSS to make HTML markup look like plain-text markdown.

Validatrn

Cross Browser HTML5 Form Validation.

LESS Prefixer

LESS Prefixer is a set of LESS mixins that let you use vendor-prefixed CSS properties without the prefixes. It uses some simple conventions and gets out of the way so you can use the CSS you already know, but with less typing.

Csscss – A CSS Redundancy Analyze

Csscss will parse any CSS files you give it and let you know which rulesets have duplicated declarations.

CSSO – Structural Optimization of CSS Files

CSSO (CSS Optimizer) is a CSS minimizer unlike others. In addition to usual minification techniques it can perform structural optimization of CSS files, resulting in smaller file size compared to other minifiers.

Cascade Framework

Semantic and non-semantic grid layouts, base templates, table designs, navigation elements, typography and lots, lots more.

Responsable Framework

Responsable uses the power of less and sass to bring you a perfect responsive framework.

jQuery Learning Center

There’s a lot more to learn about building web sites and applications with jQuery than can fit in API documentation. If you’re looking for explanations of the basics, workarounds for common problems, best practices, and how-tos, you’re in the right place!

Mueller Grid System

MUELLER is a modular grid system for responsive/adaptive and non–responsive layouts, based on Compass. You have full control over column width, gutter width, baseline grid and media–queries.

Pure

A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project.

PocketGrid

Tiny and powerful CSS grid system.

Kraken

A lightweight, mobile-first boilerplate for front-end web developers.

.Fitgrid

.FITGRD is the lightweight & sexy looking responsive grid for your next awesome website.

Mosto Framework for Forms

A lightweight framework for forms.

Typeplate

Frameworks make decisions for you about how to organize, structure and design a site. Pattern libraries don’t separate styling and markup, making them tough to use in a truly modular fashion. We weren’t satisfied, so we made a thing that doesn’t do that.

Topcoat

CSS for Clean & Fast Web Apps.

Flatdoc

Flatdoc is the fastest way to create a site for your open source project.

svg.js

A lightweight library for manipulating and animating SVG.

Midway.js

Midway.js makes it super easy to automatically center the responsive elements on your websites.

WideArea

WideArea is simple and lightweight JavaScript and CSS library (2KB JS and 4KB CSS) which helps you to write better, simpler and faster.

Gif.js

Full-featured JavaScript GIF encoder that runs in your browser.

Countable.js

Countable is a JavaScript function to add live paragraph-, word- and character-counting to an HTML element. Countable is a zero-dependency library and comes in at 1KB when minified and gzipped.

Packery

Packery makes your crazy & clever layout a real thing. Be clever. Get crazy.

Highlight.js

Highlight.js highlights syntax in code examples on blogs, forums and in fact on any web pages. It’s very easy to use because it works automatically: finds blocks of code, detects a language, highlights it.

Intern

Intern takes the stress out of testing your Web app.

Chart.js

Easy, object oriented client side graphs for designers and developers.

Draggabilly

Make that shiz draggable.

React

A JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

Pedestal

An open source tool set for building web applications in Clojure.

Helios

Helios is an open-source framework that provides essential backend services for iOS apps, from data synchronization and push notifications to in-app purchases and passbook integration. It allows developers to get a client-server app up-and-running in just a few minutes, and seamlessly incorporate functionality as necessary.

RoughDraft.js

Quickly create and prototype a full interactive HTML mock-up without duplicating markup, server-side loops/code, or having to source fake content (lorem ipsum text/images).

Red Pen

Red Pen lets you upload your design, share a short URL, and get live, annotated feedback super-fast. It remembers you— no project management, no complexity, no bullshit.

Fake Images Please?

When designing websites, you may not have the images you need at first. But you already know the sizes and inserting some placeholders can help you better seeing the layout. Don’t waste your time making dummy images for your mockup or wireframe. Fakeimg.pl is a little tool that generates images with an URL. Choose the size, the colors, even the text.

Preboot

Preboot is a comprehensive and flexible collection of LESS utilities. Its original variables and mixins became the precursor to Bootstrap. Since then, it’s all come full circle.

September 23 2013

14:32

18 Free Responsive Bootstrap Themes And Resources

Are you looking for some freebie responsive bootstrap theme? I your answer is yes, then look no further. You have come to the right place. In this round up, we are presenting 18 top and free responsive bootstrap themes, skins as well as resources for you. All of these themes are suitable for WordPress, Joomla or any web projects. In addition, these themes come with unlimited sources that include responsive layout designs that are compatible with all mobile devices, form as well as button managers that drag components into the HTML editor to generate code on the fly.

Enjoy looking into this collection and have more fun in using them for your works. Do let us know what you feel about this round up. So browse through and splash!

Twitter Bootstrappers

This is an extension to the Twitter Bootstrap framework. It makes creating pretty buttons easy.

Bootstrap Admin

A clean, minimalistic administration theme based on Twitter’s Bootstrap.

Bootstrap WysiHTML5

Bootstrap-wysihtml5 is a javascript plugin that makes it easy to create simple, beautiful wysiwyg editors with the help of wysihtml5 and Twitter Bootstrap.

X-editable

This library allows you to create editable elements on your page. It can be used with any engine (bootstrap, jquery-ui, jquery only) and includes both popup and inline modes.

