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First impressions are important & a website with lots of typo may easily result in losing visitors.

Spell Check Rex is an open source website spell checking application, built with PHP & MySQL, which can be installed on any website to automatically monitor & report spelling mistakes.

Website Spell Checker

The application spiders the given website and generates reports. It supports frame-enabled websites & directories, pages can be excluded.

Spell Check Rex only supports English (has a multilanguage backend) & has 110,000+ words in its database.

jQuery Fancy Gestures is a plugin for enabling mouse gestures on any website.

Using the plugin, you can accept inputs similar to smartphones, create a captcha where users will need to draw a text & more (totally up to your imagination).

jQuery Mouse Gestures

The plugin is a port of mouse gesture recognition with ActionScript & uses Walter Zorn’s VectorGraphics library.

Every position (N,W,S,E,NW,SE, etc..) is described with a number & it is possible to create custom gestures by defining the related series of numbers.

Axiis is an open source data visualization framework & based on Degrafa, Flex & ActionScript 3.0.

It is a resource for both beginner & expert developers to create elegant charts.

Flex Data Visualization

Axiis comes with both ready-to-use visualization components & abstract layout patterns + rendering classes that makes it possible to create custom visualizations.

To view some beautiful examples of this framework, click here.

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  • Descry is a project to demonstrate the power of data and information visualization as a communication tool.

    Currently, there are 4 examples provided, all built with Silverlight & come with the source codes.

    Silverlight Visualization

    There are also 2 very nice articles shared on visualization:

    For a demo, click here.

    P.S. Descry is not a toolkit. It contains classes and fragments of code or design elements that can be reused.

    Slideshow JS is a free JavaScript library which helps creating an image slideshow with ease.

    It is totally configurable via markup & does not require any scripting. Although the download package comes with various styles, the look & feel of the slideshow can be completely customized.

    Slideshow JS

    The library is built with jQuery & it is unobtrusive. It offers several options like:

    • number of seconds each image will be displayed
    • if the images will be displayed automatically or manually
    • image counter & controls activation
    • if the images will be displayed randomly or in an order
    • & more..

    P.S. Don't let the blury images in the demo fool you. With quality images, the script offers a nice presentation.

    Flabell is presenting a free Flash-XML slideshow which can be customized with ease.

    Images presented are displayed with a blur effect & the color of the navigation bar can change on every image (using the colors of that image can be a good idea – set manually in the XML file).

    Free Flash XML Slideshow

    For every image, you can also define:

    • URLs, when they are clicked
    • target to be _blank or not
    • transparency of the navigation bar

    The slideshow comes with the source file (.FLA) & in order to download it, a free membership is required.

    Audio Player is a tiny yet beautiful free Flash mp3 player that is used on many popular websites like Talkcrunch.

    It is originally a WordPress plugin but with the increasing popularity, the developer of the player, Martin Laine, has created a standalone version as well.

    Tiny Flash Mp3 Player

    The WordPress plugin can directly use the WordPress media library which is great. The standalone version can be configured very easily too & they both have various features like:

    • autostart
    • loop
    • animation
    • remaining time
    • volume control & more.

    For a demo of the player, you can check TalkCrunch.

    P.S. Audio Player is open source & source files can be found here.

    Subsonic is an open source web-based media streamer application that helps sharing your music or listening it anytime/anywhere.

    It allows streaming to multiple users & can handle very large music collections.

    Subsonic Media Streamer

    It is compatible with every audio or video format that can stream over HTTP, like AAC and OGG. Also, Subsonic works with any network-enabled media player, such as Winamp, iTunes, XMMS, VLC, MusicMatch and Windows Media Player.

    It can integrate with various web services like, Amazon (for cover art) & more.

    And, considering media files are generally huge, it supports automatic zipping/unzipping while downloading & uploading them.

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  • Page Peel effects can be very useful as they create new areas -which are mostly used for banners- on websites.

    In general, they are created with the help of Flash but Soh Tanaka is featuring a a very nice tutorial on creating a page peel effect with jQuery & CSS.

    jQuery Page Peel Effect

    The logic of the effect is simple & smart. It is created by animating the size & position of a peel image which is originally positioned over the content to be shown.

    To see a demo for this nice tutorial, click here.

    Supersized is a jQuery plugin that resizes images/backgrounds to fit the whole screen & display them as a slideshow.

    No extra whitespace or scrollbars occur as the entire browser window is always filled.

    jQuery Fullscreen Slideshow

    The plugin preloads the images and offers various transition effects for presenting them.

    An optional prev-next-pause control makes navigating easier & with the help of options provided, Supersize can be easily customized.

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