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November 11 2011


Improve Website Usability Using jQuery, HTML5, And CSS3

Remember back when if you wanted to add interactivity to your site to improve the UX aspect to make it more appealing to visitors, you had to immediately go to a flash outlet? Well that sure does seem like a long time ago now, surprisingly so because it was just a few short years ago. The decline of Flash use for these instances can be credited to advances in web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. These advancements have made the use of Flash in most cases an outdated and inefficient method of tackling interactivity in a website. That is why in this article, we’re going to take a look at HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery tutorials, techniques, and resources that can replace aspects of a website where the use of Flash was the dominant and most practical option.


Pretty Checkboxs with jQuery

This is a cool tutorial that teaches you how to turn your ordinary check boxes into something stylish, and quite fun to use.

Pretty Checkboxes with jQuery

Rethinking Forms in HTML5

This is a great tutorial by the people at Nettuts+ about how you can get the most out of HTML5 for your fomrs.
Rethinking Forms with HTML5

jQuery Impromtu

jQuery Impromtu is a great replacement for alerts, prompts, and confirmations that users will enjoy and not find annoying in the slightest.

jQuery Impromptu

jQuery Simple Modal

Simple Modal is a flexible modal dialog framework which provides a great interface for development, allowing for some really nice looking forms too.

jQuery Simple Model


This multi-column drop down layout is great for giving users a detailed tree of options to select from.


jQ Transform

jQ Transform is a great tool for adding some style to your forms, giving them cool skin elements.


Emblematiq Niceforms

Niceforms by Embematiq is a cool jQuery plug-in that allows you to turn your boring forms into something cool with one of their designed themes, or with your own custom made one.

Emblematiq Niceforms


Uniform masks your standard forms with custom skins and works in perfect sync with your real form elements, ensuring great accessibility and compatibility.


Image Buttons a Part of Input Fields

This is a great tutorial to learn how to have image buttons inside of your input fields.

Images As Apart of Input Fields

DynamicWP Contact Form

This is a great WP plug-in that gives you a contact form that slides conveniently from the side of the page, and then back once it is no longer of use.


DynamicWP Contact Form

jQuery Highlight

jQuery Highlight is a great jQuery feature that gives your active input fields a highlight over them, as we know some users need all the extra guidance they can get.

jQuery Highlight

jQuery inline form Validation

jQuery inline form Validation is a cool hassle free form validation option that takes away the mess that is usually associated with this form feature.

jQuery inline from Validation


White Smoke Menu Style

This jQuery powered navigation menu is very reminiscent of what was usually done in flash, and moves so smoothly you might think it was. It is fully browser compatible, and even maintains functionality if Javascript is turned off.

jQuery White Smoke Menu

jQuery mb.Menu

This jQuery menu plug-in is a great option to look into when aiming to build a complex multilevel tree menu with some style and great functionality.


Coda Slider

Coda Slider is a very versatile and feature full panel slider. It comes as is very well suitable for your panel slider needs, and there have been great advancesin how to better it.

Coda Slider

 ID Tabs

This is by far the best tabs and/or panel navigation jQuery plug-in when level of how extensibility is concerned.

ID Tabs

Smooth Horizontal Sliding Menu

This is a cool tutorial that teaches you how to make a jQuery powered menu with the sub entries sliding out horizontally.

Horizontal Sliding Menu

jBreadCrumb Menu

This collapsible bread crumb menu that collapses based on the the amount and length of the elements in the set.



FLOWERNAV is a cool animated navigation plug-in that, well gives a flower effect to your link.


jQuery Accordion

This is an easy to follow jQuery accordion style navigation menu tutorial.

Accordion Style Menu


jQuery Slide Note

Slide Note is a great plugin for giving your visitors a little hint, or note about something on your website.

Slide Note

jQuery Page Peel

Page peel is a simple to use jQuery plug-in that is great when you want to advertise something in a cool way.

jQuery Page Peel

jQuery InfiniScroll 

InfiniScroll is a cool plug-in that allows for an never ending scrollable section. This is great for websites that have sections with long lists.

jQuery InfiniScroll

jQuery SliderNav

SliderNav is a jQuery plug-in that allows you to incorporate dynamic vertically sliding content to your website.


jQuery Tipped

Tipped is a cool plug-in that easily allows you to add tips to your website’s content, there are also cool skins to choose from.



