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As web designers, web developers and even graphic designers we are constantly looking at for those new resources, tools and application that can help us increase our productivity while working on client or personal work.

Down below is a quick look at some the recently created resources that really deserve your attention — everything from some great JavaScript tools, jQuery plugins, Apps for your Desktop, Web & Mobile devices to some awesome items in HTML5, CSS, Responsive frameworks, a cool mobile development item and for those WordPress lovers I’ve also includes some themes and plugins and right down the bottom I’ve added some design files such as icons and fonts.

JavaScript & jQuery Plugins



The Linkify jQuery plugin was made for finding URLs in plain-text and converting them to HTML links. It works with all valid URLs and email addresses.



jqExpire is a jQuery plugin that will automatically hide a page elements after an ‘expiried’ date and/or time. This plugin is gGreat for pages which have upcoming/ongoing event notices or cut-off times for forms and such.

Lazy Load XT


The Lazy Load XT jQuery plugin allows you to loading effects on images, videos, and other media. This plugin will works with YouTube videos, jQuery mobile, the Zepto library, and much more.



Planetary.js is a JavaScript library that is use for building interactive globes. Planetary.js uses D3 and TopoJSON to parse and render geographic data. Planetary.js uses a plugin-based architecture; even the default functionality is implemented as a plugins.

Planetary.js extremely flexible as it’s fully customizable, you can change colours, rotation, and more. You can also display animated “pings” at any location with custom colors and sizes. This library also support the Mouse drag and zoom.

Justified Gallery


Justified Gallery is a jQuery plugin that allows you to create a high quality justified gallery of images, as this plugin will fill all the spaces, the plugin will also automatically align images to a justified gallery keeping their original aspect ratio.  With this plugin you can configure the gallery to show your images in different sizes, and also the plugin may decide to re-size some images to fill the remaining empty space.

Adaptive Backgrounds


Adaptive Backgrounds is a jQuery plugin that extracts dominant colors from images and applying it to its parent element. The Adaptive Backgrounds plugin utlises the tag element and the ImageData object, and due to cross-site security limitations, this script will fail after one single try when trying to extract the colors from an image that is not hosted on the current domain,unless the image allows for Cross Origin Resource Sharing.



Dynatable is a funner, semantic, interactive table plugin using jQuery, HTML5, and JSON, and this plugin is not just for tables. But the purpose of Dynatable is to provide a simple, extensible API, which makes viewing and interacting with larger datasets easy.  This plugin also provides a framework for implementing the most common elements out of the box, including sorting, searching and filtering.

jQuery Label Better


jQuery Label Better plugin that will help you to label your form input with beautiful animation and without taking up space. With this plugin all you really have to do is add a placeholder text.



Unison.js is a small jQuery plugin that allows you to declare named breakpoints in one place and automatically sync them across your JavaScript and markup. When all of your front-end technologies share breakpoint information, complex responsive tasks such as conditional loading and image swapping become much simpler and straight-forward.

Type Rendering Mix


Type Rendering Mix is a small JavaScript library that allows you to apply styles only when core text is used in order to achieve a more consistent rendering while preserving the accuracy of sub-pixel antialiasing. Type Rendering Mix works by auto-adding some styles to the element that represent the rasterizer and anti-aliasing support on the browsers and leaves the rest to the script.

Desktop, Mobile & Web Applications

Desktop Groups – Mac App – $9.99


This app will let you create groups of related files on your desktop and while you can freely move groups of files around on your desktop and add or remove files via drag & drop.  Each of the groups has a title so that you can organize your files any way you like.

Briqs – Mac 10.8 App – Free (but $11.49 to export HTML)


Briqs is a Mac app that was made to help those who want to design a responsive websites without coding. This app will let you design websites visually with a great component collection of the popular front-end framework Bootstrap.

Within Briqs it is possible for you to build complete multi-page pixel-perfect website projects from prototyping all the way up to the export of clean, production-ready code or rendered images of the pages (for sharing with team and clients).

Infuse 2 – iOS App – Free


The Infuse app allows a beautiful way for you to watch videos in as many as 14 formats on your iPhone or iPad. As you will won’t need to convert files, as Infuse is optimized for iOS7, with integration and unmatched AirPlay & subtitle support.

WriteRight – iOS App – $2.99


WriteRight is ta distraction-free text editor app which is great for writers, journalists, teachers and students, This app is for iPad, iPad Mini and iPhone and been built upon Markdown.

