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It is usually not easy to present “menus that are few levels deep” in a user-friendly way. And, that’s specially hard for cross-platform layouts.

Multi-Level Push Menu is a jQuery plugin that provides a very good solution to such menus.

Multi-Level Menu jQuery

It has support for unlimited levels, works cross browser/platform and makes things much easier for touch devices with swipe gestures.

The menu can be set to next from left-to-right or right-to-left and all works with a simple markup (unordered lists).

Smartimage, a cloud-based brand image management application (that was featured before at WRD), now has new features offering a more powerful, visual experience.

The application helps companies to manage + share images and other visual content that workgroups and small businesses use everyday for events, promotions and brand communications.
Besides all the core features like auto-conversion to popular formats and sizes, sharing/embedding and public/private galleries, there are now features like:

  • Custom image gallery options – Users can now choose which display and action features to enable for each collection including on/off switches for downloading and sharing files.
  • Embeddable image gallery carousel – Images can be displayed in a stunning super-sized carousel or elegant thumbnail gallery.
  • Robust digital imaging – Dynamic resizing allows Smartimage to host your images and easily display them on other web pages while maintaining their quality.
  • Updated user interface (UI) – A cleaner interface puts the focus on the user’s brand and high-quality images.
  • Faster speeds globally – Everywhere in the world, Amazon’s CloudFront Content Delivery Network (CDN) provides faster upload and download speeds.

Smartimage now offers more control and attractive, dynamic ways of presenting and sharing high quality content, while emphasizing simplicity.

An API is also in the roadmap of Smartimage which will allow integrating it further. P.S. The app offers a full set of features for getting the most out of these assets and you can find the complete list here.

When developing with Xcode and Objective-C, it is usually hard and time-consuming to create animations.

Canvas is a project that makes adding good-looking animations easy for iOS apps.

Canvas For iOS

With almost no coding, effects like fade, zoom in/out, slide, bounce, pop, shake and more are available for use.

The project is not only about animations but currently comes with a “custom font” component and plans to add ones like parallax, sticky headers and various others.

Elegant Themes, a well-known WordPress themes company with high-quality resources, has just released an extraordinary WordPress theme.

It is called Divi and it is probably the most flexible WordPress theme ever; in means of design and functionality.

Elegant Themes - Divi

The theme has a unique drag ‘n’ drop builder that allows you to add sections, rows, columns or widgets and design the layout.

Into any row or column, you can insert the built-in modules like text, image, slider, pricing table, contact form, tabs, portfolio and even shop.

Each module comes with its own options and, optionally, their appearance can be customized by injecting custom CSS.

Simply you can create countless number of layouts with Divi and, whatever you create, it is responsive, which is awesome.

Divi

There are multiple pre-built layouts to get started quickly. These include homepages for business, commerce, portfolio and blog.

Also, Divi comes with a contact page, a project case study, a blog, portfolio, and shop as well.

You can watch this video below to learn more about it and also read more about it in Elegant Themes’ Blog.
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Using footnotes in web pages and presenting them nicely is usually a difficult job.

Bigfoot, a jQuery plugin, not only eases but also beautifies the footnotes in web pages.

Bigfoot jQuery

It auto-detects the footnote link + content, converts the link into a button and displays the footnote content inside a popover when clicked.

The script adapts well to responsive layouts and there are options provided to customize its functionality.

We are used to controlling/navigating websites with mouse, keyboard and “touch” afterwards.

Voix.js is a JavaScript library that allows us to add another layer to controlling them which is “voice”.

Voix.js

It has functions to start and stop listening through the microphone and we can set events to be fired when a given keyword is detected.

The library is pretty easy to use and it currently works in Chrome.

When working as a distributed team or meeting remotely with clients, video chat is used frequently.

Appear.in is a free and web-based app that provides group video chat for up to 8 people.

The application doesn’t require sign-up, a room with a unique link can be created instantly and shared with others.

Appear.in

It is built with native web technologies, no download is needed and works on all browsers except IE.

There is also an API which may simplify integrating it to the project management cycle with ease.

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  • Allofthelights.js is a jQuery plugin that can change the opacity of the whole webpage but leave the video player.

    This is for helping the user to easily focus on the video and there is built-in support for YouTube, Vimeo,  DailyMotion.. and custom players can be added too.

    Allofthelights.js

    It works with multiple players on the same page and supports responsive layouts/players with no issues.

    The animation speed, background color and opacity can all be customized an callback functions exist.