Supersized is a jQuery plug-in that allows you to have a image slideshow as your website’s background.
jQuery Supersized


Imagin8 is not just another jQuery image slider. This one allows for you to direct a path folder, so ALL THE IMAGES DON’T HAVE TO BE IN YOU HTML! Just label your first image as 1.jpg for example, and the following the numerically after that, and they will be automatically added to your slideshow. Great for clients.


jQuery Lettering

Lettering is a jQuery plug-in that allows you to have complete control of  every letter, opening for great creative web typography experimenting.

jQuery Lettering

jQuery Stylesheet Switcher

Stylesheet Switcher is a jQuery plug-in that lets you set links within your page to change to different stylesheets.

jQuery Stylesheet Switcher


Flip is a jQuery plug-in that lets you flip your web elements in one of four directions.


May 04 2011


Useful Photoshop Tools and Techniques For Your Workflow

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Productivity is a crucial asset of professional designers. Photoshop is an extremely powerful application for photo processing and image manipulation, and we can make it even more powerful by using handy tools, actions, plugins and templates to save time for solving mundane regular tasks. The better our professional tool set is, the more time we can spend to focus on the actual design process rather than the tool we are using to implement it on screen.

Here at Smashing Magazine, we’re continuously searching for recent time-saving, useful Photoshop resources for our readers, to make the search of these ever-growing techniques easier. We hope that these techniques will help you improve your design skills as well as your professional workflow when using Adobe Photoshop. A sincere thanks to all designers and developers whose articles are featured in this roundup. We respect and appreciate your contributions to the design community.

Useful Photoshop Tools

Mr. Stacks
A small Photoshop script that can quickly generate storyboards, stacks and PDFs for project CDs, client presentations or anything else — right from the Layers Comps in your Photoshop file. The script would be useful for a series of animations, storytelling elements in a design and advertising.

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Photoshop Tych Panel
Every photographer and Web designer who has spent time arranging images and photographs knows that scaling and resizing takes time. But even existing templates are unnecessary when you try out Reimund Trost’s latest little Tych Panel for Photoshop. It completely automates the n-Tych creation process, and it has a lot of layouts to choose from. The tool has been open sourced by Reimund Trost and can be freely used, modified and redistributed in any way.

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Pixel Proliferation: A Toolset For Managing Screen Resolutions
This tool will help you to manage screens resolutions more easily. The toolset contains a collection of PS5 marquee-tool presets for common screen resolutions, covering fixed-screen resolution sizes, ratios for less common resolutions and standard ratios. Also, a collection of layered CS5 PSDs provides common devices for computing and design presentations. Finally, there is a reference chart for resolutions and design landscape. Useful.

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Generating CSS positions for Sprites
A Photoshop plug-in by Arnau March that generates sprites with your given CSS file. You can then add the sprite locations and also create hover and click effects with the help of jQuery. You might want to check out CSS Sprite: Photoshop Script Combines Two Images for CSS Hover as well: the article presents a simple JSX Photoshop script for creating image sprites, and you can also assign a keyboard shortcut to it.

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Golden Crop
Golden Crop is a Photoshop Script making cropping with respect to division rules (golden rule, 1/3 rule) very easy with visual guides. Requires installed Photoshop CS2, CS3, CS4 or CS5 (either x86 or amd64 version). Works on Windows and Mac.

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Browser UI
The Browser UI is an action that creates a browser window around any size Photoshop document you can throw at it. The free version includes only Internet Explorer 6 UI. The deluxe edition with current versions of Chrome, Safari and Firefox is not free ($3).

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Open With Photoshop 0.6
An add-on for Firefox that is a new companion for Web and graphic designers to open up any Web image with Adobe Photoshop via a single and quick mouse click. A useful time saver.

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foxGuide: Photoshop Guides Inside Firefox
A Firefox extension that displays horizontal and vertical guides. You can move or remove the floating guides on a webpage just the way you do it Photoshop with the help of foxGuide. Guides are useful for laying out elements symmetrically, structure a design and improving the overall layout.