DashPlus – iOS App – $2.99


Dashplus is a To Do app that introduces actionable items. As you can simply swipe lines to the right to change their state, and unlock actions were needed.

This app is completely gesture driven: swipe right to edit lists title and tags, swipe right any list item to apply action to it, swipe left to delete, and swipe down to add items. It has been designed and engineered so that you spend your time at what matters – doing – rather than adapting to a complex system or workflow.

Silo – Web, Mac & iOS App – Free Signup, $5.99(Mac)& $1.99(iOS)


Silo is a wonderful app that will allow you in way to share and manage your lists. You can stay in sync between all of your devices with any modern web browser or by using any of Silo’s native apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Timely – Web App – From $10 per month


Timely is a great time tracking app that is intuitive and very simple to use as you’ll be able to track the time you spend working without any fuss from your browser or the iPhone app. Whether you are working on your own projects, or collaborating on projects with a team across your whole company this app will also makes keeping track of the time spent on everything simple.

Nirvana – Web App – Starting at Free to $5 per month or $39 a year


Nirvana is task management web app that is based upon the well-known Getting Things Done® (GTD®) method of keeping organized, it is fast, easy, available from anywhere.

Form Bakery – Web App – Forms starting at $9


Form Bakery is a very easy-to-use form builder that has  a wonderfully simple drag and drop form builder that you can use to create your form. The form engine inside this web app will generate code that is well crafted—as if a human wrote it.

HackPad – Web App – Free


Hackpad is a simple web app that allows you to edit, organize and share documents, as Hackpad eliminates the confusion by clearly indicating who wrote what, and what changes were made to a document. One of the  best features that HackPad has to offer is giving you help to collaborate and share seamlessly.

CSS/HTML, Frameworks, iOS Development & Responsive

Simple State Manager


Simple State Manager is a JavaScript state manager for responsive websites. As it is built to be a light weight, has no dependencies (except JavaScript of course) and aims to be really easy to simply drop into your project ready to use. As a state manager, this will allows you to target different JavaScript towards different states of your site. It allows you to define as many states as your site requires and allows you to have independent Enter, Leave and Resize events for each of the states.



Zotonic is an open-source framework for doing full-stack web development, from all the way from frontend to back-end. As it consisted of a small set of core functionality. Zotonic implements a lightweight but extensible Content Management System on top. The main goal for this framework is to make it easy to create well-performing websites “out of the box”, so that a website scales well from the start.



Icecream is a simple and light responsive grid system that the syntax is done easy and fast



Myth is a preprocessor that will allow you to write pure CSS without having to worry about slow browser support as it adds prefixes for the common browsers automatically as well as giving you the benefits of LESS and Sass and will also give you a future proof of your CSS

LESS Hat 2


The new LESS Hat 2 is now out and LESS Hat has been completely rewritten for the 2.0 version, LESS Hat 2 has bought us 86 great mixins, robust workflow for editing, testing and creating new mixins.

Embed Curl


Embed Curl makes it easy to embed curl commands into your website, blog, or API documentation. You will just have to place the script on the page, and any element with an embedcurl HTML class attribute will be replaced with a prettified version based on the element’s text.



Brainy is a set of tools that was made for sharing Backbone code between the client and the server. Brainy allows you to write a Backbone client application without regard for the server. it creates the server for you because it relies on REST and Backbone best practices, if you are familiar with both, you can create a brainy application.



Canvas is a project that simplify the iOS development for both designers and developers. As in the past it had been difficult for designers to get hands on building the product with the lack of objective-c and Xcode experience and a hard time for developer to use reasonable amount of time and lines of code just to achieve really simple effects.

WordPress Plugins & Themes

Request Access – Free Plugin


This plugin is intended for WordPress site owners that wants to allow people to sign up for their website in a controlled way. Inside this plugin external users can create accounts which are immediately put into “Pending” state, and while an account is pending, the user in this state can only access content on your website that you designate as “public”.

All existing and future site content is private by default except for the required pages and within the wp dashboard for an admin you can view a list of pending accounts, and then choose to approve or deny their application. As this plugin will logs all admin actions and allows you to control which account types have access to approve and deny pending accounts. Logs are only visible to admins also this plugin does include notification emails to administrators (new registrations) and to external users (approved/denied).