Tonic – Free Twitter Bootstrap WordPress Theme

Big bold text, rounded images, colorful buttons are some of the features you’ll find in Tonic. Play around with the new Theme Options customizer to get it working for your site.

BootstrapWP

Use Bootstrap with WordPress for a solid base for custom theme development.

Fashionistas

Fashionistas is a bold and fun theme built on Bootstrap, suitable for magazine style blogs.

jQuery UI Bootstrap

This is a live preview of jQuery UI Bootstrap – a project we started to bring the beauty of Twitter Bootstrap to jQuery UI widgets. With this theme, not only do you get the ability to use Bootstrap-themed widgets, but you can now also use (most) of Twitter Bootstrap side-by-wide with it without components breaking visually.

Grid displayer for Twitter Bootstrap

In-browser web design made easier with this bookmarklet which displays the grid of your favourite front-end framework.

Twitter Bootstrap Button

Twitter Bootstrap Button Generator – the easiest way how to set up your buttons based on Twitter Bootstrap in a seconds.

Roots Theme

Roots is a WordPress starter theme based on HTML5 Boilerplate & Bootstrap that will help you make better themes.

Kickstrap

A complete kit for making websites. The first of its kind, Kickstrap is a no-install front-end framework with apps, themes, and extras.

Bootstrap 0.9.3

This one uses the Atom 2.0 core, which is in beta stage. So back-up your theme settings before doing upgrades, because most likely you will loose them, as they are not final. You should only use this theme for testing and experimental purposes until 1.0 is released.

WordPress Bootstrap theme

We’ve built the WordPress Bootstrap theme so that it could be used as-is or as a starting point for theme developers. It’s built on top of the brilliant Bones theme framework by Eddie Machado and based on v2.1.1 of Twitter’s Bootstrap.

Customizr

Enjoy designing your website live from the WP customizer screen. Choose your options : skin, logo, social profiles, slider, layout, home featured blocks… you can even customize your css live.

JSN Boot

Free Joomla Bootstrap Template.

Bootstrappage

Great Opportunity for the Bootstrap Web Templates Developers: Get Free templates from the bootstrappage.com modify them optimized them and send back to bootstrappage for sell and make money.

Bootstrap for WordPress

Simply install it like you would any other WordPress theme and your on your way.

June 03 2013

17:45

14 Online Code Editors For Web Designers And Developers

Looking for some online code editors, but could not find out up-to-date and most recent online editors? If yes, then this post is for you. Majority of the online code editors on the web are outdated, depreciated and are not for the modern web design. This is the reason why we have compiled this post.

Below, you will discover some useful and fresh online code editors that you would actually want to use. Without any further ado, we are presenting the complete list of 14 online code editors that you would actually consider using. Let us have a look at this collection.

Codeanywhere

Codeanywhere is a code editor in a browser with an integrated ftp client, and all popular web formats are supported (HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, and XML).

CSSDesk

CSSDesk is a online HTML/CSS sandbox. Experiment with CSS, see the results live, and share your code with others.

jsdo.it

jsdo.it is a coding community for front-end engineers such as web designers, mark-up engineers, and JavaScript engineers. This is an online editor where you can try running your codes as you write. You can save your codes online as well as show them to the public as your work. Don’t worry even if you are not confident in your skill! Arrange shared codes and learn cutting-edge techniques.

BuildorPro

BuildorPro uses visual, code editing and debugging tools to provide an extremely agile method of creating and managing your site’s design & markup.

Squad

Squad is a web-based collaborative code editor. We make it simple to open, edit and share code in real time.

Codeita

Codeita is cloud-based software for prototyping and developing websites and web applications. It allows users to work together in a social environment, to create, edit and deploy web projects in a LAMP software bundle. Codeita makes it easy for developers to manage code, files and databases right from a browser-based dashboard.

Drawter

Drawter is a tool written in JavaScript and based on jQuery library. It provides you the possibility to literally draw your website’s code. It runs on every single web-browser which makes it really useful and helpful. Each tag is presented as a layer you have drawn.

ShiftEdit

Free online IDE for web development with built-in FTP.

Maqetta

Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces. The Maqetta application itself is authored in HTML, and therefore runs in the browser without requiring additional plugins or downloads.

Jsfiddle

Mootools shell, easy test you snippets before implementing.

Cloud IDE

Codenvy IDE, A multi-tenant, hosted development environment that enables social coding – the collaborative development of applications, gadgets and mashups that can be deployed to a PaaS.

Dabblet

An interactive CSS playground and code sharing tool. Dabblet saves to Github gists and offers many conveniences for CSS editing.

Thimble, by Mozilla

Thimble makes it ridiculously simple to create your own web pages. Write and edit HTML and CSS right in your browser. Instantly preview your work. Then host and share your finished pages with a single click. Easy, huh?

Cloud9

Your code anywhere, anytime… Write, run, and debug your code with our powerful and flexible cloud IDE. Collaborate on your workspaces publicly, or keep them private. The choice is yours!

May 21 2013

19:07

11 Useful And Free CSS UI Kits

We have previously presented many user interface (UI) kits for our designers fellows but rarely have compiled UI kits that have been exclusively built with CSS. This is something that many designers are looking for. So, look no further as here we are presenting 11 free CSS UI Kits for you. All of these 11 UI kits have been coded with CSS and contain a wide range of common web UI elements. These UI kits and more precisely the common web UI elements are the resources that you will need to build your own wireframe. We hope that you will find this collection useful for you.