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Modular Grid Pattern: create a modular grid in Photoshop, Fireworks and GIMP
Modular Grid Pattern is application for web designers, which helps you quickly and easily to create a modular grid in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks, GIMP, Microsoft Expression Design and other applications. The extension requires Adobe Photoshop CS5

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960gs ExtendScript for Photoshop CS5
The script is very raw and crashes easily with the wrong input or settings. However, it has some nice features such as disabling gutters by putting 0 for gutter width and optionally adding evenly-spaced horizontal guides.

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Workspace import/export script for Photoshop
John Nack has written a script to enable simple importing and exporting of Photoshop workspaces. It should work in both CS4 and CS5 (although it is a little more robust in CS5), so you can use it to migrate workspaces from CS4 to CS5 in addition to using it to enable easier sharing of CS5 workspaces between machines or people.

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Subpixel Hinted Font-Rendering
This technique is great for your concepts when you want to simulate actual text in your Photoshop file. Thomas Maier has saved his workflow as an action. You can download the subpixel-rendering technique and use it for free.

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GuideGuide 1.0
What actually started out as a script that drew guidelines at the middle of the document, turned out to become a quite helpful extension for Photoshop when working with columns, rows and midpoints in CS4 & CS5. You can download Cameron McEfee’s GuideGuide to help you find midpoints, make margins and create rows and columns much easier while working in Photoshop.

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Photoshop Animation to Sprite Sheet
This tool enables you to easily export a framed animation in Adobe Photoshop to a packed sprite sheet. The tool is available for Photoshop CS3 or higher. Developed by Peter Jones.

Automatic Tile Cutter
Some images are made of dozens to thousands of tile images, depending on the zoom level. At the distant zoom levels you only need a few images to cover a large area. Creating and then uniquely naming each of these images would be a daunting task if you had to do it by hand. Will James has solved this problem and released a batch processing script to use with Photoshop 7 or CS that will carve all the titles you need and name them exactly as you need them named.

The Image Processor Script
The Image Processor in Photoshop CS4 is a simple way to quickly resize and convert a bunch of images to JPEG, PSD or TIFF format. The modified script allows exporting CMYK JPEGs as CMYK, as well as support for exporting PNG images.

Further Resources

Adobe Photoshop Scripts
Trevor Morris provides more than a dozen of free scripts for Adobe Photoshop. All scripts are commented, making them easy to modify and/or learn from. Among other scripts, you’ll find Layers to Comps, Rename Layers, Sort Layers and Distribute Layers Vertically scripts.

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The Photoshop Scripting Community Forum
PS-Scripts is a community for Photoshop scripting and automation. The site contains articles Members of the community release their script on the site’s forum; for instance, you can find the Smart Object links panel, Listing fonts used in PSD files (alternative), Distribute Layers. Unfortunately, the forum’s activity is quite low, although the scripts are being released quite often.

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Russel Brown’s Scripts Page
Russel Brown provides a number of free useful Adobe Photoshop Scripts and Panels for CS4 and CS5. Among other things, Adobe Emailer Panel, Image Processor Pro and Edit Layers in ACR scripts are available.

Another community that helps to find scripts and scripters for Photoshop and other Adobe applications. The site is frequently updated; you’ll find various scripts as well as tutorials on the site.

Useful References and Articles

The Photoshop Etiquette Manifesto for Web Designers
The recently updated Photoshop Etiquette can be quite useful when wanting to improve the clarity of a PSD when transferred. This site provides you with rules that will show you examples and bonus points ranging from external as well as internal file organization to exporting and design practices.

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Photoshop Secret Shortcuts
This old, yet still very useful article by Nick La provides an overview of secret (i.e. not documented) Photoshop shortcuts that the author has learned from years of experience.

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Photoshop Tip: Organizing Layers
Daniel Mall has thought of a super handy Photoshop file organization trick that separates layer groups for different stages of a page within the same PSD. You can prefix your layer groups with a bullet to organize your PSDs but also using a hyphen will enable you to create a horizontal divider in the context menu.

