Category Archives: Tools

Powered by WordPress 2.5

Finally WordPress 2.5 is out and I was encouraged from some blog authors that upgrading doesn’t make any damage to the content or the entire site and voilà – it’s true. I could say – easy like written with CakePHP /couldn’t resist/ :).

Now the admin area is quite different and it’s a little bit confusing at this moment, but I like the new design. The upgrade option is awesome – instead of downloading to user’s machine and then uploading to the server with one click you could upgrade your plug-in versions on the fly.

So far all plug-ins are working correctly so far. Here is the list which I am using at the moment:

  • All in One SEO Pack
  • CodeColorer
  • Counterize II
  • Cryptographp
  • DiggBadger
  • GöSPress
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Pagebar2
  • Twitter Tools
  • WP-Polls
  • WP-ContactForm
  • WordPress Code Editor
  • and few others which are not used very much

Toondoo.com – The comics builder

I always liked such sites. Probably there are a lot of them out there, but recently I found that one – toondoo.com and within 2 weeks I found that they upgrade the service and it become very advanced.

With few words – toondoo.com is a online service which give you ability to build comics by drag and drop elements from the gallery. The features which I like in it:

  • ability to create your own characters
  • ability to change character’s mimic and body position
  • ability to upload images
  • ability to draw your gestures
  • ability to edit previous created comics

There a lot more things.

This also inspire me to start my own comics blog. You can find my “art” at comics.chankov.net.

Hope you enjoy it.

Vectorize your images with VectorMagic

Vector MagicLast Friday I found quite nice service for vectorization of raster images. The service is provided from University of Stanford.

The front end is written in flash or flex and the interface is very intuitive and easy to be used. There are input image detection, quality levels and also ability to edit the preview of the image.

The supported input formats are JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF and EPS, SVG, PNG are the output formats.
The comparison results showing that this tool is better than Adobe and Corel alternatives.

It’s very nice tool I really enjoyed with it /while I tried to vectoring my own portrait :)/
This service seems to be already very popular – according to their blog there are already 1,000,000 uploads.

Hope you like it too.

Update: The service becomes paid. Although you have 2 free credits while you sign up.

Nice to meet you, Lily

Today I’ve read about Lily. Lily is an open source, browser-based, visual programming environment written in JavaScript. It’s an XPI application which could be executed in Mozilla run-time and of course in FireFox browser.

This application uses JavaScript modules and there are already over 180 ready to be used including UI, Graphical and Sound, Math and various Web services from Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Flickr, Twitter and Digg. There is possibility to write your own modules which give you possibility to expand the functionalities depending from your needs. The applications written with Lily are stored in JSON files, so it is very convenient to exchange applications between users.

The biggest benefit of this application is that you literally connect functional blocks in order to “construct” the application. That’s why it is very intuitive and easy to be understand.

I’ve tried to create a math application and it run quite well. It’s extremely easy to make it, but it was a little bit hart to understand how to run it. Fortunately for every module there is nice and good help with examples written with Lily.

What I really like in this application and strongly recommend you to take a look on it.

Looking through Mozilla’s Prism

Today I found an article, that Mozilla released a new project which aims to bring web apps to the desktop. The code name for the new project is Prism.

… a XULRunner based application that allows to run single web applications in an isolated environment without all the navigation, configuration and much other user interface browsers typically feature.

The project is based on WebRunner which is stripped version of the browser. With Prism will be possible to create a Desktop look and feel applications from a regular web based apps.
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Dapper.net – The data mapper – Site review

Dapper - The data mapperI found this site clicking on the AdSense banner. It’s called Dapper.net and here I will explain what is this service. It’s quite strange to find a non-profit site in AdSense block /at least this is my experience so far/, but this is the truth. The first impression was that it has quite neat and clean design and I wanted to understand more about it.

So what I found? Dapper is a web 2.0 application which extract the specified content from a site and create information source /dapp/ and store it as XML, which could be used from third party applications and sites.

“Dapper is a groundbreaking service, allowing companies and developers to seamlessly interact with web content. Using Dapper, companies can focus on building new applications and added value, relying on the Dapper infrastructure to take care of their web integration needs.”
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TokBox – Who need video conferencing anymore

Today I found very interesting site today which I want to share my impressions from it. It’s called TokBox. The main functionality of this site is video conference and video messaging.

Once you register /it’s very easy because you don’t need any e-mail confirmation/ you see your own tokbox interface which offering:
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ClickHeat – track user’s clicks on your web site

Today … is the first day after my trip in Greece. Well it’s hard to be in good mood after a holiday and I couldn’t code as fast as I want for these first days, but this is another story.

I would like to share here some information about a marketing tool which I just saw. It’s called ClickHeat.
What is the main purpose of that tool? People which using already Google Analytics could see many things which are the same, but in fact there are differences which I am going to mention.
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