    When an image will be used on a web page, editing is usually performed at applications built for it (like Photoshop).

    For advanced editing and cropping, that is required but for simple ones, using JavaScript can be good choice. And, that leaves the original image un-edited so we can always change the filters applied.

    photoJShop

    PhotoJShop is a jQuery plugin that enables us to apply such simple effects/filters to images.

    These filters include blur, sepia, emboss, lighten, darken, b&w, sharpen and more.

    The plugin works on canvas + images and the filters to be applied can be chained for easier usage.

    When you think of winter-time, several recurring images pop into memory, including snow, a Christmas tree, presents, Santa Clause, and fireworks.

    If your job entails working with images (as a designer, blogger, advertiser, etc), this is a rare opportunity to increase traffic to your website and attract new clients.

    Any of the following 10 stock image agencies are ready to welcome you in this season.

    YAY Images

    YAY Images

    YAY is labeled “Spotify for images”, and for a good reason. Let’s say you search for ‘winter’- based items, plain and simple. Not only does the database offer over 150.000 results in this case, but it’s never been more convenient to look for similar images to the ones that you love the most. Besides, 50% of the first month’s worth is now discounted for all three subscription plans with code “XMAS_GIFT”.

    Speaking of subscriptions, YAY’s major plans are Print, Digital, and Streaming. In any instance, users benefit from an in-browser filter and editor for the images they acquire, as well as a limitless number of downloads per month.

    On top of everything, the images intended for use on the web are hosted for free, so that the user doesn’t necessarily have to download and then upload everything on their blog/website. As you can see, the perks of buying images from YAY are plenty.

    Digital and Streaming hold great promise because they have so much to offer in exchange for a very small price. In other words, for a monthly $49.90, subscribers to a Digital plan can take any number of images as large as 3 megapixels, to use in apps, PowerPoints and e-books.

    Alternatively, Streaming delivers 700 pixels wide/high meant to be used on web pages, only for $9.90-a-month.

    Mostphotos

    Mostphotos

    Mostphotos is really special, particularly around the holidays.

    You see, right now it would be perfect to use images that hit as close to the target as possible, and Mostphotos has a predilection of publishing authentic and local images after they’ve been submitted by contributors who are either professional photographers, or practice photography as a hobby – and happened to have a strike of genius in an inspiring setting. In this respect, anything goes as long as it is valuable.

    Make haste and take advantage of the discounts instated for “Mini 10” and “Mini 20” subscriptions: 10% off for signing 6 months, or 15% for enlisting a whole year right from the beginning.

    At present, 5 and a half million stock files are at your service, not to mention that 10.000 new ones are usually included on a daily basis.

    So, if you go ahead and start up a search with the keyword “winter” for instance, then 100.000 photos and vectors will greet you on the results page.

    See anything you like? If you want to make sure, feel free to zoom in down to the last pixel, and check the quality before you finally buy.

    Last but not least, Mostphotos lets your co-workers reap benefits, too: once you create an account, your colleagues get to set up theirs for free.

    Stocksy

    Stocksy

    You’re going to love what Stocksy has to offer. Stocksy United is a co-operated agency, ran entirely by its photographers, and this can make quite a difference when you’re looking for top-grade images to use during the holidays.

    For starters, only the best submissions are published, and everything is individually assessed according to aesthetic criteria.

    Since the selection team handpicks fresh stock images, you no longer have to sort the good from the irrelevant (like you used to do with other agencies).

    Stocksy is special and they know it: as far as microstock agencies go, you rarely get to meet such impressive, 100% exclusive content.

    Don’t take my word for it: just check the “Holidays” and “Celebrate” categories, and you’ll get my meaning. Loads of gorgeous seasonal images are waiting to be bought, at a price starting with $10 for individual royalty-free licenses.

    Check out Stocksy and you will feel like you somehow landed on the online portfolio of a professional photographer.

    However, if you look at the prices, you’ll know for sure that you’ve encountered a cost-effective source of unbelievably beautiful holiday images.

    Depositphotos

    Depositphotos

    Depositphotos found its way in my top ten for several good reasons.

    First of all, it has 19 million superb stock files to browse through, and secondly, its users are gifted every week with one free item from the Vectors Collection.

    However, it is the third reason that carries the most weight: Discount Lightboxes. Depositphotos instated a permanent practice that offers 20% discount to season-specific photos and vectors; at present, no less than 925 such images are placed in the Christmas Lightbox.
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