Free Stock Textures is a fresh website presenting 680+ high quality textures that are ready to download.
It presents totally new textures as all the photos used are taken by the website owners: Paul Wozniak and Eva Sajdak.
Textures are very well-categorized like grunge, metal, stone & best of all, they can be browsed by color as well.
They can be used on both free & commercial use (for any type of artwork).
Origami Icons is a set of 15 sticker-like & beautiful icons that comes in 5 different sizes (16px, 32px, 48px, 128px, and 256px) as Windows ICO and 32-bit transparent PNG files.
It includes popular icons like chart, calendar, e-mail, search, save & more. Also, to create new ones or edit them, the Adobe Illustrator (AI) file is in the download package too.
P.S. They are free to use in both personal & commercial projects.
UIzard is an open source development tool for creating web applications on the web.
It has built-in support for various project types like:
- standard web applications
- Google API-based widgets/gadgets
- mobile web applications
User interface elements can be controlled with drag’n drops just like a desktop IDE & UIzard’s built-in editor has support for code-highlighting.
With an instant preview feature, the outputs of the design & code can be seen easily.
P.S. The application is currently in beta status & can be a little unstable.
Hemlock is an open-source Flash framework which offers the richness of Flash & the scalability of XMPP.
It eases the creation of real-time & multi-user applications like games, collaboration and more.
Generally, real-time applications are handled with polling where a database is queried every x seconds to get the latest updates.
With the Hemlock approach, a client registers for a message and is only contacted when a relevant one arrives. This is clearly a better method as it is much real-time & cost-effective (no unnecessary polls).
For creative people, mostly, music is very important. It can help to get into the mood & concentrate on a project or increase your blood pressure, send more oxygen to the brain & cause you to design/code beautiful stuff .
pulpTunes is a free web server for iTunes which enables you to access your music collection from anywhere with a slick, Ajaxed web interface.
Music files are categorized just like iTunes, songs can be downloaded with a right-click & direct links to songs or playlists can be generated for sharing them easily with others.
pulpTunes is integrated with iTunes DJ, supports MP3 + AAC (M4A) files & can display cover arts.
For slower connections, buffer level can be easily adjusted & it works on Mac, Windows or Linux.
P.S. Although this resource is not directly design or development oriented, it is something that can be very handy for freelancers who may need to work from different locations time-by-time & for creative offices (where you can listen to music ) to keep all music files in one place & reach easily.
Icons are great design resources which help improving the interfaces we create as they can define "what words may not".
The talented team at Iconshock, a professional icon design company, will be creating small (~5 items) but focused icon sets exclusively for WebResourcesDepot readers every month.
And, to decide which icon set to be created first, the best idea is: asking WRD readers to choose it.
Update: The poll is closed on 16 June 2009 and with a major difference, it seems that our first icon set will be e -commerce icons.
Tasks Jr. is an open source to-do-list application that works web-based, has also a PDA interface & built with PHP/MySQL.
It enables you to create tasks with sub-tasks where they can have different due dates or priorities. The application has an option to remind the upcoming tasks daily via e-mail.
Tasks can be sorted easily & a "search feature" helps finding them with keywords. It also has iCalendar support that makes sharing the tasks possible.
Tasks Jr. is multilingual & already translated to various languages.
P.S. The application is a light version of a payed application. Although not developed any more, it already offers the standard features & can be improved as it is open source.
For many users, according to the Photoshop knowledge level, it is sometimes hard to create what is in mind. And, for everyone, having a well-designed object can call the inspiration & help us to create better.
In both cases, for Photoshop users, quality & free PSD files are a treasure. Whether you use them in a tiny part of the whole or build your composition around them, they will help a lot.
Here is a collection of 35 beautiful & free PSDs for charming designs:
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Last week, a post on WebResourcesDepot had announced the giveaway of free credits ($225 worth) by FlashMint, a very popular flash templates provider, to WRD readers.
Winners are announced at the bottom of the post, but before that, to remember:
FlashMint is offering a variety of products from high quality Flash Intros, Flash CMS Templates, premium WordPress Themes to Joomla Layouts & superior osCommerce / Swish Templates.
Besides these templates offered, FlashMint has a wide collection of Flash components that can be easily used to improve any website.
The winners of the giveaway:
Winners are selected randomly from users who tweeted the message: "Want to win $100 credit for Flash Designs from http://www.flashmint.com/ ? Check the details and join the contest at: http://tr.im/nfy8" in Twitter. And here they are:
Congratulations to the winners & thanks to everyone for contributing.
jQuery Superbox! is a jQuery plugin for creating easily customizable modal windows (lightbox-like).
It is an accessible script, uses the
rel attribute of an element for triggering &
href attribute is used for defining the source to be displayed.
To change the look & feel, it is enough to play with the CSS as no styles are set by default.
It can display any type of content as every HTML content can be presented. But by default, images (single or gallery mode), text content & iframes are supported
Dimensions of the modal window can be choosen to resize automatically according to the content or width & height can be defined for a standard size.