Here is the full list after the small jump. We hope that you like this collection. Feel free to download as many as you like. Also, let us know what you think about this compilation. Your comments are always more than welcome. Enjoy!

CSS User Interface UI Kit

Gumby Framework provides huge buttons, navigation and other CSS UI kits which are easy to implement.

Ui.css

ui.css is a tool for creating clean user interfaces for the web. The download includes a css file with styles for all the elements, including :hover and :active states.

Designer CSS UI Kit

This UI kit has been designed and hand-coded from scratch in HTML5 taking advantage of modern CSS3 techniques, it includes a range of common user interface elements and font stacks, which look beautiful in modern browsers and degrade gracefully in Internet Explorer.

CSS3 UI Kit

Here is fully coded CSS3 UI Kit. This includes everything from a search box, checkboxes, radio buttons, and more! Everything is code.

Icon Deposit CSS3 UI Kit (PSD+CSS)

This CSS3 UI Kit includes everything from GUI switches and buttons, to radio buttons and checkboxes. I also included the Photoshop PSD file for those who want to edit the design or make the images bigger.

All CSS UI-kits

This set includes web CSS UI elements that works in both bright and dark enviroments.

Pure CSS UI Kit

Massive CSS3 UI Kit

A huge assortment of UI elements made in nearly only CSS. Only one image (the arrow of the dropdown), no javascript, no extra markup.

Metro UI CSS

Metro UI CSS a set of styles to create a site with an interface similar to Windows 8 Metro UI. This set of styles was developed as a self-contained solution.

CSS Grid UI Set

Futurico UI HTML

Futurico UI HTML is written using the SASS preprocessor. If you are not familiar with SASS you can use the CSS version instead

 

December 26 2011

16:35

Best Of 2011: Best Useful jQuery Plugins And Tutorials

jQuery is one of the most accepted JavaScript library that possesses an enormous collection of plugins which makes it even more powerful. On the other hand, there is a good deal of additional codes or modules, from simple alert functions to multifaceted galleries or form validation methods, that are hard-coded inside websites & not convinced to plugins.

Of course, not each code must become a plugin that would be worthless. However converting the ones to be re-utilized will save loads of improvement time & if shared with the community, will make the code itself better.

In this post, you will unearth some of the most excellent, interesting fresh and useful jQuery plugins and tutorials that were created in 2011.

File Uploads with jQuery

( Demo | Download )
This plugin will allow people to upload photos from their computers by dragging and dropping them onto the browser window, possible with the new HTML5 APIs exposed by modern browsers.

ComboGrid

( Demo | Download )
Combogrid, like autocomplete, when added to an input field, enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated list of values as they type, but in a tabular and paginated manner. Combogrid provides keyboard navigation support for selecting an item.

MotionCAPTCHA

( Demo | Download )
MotionCAPTCHA is a jQuery CAPTCHA plugin, based on the HTML5 Canvas Harmony procedural drawing tool by Mr Doob and the Unistroke Gesture Regonizer algorithm (and the more recent Protractor algorithm improvement), requiring users to sketch the shape they see in the canvas in order to submit a form.

Elastislide

( Demo | Download )
With the responsive awakening in web design it becomes important to not only take care of the visual part of a website but also of the functionality. Elastislide is a responsive jQuery carousel that will adapt its size and its behavior in order to work on any screen size. Inserting the carousel’s structure into a container with a fluid width will also make the carousel fluid.

Spin.js

( Demo | Download )
The spin method creates the necessary HTML elements and starts the animation. If a target element is passed as argument, the spinner is added as first child and horizontally and vertically centered.

Craftyslide

( Demo | Download )
Craftyslide is a tiny (just 2kb) slideshow built on jQuery. Craftyslide aims to be different, by providing a simple, no-frills method of displaying images; packaged into a small, clean and efficient plugin.

Arbor.js

( Demo | Download )
Arbor is a graph visualization library built with web workers and jQuery. Rather than trying to be an all-encompassing framework, arbor provides an efficient, force-directed layout algorithm plus abstractions for graph organization and screen refresh handling.

Recurly.js

( Demo | Download )
Recurly.js allows you to easily embed a PCI compliant order form within your website. Recurly.js is a Javascript library designed to be easily embedded and customized to match your website.

Ideal Forms

( Demo | Download )
Ideal Forms is a small framework to build powerful and beautiful online forms.

How to Block Adblock

( Demo | Download )
With this friendly jQuery plugin you can easily blog Block Adblock.

Power PWChecker

( Demo | Download )
Power PWChecker jQueryPlugin observes passwords as users type and provide instant password strength check (Weak, Medium, or Strong). This encourages users to review their password selection and ensure that the password is strong and secure. Power PWChecker also allows you to enforce password length policy by specifying minimum and maximum password length. It also matches password entries and provides visual alert in case of inconsistent passwords.

Sisyphus

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Imagine you’re filling a complex form on site, or typing effervescent and extensive comment. And when you’re almost done with that browser is crashed, or you closed tab mistakenly, or electricity is turned off, or something else break your efforts. Disgusting, huh? With Sisyphus on site you just reopen page in your modern (with HTML5 support) browser and see all your changes at that forms. It’s lightweight (3.5 KB) jQuery plugin uses Local Storage to prevent your work being lost.

