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w2ui is a jQuery UI library with many widgets for creating desktop-like and data-driven web applications.

The library comes as plugins for each widget so that you can choose which ones to use.

It consists of the following widgets: layout, sidebar, toolbar, grid, popup, tabs, forms and field controls.


They all play well with each other, make use of HTML5-CSS3 and have powerful APIs for controlling all the aspects of them.

w2ui is very well-documented, has lots of demos to play with and it is being improved regularly.

Desktop apps definitely have their own advantages over web apps like speed, ability to reach the filesystem, working in the background, notifications, etc.

However, for us (the web developers), it is a challenge to create one as they need  to be coded in a non-web programming language (yes, there are exceptions).

AppJS is an exciting resource that allows us to develop desktop apps using web technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).


The project uses Chromium as the core (so that the latest HTML5 APIs are supported) and Node.js as the backbone.

P.S. It is in the early stages of development, Linux and Windows ports are functional and Mac part is not available yet.

Find my Font, a very useful desktop font identifier application, is giving away 5 Pro licenses ($69/each) to WRD readers.

Details on joining the giveaway can be found at the bottom of this post and here is what this tool offers:

What is Find my Font?

We sometimes see a beautiful logo and wonder which font is used to create it. Guessing and try-catches is the popular method for reaching to a result but it takes time and usually hard.

Find my Font is a desktop application (with Windows and Mac OS X versions) that can identify a font used in images and helps browsing your font library.

Find my Font

It works by selecting the letters in the image and asks us to type these letters and runs a quick scan within the fonts in our system (any number of font folders can be defined) to find the ones with the closest match.

The great thing is that the application doesn't only return a single result but also lists and orders the fonts according to their similarity score which is handy for finding alternatives.

Find my Font has an easy-to-use toolbox for taking screenshots, rotating images or selecting letters to make sure that the image to be analyzed is ready for a scan.

Find my Font - Font Browser

As mentioned previously, the application is also a font browser where you can type a text and quickly see how it looks. Also, the scan works during browsing fonts so that the alternatives to the system fonts (or their duplicates) can be instantly catched.

How to join the giveaway?

Find my Font is giving away 5 * Pro licenses and it is enough to comment for joining this giveaway -and let us know you favorite font in the comments which can help other commenters meet new lovely fonts – totally optional : )-.

Winners will be selected randomly with the query below on 13 Dec 2011 (a week later):

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=2602 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 5

Good luck to all.

And, the winners

The winners are selected and here they are:

  • Aldo (comment #454823)
  • Josh D. (comment #457922)
  • NRL (comment #454441)
  • Robert Barcus (comment #454262)
  • Webster (comment #455313)


Fluidium, similar to Adobe AIR but open source, is a platform for developing Rich Internet Applications that run as native Mac OS X desktop apps.

Although there are many new applications that are built as web apps., native Cocoa applications still provide the best user experience on Mac OS X.


Fluidium can wrap your existing web app in a pure, native Mac application shell to provide the best of both worlds to your demanding user base.

It is based on the same open source technology that powers the popular Mac OS X Site Specific Browser: Fluid (which was discussed here).

IntraMessenger is a free application for that enables communication between communities, groups, companies or simply closed groups.

It consists of a client (for Windows) & a PHP-MySQL-based open source server to manage the whole communication.

The messenger is autonomous, but authentication (login + password) is possible from other existing databases like forums, groupware applications, e-learning systems, etc.


It can operate in 2 modes:

  • open community : everybody can see everybody, without add to contact list
  • groups only : everybody can see everybody (but only) is they are in the same group

IntraMessenger has a multilingual interface & it is a handy application for enabling web-based communities to communicate in the desktop.

Desktop IconFor a web application, It is always a good idea to provide access to it from other platforms like mobile or desktop programs.

As web designers/developers, desktop applications are harder to create considering they have a totally different environment.

In order to fill this gap, we can make use of site-specific browsers which enable us to lock a website inside an application-looking browser that can interact with the system tray/dock & display notifications.

