There is a lot to say about the knowledge of making forms for the internet : we have recently covered form making interfaces on applications such as WordPress and Silverstripe, and this article focuses on JOTFORM and other hosted web service that let its registered users build form, and save them as HTML to be displayed on any website, and processed by a distant platform hosted by the service. Submission can then be sent by email or kept on server databases for access from registered user account. While JOTFORM seems relatively simple compared to competitor FormAssembly's conditional multiple page infrastructure, it hosts interesting features such as payment gateway processing.
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.
A lot of nice names for this commercial J2EE based content management system that demonstrates extensive use of best dynamic HTML practice, with the help of the very special extJS library. The problem with that demonstration is that it will take you a while before you can test it on your development servers as you will have to go through commercial business AND serious java expertise in collaboration with Innovation Gate, the german company that develops this system. But it's worth the try : this CMS goes further than basic content and workflow management : cross browser is not enough, WGA is also "cross client" : Browser (IE and Mozilla), Lotus Notes, MSWord, HTML- and XML-Editors or Email are acceptable platform to work with the system that allows publishing content to any media : Web, Cell phone, PDA, pdf. Finally, WGA allows to integrate any data source and to deal with it as "virtual repositories". Invoices from SAP, business cases from CRM, data sheets from relational databases - all "business objects" are treated as content, just as if they were Web content maintained by authors.
you've heard about web2.0 for years, and you want to go for it ? Well you might have guessed : WEB2.0 is all about user interactivity, and interactivity is all about forms. Making forms is a boring business, requires many different skills : displaying, validating, processing . Obviously what you do with the data is the most important thing , but this article will focus on the 2 first aspects of form making. Among Content Mangament Systems, I have tried two which have a visual form building interface : WordPress with CFORMS plugin and Silverstripe's userDefinedForm page type.
Sometimes, the most apparently useless feature is one that reveals great ambitions : In spite of its wonderful administration layout that is one of the most usable content management systems, we focus today on one aspect of Silverstripe Admin interface : the image editing feature.
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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 !!
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.