Response Javascript

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Response JS is a lightweight jQuery plugin that gives web designers tools for building performance-optimized, mobile-first responsive websites. It provides semantic ways to dynamically swap code blocks based on breakpoints and serve media progressively via HTML5 data attributes. Its object methods give developers hooks for triggering responsive actions and booleans for testing responsive properties.

Responsly.js

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Responsive designs are cool! Not only do they allow you to reach mobile and tablet users with minimal effort, they also make your context scale up for desktop users with larger screens.

Fitvids.js

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A lightweight, easy-to-use jQuery plugin for fluid width video embeds.

Isotope

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Isotope: An exquisite jQuery plugin for magical layouts

Slidorion

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Slidorion is a combination of an image slider and an accordion; displaying beautiful content through various effects.

Diapo

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With Diapo plugin you can creat a beautiufl slideshow.

Minimit

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Minimit Gallery is a highly customizable Jquery plugin that does galleries, slideshows, carousels, slides… pratically everything that has multiple states.

Circular Content Carousel

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The idea is to have some content boxes that we can slide infinitely (circular). When clicking on the “more” link, the respective item moves to the left and a content area will slide out. Now we can navigate through the carousel where each step will reveal the next or previous content box with its expanded content. Clicking on the closing cross will slide the expanded content area back in and animate the item to its original position.

HTML5 Music Player

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With this plugin you can create HTML5 Music Player.

jQuery Mobile

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A unified, HTML5-based user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, and has a flexible, easily themeable design.

Lettering.js

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A jQuery plugin for radical web typography.

Multi Node Range Data Slider jQ Slider

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JQ Slider is a multi-node range and data slider that allows to provide easy-to-use user data selection and filter tool. It can be used in many ways.

Xml Driven Vertical News Scroller Script Using jQuery vScroller

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Adding scrolling content to your website or blog makes much sense – it allows you display latest news, promotions, product updates, announcements, upcoming events, calendar items and much more in a limited space. It also allows you to add dynamic content to otherwise static web pages.

jQuery Sliding Content Bar Plugin

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It is a smart and quick content bar that you can integrate easily in any website or web application. It is integrated seamlessly in your website and can be popped up whenever required. PushUp Content Bar is easy to customize and strong enough to rely upon. You can add your contact details, location map via Google Maps, and a simple contact form that visitors can use to make contact with you.

Gmap3

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gmap3 is a jquery plugin which allows many manipulation of the google map API version 3.

Skitter

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With this plugin you can generate outstanding slideshows for your website.

jFontSize

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The jFontSize plugin was developed to facilitate the process of creating the famous buttons A+ and A-, which alter the font size on sites with very large texts, such as blogs, journals, tutorials, etc. This tool is also used to increase the accessibility of sites, helping people who have visual problems to see better content

Wave Display Effect with jQuery

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How cool is it to sometimes just display content a little bit differently? This plugin let’s you show images and content in a unique form – a wave. The idea is to initially have some smaller thumbnails rotated and placed in the shape of a sine curve. When clicking on a thumbnail, we’ll “zoom” in to see a medium sized version. Clicking again will make the large content area appear; here we will show some more content.

Simple jQuery Fluid Thumbnail menu Bar

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The idea of a fluid thumbnail bar is simple: Create a list of thumbnails within a space where the overflow can be flipped through page by page.

Useful image hover slide effect with jQuery

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jQuery plugin: Easy Image Zoom

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This is a simple technique to animate an image when hovering using jQuery’s animate() effect. We will use this effect to manipulate our CSS, creating a seamless transition between two areas of an image.

ImageLens

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Use this jQuery plug-in to add lens style zooming effect to an image

Slides

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Slides is a slideshow plugin for jQuery that is built with simplicity in mind. Packed with a useful set of features to help novice and advanced developers alike create elegant and user-friendly slideshows.

jShowOff

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Slides is a slideshow plugin for jQuery that is built with simplicity in mind. Packed with a useful set of features to help novice and advanced developers alike create elegant and user-friendly slideshows.

Easy Paginate

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This plugin allows you to browse easily through the list of items with pagination controls. It is very easy to implement and very lightweight so it might come in handy to use in your own projects. It’s main purpose is to view certain number of list items at once, but it can also be set up to view one item by one.

Responsive Image Gallery with Thumbnail Carousel

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Today we want to show you how to create a responsive image gallery with a thumbnail carousel using Elastislide. Inspired by Twitter’s “user gallery” and upon a request to show an integration of Elastislide, we want to implement a responsive gallery that adapts to the view-port width. The gallery will have a view switch that allows to view it with the thumbnail carousel or without. We’ll also add the possibility to navigate with the keyboard.

PhotoSwipe

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Today we want to show you how to create a responsive image gallery with a thumbnail carousel using Elastislide. Inspired by Twitter’s “user gallery” and upon a request to show an integration of Elastislide, we want to implement a responsive gallery that adapts to the view-port width. The gallery will have a view switch that allows to view it with the thumbnail carousel or without. We’ll also add the possibility to navigate with the keyboard.

Elycharts

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Elycharts is a pure javascript charting library, easy to use and completely customizable.

Blueberry

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Blueberry is an experimental opensource jQuery image slider plugin which has been written specifically to work with fluid/responsive web layouts.

GALLERIA

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Galleria is a JavaScript image gallery framework built on top of the jQuery library. The aim is to simplify the process of creating professional image galleries for the web and mobile devices.

jQuery Image Gallery

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With this plugin you can create a beautiful jQuery Image Gallery.