Some usage examples for site-specific browsers:

  • displaying new orders, support tickets for an e-commerce website
  • showing system tray alerts when a new visitor visits your website
  • or even locking your whole application inside a site-specific browser and offering it as a desktop application.

To sum up, they simply help us convert a website into a desktop application. Here are free & mature tools for creating site-specific browsers:

Mozilla Prism (Win-Mac)

Mozilla Prism Site-Specific Browser

Prism is a very easy-to-customize tool that supports Windows & Mac.

Applications created can be:

  • minimized to system tray/dock & a navigation can be added there
  • set to display status messages & popups in the system tray/dock

Prism apps. will be running seperately from the browser & will stay alive even if the browser isn't.

P.S. You can also read a more detailed post about Prism at WRD.

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Adobe AIR applications are great considering the ease-of-use & simplicity they offer.

Almost regulary, WRD is sharing the fresh Adobe AIR applications that web designers & developers will find useful, like:

Since then, new applications are created & ready to use. And, here they are:


Image Editing, Debugging & Invoicing


zFlick Flickr Search Tool

This is an awesome Flickr search tool that makes browsing between images fun.

Once you find what you're looking for, just drag'n drop that image to your desktop to download it.



It helps measuring the width/height of any item on the desktop. With a semi-transparent background & custom-presets, it is a great helper when prototyping websites.

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Adobe AIRAdobe AIR has clearly became the standard on creating desktop applications for web developers.

Besides the offline applications, it can combine the richness of web with the simplicity of desktop & offer very functional tools.

At WRD, there were 2 other posts that had shared web designer/developer focused Adobe AIR apps.:

Since then, various new tools are built & here are 15 new Adobe AIR applications for designers & developers:


colrful - Adobe AIR Flickr Search Tool

colrful is a beautiful application that enables you to make color-based searches in Flickr. Any number of colors can be mentioned, they can be viewed as thumbnails/originals & downloaded.

Another feature is the ability to mention an image URL & get similar images from Flickr.


Google Analytics Adobe AIR Interface

The application is a desktop interface for Google Analytics (free version works with 1 website).

It offers most of the features of Google Analytics including visits, pageviews, reports, Google Maps report & more..

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Glimmer is a desktop application that makes jQuery accesible from a visual tool & generates the jQuery code, XHTML and CSS.

If jQuery is the "write less, do more” JavaScript library, then Glimmer is the “write none, do more” jQuery design tool.

Currently, Glimmer has 8 built-in effects that can be combined with wizards like:

  • image sequencing
  • customized tooltips
  • drop-down menus
  • custom animations

jQuery Desktop Design Tool: Glimmer

It is also extensible. Anyone can write new wizards and effects to improve the application.

Although it looks like a perfect fit to power-users & designers as they generally don’t prefer to code JavaScript, Glimmer is also handy for developers for creating the base-code faster & improving it later on.

To read more on Glimmer, you can visit the announcement article by MIX Online.

Adobe AIR LogoWith the ease of development & multi-platform support, Adobe AIR is a getting-popular choice for creating desktop applications.

There are many beautiful applications built with it including the ones that are functional for the designer & developer community.

Months ago, a post published at WRD was sharing 27 Adobe AIR Applications – Handy For Web Designers. Since then, there are various great applications created.

And here they are, 16 Fresh Adobe AIR Applications For Designers & Developers:



ImageSizer is a batch image processor tool which can resize, optimize and rename multiple JPG files.

Once the images are processes, they can be exported as a single .zip file.



A batch image resizer that works with drag'n drops. It enables users to define different presets in advance & creates resized images instantly.

The application is great for anyone sending photos with e-mails, requires batch resizing & more.

Xe-IMG Editor

Xe-IMG Editor

It supports multiple image types, image-from-URLs & SWF files as images to be edited.

With various effects like: zoom, image mask, sharpening, enhancing, embossing & more Xe-IMG Editor is a handy free desktop image editor.

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