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Slideshow JS is a free JavaScript library which helps creating an image slideshow with ease.

It is totally configurable via markup & does not require any scripting. Although the download package comes with various styles, the look & feel of the slideshow can be completely customized.

Slideshow JS

The library is built with jQuery & it is unobtrusive. It offers several options like:

  • number of seconds each image will be displayed
  • if the images will be displayed automatically or manually
  • image counter & controls activation
  • if the images will be displayed randomly or in an order
  • & more..

P.S. Don't let the blury images in the demo fool you. With quality images, the script offers a nice presentation.

Flabell is presenting a free Flash-XML slideshow which can be customized with ease.

Images presented are displayed with a blur effect & the color of the navigation bar can change on every image (using the colors of that image can be a good idea – set manually in the XML file).

Free Flash XML Slideshow

For every image, you can also define:

  • URLs, when they are clicked
  • target to be _blank or not
  • transparency of the navigation bar

The slideshow comes with the source file (.FLA) & in order to download it, a free membership is required.

Audio Player is a tiny yet beautiful free Flash mp3 player that is used on many popular websites like Talkcrunch.

It is originally a WordPress plugin but with the increasing popularity, the developer of the player, Martin Laine, has created a standalone version as well.

Tiny Flash Mp3 Player

The WordPress plugin can directly use the WordPress media library which is great. The standalone version can be configured very easily too & they both have various features like:

  • autostart
  • loop
  • animation
  • remaining time
  • volume control & more.

For a demo of the player, you can check TalkCrunch.

P.S. Audio Player is open source & source files can be found here.

Subsonic is an open source web-based media streamer application that helps sharing your music or listening it anytime/anywhere.

It allows streaming to multiple users & can handle very large music collections.

Subsonic Media Streamer

It is compatible with every audio or video format that can stream over HTTP, like AAC and OGG. Also, Subsonic works with any network-enabled media player, such as Winamp, iTunes, XMMS, VLC, MusicMatch and Windows Media Player.

It can integrate with various web services like Last.fm, Amazon (for cover art) & more.

And, considering media files are generally huge, it supports automatic zipping/unzipping while downloading & uploading them.

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  • Page Peel effects can be very useful as they create new areas -which are mostly used for banners- on websites.

    In general, they are created with the help of Flash but Soh Tanaka is featuring a a very nice tutorial on creating a page peel effect with jQuery & CSS.

    jQuery Page Peel Effect

    The logic of the effect is simple & smart. It is created by animating the size & position of a peel image which is originally positioned over the content to be shown.

    To see a demo for this nice tutorial, click here.

    Supersized is a jQuery plugin that resizes images/backgrounds to fit the whole screen & display them as a slideshow.

    No extra whitespace or scrollbars occur as the entire browser window is always filled.

    jQuery Fullscreen Slideshow

    The plugin preloads the images and offers various transition effects for presenting them.

    An optional prev-next-pause control makes navigating easier & with the help of options provided, Supersize can be easily customized.

    jPlayer is a jQuery plugin for playing and controlling mp3 files in a webpage.

    It uses a Flash file at the backstage to play the files & the player can be totally customized via XHML/CSS.

    jQuery Mp3 Player Plugin

    The plugin offers functions like:

    • selecting the Mp3 file to be played
    • play, pause, stop
    • volume control
    • getting the progress & more.

    Thee are various demos presented like a single-file player, a playlist player or a text-based player with progress bar. To check them all, click here.

    XML Flash Voting Poll is a free component for creating nice looking Flash-based polls.

    It is built with AS3 & supports one active poll with an unlimited number of answers.

    Free Flash Poll

    Many variables can be controlled in the XML files like:

    • the question’s height, text, color, size
    • background colors used
    • distances between items
    • messages displayed after voting & more

    The download package includes images (.AI & .PDF) & fonts used.

    P.S. Free membership is required for downloading the component.

    FancyUpload, the popular Ajaxed file uploader, now has new version with more features.

    To remember, FancyUpload is an unobtrusive file-input replacement with multiple-file selection & queued upload with an animated progress bar.

    FancyUpload

    It uses MooTools, works with the help of Swiff (a MooTools class) & as a SWF file is used for uploads, it is server-independent.

    Other great features of FancyUpload:

    • the look & feel can be totally customized via CSS/XHTML
    • uploads can be limited with file count, file type or size
    • upload speed can be displayed
    • browse-button can be an invisible overlay or an interactive image sprite
    • useful file information before the upload starts can be collected & many more.

    The API is very flexible, offers lots of options & very well-documented.

    For membership-oriented websites, registration forms are one of the most important parts. A problematic experience, even if the sign-up is completed, will place a "question mark" to the visitor or vice-versa.

    Password LockAnd, it is also the first step where you can show that you care about the security of the website & all the data collected.

    Although you can control/improve the security of the website, it is sometimes the weak passwords used that may have unwanted consequences.

    Guiding users to have a strong password with the help of password strength meters, besides being an easy process, will help improving the security of the whole & show that the website pays attention to it.

    Here are 10 password strength meter scripts for a better registration interface:

     

    PasswordMeter

    Password Strength Meter Script

    PasswordMeter is a JavaScript function that checks the strengths of passwords with a well-defined algorithm.

    And, the website of the resource nicely displays how the strength is calculated.

    Ultimate Password Strength Meter

    Prototype - Script.aculo.us Password Strength Meter

    This password strength meter is an improved version of this script. It that has a graphical interface (uses Prototype & Script.aculo.us) that shows the strength of the input.

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