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Flare is an ActionScript library for visualizing data like creating charts, graphs and complex interactive graphics.

The library supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques. It provides a modular design which enables you to create customized techniques easier.

Flash Visualazation Library

Flare has a tutorial which will help you to start using it and its API is well documented.

To see its power, check the demos.

IDEA (Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement) has conducted a survey about Factors That Improve Online Experiences which you might possibly find interesting & helpful.

Online Experience Survey

The report emphasizes facts like the importance of visual design & ease of use. And also, it points out interesting information like "designers being overly optimistic about visitors’ ability to maintain orientation".

You can download the full report as a PDF file or read the shorter executive summary.

If you want to see the methodology behind the survey, click here

P.S. Thanks to Michael from IDEA for suggesting this resource.

ProtoChart is an open source canvas chart library built with Prototype.

This library is highly inspired from Flot, Flotr and PlotKit & it enables us to create different chart types on the fly.

Prototype Canvas Charts

Features of this chart library:

  • Line, bar, pie, curve, mix, and area charts available
  • Multiple data series on same graph
  • Highly customizable legend support
  • Customizable grid, grid border, background
  • Customizable axis-tick values (both x and y)
  • Supports: IE6/7, FF2/3 and Safari
  • Even works on an iPhone!

As IE6 does not support the canvas tag, Excanvas library is used for compatibility.

It is possible to find design resources in many themes. But, when it comes to oriental design resources, they are hard to find out as there are few free ones.

This is a collection of oriental Photoshop brushes & vector images for more mysterious designs : ).

The collection includes Chinese dragons, Japanese, Chinese & Arabic texts, people, houses, mosques & various figures.

You may also like:

Important: Some resources are not free for commercial use. Make sure you check the licensing before using them.

Oriental Photoshop Brushes

 

Dragons & Animals

Photoshop Dragon Brushes

Here is a GIMP version of the Chinese Dragon brushes below.

Photoshop Chinese Dragons

Photoshop Dragon Brushes

Photoshop Dragnon Brush

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haXe is an open source & multiplatform programming language.

A code written with haXe can be compiled to JavaScript, Flash (AS2 & AS3), PHP and NekoVM which is all the idea behind the project: "let the developer choose the best platform to do a given job".

haXe Programming Language

haXe has installers for Windows, OSX & Linux and the platform is well-documented.

For writing haXe code, plugins for several popular editors can be found here.

Logdy is a real-time web analytics service that provides all the information you may need about your website.

With an easy to use, plain and Ajaxed interface, Logdy makes it very easy to drill down every detail even to the user level.

For example, you can filter: 

Visitors from x country > who used Google > reached your contact page > using "contact" keyword.

Real Time Statistics

Logdy enables you to reach data (in real-time) like:

  • Visitors: daily, weekly, monthly summaries, countries, languages, timezones.
  • Sources of visitors: keywords, search engines, referring pages, referring domains and more.
  • Visitor navigation: entry pages, exit pages, pages popularity, visit depths, visit duration.
  • Outbound links and pages.
  • Technical stuff: browsers, browser types, platforms, screen resolutions, screen color depths.

A beautiful feature is "outbound links report". It shows which links your visitors click on your website & even magnify the users who clicked them like every other report.

Country Analysis

You can instantly share your analytics with other users with the special "share link" which Logdy creates & also get reports to your e-mail.

With a 1-click "cookie install", you may choose not to track yourself in the analytics for more objective results.

To sum up, Logdy is a very user-friendly service for reaching the deepest parts of your stats in real-time.

The service has a free 1 website plan besides the bigger & paid ones. You can find the pricing for the service here.

P.S. This post is a sponsored site review.

js-hotkeys is a jQuery plugin which enables you to create keyboard triggered events.

Update: The plugin is based on shortcut.js. You may want to use this for not being restricted with jQuery.

This is a very nice feature if you want to provide users more browsing flexibility. And also, it can be used in JavaScript testing environments like triggering a test function by clicking CTRL + t.

JavaScript Keyboard Control

A simple usage of the plugin is:

$.hotkeys.add('Ctrl+a',function(){/*DO YOUR DUTY*/});
$.hotkeys.remove('Ctrl+a');

A demo of this jQuery keyboard control plugin can be found here.

woork presents a nice MooTools news ticker, which scrolls vertically, similar to the one in Newsvine.

Mootools News Ticker

Content is currently hard-coded inside the HTML within li elements. There is also an information provided for how to get the content dynamically from a database.

Speed & delay of the slide effect can be configured within the code.

Pattern Tap is a community which collects & presents well-categorized web design interfaces.

To give an example, you can find real-world collections of 404 pages, backgrounds, button, borders & more.

Design Patterns

As a user, you can also create your own sets like these paper textures set and follow the users you like to easily find the sets they create.

With more users contributing, Pattern Tap may become a giant resource which every designer can find materials to inspire.

cyn.in is an open source collaboration software which helps teams to create collective knowledge.

It enables teams to share workspaces, applications, documents, files and digital content within a secure, unified environment & a web 2.0 interface.

Collaboration Software

Wikis, blogs, discussions, file repositories, events and web link-bases can be created & managed with a role based powerful access control.

Besides the users in the team, customers are also integrated to the application.

cyn.in is an amazing collaboration software with a very attractive user interface & is worth to take a look at.

And, it is platform independent, as it comes as a VMware instance which can be run via a VMware workstation, player or server.

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