WP Sticky Social – Free Plugin


This plugin will just add sticky bar with social icons to your site, The WP Sticky Social icons are the Zurb Foundation Social Icons Font. In this plugin you can select from 22 icons, set position from top of screen, display sticky bar on right or left side, change text, icon and background color from administration.

All-in-One WP Migration – Free Plugin


The All-in-One WP Migration plugin will allow you to export your database, media files, plugins, and themes. You can apply unlimited find and replace operations on your database and the plugin will also fix any serialization problems that occur during find/replace operations.


The WP Pay What You Like plugin is a plugin which allows you to accept custom payments for your downloadable products. This plugin is fully integrated with Stripe, and is easy to be installed by just using a simple shortcode which places the pay-what-you-like form on any post or page. The customers can choose between set price suggestions or enter a custom amount before entering their payment details. Downloads are started automatically when payments are successful.


With this plugin it has never been easier to quickly create responsive columns in WordPress, and you do no longer need to mess around with shortcodes. The Visual Columns plugin is a 12-column fluid grid system that easily lets you add columns to your WordPress site. The fluid grid system uses percent instead of pixels for column widths. It ensures proper proportions for key screen resolutions and devices.


FoodPress is an easy to use restaurant menu management plugin for WordPress.You can build unlimited food menu items for your restaurant, categorize them by dish type or meal type or build your own custom categories. By showing off those delicious food images and various data like nutrition information, spicy level, recipe etc for each food menu item for your restaurant menu. You can also build multiple menus for different locations of your restaurants and manage them from the same place.


The Commentator plugin is a fully featured ajaxified comments system for your WordPress site that let you easily supercharge your discussions.

Alpha Forte – Free Theme


Alpha Forte is a modern 3 column responsive theme. Background is customisable and there are 2 widget areas in the left and right hand columns. Theme is suitable for a variety of uses from personal blogs to business websites.

Flatty – Free Theme


Flatty is a clean HTML5, responsive and retina-ready theme created using Bootstrap 3.0 and Font Awesome 4. Customizable layout with two columns (left or right), custom background and a theme options page. Gallery post types displayed using Bootstrap’s Carousel and Thickbox.

Yegor – Free Theme


Yegor is a free premium WordPress theme from Fabthemes. Yegor been built on Bootstrap 3 framework. As this is a responsive theme with all features of the awesome Bootstrap framework included and that makes this theme very extensible as this theme has a featured posts carousal and featured post slider on the homepage that you can control the category and the number of items on the slider and carousal via the theme option page built in. Theme supports custom menu, featured images, widgetized sidebar and footer.

Adament – Free Theme


Adament is a free premium responsive WordPress theme, this theme is built on Bootstrap 3 framework and this theme will suite a photographer as it ideally easy to setup as a photography related website. This theme comes with so many options to customize and the color scheme of the theme is also customizable.


The Sneaker WordPress theme is a modern, bold, portfolio theme that was made to help you to show off your talented work. This theme has a minimal, accurate design and beautiful typography. This theme was designed to put your awesome work at the top as it’s perfect for photographers, illustrators or small design studios.


Bold WordPress theme is a very powerful, super clean and fully responsive design that been coded with care in HTML5 & CSS3. This is easy to customise and well documented. This theme is very easy to setup, and comes with free lifetime support via Contempo support site.


Homeland is a responsive and retina ready real estate WordPress theme with minimalist approach, flat design and clean. It has two theme layout (fullwidth and boxed style). Widget ready, Custom Page templates, Custom Post Types and more, and this theme compatible to WordPress 3.8


OoK is a premium WordPress theme that is perfect for a professional Personal Blog / Magazine & Portfolio theme with a remarkable clean layout design suitable theme. This theme was created with love using the latest HTML5 and CSS3 techniques with a validity code, completely responsive to look perfectly in all mobile devices, easily usable with any device as well as desktops.

Solo – $45 Premium Theme


Solo is an extremely easy to use Retina Ready Responsive Grid Multipurpose Magazine WordPress Theme, which is a must have for any web designer and both experienced developers and even users with no programming knowledge can customise and fire this theme with minimal effort.

Design Pieces – Icons, UI’s & Typography

Modern Social Media Icons Pack – Free


GENT Typeface – Free


Endorphins Font – Free




Alpha Ui Kit – Free


Canaro Font – from $30 (Light & Light Italic for free)



50 New Handpicked Goodies For Web Designers & Developers For January 2014