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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.

Iconshock Announcement

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 Jr.

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.

Photoshop Logo FeatherFor 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:

Colorful Nature

nature

80 PSD Raindrops

PSD Raindrops

Slick and Clean Button (With Tutorial)

PSD Submit Button

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FlashMintLast 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 IntrosFlash 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.

FlashMint

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.

jQuery Modal Window

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.

Firebug LogoFirebug is probably one of the most helpful tools used when developing websites.

Specially, after JavaScript & Ajax became that much popular, it is hard to findout how we were developing & debugging without Firebug.

This great Firefox add-on, besides the ease of use & continious development by a talented team, has many features that make it a must-have like:

  • working inside browser, no need to switch apps.
  • being real-time, logging every request
  • ability to edit code & see results instantly
  • debugging JavaScript, measuring its performance & more..

It also has another feature, which is extendibility with help of Firefox add-ons.

There are various add-ons that can add more power to Firebug for creating better & faster. Here they are:

 

YSlow

YSlow Firebug Addon

YSlow is a Firebug add-on for analyzing web pages and getting suggestions on ways to improve the performance (parallel with the rules for high performance web pages).

YSlow grades web pages based on the predefined rulesets or a user-defined one . It also provides tools for performance analysis, including Smush.it™ and JSLint.

Page Speed

Firebug Page Speed

Very similar to YSlow, it is an add-on by the Google team for evaluating the performance of web pages and, best of all, getting suggestions (based on "Web Performance Best Practices") on ways to improve them.

Page Speed automatically optimizes images & provides compressed ones foruploading later.

It can also detect  JavaScript and CSS loaded that actually isn’t used for decreasing the total size of these files.

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dhtmlxScheduler is a free & Ajaxed event calendar script providing a scheduling solution similar to Microsoft Outlook Calendar or Google Calendar.

It is possible to create new events with a double-click & created events can be drag’n dropped, resized (for updating the times), updated or deleted with ease, fully Ajaxed.

Ajax Event Calendar

The scheduler can present the calendar as day, week or month views & data can be loaded in XML or iCal formats.

With the help of the detailed documentation, it is possible to use any server-side scripting language to make dhtmlxScheduler fit any application.

Pattern App (previously UI Pattern Factory) is both an user interface design pattern library and UI gallery where it is possible to find the best practices, get inspired, and share your solutions with others.

The website is mostly focused on web-based business applications & shares patterns like:

UI Pattern Factory

Pattern App is also a place where you can ask & vote for new pattern ideas in their forum or add new images to the currently published ones via Flickr.

Led Web Icons is a set of 500 icons (currently) which is very suitable to be used in web applications.

It is inspired by 3 icon sets:

and includes totally original icons without any repeating ones.

Sizes of the icons are 16*16px & they are in PNG format. A preview of the full set can be found here.

Web App. Icon Set

InfoVis is an open source JavaScript data visualization toolkit offering multiple ways to present data using the canvas tag.

It is feeded with data in JSON format & some of the ready to use visualizations are:

  • treemaps
  • radial layouts
  • bar charths, pie charts & more…

InfoVis JavaScript Visualization

Besides a static presentations, InfoVis supports interactive animations which can be fired by any event (like mouseovers, clicks).

It has various methods to add/remove/update nodes & manipulate every aspect of the outputs.

The toolkit doesn’t depend on a JavaScript framework, can be used with any of them & easily updated for adding new features to it.

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