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Sockso is an open source music server application that lets you share the music files easily with everyone.

With a very simple setup, just running an executable file, the environment is instantly ready.

Sockso Music Server

The aplication is managed from a Java GUI. User can connect through a web-based interface and:

  • create playlists
  • listen to the music via a Flash-based player
  • download tracks, albums or playlists
  • upload new music files & more.

Sockso supports MP3, OGG Vorbis, Flac, and WMA files, If needed it can re-encode output streams to save bandwidth. To see all the features of the application, click here.

GalleryView is a jQuery plugin for creating any type of content galleries including images or HTML.

It offers a wide list of configuration options from widths/heights to colors used.

jQuery Content Gallery

The plugin simply converts an unordered list into a gallery. You can enable/disable captions which are produced from the alt tags.

By updating few images, new themes can be created easily. For several different demos, click here, here & here.

A factor which cannot be overlooked when designing websites, brochures or e-magazines is the all important font type.

Designers need to carefully select the font that best fits the style of the publication, is legible and perhaps a little different from the norm.

There are plenty of retro and urban fonts available for download, however many are very expensive. For those on a limited budget, here are some amazing free urban and retro fonts.

Victor Moscoso

Victor Moscoso

This funky retro font is based on the 1960’s psychedelic poster lettering of Victor Moscoso. It is hard not to think of Cadillac’s and American diners when looking at this font. Compatible with both Windows and Mac computers, it is free for personal use and contains a full set of characters and numbers.



Watson is a retro font that still has the wow factor but is also simple and elegant. The lettering is skinny and some of the characters appear three dimensional. Best of all it’s completely free to use, compatible with Windows and Mac computers and contains a full set of characters and numbers.



Categorised as a brush font, Thuphap looks like freehand writing. The ink weight varies on the curves of the letters, as it would naturally do if you were writing on a piece of paper. It is completely free to use, compatible with Windows and Mac Computers and contains a full set of characters and numbers, including several special letters.

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  • OmniGrid is a free grid component for MooTools that has advanced features.

    Having inspired from Flexigrid (for jQuery) & sortableTable, OmniGrid offers a similar functionality.

    MooTools Datagrid

    Besides client-side sorting, with a serverside script (a PHP one is mentioned), it connects to the data & can easily sort/paginate an unlimited number of records.

    Columns can be resized, multiple records can be selected (data inside is shown with an accordion), the look can be customized & more.

    Creating games, although being another discipline, is nothing far from web designers & developers with the increasing number of easy-to-use & familiar tools in this area.

    PushButton is an open source Flash game engine, that helps concentrating on the details by saving the time spent on coding.

    PushButton - Open Source Game Engine

    It provides the core functionality: resource manager, logger, debug monitoring, serialization, time management, globally named objects, etc. And, any preferred external library can be used too.

    PushButton has ready to use components like:

    • Physics based on Box2D.
    • Gameplay components: health, teams, state machines.
    • Sprite-based and SWF-based 2D rendering.
    • Tilemap system.
    • Advanced networking library for multiplayer games
    • Pathfinding library & more

    Flabell is presenting a beautiful & free Flash Mp3 player that can display multiple artists & playlists.

    Every aspect of the Mp3 player can be customized via XML including size, colors, speed and transition effects.

    Free Flash Mp3 Player With Playlist

    It streams the songs so there is no need to wait until the file is totally loaded. With a click, you can shuffle the songs.

    And, a great feature is the share/embedding support. If enabled via XML, anyone can easily embed the player to their websites.

    You can use the Flash Mp3 player directly on a website or integrate it to your Flash project by moving some ActionScript files and dragging the movieclip containing the Flash player in your Flash file.

    The player comes with the source code including .Fla files, fonts & PSDs.

    Whether it is a web application or an iPhone application, creating the visual output in an image editing software first and creating it in code next is a common development process.

    Mercury Intermedia is presenting a huge set of vector iPhone user interface elements to make the design process much easier.

    Vector iPhone UI

    The set consists:

    • buttons, grid views
    • notification windows
    • system menus
    • keyboard & more..

    P.S. It is created with Adobe Illustrator (.AI).

    qTip is an unobtrusive jQuery tooltip plugin with a list of nice features.

    It has:

    • rounded corner support without use of any PNGs
    • very flexible tooltip pointers are as they can be positioned in several locations
    • 5 ready to use stylish themes & you can create your own easily
    • support for not-overlacking. How close the tooltips are, they will preserve their stacking order
    • ready to use effects: fade, slide, glow & custom ones can be created

    qTip jQuery Tooltip Plugin

    The plugin is cross-browser & tested in all major bowsers. It is also very well-documented.

    qTip has with a scripting API that allows you to easily extend the functionality through a variety of optional callback methods & attributes. So, you can even extend qTip by writing plugins for it.

    GMFoto is an open source photo gallery script, built with PHP & does not require a database.

    With the template & multi-user support, the script offers a wide-usage from a single installation.

    GMFoto - Open Source Photo Gallery

    Images can be added by uploading via FTP or with KFM. They will be compressed and resized automatically.

    GMFoto provides an unlimited category logic which can be created when uploading images as every folder is a category.

    Images are displayed in a Lightbox and can be browsed easily with prev-next buttons.

    Although the script is in early beta, it is a very promising one.

    jQuery Keypad is a plugin for creating more secure input entry by providing a keyboard like interface.

    The values to be displayed can be easily set which makes it possible to show only numbers, foreign letters, etc.

    jQuery Virtual Keyboard

    The keypad can be displayed with various animations like "fade in" or "slide down".

    It can display the letters/numbers randomized which is a very effective security solution against key loggers.

    Besides these, there are many options provided like:

    • isRTL: the text will be displayed from left-to-right or rightto-left
    • clearText: for clearing the input field
    • keypadClass: the stylesheet for the keybad for a better customization
    • & many more..
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