Posts Tagged ‘HTML5’

Displaying video on websites is both easy and hard as a good video experience usually requires a custom-styled, cross-browser and fast player.

Flowplayer, the popular HTML5 video player, offers a great experience with a completely customizable feature set.


One of the most important things when playing video is probably the browser support. The player does that perfectly with HTML5 by default and falling back to Flash when needed.

Flowplayer’s interface is completely customizable and it comes with 3 beautiful skins. Also, its layout is fluid and works in any screen size with no extra settings.

There is a web-based designer to create a completely new skin and also see how flexible it is.

It can be controlled very easily (keyboard and touch events support) and offers a (native) fullscreen mode too.

FlowPlayer - Skinnable

Cuepoints can be defined for any video, sub-titles can be added and the videos can even be displayed in slow-motion.

For a better customization, any HTML can be shown when the videos are preloading and once they are ended (good for presentations and branding).

Flowplayer integrates well with Google Analytics and can track “how long a video is played, how many times it is played and in which format (HTML5 or Flash).

Each video file is embeddable (if enabled) with the help of a share button that auto-generates an embed link.

FlowPlayer - Cross Browser

All the functionality of the player can be controlled with a powerful API and it has callbacks on every level to interact with any event.

The player is open source and free to use under the GPL license. For commercial use, it requires a license.

And, Flowplayer team provides great support (paid support exists) and an active user community that discusses on their product forum.

How to join the giveaway?

Flowplayer is giving away 3 * Commercial licenses ($95 value/each) and in order to join:

  • please comment to this post

And, the winners will be selected randomly on 06 May 2013 (1 week later) with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4037 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

The winners

Here they are:

  • bigcloud (comment #1263775)
  • Techspy (comment #1263756)
  • Federico Garcia (comment #1263809)


Animated GIF files are the widely-used format for displaying “loader…” images.

Sonic is a tiny JavaScript class for creating such loader images with HTML5 canvas.

Sonic - HTML5 Canvas Loaders

It works by drawing a shape at tiny intervals along a pre-defined, custom path where sizes, colors or fps can all be customized.

There are ready-to-use examples provided and a web-based Sonic Creator exists for creating loaders and getting them as a HTML5 canvas code, animated GIF or a sprite image with the CSS3 code.

RazorFlow is a PHP framework for easily creating dashboards that work well on all major devices and browsers.

It works by simply inserting a single PHP file into any app, feeding it with data and choosing the output type.

RazorFlow PHP Dashboard Framework

The outputs can be charts (many chart types are supported), data grids or items that display a single value.

They are all interactive, have support for filtering the data and, like mentioned, they are responsive.

RazorFlow can connect to MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite databases.

HTML form elements look and behave slightly (or sometimes more) different in each browser.

In order to find out the differences and test them easily, there is a website: Native Form Elements.

Native Form Elements

The website does a simple thing, it lists all the form elements (including HTML5 elements) and their disabled states.

So, to compare, opening the site in different browsers is enough.

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  • Chart.js is an impressive JavaScript charting library that is built on top of HTML5 canvas.

    It currently supports 6 chart types (line, bar, radar, pie, column and polar area) and all this comes in a standalone, <5kb package.


    Colors, fonts, borders and their sizes can all be customized. Also, optionally, charts can be loaded with an animation.

    As the library is built with canvas, it works on a wide set of browsers, loads fast but lacks interactivity.

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  • Filed under: Charts, Goodies, MIT License