Slideshow, portfolio, gallery applications

Jquery picasa album scroller

Is it necessary to build an alternative picasa viewer when picasa itself provides nice flash gallery viewers ? for webmasters it turns out that sometimes it can be necessary to hide picasa details, and thanks to picasa itself providing various remote server access, you can use your albums within any kind of rss or json enabled application. We provide here an example of a JSON - jquery powered slideshow that takes input from any picasa album. The advantage of using picasa over hosted or specific applications such as famous menalto's gallery of coppermine is that picasa does resizing jobs for you, and offers up to 1 GB of free online image storage which largely enough for any small website presentation.

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Phototype, yet another image manipulation tool

Browser based image manipulation tools are getting wiser as javascript libraries get widespread. 2 Dutch students have set up the  Ajaxorized blog that features examples of automatic transition effects (scriptaculous based), 3d image reflection with javascript,  but also a javascript / PHP GD image manipulation tool that can rotate, resize, flip, and write on images with javascript functions !! Phototype is the name of this nice prototype based javascript library.

Online Image editing : jquery’s way

My last article on Silvesrtripe CMS online image editing feature led me to investigate alternative solution for websites and software developers that wish to implement this kind of component for their backoffice.. Surfing on CAKEPHP framework homepage turned out to illustrate perfectly the kind of component that should be standard on all CMS : resizing is now pretty common, and what we want now is cropping. There is actually a plugin for jquery that does the interface job, ImgAreaSelect. ImgAreaSelect come with loads of configuration options that make it a perfect tool for cropping images : the selection area is responsive, draggable, and can be adjusted to work only within specified limits or predefined aspect ratio. What's missing in Jquery is the server side of things, and you'll find that either on webmotionUK for pure PHP or on CAKEPHP's site for Cake integration.

VSO image resizer

This great little free application focuses on one simple task : resize and optimize your pictures for web publishing. We got to use and became addict because of the very simple right click feature, which allows anyone to resize pictures just before sending them to the web, while browsing your workstation for the best illustration. as such it really is a producticvity tool, which also suports raw formats, such as canon's cr2 !!

http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/

Monoslideshow : versatile and efficient

Monoslide show is a great gallery / slideshow flash applet that takes images list from user edited XML configuration file. One of its great features, apart from the incredible flexibility it allows, is the quality of the transition effects, such as Random Ken Burns effect that will do the trick for most professionnal movie like silide shows ! One drawback is that it lacks a user friendly admin module, every configuration has to be edited via the XML file. Just that is powerful enough though, and worth its price.

http://www.monoslideshow.com/

UvumiTools Gallery : light HTML enhancements

Working with HTML and Javascript is always interesting in terms of Search engine optimisation. What's nice about the Uvumi Tools  Gallery, distributed on MIT license, is not what you would notice at first sight when trying out this little mootools script. It actually starts off with a table like layout of thumbnails, which turns out to a vertical scroll bar after the first click on any image. This is where the fun comes in : the vertical scroll is driven by the mouse wheel and gives a nice feeling out of this light javascript / HTML combination. But don't be fooled  : its main advantage (being light) is also its main drawback ... won't generate thumbnails unless you work at a PHP -or anything server side language- integration. If you have a few minutes to spare, dare to take a look at Uvumi's textarea : integrates a progress bar that displays the ratio of words typed / allowed via a visual indicator of how close you are  to the maximum input size, also automatically grows and shrinks the textarea height to accommodate larger text submissions. More  @ http://tools.uvumi.com/gallery.html