I recently made the decision to stop using modal dialogs in my apps. What once was a good way to obtain information or confirmation has become undesirable and taboo in the world of UX.
At just over 200 lines of code, you'll never want to deal with AJAX-based form submission any other way.
I've always wanted to be able to create one of these, and finally there's a tool that can make it happen. Although it's not free, it's worth posting about because of how well it works.
I've been using Subtle Patterns for quite some time now. All the patterns are great, and their Photoshop plugin is incredibly useful.
If you've been using the Mailbox app for iOS or Android, then you've likely been waiting on its desktop counterpart to arrive. For OS X users, the wait is over. Mailbox for Mac has landed.
By now, you know that optimizing images and other resources can reduce bandwidth and help your website load faster. Perhaps you've even used a tool like Pngcrush before to make your images smaller. Now, there's an even better solution.
You've probably seen them on Twitter before. Maybe you didn't know what they were called, or maybe you'd like to get in on some of that 8-bit avatar fun but you're not sure how to make one. There are a few ways, actually.
Last week I wrote about how to get faster and better help from support. One of my suggestions was to tell them what browser, OS, etc. you're using. Here's a free tool that will make that so much easier.
FontFaceNinja is the first .ninja website I've been to, and it immediately wins the browser plugin of the year award.
If you haven't heard about Product Hunt yet, you've either been comatose or on another planet for the last few months. It's all over the news, is now part of Y Combinator, and is blowing up social media feeds left and right.
This a great solution for freelancers, agencies, or anyone that needs to edit a website. In just minutes, you can hook it up to just about any site and start editing content inline.
If you're looking for an online utility to convert JPEG, PNG, or GIF images to ICO format, here's one that does exactly that. It supports full transparency when converting 24-bit PNGs and even lets you combine multiple resolutions into one icon file—perfect for generating favicons.
If you love working with PHP but hate the GD library, you'll love the Simple Image PHP class I'm releasing today. This class takes the headache out of dealing with images and features over 25 useful methods.
While developing Surreal CMS, we found the need for a simple jQuery-based color picker. What we wanted was something very simple, preferably something that piggy-backed an input control. While we found an extensive number of color picker plugins available, we failed to find any that were simple and compact enough for our needs (except for perhaps ColourMod, which is neither jQuery-based nor open-source). Thus, jQuery MiniColors was born.
This is one of the easiest CAPTCHA scripts you will ever use. While it doesn't obscure the text, it will serve its purpose well for many people who need a low-level CAPTCHA solution. This script requires little-to-no setup. The only dependency is the PHP GD library.