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Photoshoptimize: Optimize Photoshop Performance
To improve the performance of Photoshop, this list of best tips will help any designer to optimize Adobe Photoshop for Mac as well as PC; from reducing cache levels to disabling export clipboard in Photoshop, and much more.

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Super Crisp Font Anti-Aliasing With Sub-Pixel Hinting
David Leggett shares with us the most useful technique in creating concepts in Photoshop, especially when you’re working on a website layout in Photoshop, and want an accurate representation of what a font is going to look like in your content body. This surely helps bring the frustrating times when working with small font using anti-aliasing in Adobe Photoshop to an end.

Freebies, Goodies

100+ Free HTML Email PSD Templates
CampaignMonitor has released a large collection of freely available high quality email templates which have been thoroughly tested in more than 20 of the most popular email clients like Outlook 2010, Gmail, Lotus Notes, Apple Mail and the iPhone. They are completely free. Every template contains a Photoshop document, HTML template and a Campaign Monitor Template. The complete packages with all templates is 320 Mb.

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Bottles and Cans Photoshop CS4 Actions
3 exclusive Photoshop CS4 Actions that might save you some time when you are working on the next soda, wine or bottle label design.

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Pricing Table PSD Template
A free pricing table template with various button states.

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Search and Email Input Text PSD Template
A free template for search field and email input fields. You can find new freebies released every Friday on the site.

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Free PSD: Seven Tickets
Seven Tickets inspired by Seven Dribbble Shots.

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Free PSD: Simple Download Buttons
Orman Clark has released a set of simple download buttons in three different states: nroaml,normal, hover and active. These download buttons use a subtle icon to suggest the action of downloading. The download includes the editable PSD. You can download even more PSD buttons.

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Album Cover Art Carousel (PSD)
The download (PSD) includes styles for the covert art, the hover and/or active state, and the next/previous arrows. Try experimenting with the colour of the album cover hover state, a vivid orange looks great.

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Flip-Clock Countdown (PSD)
A groovy little countdown flip-clock design: the perfect event/product launch companion.

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Big Green Button (PSD)
This template is perfect for when a regular sized button just isn’t cutting it; this big fat round button should grab a visitors’ attention with ease. The download (PSD) displays a pricing plan as an example.

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Free PSD: Tagtastic Tag Cloud
The topic of this article is a nice and simple little tag cloud – tagtastic!

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The Ultimate Free Master PSD File
The download features one master .PSD file with folders, assets, grid folders and layer comps ready to be used. The master file is using the best practice featured in Dan Rose’s Photoshop Etiquette.

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OS X Leopard GUI Freebie
A freebie including a GUI set for Mac’s OS X Leopard operative system for all Web developers who want to integrate great designs into their applications. This package includes fully editable vector Photoshop sources and a customizable Fireworks PNG file; the original fonts that were utilized for the making of the GUI are also included.

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Tabs Icons: Interface Icons for iOS & Designers
You can find free iPhone tab bar icons for Mac OSX Lion and iOS here which are specially designed and optimized for toolbars and tab bars. All these icons have been created for iPhone, iPhone 4 and iPad and are provided as fully editable and scalable Photoshop PSD files.

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Designmoo is a community for discovering and sharing free PSDs, vectors, textures, patterns and fonts.

Premum Pixels
Premium Pixels is Orman Clark’s remarkable resource with free design resources and tutorials.

Last Click

It’s very difficult for coders to work with someone else’s PSD files if they’re not organized correctly. This online service helps fixes that problem by organizing PSDs and polishing them for you. We aren’t advertising here, but it’s quite sad that services like this one exist at all.

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Method & Craft
Method & Craft features the stories behind the work and the techniques professionals have developed throughout their professional career. A very useful resource for designers permanently looking to improve their skills.

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Related Articles

Mastering Photoshop: Unknown Tricks and Time-Savers
Keyboard shortcuts can be very useful and are truly essential to our busy, daily workflow. Occasionally, we stumble upon a shortcut we wish we’d learned years ago. Please note that the shortcuts listed in this article are for Photoshop CS4 on OS X and can also be converted apposite to Windows.