Shuffle Letters Effect

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This jQuery plugin that will shuffle the text content of any DOM element – an interesting effect that can be used in headings, logos and slideshows.

SmartGallery

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SmartGallery is an interactive image gallery that is specifically designed to support huge data. It is lightweight, lightening fast and fully customizable. Powered by jQuery, SmartGallery comes with twelve transition effects including some unique transition effect and thumbnail navigation.

BxSlider

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BxSlider will allow you to create a beautiful Content Slider for your website.

FitText

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FitText makes font-sizes flexible. Use this plugin on your fluid or responsive layout to achieve scalable headlines that fill the width of a parent element.

jQuery Pagination revised

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The pagination plugin combines a varity of features. It can be used to divide long lists or areas of content into multiple seperate pages, load paged content with pre-calculated database offset-parameters via Ajax and anything with full control to adapt the style properly to your site-layout. Of course, creating simple links with no event triggering is possible as well. The plugin also offers the facility to “overlap” pages, which means you can show elements of previous pages on the subsequent sites in order to allow a straightforward flow of reading.

E24TabMenu

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e24TabMenu is a plugin written for scriptaculous. It is a tab menu that expands collapse smoothly.

Snippet

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Snippet provides a quick and easy way of highlighting source code passages in HTML documents.

AJAX PAYPAL CART

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AJAX PayPal Cart is a easy to use JQuery plugin for web developer to add a full function shopping cart in their website. The AJAX cart can included a cart widget which allow display of cart information easily. Support PayPal Website Payment Standard.

jQuery is one of the most accepted JavaScript library that possesses an enormous collection of plugins which makes it even more powerful. On the other hand, there is a good deal of additional codes or modules, from simple alert functions to multifaceted galleries or form validation methods, that are hard-coded inside websites & not convinced to plugins.

Of course, not each code must become a plugin that would be worthless. However converting the ones to be re-utilized will save loads of improvement time & if shared with the community, will make the code itself better.

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September 26 2011

10:56

Infographic: The State Of Open Source Adoption

The goal of this infographic was to highlight assumptions and myths that the proprietary community might be existing under, namely, that open source was somehow inferior to proprietary software. But if you want to know the truth with facts and statistics so this graphic is for you. This infographic illustrated on the data collected in the surveys on systems management in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 to determine systems management usage trends among IT professionals who attended the USENIX Large Installation System Administration (LISA) conference.

From data collection to execution of this infographic was done by Zenoss. We would love to know what you are thinking while viewing this infographic. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter.

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July 19 2011

07:15

7 Communication Software That Every Linux User Should Know About

Linux is an excellent open source operating system, but the reason why many people hesitate to try it is because of the limited number applications available. Today, we have gathered a list of useful instant messaging clients which every Linux users should try.

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Kopete Instant Messenger

Kopete is a multi network instant messaging client which supports many services including AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. Kopete also features tools to enhance your instant messaging experience, such as message encryption, archiving, and many other fun and useful effects.

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Empathy

Empathy is a messaging program which supports text, voice, and video chat and file transfers over many different protocols including Google Talk, MSN, IRC, Salut, AIM, Facebook, Yahoo!, Gadu Gadu, Groupwise, ICQ and QQ.

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Pidgin

Pidgin is one of my favorite instant messaging clients which allow users to connect to many chat networks including AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk and many more. Other features include file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. There are numerous plugins available which improves the functionality of the Pidgin.

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aMSN

aMSN is an free open source MSN Messenger clone which allow users to connect to MSN and chat with their friends. Other features include Offline Messaging, Voice Clips, display pictures, custom emoticons, multi-language support (around 40 languages currently supported), webcam support, sign in to more than one account at once, full-speed File transfers, group support and much more.

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Gwibber

Gwibber is an open source micro-blogging client which helps users connect to all the popular social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and many more. Other feature of Gwibber include URL shortener, spell checking support, multicolumn interface to view different streams and much more.

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xChat

xChat is an IRC chat software for Linux which allows you to join multiple chat rooms at the same time, talk publicly, private conversations, file transfers and more.

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BitlBee

BitlBee is another excellent open source IM client for Linux which enables users to log in to multiple IM protocols including XMPP/Jabber (including Google Talk), MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM and Twitter.

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October 07 2010

23:12

The 5 Useful (And Unknown) Operating Systems You Probably Never Heard Of

This is one of the very best list of its kind where you can find out of the box operating systems that you probably never heard of and these would be great enough to bookmark or just for knowledge. I hope everyone of you will like this list, you can try these whether you are an office worker, a manager, a supervisor, a student, a home user, etc. These are really amazing in respect to their features. This is the list of Five Operating Systems You Probably Never Heard Of. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

Jolicloud

Jolicloud is a new operating system for netbooks. The OS provides a beautiful interface, an application directory and a set of social features that make it easy and fun to use.

ReactOS

ReactOSis a free, modern operating system based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows-NT architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through to the application level. This is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the unix architecture.

PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a complete desktop operating system, which has been designed with the “casual” computer user in mind. It offers the stability and security that only a BSD-based operating system can bring, while at the same time providing a comfortable user experience, allowing you to get the most out of your computing time. With PC-BSD you can spend less time working to fix viruses or spyware and instead have the computer work for you.

openSUSE

openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun.

gOS

gOS turns your computer into a desktop full of your favorite widgets, fresh with live, personalized content just for you. Technically gOS is a cut down version of ubuntu 7.10 desktop, who’s focus is online applications like gmail, google news, google maps, youTube, mebo and many more.

