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AudioPlay is a simple & free Flash mp3 player with only one button.

The "play" button, once clicked, starts playing the mp3 file & turns into a "pause" button. That’s all AudioPlay does.

Simple Flash MP3 Player

The images used can be easily changed by simply updating the current image files.

The settings that can be configured from a xml file:

  • background color
  • mp3 file name
  • loop (never, x times or unlimited)
  • autostart

It also supports multiple instances on the same page.

To conclude, it is an ideal player to be used as a background music player.

Pandora FMS is an open source application that can be used to monitor anything online like:

  • if a website is up or down
  • if the content of a website is changed (deface control or when value of a stock changes..)
  • diskspace or CPU usage of a remote server (via SNMP or TCP/IP)
  • & many more..

Open Source Monitoring

Pandora FMS can run on any operating system, with specific agents for each platform, getting the data and sending it to a server.

You can get real-time reports for every monitor & have them sent to an e-mail adrdess.

It can also send notifications of events via e-mail, SMS or Jabber (MSN, GTalk..) to the desired users.

P.S. To mention, Pandora FMS is not a simple script to install. It is made up by several shellscript files (UNIX/Linux Agents), a Web application in PHP (Console), some code in C++ (Windows Agent), some code in PERL5 (Server) and some structure and data in SQL (Database).

Last week, a post at WebResourcesDepot had announced the giveaway of 3 BannerSnack Premium Plus Licenses / 1 Year ($149 value/license).

Winners are selected & information can be found at the bottom of the post.

To remind:

BannerSnack is an online banner creator application that enables anyone to create quality Flash banners without Flash programming.

BannerSnack

With an easy to use & feature rich interface, you have the following features & more under your hand:

  • High-quality text & image effects
  • Ability to control all aspects of effects & objects (durations, sizes..)
  • Predefined templates (or you can create from scratch)

And the winners are:

  • MJ (comment #29472)
  • Michał Popielnicki (comment #29370)
  • saud (comment #29466)

Congratulations to the winners & thanks to everyone for contributing.

P.S. If you want to check BannerSnack, click here.

TypePublish is a fresh CMS application that aims to be the WordPress for "corporate websites", specially with the simplicity it provides.

It is a well-planned application for any user (novice & expert internet users and developers).

Business CMS Application

Management of the content is well-organized & descriptive in every step.

Website content can be created in multiple languages & TypePublish supports this in the front-end.

Logo, favicon, contact page settings & similar basic (although handy for corporate users) information can be updated easily.

Using the admin panel, any statistics script can be installed too.

To summarize, TypePublish will probably meet the needs of a big percentage of corporate websites very well & nothing more, which is good in most cases.

Xuheki is an open source IMAP client with an Ajaxed interface.

It looks-feels like a desktop application & supports multiple IMAP servers/identities.

Free IMAP Client

It uses the Net::IMAP::Client Perl module as the IMAP engine & built with DynarchLIB Ajax Toolkit.

Some features of Xuheki:

  • Supports multiple folders with drag’n drop
  • It can stay connected to an IMAP server
  • Interface allows you to do multiple things once
  • Multiple user support
  • Contact list & more..

It requires Perl & MySQL 5 to run.

BannerSnack, a stunning & easy to use online banner maker application, is giving away 3 Premium Plus Licenses / 1 Year ($149 value/license) to WebResourcesDepot readers.

Details of the giveaway can be found at the bottom of the post.

What is BannerSnack?

BannerSnack

BannerSnack is an online banner maker that enables both non-Flash-experienced & experienced Flash users to create quality Flash banners without Flash programming.

It provides all the features you may need:

  • High-quality text & image effects
  • Ability to control all aspects of effects & objects (durations, sizes..)
  • Predefined templates (or you can create from scratch)

After creating a banner, you can embed the link provided by BannerSnack to display it. This way, you can update the banner anytime from the online banner maker application without updating your website’s code again.

Or, you can export the generated banner to a SWF file & upload it to your website (very soon).

An example banner:

BannerSnack Interface

To give you an idea, I have created a simple banner with the steps:

  • Uploading images
  • Inserting images
  • Choosing the in-out effects & durations of images
  • Adding a text & choosing the in-out effects & duration
  • Publishing it.
  • A total of 15 minutes (& it was the first time). That’s it.

Here it is:

BannerSnack has several plans (which includes a free one) to choose from. Click here to go to the product’s website.

How to win the free licenses?

Commenting to this post is enough to join this giveaway & winners will be selected randomly via the query below on 26 December 2008 (1 week later).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=697 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all : ).

xBug is a JavaScript debugger that enables you to trace or step through your JavaScript code in real-time

It works with Chrome, Firefox 2/3, IE 6/7 & Safari 3.

JavaScript Debugger

Using xBug, you can:

  • set breakpoints, and watchpoints in a separate code window
  • see a trace log while your code is executing
  • inspect variables
  • get an indexed list of the functions/methods, and more…

P.S. It currently runs on the Windows platform.

JavaScript, with the rise of Ajax, is definitely a must-know-well for every web designer/developer.

Besides form controls, alerts & similar simple JavaScript usage, you can almost do anything with the help of JavaScript (& Canvas). Some samples are:

  • Drag’n drops
  • Animations
  • CSS manipulations, Ajax & more.

JavaScript Games
And there are JavaScript libraries which make them easier like jQuery, MooTools, Prototype, etc.

For any developer looking for advanced JS techniques, games are a real treasure.
 

You can easily see examples of animations, interactivity, smart solutions for browser related math functions & so.. And they are definitely a source of inspiration as you sometimes face with a feature that you never thought could be existed.

Also, this is the last month of a busy year & every web designer/developer deserves some fun : ).

So, here are 25 amazing (sometimes not the game itself but how beautifully it’s done) JavaScript games that you’ll love.

 

Bunny Hunt

Hunting JavaScript Game

A classic hunting game with an easy to play interface.

Make sure you check the source of the website to see how simply it is built with the power of XHTML, CSS & JavaScript.

JavaScript Library: none.

Travians

Ajax Game Travians

A character game (like Sims) where you’re a villager.

It is a multiplayer game & totally Ajaxed. You can move your character, communicate with other user & more.

JavaScript Library: xajax.

Digg Attack

Digg JavaScript Game

This is certainly a Web 2.0 game. It is a JavaScript / Canvas 2D Shooter using live data via the Digg API to spawn enemies.

All the images are rendered with Canvas in real-time.

JavaScript Library: none.

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Appcelerator Titanium (now known as TideSDK) is an open source platform that enables you to create rich desktop applications with web technologies like HTML, CSS, Javascript as well as Flash and Silverlight.

Appcelerator SDK is used to create applications or any third-party Ajax library / framework can be used too.

Tip: To make it clear, it is very similar to Adobe AIR but open source.

Appcelerator Titanium

Titanium also comes with a simple command-line interface (CLI) for creating projects and packaging them into an executable.

The platform has a built-in database, direct file system access, desktop notifications & more.

Titanium apps. currently work in Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX.  Linux support is in the roadmap.

DD_belatedPNG is a fresh IE6 PNG fix script with features where other solutions are missing.

It doesn’t use MSIE AlphaImageLoader filter so, it succesfully renders background-repeat and background-position.

IE6 PNG Fix Script

The script also fixes the IE6 grey background problem.

How to use it?

Very simple.

  • Insert the .js file to your code
  • Create another script node
  • Define the class the fix will be applied to, like:
    • DD_belatedPNG.fix('.png_bg');

That’s it.

P.S. It is adviced to use the script only for IE6 with conditional comments.

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