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Pixel Perfection When Rotating, Pasting And Nudging In Photoshop
When creating Web and app interfaces, most designers slave over every single pixel, making sure it’s got exactly the right color, texture and position. If you’re not careful, though, some common functions like moving, rotating and pasting can undo your hard work, resulting in a blurry mess. But with some small changes to your workflow, you should be able to maintain the highest-quality artwork from the start to the end of the project.

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Compositing in Adobe Photoshop: Time-Saving Tips
Daniel Durrans shares his own time-saving tips for compositing in Photoshop with us and emphasizes on adapting a certain technique for each one of us to make our work more efficient and improve our workflow.

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Useful Photoshop Tips And Tricks For Photo Retouching
In case you’ve been searching for some insight on the most useful techniques tips and tricks when working in Photoshop, then this is the article you shouldn’t miss out on. Dirk Metzmacher shares with us even more tips and tricks to improve your workflow.

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Useful Adobe Photoshop Techniques, Tutorials and Tools
Our recent overview of useful Adobe Photoshop techniques and tutorials that we have found and collected over the last months.

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April 03 2011


16 Hot Websites To Download Cool Scripts

The IT industry is full of tough challenges for developers who are one step away from creating new forms of interaction. The trend of web scripting is growing rapidly and developers are striving to develop web pages which automate more tasks on a website. The benefit of client-side scripts is that HTML supports it regardless of the language that is used for scripting. By using these scripts, developers are able to introduce plenty of highly active ways to enhance HTML documents.

Scripting provides a better way to make websites interactive. It is very useful in the creation of dynamic HTML pages. The main advantage of client-side scripting is that the code at the client-side of the machine is executed on the user’s device when the page is loaded and server-side coding is executed by the server, whereas all the browsers use their own resources for loading a page on the world wide web which make client-side scripting more usable. If someone wants to make his webpage playful and interactive, then he can add variety of inventive and clever scripts. Here is a list of sites that have some great code to enhance your site or next project.

The Script Library

This site provides scripts in many languages. This webpage is good for those who want scripts in different languages and are short of time and don’t want to search everywhere. This site has close to 10,000 scripts in their database.

PHP Junkyard

PHP junkyard is very famous amongst PHP developers. This site offers original PHP scripts for free. Along with PHP scripts, you can also find third party solutions, other PHP resources and tutorials. You can call it a complete package for PHP users. The good thing about the site is that all the scripts are original and this is what made this site famous amongst PHP developers.


HotScripts is another popular script site. The library of this site is full of scripts in more than one 1,000 categories.  I must admit that it is a perfect destination for those that need scripts for interactivity. Developers who work in any language will surely find something valuable on the Hotscripts site.

Script Dungeon

The library of this site has free scripts in languages like ASP, PHP and java. Network administrators may find some of the scripts incredibly useful. This collection has been taken from all over the internet and collected on one site.


This site has many types of PHP scripts. According to the admin of this site, they have open source scripts like PHP forums, CMS, E-commerce solutions in PHP and more. The thing which I like most about the site is that they give you a preview before downloading which will prevent you from installing the wrong script.


This site was developed in 1998 and claims to provide the best services.  The site is full of PHP and CGI scripts.  They provide free demos before downloading. They also supply perl snippets, web designs, tutorials and etc. If you are searching for CGI or PHP scripts then find it here on Cgiscripts and automate your web page by using them.

Perl scripts Java scripts

Perl scripts and Java scripts provide free downloading of scripts in Perl and Java as the name suggests. They claim that their scripts are of good quality and are developed and tested scrupulously.  If you want to download a script you just need to confirm the terms and conditions. They will send your preferred script through email.


Script copy has a variety of PHP scripts in their directory.  Their database is full of many interesting and fresh scripts. This website will help you to integrate a modern style of automation in your website.  They also give you their recommended scripts for your website which are popular amongst their visitors.

Smart Code

Smart code offers mobile dating script to their users. These scripts are helpful for the developers of mobile applications. These scripts don’t cost very much.


Free Java scripts and java applets are available at Javafile. These scripts are developed by the developers from all over the world. 

Script Archive

This is basically Matts script archive. The site was developed in 1995 and gives the best source of CGI scripts.  This is also one of the famous script libraries on the web. The data on this site is free for its users. If you are interested in CGI scripts then you will find some genuine CGI scripts on script Archive.