September 30 2010

17:39

The Lesser Known (But Very Cool) Windows Apps You Might Be Looking For

There are many Microsoft Windows apps out there, but getting by free and good ones is not that easy. That is why I am sharing The Lesser Known (But Very Cool) Windows Apps You Might Be Looking For. Read each entry in the list and see which tool suits your needs best.

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DriveImage

DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives.  Image creation uses Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe “hot images” even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools.

Rightload

Rightload is a small program that allows you to quickly upload files directly from a Windows folder to your server. Instead of using complicated software just to upload a few pictures, you just right-click on the files, select the server and target folder and Rightload will do the rest for you. Rightload supports Facebook, Flickr, Tinypic and Imageshack as well as FTP and HTTP servers.

Recuva

Accidentally deleted an important file? Lost something important when your computer crashed? No problem! Recuva recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player. Even if you’ve formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can still find your files on it.

AxCrypt

AxCrypt is free and easy to use open source strong file encryption for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista/2008/7, integrated with Windows Explorer. You can encrypt, compress, decrypt, wipe, view and edit with a few mouse clicks.

SyncBack Freeware

SyncBack is a freeware program that helps you easily backup and synchronize your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive.

ADRC Data Recovery Tool

ADRC Data Recovery Software Tools contains a collection of DIY data recovery tools that supports a wide variety of drives and file systems. The software incorporates extremely simple GUI with novice users in mind. The software zooms in to do only critical recovery functions with minimum complexity so one could recover the data easily. It gives you full control to undelete files, disk image back up, restore a backup image, copy files from hard disk with bad sectors, disk cloning, backup, edit and restore your boot parameters.

Fences

Fences is a program that helps you organize your desktop, and can hide your icons when they’re not in use. A “Fence”, a term coined by this program, is an icon group on your desktop. Fences is an add-on to your desktop, not a replacement.

September 01 2010

00:08

Take Advantage Of osTicket, A Widely-used Open Source Support Ticket System

When there are many department involved in a company, then handling customer complaints can become quite complex. Recording a complaint, then forwarding it to the right department, and checking its status now and then can become very complicated. The best way to go about the issue is through a ticket based system. By assigning each complaint a unique ticket, you can assign it to the right person, and check the issue’s status easily.

Many website operate a ticket based complaints and contact system. If you run such a website then you can surely take advantage of osTicket, a widely-used open source support ticket system.

osTicket is a complete and feature-rich open source support ticket system that easily fits into your website. It can seamlessly integrate inquiries created via email, phone and web-based forms into a simple easy-to-use multi-user web interface.

All that osTicket requires is PHP 4.3 or later and MySQL 4.4 or later. You can follow the installation guide available on osTicket’s website, follow the instructions on it, and set it up.

If you are thinking about going for a paid solution for your web complaints and issue handling, think again. “osTicket is an attractive alternative to higher-cost and complex customer support systems; simple, lightweight, reliable, open source, web-based and easy to setup and use.” It makes the entire process easier for the customer as well as the employees.

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April 16 2010

15:38

Google And Android Teaming Up To Beat iPhone

The Android may still behind in market as compare to iPhone App Stores in terms of quality, beauty and variety, but there is something which needs to be considered about the Android operating system, that it is tightly integrated with existing Google products, and the variety of devices and carriers. No doubt iPhone apps are wonderful and stunningly beautiful, but Android’s smart syncing with existing tools, interesting experiments done by Google labs for Android coming every day, and some tools by its open marketplace model may give a pause to average user of iPhone.

Android is completely open-source, that means the apps can change the functionality and appearance of the OS, well if you allow them to. It can be a safety issue, but it’s great for customization. So, I am not asking you to throw your iPhone and buy Andriod, what I am telling you is, if you want a change from iPhone and you are a die hard fan of Google then you better go for Android. There are four apps from Google for Android I will talk about and you can consider them if they suits your work and mobile lifestyle.

Google Finance

Users who have some deep attachment with stock portfolio 24/7, Google Finance  is a useful tool for getting updated, real-time and customized quotes. The Android app syncs directly to your Google Finance portfolios and it streams live and updated data, charts and financial news right into your hands. Right now Android is the only mobile platform with an official Google Finance app.

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Google Voice

Google Voice allows you to keep your existing cell number, but it forwards your missed calls and voice mails to a generated Google number so that you can check them on the app or e-mail as convenient. Google voice service automatically generate voicemail transcription and instead of getting a voicemail on your phone, you will receive an email or text message with the transcription. Users can scroll through their messages visually like inbox and stream the audio messages from the mailbox as needed. Right now Google Voice is an invite only service. You can request for an invitation here or look for friends who are already users of Google Voice.
There are no doubt other great voicemail alternatives for the iPhone exists, but the deep integration of Gmail with Google Voice makes it a greate deal to your mobile arsenal of communication tools.

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Gmail and Calendar

Android OS has built-in utility of fully integrated Gmail and Calendar app and that must not be missed. Gmail and Google Apps user should go Android because its the handset which will complete the suite for cloud computing productivity tools. The working of Google apps like Gmail, Calendar, and Google Voice are flawless in Android because of the intrinsic link between Android and Google. Whatever you do with your Gmail inbox via web, it will be updated on your Android and same with Calendar, like you updated a birthday reminder on the web calendar, the updated calendar can be seen on Android.

