Once again Packt publishing asked for a book review and I must say I’m happy to see that more books on Mootools begin to appear on the market. MooTools 1.3 Cookbook is written by Jay Larry G. Johnston (from the author description he is a moohoolic, exactly my kind of person) and right on the cover makes a promise: Over 110 highly effective recipes to turbo-charge the user interface in any web-enabled Internet application and web page. A bold statement that I really hope this book will deliver. …view full post
As you may or may not know, Featured Articles Lite is a WordPress plugin that displays slideshows in any page of a WordPress blog. It’s lightweight, fast and has many capabilities, probably the most important being the ability to create new themes for it to truly make it part of the blog displaying it. It already comes with 4 default themes that can be displayed and below I will try to detail as much as possible how to create your own theme.
Please note that some CSS and HTML knowledge is needed in order to complete the task. …view full post
The script allows mouse events customizations meaning that the zooming process can be started on either click or mouse movement over the thumbnail image. Also, moving the zoomed area can be set to work with drag or mouse movement over the image. The big image that displays the details has a loader CSS class on it that is available as a parameter (allowing to customize the loader in any way you want) and it also has “memory” capability, meaning that at a later time the user zooms the image, the previous position will be displayed by default. The script works well in all major browsers (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera) with the latest versions. Older browser versions haven’t been tested but it shouldn’t be a problem with them (in case there is, please leave a comment below). …view full post
Having plenty of options that can be set directly from WordPress admin, it allows an imaginative use to suit the style of the blog displaying it.
Except the admin parameters and default themes that come with it by default, it can be customized even more by creating new themes to suit the general look requiring only some medium knowledge of HTML and CSS.
Bottom line, from start to finish, it will take only minutes to display articles into the slider and to choose where to have it shown in your blog. …view full post
If you know SlideItMoo, you know that it can be used in various ways ( as banner rotator, image slider, featured content presentation etc. ) but this WordPress plugin only implements the image slider functionality for the horizontal slider. As for features, it allows displaying as many image sliders as needed into a post or page, each having its own properties and images. Also, you can call the plugin from your template files by passing it only 2 arrays, one containing the slider settings and one containing the images ids. Everything is kept as simple as possible to allow you to easily define sliders into your posts. …view full post
As I enjoy using MooTools and since almost all my work here is centered around it, I was pleasantly surprised when Packt Publishing asked me to review “MooTools 1.2 Beginner’s Guide” by Jacob Gube and Garrick Cheung. Now, that I read the book, I must tell you that things would have been a lot easier for me when I started to learn MooTools if I had this book.
One of the main problems with MooTools in my opinion is that entry level is set a bit high and you need some programming knowledge to be able to start learning it. Docs on mootools.net are simply great but in some cases aren’t very helpful, especially if you’re trying to learn the framework. That happens because they assume you already know things that you probably don’t. This usually ends with searching for additional information on different blogs, talking to people, waiting for answers and mainly wasting a lot of time. …view full post
Main features for this tab navigation system are:
- tabs can be rotated automatically but setting the number of milliseconds between them;
- ajax content in tabs;
- auto resizing according to tab content;
- tab highlight with smooth effect between classes in CSS;
- highly customizable from CSS;
- multiple entrance tab content effect ( fade, slide-fade ); …view full post
The behavior tries to mimic the one of a classic select element, meaning it supports keyboard navigation between form fields ( by pressing tab key ), it opens on label click, when opened navigation can be done by keyboard ( up, down, enter for selecting an option ) or mouse ( mouse wheel for navigation, click to select option ).
Once a selection is made, if the list is reopened by the user, the selected option gets highlighted to ease navigation and let the user know that a selection was made and what it was. Also for navigational purposes, there are different CSS classes for hovered entry and currently selected entry. …view full post
WP MyTube is the WordPress plugin implementation for YouTube MooTools player embed with attached playlist. Simply put, this plugin will allow you to easily insert YouTube videos into your WordPress blog posts based on username or video id only. The attached playlist will display the user videos giving you the possibility to add several videos and only one player in your blog posts. This is very useful, for example, if you are a publisher that wants to display his youtube videos into a blog post.
Videos are added to your posts when you either add them or on edit. No special other settings for it except the stylesheet if you want to change the looks. To add videos to you blog posts, when you add/edit a post you’ll notice a new “add media” icon in shape of a tv. Simply click it, fill in the necessary information and the plugin will add the custom code to your pages. Hit save and that’s it.
If you want to add more than one player into a single post, well, you can do that. The plugin allows any number of players to be displayed in a single post without problems.
Further more, you can style the player to have a default look and if you want a second player to have a different look, you can add custom CSS class to it by passing the class name when you insert a new player. …view full post
MyTube is a MooTools 1.2 plugin developed using the available player API and data API from YouTube. Basically, if you’re an YouTube publisher or simply someone who wants to display some videos pulled from YouTube on his website, this is for you.
For example, if you want to display some related (or not) videos into a post in your blog, instead of displaying 3-4 players for each video, you can have only one player and attached to it into a playlist, all 4 videos so your users can choose what to play.
The script is completely unobtrusive giving the possibility to display multiple playlists with attached video players retrieved from YouTube based on either an user name to pull videos from or simply by using the video ID you can get from any YouTube video link. All embedding and displaying is done by the script, no special knowledge needed except some CSS. …view full post