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Mozilla Prism (previously known as WebRunner) is an application that enables users to run web applications directly on their desktop. And, for developers, offers ways to make them act like desktop applications.

It is a very easy-to-use tool that simply asks you which URL to wrap, whether to sit on the system-tray and creates a shortcut for the new application. Once clicked, the URL mentioned runs in a desktop application.

Mozilla Prism

With the help of a scripting support, developers can add events to their web applications to trigger actions like displaying system-tray notifications or popups.

It allows you to style (overwrite the default styles) the web application via CSS.

Prism also offers more customization options like enabling you to choose the icon for the application to be created, whether the navigation bar or navigation keys will be displayed & more.

It comes in two flavors:

  • as a Firefox extension
  • as a desktop application

Prism can run both on Windows & Mac OS X.

Onebit is a free icon set that is created by Icojoy.

The set is suitable to be used in web applications as it contains the most used icons like arrows, add-delete-cancel-ok, save, users & more.

It contains 50 icons in PNG format with 48*48px sizes.

Quality And Free Icon Set

Pattern8 is a website that presents beautiful & free repeating patterns.

A nice feature is the ability of sorting patterns by color that helps finding a pattern that will fit the overall of the design.

There are currently 90+ patterns & new ones are added frequently.


P.S. Pattern8 is a fork of PatternHead, a website that offers free vector and pixel patterns but with a wider content. It is also a place to find vector formats of the most patterns in Pattern8.

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.

Free Premium Fonts is a website presenting 1000s of free fonts for download.

Fonts are very well-grouped into categories like futuristic, handwritten, 3D & more.

Free Premium Fonts

Once you view the details of a font, you can customize the text to have a better opinion about how it will look on your project.

Also, a magnifier helps you to zoom every letter & a "Top 50" list helps seeing what are the most downloaded fonts.

For every designer, Free Premium Fonts is a must-bookmark for reaching to a huge library of free fonts.

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.


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:



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 - Password Strength Meter

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

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Web Do’s & Don’ts (WebD&D) is a fresh website that presents links to tips, tricks & best practices for web designers/developers.

The website comes with an easy-to-read interface where you can find the do’s on one side & don’ts on the other.


Links are categorized as levels (beginner, intermediate & advanced) & users can vote on the tips. Also, anyone can submit new links.

Considering new links are added frequently,  WebD&D will be a handy resource-link pool for web designers/developers.

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