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Google Listen

Google Listen is one of its kind app by Google Labs, it functions like a search engine and subscription tool for podcast across the web. If you are on the way to somewhere and realize you have missed to see the latest episode of your favourait daily soap, simply jump on Google Listen, search for it and stream it right way from the source. With Google Listen you dont need to download podcasts or connect to your handset with you PC, and with its builtin subscription option, once you find a show you will never miss an episode while on the move.

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If Google apps are most important for you then, the Android handset is the perfect choice for you isn’t it?

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March 25 2010

09:12

Before You Go Live, Test Your Website Security With Websecurify

Website security is one of the major concerns of developers and webmasters because when their sites go live, these are in the eyes of several threats.  Hence testers put lots of efforts in determining and maintaining website security.  Among different techniques used to test the security of websites, testing tools are the most popular.  These tools generate security-related test cases and produce in-depth reporting to analyze statistics of the tests performed.  None of the tools is 100% perfect, they have their limitations instead.

Websecurify is an automated web application security scanner that scans different security parameters of your website and generates detailed statistical analysis that helps you find security loop holes so as to keep your website safe and secure.

Websecurify is free and open source so that you can extend the functionality as per your needs.  It is a cross-platform application developed with JavaScript but most parts can be redeveloped with Java, Python and C.

Key features of Websecurify include:

  • Improved and easy to navigate user interface.
  • Engine can be taken out and integrated with other web applications.
  • Results can be exported in CSV, XML, HTML and JSON.
  • Supports asynchronous testing so that while it tests, it generates reports.
  • Support of multiple platforms i.e. Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Provides an integrated browser with the support of multiple sessions.  All the browser traffic is recorded and can be easily formulated.
  • Records sub-transactions as well so as to make it a good choice to test AJAX applications as well.
  • The design of the application is modular hence it can easily be extended.
  • Provides an API to support numerous types of commercial and free testing engines.
  • Support of localization so that results can be translated in multiple languages.

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March 08 2010

23:58

DotNetNuke Makes It Easier For You To Build Feature-Rich, Interactive Web Sites And Applications

DotNetNuke Community Edition is a leading free open-source content management system for ASP.NET websites.  With DotNetNuke, you can quickly and effectively deploy dynamic web applications with almost no technical knowledge, however if you are an ASP.NET developer, you can customize it in the way you want to fulfill your specific needs.  Whether you need to deploy a simple website or a feature-rich dynamic application, DotNetNuke cater your needs in the way you want.

Unlike legacy web applications, you don’t need services of a web developer in order to make changes in your content and locations of different modules.  You can easily achieve this task on-the-fly by logging into the administration control panel.

Since DotNetNuke is open-source, you can enhance and extend the functionality of it if you are familiar with ASP.NET programming.  In addition to the existing modules in DotNetNuke, you can develop custom modules over it or use from a number of pre-developed modules by different third party vendors to extend the functionality as per your business needs.

DotNetNuke is the world’s most widely adopted framework for building web applications on Microsoft Windows platform. DotNetNuke powers over 500,000 portals, web applications and public web sites. It has a large open-source community to support the development of the system.  Furthermore, you can find number of help and support resources and books that help you find solutions to your problems while you work.

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February 20 2010

06:36

7 Operating Systems You Probably Never Heard Of

This is one of the very best list of its kind where you can find out of the box operating systems that you probably never heard of and these would be great enough to bookmark or just for knowledge. I hope everyone of you will like this list, you can try these whether you are an office worker, a manager, a supervisor, a student, a home user, etc.These are really amazing in respect to their features. This is the list of 7 Operating Systems You Probably Never Heard Of. Just take a look at them and share your thought’s here.

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Slax

Slax

Slax is a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design. Despite its small size, Slax provides a wide collection of pre-installed software for daily use, including a well organized graphical user interface and useful recovery tools for system administrators.

openSUSE

openSUSE

openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun. It includes new versions of GNOME, KDE, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, the Linux kernel, and many more updates and improvements. In 11.2 you’ll find more than 1,000 open source desktop applications. openSUSE also includes a full suite of server software and a rich selection of open source development tools.

ReactOS

ReactOS

ReactOS® is a free, modern operating system based on the design of Windows® XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows-NT® architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through to the application level. This is not a Linux based system, and shares none of the unix architecture. In short, ReactOS is designed to be powerful and lightweight. You can think of the term “lightweight” in the good old fashion of Win95, a consistent user interface and small bundle of very common and useful tools. Although lightweight, ReactOS offers a lot in comparison to Windows 95, with an up-to-date experience as well as built from scratch on a rock solid NT core.

MonaOS

MonaOS

MonaOS is a free operating system. It’s new, small, simple, open source and well structured. So, MonaOS may be suitable for education of operating system and program at school.

FreeDOS

FreeDOS

FreeDOS is a free DOS-compatible operating system for IBM-PC compatible systems. FreeDOS is made of up many different, separate programs that act as packages to the overall FreeDOS Project. FreeDOS is distributed under the GNU GPL.

