Posts Tagged ‘Desktop’

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.

w2ui

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).

AppJS

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)

Congratulations..

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

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.

IntraMessenger

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.