The site Scripts provides more than 6,000 website scripts in different categories. It is a one stop shop for scripts in any language.  The resources they provide are free of cost. I found many exciting scripts on this site.


The is the site where you can find more than 15,000 scripts in one place. If you are searching for PHP, ASP,, java and perl then this site will be a perfect choice.  This site offers the largest collection of script database so far.

Scripts download

This is another site that offers scripts in variety of categories including PHP, ASP, and java. You will find more than 4,000 resources here.

Script Gateway

Script gateway is one more website on my list where I found many cool scripts. This site provides solutions to the webmasters dealing with scripting problems. They can download scripts from here and hopefully resolve their problem.

Premium Solution: Code Canyon

Scripts and plugins from Code Canyon are properly moderated before they even get the chance to be displayed. Prices range from $1 to $30 or more. There are scripts for nearly anything. Affordable and high quality, many of these scripts will save you a lot of time. Even if you don’t plan on buying yet, feel free to browse and get an idea what this fantastic marketplace is all about.

Websites with lots of automation are in fashion now. The expansion of Ecommerce and electronic social communities has made it more popular. In this situation, the demand of scripting has also increased. These sites are the hottest places on the internet for different scripts. If you are working on a project and running out of time, these sites may be the perfect solution.

October 10 2010


30 Auto Completion Scripts for Better User Experience

20+ Auto Completion ScriptsWhen developing web applications and you need to allow users of your application to choose some data like countries, currencies or even tags from a drop down, list or even from a text box, and the data is very large. You need to use an auto completion or suggestion script to make this task easier for the end user. You can always implement your own script if you have the knowledge and the time to do this, but if you can’t then you can use a ready to use script. In this article I compiled a list of 30 Auto Completion Scripts to use in you projects.

1. Spry Auto Suggest Widget, Demo

2. AutoSuggest: An AJAX auto-complete text field, Demo

3. Ajax-driven JavaScript ComboBox with Autocomplete

4. AutoCompleter, Demo

5. AutoComplete 1.2 Scriptaculous

6. YUI 2: AutoComplete, Demo

7. jqac

8. ASP.NET AJAX AutoComplete Control

9. Google Suggest Style Filter with the Ajax AutoComplete Control, Demo

10. jQuery Tag Suggestion, Demo

11. Facebook Style Autosuggest with jQuery, Demo

12. Search AutoComplete with ASP.NET AJAX Extensions

13. jQuery Plugin: Tokenizing Autocomplete Text Entry, Demo

14. TextboxList meets Autocompletion, Demo

15. Proto! TextboxList meets Autocompletion, Demo

16. A fancy search suggestion, Demo

17. AutoSuggest jQuery Plugin

18. Auto-complete Control

19. Autocompletion with Scriptaculous and Ajax, Demo

20. FlexBox, Demo

21. jQuery Autocomplete Plugin, Demo

22. Autocomplete edit control for Javascript

23. AJAX AutoComplete/AutoSuggest TextBox

24. Auto-suggest Control

25. Ajax Autocomplete Script using jQuery

26. Ajax AutoComplete for jQuery

27. Yet Another AutoComplete Script (YAACS)

28. New component (auto_complete) in prototype UI

29. Ajax autocomplete with jquery and php, Demo

30. jQuery autocomplete

Let us know if we have missed some thing awesome and we will be happy to update the article.

August 17 2010


Useful Photoshop Scripts for download

The team of Viget list a few very useful Photoshop scripts to download. The ‘Delete empty layers’ script in particular will come in very handy.

January 04 2010


30 Fresh AJAX Tutorials And Techniques

By Paul Andrew

Using AJAX on websites and applications is pretty much taken for granted nowadays. Users expect it. They want to be able to edit a page in-place, they want search queries to be auto-suggested, and they want to be able to submit a form without refreshing the page. Why? Because those things make browsing quicker, easier and, more importantly, enjoyable.

As great as AJAX is, though, it is not for every website or application. Part of the developer’s job is to know exactly where AJAX (or any technology for that matter) is needed. Too little can lead to user frustration. Too much causes misunderstanding. A balance and some restraints are always needed.