MINIX 3

MINIX-3

MINIX 3 is a new open-source operating system designed to be highly reliable, flexible, and secure. It is loosely based somewhat on previous versions of MINIX, but is fundamentally different in many key ways. MINIX 1 and 2 were intended as teaching tools; MINIX 3 adds the new goal of being usable as a serious system on resource-limited and embedded computers and for applications requiring high reliability.

Haiku

Haiku

Haiku is an open source operating system currently in development that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the Be Operating System, Haiku aims to become a fast, efficient, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful system for computer users of all levels.

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January 20 2010

17:42

Eight Must-Have Open Source Applications

Today, we are listing The Eight Open Source Applications That Are Absolutely Useful. These would be very helpful for you when you have no budget to purchase commercial software to use in your daily life. You are designer, developer,  office worker, manager, supervisor, student, home user, etc but we hope that these are worth checking for all of you. Most of them are not very well known but they are really amazing in respect to their features. Just take a look at them and share your thoughts here.

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PDF Split and Merge

PDF-Split-and-Merge

PDF Split and Merge is an easy to use tool to merge and split pdf documents. Console and GUI versions are available. The GUI is written in Java Swing and it provides functions to select files and set options. It’s made over the iText library.

TightVNC

TightVNC

TightVNC is an improved version of VNC, great free remote-desktop tool. The improvements include bandwidth-friendly “Tight” encoding, file transfers in the Windows version, enhanced GUI, many bugfixes, and more.

WinSCP

WinSCP

WinSCP is a SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Its main function is the secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. It uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports, in addition to Secure FTP, also legacy SCP protocol.

Notepad++

Notepad++

Notepad++, a source code editor and MS Windows Notepad replacement, has the mission to offer a greener environment. By optimizing its routines, it results in reducing CPU power consumption then reducing the world carbon dioxide emissions.

Launchy

Launchy

Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, your desktop icons, and your file manager. Launchy indexes and launches your applications, documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes.

7-Zip

7-Zip

7-Zip is a file archiver with the high compression ratio. The program supports 7z, ZIP, CAB, RAR, ARJ, LZH, CHM, GZIP, BZIP2, Z, TAR, CPIO, ISO, MSI, WIM, NSIS, RPM and DEB formats.

PortableApps

PortableApps

PortableApps.com allows you to carry your favorite computer programs and all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you on a portable device (USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drive, CD, etc) and use them on any Windows computer.

AxCrypt

AxCrypt

AxCrypt is the leading open source file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files.

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November 26 2009

18:38

15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For

Today, we are going to say big Thank You to everyone who support us, appreciate us, love us and always be there for us when we need them. So, how can we forget those that makes our computer life easier and did the tremendous work for us. They delivered us those applications/softwares that help us to get the routine work done for our daily use. There are many that we can not count and list down exactly but we are tried to make a list of 15 Most Popular Free Software I Am Thankful For. And Yes! Happy Thanksgiving all of you too

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WordPress

Wordpress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

phpBB

phpBB

With a large and highly customisable set of key features coupled with a standards compliant interface, phpBB will grow with, and complement your website. With millions of installations worldwide, it is no wonder phpBB is one of the most popular ways to create and support a community.

Firefox

Firefox 3.5 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

Drupal

Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.

Gimp

gimp

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Ubuntu

ubuntu

Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Wine

wine

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. Think of Wine as a compatibility layer for running Windows programs. Wine does not require Microsoft Windows, as it is a completely free alternative implementation of the Windows API consisting of 100% non-Microsoft code, however Wine can optionally use native Windows DLLs if they are available.

FileZilla

FileZilla is a cross-platform graphical FTP, FTPS and SFTP client a lot of features, supporting Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and more. FileZilla Server is a reliable FTP server for Windows. It has a powerful Site Manager and transfer queue and drag & drop support.

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment. This is based on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.

TightVNC

TightVNC is a free remote control software package. With TightVNC, you can see the desktop of a remote machine and control it with your local mouse and keyboard, just like you would do it sitting in the front of that computer.This is a cross-platform, available for Windows and Unix, compatible with other VNC software.

Blender

Blender

Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems. It includes tools for modeling – fast subdivision surface and polygon tools, multi-resolution mesh sculpting, metaballs, NURBS, vector fonts, and curves; uv mapping; shaders and texturing – both paint based and node based; ik and fk animation tools with rigging, constraints, skinning, morph targets, drivers, deformers, and modifiers; simulation tools including hard bodies, soft body, cloth, and fluids; and particle systems including hair. Blender has integrated rendering with both its native renderer and the raytracer Yafray as well supporting many external renderers; and python based scripting.

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together etc.

VideoLAN

VideoLAN

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent

BitTorrent 6 is a client that transfers large videos, audios or softwares in a faster and cheaper way. A ‘client’ in this case is a computer program that follows the rules of a protocol. The BitTorrent 6 client will give you access to the world of content on the protocol in a lightweight, fast and reliable package.

OpenOffice

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Open Office

OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Mozilla Firefox As An Open Source Faster, Safer And Smarter Web Browser

firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a fast and powerful web browser designed to run on both Linux and Windows. There are far fewer issues with spyware, adware, and pop ups making it far more secure than Internet Explorer.

Amaya

Alternative: Adobe Dreamweaver

amaya

Firefox 3 sets the pace with dozens of new features, including the smart location bar, one-click bookmarking and blindingly fast performance. Avoid online scams, unsafe transactions and forgeries with simple site identity. View Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory.

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