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Easy Reflections, a PHP script that enables you to create reflections (Web 2.0 look) of any image.

Supported image types are GIF, JPG & PNG.

PHP Image Reflection Script

There is a built-in caching mechanism to prevent creating same images again & again.

And, fade levels used can be configured.

The script works with both PHP4 & PHP5 and requires GD extension 2.0.1+ installed.

BlendFu is a website featuring free Photoshop & GIMP brushes in a well-tagged presentation.

Users can upload their brush sets & even the designs they created using those sets.

Currently there are 900+ brush sets featured.

Blendfu

Brush sets have 3 different download package options:

  • PS Creative Suite
  • Photoshop 7.0
  • GIMP

And, a great thing about BlendFu is, when you click on a brush set, you can view every single brush in the set in detail.

Constructr is a fresh open source CMS application built with PHP & MySQL.

With an Ajaxed backend, this CMS application uses TinyMCE for content editing & supports clean URLs via mod_rewrite.

Free PHP MySQL CMS

The admin interface has:

  • Backend user & right management
  • Asset center for uploads
  • Integrated search engine for asset
  • Automatic sync after FTP-uploads
  • Automatic thumb´s for image-uploads
  • Integrated shadowbox-viewer for assets
  • Customizable backend language (Available: DE, EN, US, CH, AU)
  • Live preview  for hidden pages and content

For the frontend:

  • Cache system
  • File based templates
  • Multilingual frontend support
  • Use a frontent that fits your special needs (pure PHP and MySQL, Smarty, Flash …)
  • Individual 404 error page
  • Automatic RSS 2.0-Feed for every single content

Like mentioned, this free content management system is still fresh but frequently updated & looks promising.

Scrollable is a flexible & lightweight (3.9kb) jQuery plugin for creating scrollable contents.

Any content (HTML, video, text..) can be used as a scrolling item. And, it supports vertical scrolling besides the standard horizontal scrolling which makes it very ideal, specially for news sites or portals to present the flash contents.

JQuery Scroll Plugin

Other features of Scrollable are:

  • Setting the number of visible items
  • Mouse, arrow keys and mousewheel (requires mousewheel.js) support
  • Programmatic actions: next, prev, nextPage, prevPage, seekTo, begin, end
  • Know when list is scrolled with custom event listener

This jQuery plugin is built by the FlowPlayer team (see WRD post) and includes great examples (this & this) with FlowPlayer integration.

UPrinting, is giving away free business cards to 10 WebResourcesDepot readers (1,000 cards / each winner).

You can find the details of the giveaway at the bottom of the post.

Online Printing

About UPrinting:

UPrinting is a popular online printing company which enables you to get almost any design printed in any format like:

  • Business cards
  • Brochures
  • Postcards
  • Catalogs
  • Label & stickers
  • Posters & more..

UPrinting Logo

You can upload your designs or choose a template from a well-categorized library & customize them (including the sizes).

Considering, there may be questions within the process like the formats, sizes, etc., UPrinting can be contacted via a live-chat support too.

How to win the free business cards?

Important: The giveaway includes free shipping to USA & Canada. For other countries, shipping must be paid by the winner.

Commenting to this post is enough to join this business cards printing giveaway & winners will be selected randomly via the query below on 16 October 2008 (1 week later).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=564 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 10

Good luck to all : ).

OpenGoo is an open source web office for any company/team to create, collaborate, share and publish all its internal and external documents.

The application is in beta status & built with the mashup approach – by combining multiple solutions & offering it as a single package.

Open Source Web Office

Information that can be collaborated includes:

  • Text documents
  • Spreadsheets (coming soon)
  • Presentations
  • Task Lists
  • E-mails
  • Calendars
  • Web Links
  • Contacts

OpenGoo simply works in a XAMP (Apache, PHP, MySQL) environment.

Update (12th March 2010): OpenGoo is now named as Feng Office.

It is a known fact that browser-based geolocation is very close with the new W3C Geolocation Specification.

Firefox will be implementing this feature in its future releases but now has an add-on, named Geode, that enables users/developers to taste it.

Mozilla Geode

The add-on currently uses Skyhook’s Loki technology to map the WIFi signals.

To be more specific about what can be done via Geode:

  • Create a login page which can be browsed from specific locations, like your house
  • An RSS reader that realizes whether you’re at work or at home & acts accordingly
  • And many more..

Using Geode in websites is very easy:

navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(function(pos) {
  alert( pos.latitude + ", " + pos.longitude );
})

Pownce & Yahoo! Fire Eagle already implemented this feature.

Showcase is a Prototype extension that displays a "list of images" as a CoverFlow gallery.

And, besides the standard horizontal look, it works both vertical & diagonal.

Prototype Coverflow

The extension can be easily configured to display any number of images, durations of the animation can be updated & more.

Showcase requires the effects.js component of Script.aculo.us & works in all major browsers.

First of all, sorry that WRD had a downtime (around 8 hours) yesterday.

The post: 27 Adobe AIR Applications – Handy For Web Designers got pretty popular in most of the social-bookmarking / voting websites. I realized that the website was getting slower & about to take action on it. Then the post moved to frontpage at digg.com & I was not able to reach to server anymore.

Page Display Error

As the server was not responding, rebooted from the power-strip several times, got ping results but after sometime, reboots weren’t pinging.

Thanks to the hosting company that they reached the server & told that the server was not able to boot because of corrupt system file errors (confirmed via KVM).

A fresh OS is installed & they added the previous harddisk as a secondary one so I could get the data.

After setting up the server, here it is, WRD is back online.

Lessons learned:

  • Don’t underestimate the digg effect, it is really strong.
  • Don’t reboot a server via power-strip (several times).
  • Backup frequently (I’m good at this from past experiences).
  • Apply all of your own tips.
  • And maybe it is because the server is Windows, think about that.. : )

Hope that this post may help you to stay online.

Every designer & developer loves handy tools that simplify frequent tasks.

And, even if you've a complicated software that does the same thing, usually it is much more effective to run a tiny, fast-loading application that does the job.

This is a list of 27 functional Adobe AIR applications that can help a web designer to design & develop:

  • Better
  • Faster
  • More organized

Info: If you don't have Adobe AIR installed, it can be downloaded from here.

Web Snapshot

Adobe Air Snaphot

Very nice application for taking snapshots of any webpage.

It enables you to configure the snapshot sizes & lets you choose whether the snapshot be a thumbnail, browser size or the full page.

WebKut

Adobe AIR Screenshot

Using WebKut, you can take snapshots of an entire webpage, parts of them or a selection.

The tool's interface helps a lot by showing the size of the area selected, letting the user to choose the image format & quality.

Pixus

Adobe Air Ruler

A pixel ruler that enables you to measure the size of any object..

With browser skins, overlay mode and screen size presets, you can also preview how your design will look in the real environment.

Web & interface designers will love it.

PixelPerfect

Adobe AIR Pixel Ruler

PixelPerfect has 1 job to do: measure things on your desktop.

While designing a website or looking for the size of an object in a website, you can run this ruler & that's it.

Icon Generator

Adobe AIR Icon Generator

A little application that lets you generate a CS3 or Web 2.0 style icon, in only 3 steps. Pick color, type characters, and save it. Icon is generated in 4 different sizes.

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