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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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    If your work involves continuous use of creative images, then you’re probably used to searching the databases of countless stock photo agencies – one at a time – looking for that perfect royalty-free item, and pay for it via that agency’s credit system/subscription plan.

    What if I told you that there is a way to cut back on your expenses, as well as find the avidly sought-for stock files really fast?

    Lootback

    This is the story of Lootback, a platform that connects creative professionals to the topmost microstock agencies of the industry, and rewards its users for each and every purchase that was completed with its help.

    In other words, Lootback claims a certain commission from the partner agencies for sending in new clients, and then shares that money with the user responsible for it, fair and square.

    Every purchase entails new earnings, so it really helps your finances in the long run.

    It’s very easy to work with Lootback and get cash for doing what you normally do; only now you can search faster, and in a centralized place.

    For instance, the first step is to start a quarry, so let’s assume you jot down ‘winter’ as keyword and move forward. The results page summons all pertinent matches that exist in renowned stock agencies’ archives.

    Lootback Search

    Lootback partnered up with the most popular agencies on the market – iStock, Shutterstock, Thinkstock, Deposit Photos, and Envato’s own Graphicriver, Themeforest, and Videohive – in order to deliver flawless content at your threshold.

    You may toggle which kind of files you’re specifically looking for, as well as the source venues from whence they come.

    Scan through the results gathered from all these high-ranked agencies, and when one of them catches your fancy, feel free to click on it.

    Now, you have to create a Lootback account. It won’t take long, and you need it in order to reap the benefits later on, so give it a minute of your time.

    After registration, you’re redirected to your stock image of choice, where you will have to pay for it with the prepaid credits of the agency in question.

    So, if you don’t have an account, create one there as usual (you know the drill), and then make the purchase via credits. The process is herewith completed.

    Lootback Purchase

    In no more than 12 hours after completing a transaction, you will be sent Cash Back in your Lootback account, which will be visible in the ‘Cash Back Earnings’ section of the dashboard.

    Every time you buy an image in this manner, its designated Cash Back won’t fail to appear.

    You may cash out all your earnings with Paypal in 7 to 90 days, as the stock agencies that you bought from need to process each report – which can take very little time, or slightly more than expected. But it reaches you, nonetheless.

    Lootback Signup

    Lootback is, as you can see, very easy to use, and works to your advantage.

    Give it a try and see how you like getting money while acquiring royalty-free images to employ in your projects.

    AngularJS is the JavaScript MVW Framework choice of many web developers as it simplifies creating dynamic views in web-applications while staying readable.

    Videogular is a lovely HTML5 video player that is specifically created for AngularJS-powered apps and integrates to them perfectly.

    Videogular

    It comes with bindable directives, a plugin system for extending further and support for theming.

    There is native full-screen mode and the player works smartly on mobile with showing/hiding the unsupported features.

    You’ll probably remember CometChat, a solid and self-hosted chat application that is similar to Facebook-chat and was featured few times at WRD.

    The application has been improved so much lately and now consists of more features that will probably attract users.

    To remember; CometChat is built with PHP and, with a simple setup, it instantly creates an in-site chat system that enables users/visitors to chat with each other.

    CometChat Splash

    It has support for text or video, screen sharing, file sharing, auto-translating conversations and even games to make sure the visitors spend lots of time on the site.

    Also, it integrates into most of the popular CMS + forum apps so easily and works with GTalk + Facebook chat too.

    With the newest one, ComeChat v5, it now has native apps for iOS + Android (there was also mobile-friendly web interface and a desktop messenger), Skype-like HD video, broadcasting videos and more.

    The Black Friday Sale

    CometChat Black Friday

    The sale is for the package of “Platinum Edition + Desktop Messenger + iOS & Android apps” for $747 (original price is $1097) and it can be reached from here.

    So, that’s $350 off and an opportunity for anyone willing to get the full package.

    The giveaway

    CometChat is giving away  ”3 * CometChat Basic Edition” licenses.

    In order to join, a tweet with the hashtag “#blackfriday” and @cometchat is required. Click to tweet easily.

    Winners will be selected randomly and announced on Monday (2 Dec 2013). Good luck to all.

    The winners

    • @BryGom
    • @StylifyYourBlog
    • @eric_maechler

    Congratulations.

    Enabling users to view all sides of a product is a common UI pattern, mostly, in e-commerce websites.

    jQuery Interactive 3D is a plugin that allows us to accomplish a similar functionality using multiple images.

    jQuery Interactive 3D

    It is so easy to use and works with a simple function and a list of specifically-named images.

    And, there are options for customization like the cursor icon, speed, touch support, auto-play and more.

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  • Native mobile apps usually work faster, smoother and these result in a better user experience.

    And, web designers/developers always look for new ways to catch this performance with web technologies.

    Ionic, a front-end framework, a helps building native-like mobile apps with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript.

    Ionic Front-end Framework

    It is not a replacement for PhoneGap or a JavaScript framework but the focus is on the UI interactions and design.

    The framework ships with SASS and various AngularJS extensions (optional) and many components like buttons, toggle, header/footer, tab bar and more.

    Ionic is well-documented with tutorials and examples to start with.

    Gratisography is a website that features high quality photos for free.

    It is definitely not a stock photo site, there is a small number of photos but new ones are added regularly.

    They are captured by Ryan McGuire and can be used for both personal + commercial projects.

    Gratisography

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