Picnik – edit photos the easy way, in your browser

Picnik is photo editing online, in your browser. It gives real people photo editing superpowers. It’s fast, easy, and offers tons of powerful tools, artistic effects, stickers, frames, touch-ups, scrapbooking tools and more. And that’s all for free. There’s even more available for Picnik Premium members: More tools, advanced effects, seasonal content all year long and more! Picnik launched in September 2007 and in the past few years has amassed millions of happy fans on the site, through Facebook, embedded in Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo! Mail, and dozens of our other API partners.


  • Fix your photos in just one click
  • Use advanced controls to fine-tune your results
  • Crop, resize, and rotate in real-time
  • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
  • Astoundingly fast, right in your browser
  • Awesome fonts and top-quality type tool
  • Basketfuls of shapes from hand-picked designers
  • Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • No download required, nothing to install


Picnik was founded and run as a small Seattle startup in the Fall of 2005 by Mike, Darrin and Jonathan, and grew into a team of about 20 people working in downtown Seattle, near Pike Place Market. In March of 2010, Picnik was thrilled to announce they’d joined the Google family of consumer apps and moved to the Google offices in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle where we’re eating Google’s famous lunches and still working hard at building the easiest, most fun and awesome online photo editor out there.

Vista-like Ajax Calendar with Mootools

The Vista-like Ajax Calendar (vlaCalendar) is a unobtrusive web version of the slick and profound Windows Vista taskbar calendar, by using the Mootools Javascript Framework, AJAX, XHTML, CSS and PHP.

Key Features

  • Authentic Vista look-and-feel
  • Quick navigation by jumping back and forth between months, years and decades without drop-down boxes
  • Smooth transition animations
  • Customizable features
  • Lightweight

New features in version 2

  • Datepicker functionality
  • Cleaner and more developer centered – easily editable – CSS, PHP and javascript code
  • Easily changeable date labels (e.g. different languages)
  • Easily stylable. Styles are created on top of the general style; the download include two example styles
  • Both normal and datepicker calendar can be instantiated multiple times

Browser Compatibility

The vlaCalendar has been tested on:

  • IE7 on Vista and XP SP2
  • IE6 on XP SP2
  • Firefox 2 and 3
  • Opera 9 – 9.5
  • Safari 3.1 for Windows
  • Google Chrome

The Vista-like Ajax Calendar script is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial 3.0 License. What that means is: Use these files however you want, but don’t redistribute without the proper credits and do not use this for commercial purposes.

pChart – a PHP class to build charts

pChart is a PHP class oriented framework designed to create aliased charts. Most of today’s chart libraries have a cost, our project is intended to be free. Data can be retrieved from SQL queries, CSV files, or manually provided.

Focus has been put on rendering quality introducing an aliasing algorithm to draw eye candy graphics. In fact, quality is slowing down the renderer engine… this is one of our way of improvement!

The first purpose of pChart was to provide an easy interface for drawing anti-aliased pictures using the GD library. Then alpha-transparency and shadow supports have been integrated in addition to all the primitive functions to draw basic shapes. pChart can be used as a high level drawing library if you only need to create shapes & text composed pictures.


  • Native anti-aliasing
    pChart supports natively anti-aliasing for all basic object : line, curve, box, rounded box, circle, polygons. The anti-aliasing algorithm is an optimized version of the one created for the first version of pChart.
  • Shadow support
    You can enable or disable shadow support, define the color of the shadow, its distance to the object and its transparency factor. Shadows are drawn using the internal anti-alias algorithm.
  • Alpha-transparency
    Alpha transparency is supported by all the primitive drawing functions. It will allow you to create great visual results. Alpha transparency will not slow down the rendering of your picture as it is directly computed by the GD binaries.

To run pChart on your web server, you’ll need to use PHP compiled with the GD library support.

TipJoy – New service to leave tips for content!

TipJoy is a new service that allows users to leave small tips for content that they love. Once you have signed up for TipJoy you can leave a $0.10 tip with a single click and never leave the site!


This site is no longer in service. It seemed to be a good idea but maybe it was just bad timing. Read my article on why some start-ups fail.

Compare Traffic with Google Trends for Websites

Google Trends is a tool from Google Labs that shows the most popularly searched terms based on one or more keywords from the beginning of 2004 to now. Google Trends charts how often a particular search term is entered relative the total search volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages.

With Google Trends, you can compare the world’s interest in your favorite topics. Enter up to five topics and see how often they’ve been searched on Google over time. Google Trends also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and in which geographic regions people have searched for them most.

This is an excellent tool to add to your SEO arsenal.

SPAW – GPL Web Based WYSIWYG Editor Control

SPAW Editor is a web based in-browser WYSIWYG HTML editor control. It is a replacement for standard HTML textarea fields for rich text content editing. Version 2 builds on great widely acclaimed features of the first version and includes lots of exciting new features and improvements. The following are some major features that are built into the editor.

Tabbed Multi-document Interface

Version 2 introduces new industry unique tabbed multi-document interface feature. Now you can edit virtually unlimited number of HTML snippets in a single WYSIWYG instance. This can save a lot of screen space, unnecessary scrolling and loading time compared to other solutions where you have to load as many WYSIWYG instances as HTML snippets you want to edit.

Floating/Shared Toolbars

Multiple instances of SPAW Editor v.2 can be controlled by a single toolbar. This toolbar can either be attached to one of the instances or float around the screen. This way you can save loading time and achieve a better level of integration of the editing area into complex designs (no toolbar overhead).

Resizeable Editing Area

Users can resize editing area of the editor both vertically and horizontally. Resizing directions could be controlled by the developers as well as users or disabled altogether. Content editors are able to see as much (or as little) content as they wish.

Modular Architecture

One of the main problems in SPAW v.1 was that it was very difficult to extend the core functionality. SPAW Editor v.2 was designed with extendability in mind. Rich API is available for developers allowing to extend the functionality to whatever your needs are. Publicly available plugins developed by Solmetra as well as 3rd parties will be posted to their plugin page.