In this round-up, we have collected 30 fresh AJAX tutorials and techniques, covering almost every aspect of AJAX development: forms, applications, polls, editing, parsing, visual effects and much more.

AJAX Tutorials And Techniques

An AJAX-Based Shopping Cart with PHP, CSS and jQuery
In this tutorial, you will create an AJAX-driven shopping cart and store all of the products in a MySQL database, using PHP to process the data. jQuery will deliver the AJAX on the page, and with help of the simpletip plug-in, you will be able to deliver a high-end interactive check-out process.
View the demo.

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Creating an AJAX Web App Using the API
Using Twitter’s URL shortener,, and the jQuery library, you will be taken through the process of building an AJAX Web app. This is a great beginner tutorial, giving a detailed introduction to APIs and the basics of PHP and jQuery.
View the demo.

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A Twitter List AJAX-Powered Fan Page
Twitter recently launched its new “lists” feature, which allows you to compile a list of your followers and organize them into categories. Using the newly expanded API (with list-management functionality added), you will learn how to create a widget that flips lists the other way round: this fan widget that goes in the sidebar allows visitors to fill in their Twitter name and join a special fan list from your Twitter account.
View the demo.

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Learn How to AJAXify Comment Forms
Learn how to take a simple boring contact form and add some simple animation with an AJAX post request to submit the form to your MySQL database asynchronously.

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A Simple AJAX Website with jQuery
Using jQuery, PHP and CSS, you will go through the process of creating a basic AJAX website. The finished product will load pages through AJAX from the PHP back-end and even completely support the browser history (something that is normally difficult to achieve with any AJAX or Flash website).
View the demo.

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Create a Twitter-Like “Load More” Widget
In this tut, you will learn the technique—used by both Twitter and the Apple App Store—for loading more information. Simply by clicking the link or button, more content will appear, as if by magic. You will use AJAX, CSS, Javascript, JSON, PHP and HTML to build this widget. This tutorial features both the jQuery and the MooTools versions of the script.
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A Simple Twitter App with Ruby on Rails
In this three-part tutorial series, you will set up a simple messaging model that holds posted messages. You will also learn how to post a message asynchronously.
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AJAX Multiple-File-Upload Form Using jQuery
With this article, you will learn to develop an AJAXified multiple-file-upload form that uses much less server-side code and has a nice user interface. Thanks to the power of jQuery, the time spent on actual development is substantially reduced.
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How to Send Facebook-Style Mail with PHP, AJAX and jQuery
The Facebook website is choc full of unique features, especially the system for sending mail and messages. Using PHP, AJAX and jQuery, you can recreate this technique using this step-by-step tutorial.
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How to Create Your Own Stats Program (JavaScript, AJAX, PHP)
Chances are, you use an analytics programs such as Google Analytics, Get Clicky or Urchin to track every move and twitch on your website. They all track page views, visits, unique visitors, browsers, IP addresses and much more. But how exactly is this accomplished? Follow this tutorial and learn how to create your own basic Web statistics program using PHP, JavaScript, AJAX and SQLite.
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AJAX Post Pagination in MooTools
Patiently browsing through the archive of posts on your WordPress website can be frustrating. A fix for this problem would be to use MooTools and AJAX to do the loading.

