40 Incredibly Useful Web Design Tools You Should Use Daily

Ajax, JavaScript ( jQuery, MooTools), Lightbox based galleries

1. JonDesign’s SmoothGallery

Using MooTools v1.11, this JavaScript gallery and slideshow system allows you to have simple and smooth (cross-fading…) image galleries, slideshows, showcases and other cool stuff on your website. Together there are 7 different gallery demos, You can download and test for free.

Unlike other systems out there, JonDesign’s SmoothGallery is designed from the ground up to be standard compliant: You can feed it from any document, using custom CSS selectors. And even better, this solutions is very lightweight: The JavaScript file is only 24kb.

jondesign-1

2. MiniShowcase Gallery

Minishowcase is a small and simple PHP/JavaScript online photo gallery, powered by AJAX that allows you to easily show your images online, without complex databases or coding, allowing to have an up-and-running gallery in a few minutes. minishowcase

3. jQuery SlideViewer

SlideViewer is a lightweight (1.5Kb) jQuery plugin which allows to instantly create an image gallery by writing just few lines of HTML. SlideViewer checks for the number of images within your list, and dynamically creates a set of links to command (slide) you pictures. Also, clicking on each image will make the gallery slide to the next picture.

slideviewer

4. DevKick Galleria

Galleria is a JavaScript image gallery written in jQuery. It loads the images one by one from an unordered list and displays thumbnails when each image is loaded. It will create thumbnails for you if you choose so, scaled or unscaled, centered and cropped inside a fixed thumbnail box defined by CSS.

devkick-galleria

5. ZenPhoto

Zenphoto is an answer to lots of calls for an online gallery solution that just makes sense. After years of bloated software that does everything and your dishes, zenphoto just shows your photos, simply. We hope you agree with our philosophy: simpler is better. Don’t get us wrong though – zenphoto really does have everything you need for your online gallery, and you’ll even stare in awe at some of the innovative innovations we innovated upon.

Check out their feature list – it was too long to long to post here!

zenphoto

6. Lightbox 2

Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers

lightbox-2

7. Visual Lightbox

VisualLightBox is a free wizard program that helps you easily generate web photo galleries, based on famous LightBox2 script, in a few clicks without writing a single line of code.

visual-lightbox

8. Photo Gallery with MooTools

Fully explained tutorial and also spectacular photo gallery to comfortably display many images.

nettuts-mootools

9. GreyBox

GreyBox can be used to display websites, images and other content in a beautiful way. It is very easy to use full-screen website, image gallery, which doesn’t conflict with pop-up blockers and it’s only 22 kb size!

orangoo-labs

10. TripTracker

The TripTracker slideshow is a lightweight JavaScript image viewer with an animated slideshow feature.

triptracker

11. qGallery

qGallery is a simple to use prototype based gallery script. All image processing is done by the script so you don’t have to worry about the images you upload on the server. All images for the skimmer graphics and the fullsize view will be created on the fly and stored in a cache directory on the server to save processing power on the server.

qgallery

12. jFlow gallery

Tutorial and documentation, how to use jFlow plugin to create Your own gallery.

jflow

13. NoobSlide

8 different examples how to view Your images using MooTools, unfortunately there isn’t any documentation, but very easy to use gallery.

noobslide

14. Spacegallery -jQuery plugin

Yet another way how to display Your images.

spacegallery

15. JQuery Cycle Plugin

The jQuery Cycle Plugin is a lightweight slideshow plugin.It supports pause-on-hover, auto-stop, auto-fit, before/after callbacks, click triggers and many transition effects. It also supports, but does not require, the Metadata Plugin and the Easing Plugin.

cycle-jquery

16. Slider Gallery

This ‘product slider’ is similar to a straight forward gallery, except that there is a slider to navigate the items, i.e. the bit the user controls to view the items. Simple stuff using jQuery plugins.

slider-gallery

17. PrettyPhoto

jQuery Lightbox clone, pretty similar to original Lightbox with few another features and full documentation.

prettyphoto

18. PrettyGallery

One more way how to display Your photos using jQuery.

prettygallery

19. FrogJS

FrogJS is a simple, unobtrusive JavaScript gallery. It’s not a replacement for other thumbnail galleries like Lightbox JS, but a different way of showcasing galleries. This type of gallery is best used when a page-by-page gallery is needed, as is the case with photo stories.

