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The Web Audio API that is developed by Google is easier to work with and has more features compared to alternatives. But, it still lacks of browser support.

Howler.js is a JavaScript library that works with Web Audio API by default and falls back to HTML5 Audio when not supported.

Howler.js

It accepts multiple file formats for cross-browser compatibility, has caching and can play many sounds at the same time (it is also mute/un-mute them one-by-one or globally).

The sounds can be looped, a fadeIn/fadeOut effect exists and standard media controls are just a part of the library.

It is lightweight (5kb), has support for chaining methods and doesn’t require any JS frameworks.

Showkase LogoIf you are looking for a quick way to create a good-looking portfolio website, there is a nice and professional option for that: Showkase.

Showkase is a self-hosted, PHP-powered and very easy-to-use app for building HTML5 portfolio websites.

It has a portfolio-focused, simplified admin interface where new pages (about and contact us pages) can be added, galleries can be created and images uploaded.

Showkase

Images can be uploading with multiple ways, Showkase auto-creates the thumbnails and they can be ordered with drag ‘n’ drops.

The galleries can be presented with a choice of multiple viewers (JuiceBox or SimpleViewer) where both supports a chic navigation with thumbnails prev-next and/or bullet navigation options.

There are 3 built-in themes and new themes can be created with ease (uses Smarty 3 template engine).

Showkase Demo

Besides these galleries, there is also a “Library” feature for uploading images and using them within the site.

Websites created work pretty fast as the app creates lightweight HTML pages and doesn’t make any database queries.

Also, when it comes to different devices and browsers, Showkase themes are responsive and they work well on tablets + mobile as well.

The giveaway

Showkase is giving away 3 Standard licenses ($49/each) to WRD readers.

In order to join the giveaway, just comment this article and winners will be sent 1 week later (4 Feb 2013) randomly with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=3627 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck.

The winners

Here they are:

  • dan linsky (comment #1066874)
  • Aaron F. (comment #1065950)
  • Barry (comment #1070139)

Congratulations.

Tooltips are so useful in informing users when needed without the need for a design challenge as they work well with any layout.

Opentip is a pretty cool JavaScript tooltips framework that can work with jQuery, Prototype or standalone.

It creates the tooltips with HTML5 canvas so that any creative designs are possible and they are rendered almost equally in all browsers.

Opentip

There is support for calling content into tooltips with Ajax, positioning them wherever wanted or grouping them (so that only one tooltip of the same group can stay open).

A nice and unique feature is stems (the little pointers) which auto-arranges themselves into any direction.

Opentips has multiple, good-looking styles and new ones can be created very easily.

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  • Flot is a jQuery plugin for easily creating good-looking and interactive charts.

    The library uses HTML5 canvas for drawing, JSON as the data source and can render a data array with 1000s of items.

    It is not limited to any chart type and the community has already expanded it with multiple types (bar, line, pie, gantt, etc.) and features.

    Flot jQuery Chart Library

    There is support for zooming into any selected part and charts generated can respond to events.

    Flot is very well-documented, has a powerful API and an active community

    P.S. The library has been around since 2 years but somehow it was not already shared and thought it should be in WRD so that you get another great charting option when needed.

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  • Parsley is a JavaScript library, that can work with both jQuery or Zepto, for validating forms so easily.

    It is built with UX concerns in mind and tries to simplify details for the user.

    There are most of the frequently-used validation rules built-in like e-mail, required, min/max or “equals”.

    Parsley.js

    Also, there is support for “remote validations” which can send Ajax requests and validate the data according to the response returned (like checking usernames/e-mails from the database when registering users).

    Parsley works with HTML5 data attributes so you actually never write JavaScript with it, everything is inline.

    The messages to be displayed, styles and functionality can be almost fully customized.

    And, it is lightweight in size + well-documented with demos.

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  • HTML5 audio is awesome, so easy to implement and works fast. The only thing that can stop you from using it is the lack of support for older browsers.

    Audio5js is a lightweight JavaScript library that solves this compatibility issue nicely.

    It provides support for multiple codecs and fallback to a Flash-powered MP3 player when needed.

    Audio5js

    The library auto-detects the browser, knows its capabilities and loads the right player with the right codec.

    An API exists for controlling the player and has the functions for “load, play, playPause, pause, volume and seek”.

    Also, there are methods for getting the details (playing, duration, position, load-percent, seekable or not) of the item being played

    Workless is an HTML5-CSS3 framework for building cross-browsers websites with ease.

    It is a project that started as a mashup of Bootstrap + HTML5 Boilerplate, evolved more and now has most of the frequently-used stuff.

    Workless

    The framework includes a grid system and styles for forms, tables, buttons, labels, notifications and typography.

    Also, there is an icon font and few jQuery plugins (modals, tooltips, text formatting) integrated.

    Junior is a HTML5 front-end framework for creating mobile apps that look and behave like native.

    It uses CSS3 transitions for a slick performance, supports swipable carousels and includes various UI components (from Ratchet).

    Junior Front-End Framework

    The framework uses Zepto (which is nice for jQuery fans as it has a jQuery-like syntax) and has integration with backbone.js views + routers.

     Junior is pretty easy to use and has the documents + examples to get you started

    Radi is a complete visual design application targeting web with 100% standard and human-readable HTML + JavaScript code.

    It has built-in tools for creating/editing graphics (they can be imported too) and generating animations with <canvas> output that work in all modern browsers including mobile.

    There are ready-to-use filters + effects and you can always add your own code to create more customized stuff.

    Radi

    The application is also pretty powerful in rendering video. It can even -very quickly- convert a web animation into a HTML5 video.

    Radi has a very short learning curve as it is like a mixture of well-known image editing and animation tools but with the friendliness of web technologies.

    Reuze is a front-end framework that focuses on offering ready-to-use and lightweight code for frequently-used web structures.

    These currently include code blocks for articles with/without images, headers, links and in multiple columns.

    Its website allows customizing the output with various parameters and Reuze provides the generated HTML code.

    Reuze Frontend HTML-CSS Framework

    The generated code is RDFa Lite compliant and also works with any other front-end framework like Bootstrap or Foundation.

    It is a JavaScript-free framework and there are more stuff to come (images, products, etc.).

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