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jQuery AJAX delete
Being able to remove content with Ajax is useful for any Web designer. Using a few lines of jQuery, you can remove both a DIV and a record from the database with AJAX. In this demo, you’ll see a small red cross to the right of each comment. Clicking the cross will remove the comment’s DIV, and the slide-up animation allows you to remove the DIV.
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Voting System with jQuery, AJAX and PHP
Dzone offers users the chance to vote up or down on any particular link, giving an indication of how well an article has been received. In this tutorial, you learn how to recreate this unique voting system using jQuery, AJAX and PHP.
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Creating a Dynamic Poll with jQuery and PHP
When you combine the neat functionality of PHP and the cleverness of jQuery, you can produce some pretty cool results. In this tutorial, you will create a poll using PHP and XHTML, then use some jQuery AJAX effects to eliminate the need for page refreshing and to give it a nice touch of animation.
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AJAXify WordPress Comment Posting
Many WordPress plug-ins will AJAXify comments, but how do they do it? In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to enable AJAXed comments with client-side JavaScript comment-form validation for any WordPress blog.
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Create a Dynamic Scrolling Content Box Using AJAX
If you use Google Reader, then you may have noticed how it shows feed items. After you click on a feed, it loads a few items first, and as you scroll down to view more items, it adds more items dynamically to the list. This tutorial shows you how to create a similar content box that loads content dynamically as the user scrolls to the bottom of the box.
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Create an In-Place Editing System
Making users click through multiple pages just to edit a single field is annoying. This tutorial shows you how to create an in-place editing system, as found on popular websites such as Flickr and then take things further with AJAX.
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Submit A Form Without Page Refresh using jQuery
This article outlines a great way to use jQuery and AJAX to enhance the user experience, not just by validating the form but by submitting the contact form without having to refresh the page.
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How To Parse XML Using jQuery and Ajax
In this tutorial you will learn how to parse or process an XML document and display the data on a page in HTML. This process can be used to filter raw RSS feeds, set up a cool site map on your blog or even lay the groundwork for your own auto-complete search.
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Caching AJAX Results in Javascript
AJAX requests are usually faster than regular page loads and allow for a wealth of dynamism within the page. Unfortunately, many people do not properly cache request information when they can. The author shows you his improved method for caching AJAX requests.

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How to Create an AJAX File Uploader
The application you will build in this tut uses jQuery’s versatility to allow multiple file uploads without a page refresh or redirection, complete with front- and back-end validation to prevent unwanted files from being uploaded to your server.
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How to Create a Simple Web-Based Chat Application
The multiple-user Web-based chat application that you will build in this tutorial includes a log-in and log-out system, with AJAX-style features. The finished product would be perfect for a live support system for your website, as seen on the Vodafone and T-Mobile websites.

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Facebook-like Auto-Suggestion with jQuery, AJAX and PHP
This article shows you how to recreate the unique auto-suggestion search feature of Facebook using jQuery, PHP and, of course, AJAX.
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20 More Excellent AJAX Effects You Should Know
This article rounds up 20 relatively easy AJAX effects and techniques that can be used to spice up any page.

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Record Text Selections Using MooTools or jQuery AJAX
This post demonstrates a useful technique for keeping track of what text users are highlighting and copying on a given Web page. It is helpful because it gives you an indication of what visitors really want from your website.

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Automatically Update a Web Page with Dynamic Elements
You may know how to hide and display optional JavaServer Faces (JSF) components using JavaScript and CSS. To do this, you would first identify all JSF components and write them into JSF pages. But that is impossible when you are developing a Web page that contains dynamic elements that are unknown until runtime. With this article, learn how you can clear old UI components while automatically updating the dynamic elements of a Web page, as well as use Java code to add new elements and put them in their proper spot on a Web page. You’ll also learn how to bind different event handlers to different dynamic elements of a Web page, how to register a listener listening to changes of server-side data to invoke a page refresh, and how to use AJAX techniques to refresh only the dynamic parts of the Web page.

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Build a Web Presentation Application using AJAX
How does Google Docs have such amazing functionality? It leverages Web 2.0 technologies, which provide robust functionality with relatively simple code. In this article, learn how to build a Web application to create slideshow presentations using AJAX.

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Calendar Eightysix
Calendar Eightysix is an unobtrusive, developer-friendly JavaScript calendar and date-picker that offers a better user experience for date-related functionality. It is highly customizable and offers unique and quick navigation by jumping back and forth between months, years and decades without drop-down boxes.
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jCart: AJAX/PHP Shopping Cart
jCart is a customizable jQuery plug-in that offers a simple e-commerce solution by handling visitor input without reloading the page.

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AJAX Fancy Captcha
The Fancy Captcha jQuery plug-in is an intuitive and fresh way to complete those “verify humanity” tasks, offering reasonable protection against unwanted guests, namely bots and spammers. It works by asking you to verify yourself simply by dragging and dropping an item into a circle.

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About the Author

Paul Andrew is a freelance Web designer. He is chief admin for Speckyboy – Design Magazine, a Web design, Web development and graphic design resource blog. Follow him on Twitter here:


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