frogjs

20. Galleriffic

A jQuery plugin for rendering fast-performing photo galleries. Galleriffic was inspired by Mike Alsup’s Cycle plugin, but with performance in mind for delivering a high volume of photos.

galleriffic

21. Pirobox jQuery Lightbox

Lightbox scripts have become a very popular way of displaying images online in recent months. There are a huge number of them available, using a variety of different frameworks and languages. DesignShack offers a new jQuery Lightbox script It has been designed and created by Diego Valobra.

pirobox

22. Slideshow 2

Slideshow 2! is a JavaScript class for Mootools 1.2 to stream and animate the presentation of images on your website. This page features some examples of how Slideshow might be used to enhance the presentation of images on your website. Please view the source of this page for usage information.

slideshow

23. JQuery flickrGallery

FlickrGallery is a jQuery plugin for embedding flickr photos into a webpage.  Plugin considers a Gallery to be a list of Albums (similar to Flickr’s Collections).  Albums are considered to be photo sets.

jquery-flickr

24. Auto Generating Gallery

Words – “Auto Generating” don’t mean that that it takes the pictures for you. This gallery won’t even create the thumbnails for you. What it DOES, is build itself dynamically from your directory of images. So when you want to add new photos, you simply drop the new photo and thumbnail in the directory and you are done! Removing photos just means removing the photos from the image directory. Gallery use PHP for this web wizardry.

auto-generating-gallery

25. Photo Slider

Tutorial teaching how to create photo slider gallery with play/pause slideshow settings and interesting thumbnail effect using jQuery.

photo-slider

26. JavaScript TinySlideshow

This dynamic JavaScript slideshow is a lightweight (5kb) and free image gallery / slideshow script.

You can easily set it to auto-display the images, set the scroll speed, thumbnail opacity or to disable thumbnail slider.

javascrip-tinyslideshow

27. S3Slider jQuery plugin

JQuery Slideshow with three different features and displaying sides, fully customizable sizes, delay speed and with good documentation.

s3slider-jquery

28. Ajax Photo Gallery

The AJAX version of AgileGallery is a free AJAX photo gallery that rips through the XML output from Picasa (a free download from Google) and generates DHTML for the paging and thumbnails and displays the full sized photos along with any description entered in Picasa. Since this photo gallery uses AJAX technology, it eliminates the need for any page refresh as the user pages through the photos.

ajax-picassa

29. Suckerfish HoverLightbox Redux

Handy JavaScript, CSS based image gallery with another version of Lightbox included.

suckerfish

30. PhatFusion Slideshow

Slideshow using JavaScript MooTools with features like:

  • Fade, Slide and Wipe transitions
  • Loops
  • Play, Stop, Next and Previous controls
  • Inits from array of image src’s, a list of images on the page or using the href of an a tag like the Lightbox.

phatfusion

31. HighSlide JS

Highslide JS is an open source JavaScript software, offering a Web 2.0 approach to popup windows. It streamlines the use of thumbnail images and HTML popup’s on web pages.

highslide

32. SlideFlow Ajax Image Gallery

Use slideflow to show elegantly Your images, also fullscreen mode is available.

Technical background: The photos and titles are read from an XML file, and the thumbnails are pre-generated using Photoshop actions (included)

ajax-image-gallery

33. Barack Slideshow 0.2

An elegant, lightweight slideshow JavaScript script.

barackslideshow

34. jQZoom Evolution

JQZoom is a JavaScript image magnifier built at the top of the popular jQuery JavaScript framework. jQzoom is a great and a really easy to use script to magnify what you want.

jqzoom

35. jQuery Multimedia Portfolio

This plugin for jQuery will automatically detect the extension of each media and apply the adapted player.

multimedia-portfolio

36. jQuery spherical panorama viewer

A JavaScript viewer for displaying spherical panoramas. An alternative to Java and QuickTime technology.

I didn’t include screenshot here because demonstration can be seen only by clicking and dragging on the picture getting that 3D look.

37. JQuery Virtual Tour

This is an extension to the simple panorama viewer that allows you to play a little bit more with jQuery by adding interactivity to transform some panoramic views into a virtual tour !

jquery-virtual-tour

38. MooSlideBox

The mooSlideBox v3 is a small and slim Ajax based extension or replacement of the common “Lightbox” that can be found on nearly every page. This Lightbox clone works in IE 6/7, Opera and Firefox. It is based on the MooTools framework version 1.11.

mooslide

39. jqGalScroll

jQuery Gallery Scroller (jqGalScroll) takes list of images and creates a smooth scrolling photo gallery scrolling vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. The plugin will also create pagination to allow you to flow through your photos

jqgal

40. Featured Content Slider

Tutorial, how to create a slick auto-playing featured content slider.

featured-content

41. Easy Slider jQuery Plugin

Easy Slider enables images or any content to slide horizontally or vertically on click. It is configurable with CSS alone. So, basically you link to plugin file, set the content up and style it with CSS.

easy-slider-jquery

42. Dynamic Image Gallery and Slideshow

This extremely lightweight JavaScript image gallery and slideshow script clocks in under 3kb packed and includes a number of cool features.

dynamic-gallery

CSS Based Galleries

43. HoverBox Image Gallery

Basically, it’s a super light-weight (8kb) roll-over photo gallery that uses nothing but CSS, free to use for Your own projects.

hoverbox-image-gallery

44. Sliding Photograph Galleries

This gallery is my simplest yet. It is just an unordered list of images that are normally compressed vertically (reduction 8:1). When you hover over one of these compressed images it expands to full size. It is based on my sliding menu system and adapted to use images. No thumbnails are required and all the images are ‘pre-loaded’.This method can be used either vertically, as shown, or horizontally.

sliding-photo-gallery-css

45. CSS Image Gallery

This is a purely CSS based image gallery that displays larger versions of thumbnail images dynamically when the mouse hovers over them. A rich HTML caption can be added to the enlarged image, and every aspect of the Image Gallery exists as plain HTML on the page. The gallery works in IE6+, Firefox, Opera 8+.

css-image-gallery

46. Cross browser CSS Slideshow

Nasty CSS Slideshow producing a slide show or photogallery using a mixture of portrait and landscape images.

crossbrowser-css-slideshow

47. Cross Browser Multi-Page Photograph Gallery

Based on the look of Suckerfish HoverLightbox, this one uses my multi-page layout system but includes images instead of text.Unlike the Suckerfish HoverLightbox this version does not use JavaScript but is pure CSS and still works in IE.

Tested in IE5.5, IE6, IE7, Opera, Firefox, Safari (PC).

cross-browser-multi

48. CSS Decorative Gallery

Nice CSS Decorative Gallery and tutorial, how to decorate your images and photo galleries without editing the source images.

css-decorative-gallery

Flash Based Galleries

49. Flash Parallax Gallery

Parallax scrolling is frequently used in most 2D animation and games, where the background images and foreground images scroll at different rate of speed. This will create an illusion of depth as the background images are moving slower than the foreground images. Awesome tutorial and also great idea how to display Your portfolio or create unique web design. Must see!

parallax

50. Flash Gallery

Flash Gallery is a free application that allows you to create a slideshow on your website easy and fast. You won’t need any programming skills to install or use it. Just embed it into your website and script will automatically form a slideshow from a specified folder or from Flickr photostream.

flash-gallery

51. SimpleViewer

SimpleViewer is a free, customizable Flash image viewing application.

simpleviewer

52. 3D Curve Wall

Unique Flash based 3D curve wall similar to Flashloaded version, but this one is free.

3dcurve-wall

53. dfGallery

As stated on many other articles on DezinerFolio site, dfGallery is one of the coolest flash galleries currently on the Web.

dfgallery

54. Spiral Carrousel XML

spiral-carousel

55. Polaroid Gallery

Polaroid Gallery is a free, opensource flash gallery, the script loads images and image titles dynamically from an external XML file or a flickr RSS feed. Then the script processes the data and creates an interactive flash gallery.

polaroid-gallery

56. TiltViewer

TiltViewer is a free, customizable 3D Flash image viewing application.

tiltviewer

Other

57+. DynamicDrive

And finally if You still haven’t got enough galleries or one for Your taste You can check this huge collection of many different image galleries from DynamicDrive.com

dynamic-drive

If You know some more resources I missed here, feel free to add in comments and if You enjoy this article, let others know about it! Spread the word!

Source:  www.1stwebdesigner.com

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