Saturday, February 25, 2006

Top 30 Firefox Add-ons For Downloading Images, Videos & Files

Every day we all run across content we would like to save a copy of. Sometimes, it’s even legal to do so. This toolbox gives you Firefox add-ons to save just about anything from a webpage you could ever want. Obviously you shouldn’t install these all at once.

File & Page Saving

Backgroundimage Saver – Helps you save the background image of a page even when hidden behind a transparent GIF.

BatchDownload – Assists you in downloading multiple image links at once.

Bazzacuda Image Saver – Will cycle through your open tabs, if any tab has an image and nothing else, the image will be saved and you can have the tab close automatically.

Downloads in Tab – Moves the download manager to a tab.

Download Manager Tweaker – Open the standard download manager as a separate window, a new tab, or the sidebar.

Download Statusbar – Rid yourself of the pop-up download window and manage everything from your status bar.

Download Sort – Automatically save downloads to different directories when using “Save Link As” or “Save Image As”.

DownThemAll! – Download one link or multiples, has a built-in accelerator.

Facebook Photo Album Downloader – Download complete Facebook photo albums.

FlashGot – Download one link, selected link, or all the links on a page.

Image Download – Download all the pictures and filter by width, height, type, create sub folders and more.

Image Toolbar – Provides one click to image actions such as downloading.

Launchy – Enables you to open links and mailtos with the external applications of your choice.

OpenDownload – Adds functions similar to IE’s ‘Open’ and ‘Run’.

PDF Download – Checks every link to see if it is a PDF, if it is, it gives you the option to open it inside or out Firefox, download it to a folder or view it as HTML.

Pterodactl – Saves the largest image on the page, in all tabs, and renames files to keep from having conflicts.

Save As Image – Saves the currently displayed tab as an image creating an instant screenshot.

SafeDownload – Automatically scan downloaded files for viruses.

Save Complete – Aids you in saving complete webpages.

Save Image In Folder – Save images to special folders on your hard drive.

Save Images – Saves images from the current tab’s cache to a specified location.

Save Link In Folder – Save links to special folders on your hard drive.

Screengrab! – Saves the entire web page as an image.

Sourceforge Direct Download – If you frequently download from Sourceforge, this will help you skip the mirror selection step.

ScrapBook – Helps you save portions or entire webpages and then organize them.

TiX Now! – Improves downloading speed from Rapidshare and MegaUpload amongst others.

Video Downloading

Amazing Media Browser – Scans a page for embedded media and helps you download the source files.

Download Embedded – Provides the ability to download several forms of media.

Download Helper – Will extract content from many different sites.

Fast Video Downloader – Can save videos from around 60 video sites.

GetVideo – Provides access to the direct path to get the video.

Google Video Downloader – Adds a button to the status bar to save videos from Google Video.

Media Pirate – The Video Downloader – Gives you the ability to save videos from approximately a dozen sites.

PimpFish Basic Toolbar – Capture video files from numerous sites.

UnPlug – Scans a web page for media players and tells you where the media files are stored so you can download them.

Video Download – Adds a simple right click command to download videos from numerous sites. (via)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Top 50 Google Reader Extensions and Scripts For Firefox

Don’t get us wrong, Google Reader is our favorite feedreader. But sometimes, we just wish it was a little…better. Here are 50 Firefox extensions and scripts to make Google Reader your own.

Note: some of these require the Greasemonkey or Stylish extensions.


  • Google Reader Notifier Firefox Extension – Multilingual extension that tells you how many items are unread.
  • Google Reader Toolkit – Handy add-on that alerts you to unread items.
  • Google Reader Watcher – Firefox extension that displays all unread feeds.


  • Colorful List View – Colors the headers in the list view.
  • Google Reader Air Skin – Light skin for Google Reader.
  • Google Reader Bottom Link – Adds a small link to the original page at the bottom of the feed.
  • Google Reader for wider screens – Changes the length of stories in Google Reader.
  • Google Reader Optimized – User style that gets rid of all unnecessary elements.
  • Google Reader Plain and Green – Green skin based on Sage’s Plain and Green style.
  • Google Reader Prettifier – OS X theme for Google Reader. Fork with a few bugfixes here.
  • Google Reader Preview – Shows the original page instead of the article summary (fork with widescreen support here).
  • Google Reader Preview Enhanced – Better version of Google Reader Preview.
  • Google Reader “Slate series” – Clean theme in slate colors. You may also be interested in the modified version.
  • Google Reader title unread count – Moves the unread count to the front in the page title.


  • CodeReader – Increases the font size of code snippets in the currently viewed item.
  • Google Reader Functional Links – Quick Links fork with updated hotkeys.
  • Google Reader Quick Links – Shortcut keys for links in the story you’re currently reading.
  • Google Reader show original in new tab – The must-have script for Google Reader. Just hit ‘t’ to open the current article in a new tab. Note: this script conflicts with a Google Reader native shortcut. You may want to use Masayuki Ataka’s script that changes the hotkey to ‘y’.
  • Google Reader Slideshow – Automatically scroll through your items at a user-set speed.
  • Grease Reader – Adds a ton of powerful hotkeys.
  • Iris – A Google Reader sidebar influenced by Sage.
  • Read By Mouse – Toggles a mouse-only mode where you read using only your mouse.


  • Google Reader Custom Search – Adds search to Google Reader via Google Co-op.
  • Google Reader Custom Search (2) – Updated version of the Google Operating System script that displays results inside Google Reader like normal posts.
  • Google Reader Gears Search – Uses Google Gears to search your posts.
  • Google Reader Search – Search powered by Google’s Blogsearch that searches the current feeds or the entire Blogosphere.


  • Facebook Sharer + Google Reader – Sends the current story to Facebook.
  • Gmail Box for Google Reader – Integrates Google Reader’s subscriptions to Gmail (based on Google Reader Redux).
  • Google Reader + BlueDot – Based on Google Reader +, but for
  • Google Reader + Bookmarks – Sends Reader posts to Google’s bookmarking site.
  • Google Reader + – Based on Google Reader + Bookmarks, but for Forks here and here.
  • Google Reader + ma.gnolia – Based on Google Reader +, but for ma.gnolia.
  • Google Reader + Simpy – Sends Reader posts to
  • Google Reader + Twitter – Sends Reader posts to Twitter.
  • Google Reader 30Boxes – Add 30Boxes events from the search field.
  • Google Reader digg news – Adds a “Digg It” button to every item. Works well with Digg Button Animator Enabler.
  • Google Reader Redux – Integrate Google Reader into your Gmail account.


  • Auto add to Google Reader – Automatically bypasses the “Add to Google homepage”/”Add to Google Reader” choice Firefox usually gives you when subscribing to a feed.
  • Better GReader – Combines an optimized skin, Smart Google Reader Subscribe, and Quick Links into a Firefox extension.
  • Google Gears – Take Reader (and tons of other apps) offline with this great Google product.
  • Google Reader Subscribe – Adds a button to add the current page’s feed to Google Reader.
  • Jasper’s Google Reader Subscribe – Based on Google Reader Subscribe, but concentrating on taking up as little room as possible.
  • Smart Google Reader Subscribe – Based on Jasper’s script, but tells you if the feed is already in Google Reader (saving you clicks).
  • Tag Cloud – Generates a tag cloud of all your tags. (via)
  • Friday, February 17, 2006

    Top 40 Web Operating Systems

    Facebook wants to be the operating system for the web, it says, and this week’s changes to its email system are a tiny part of that puzzle. But there are many more web operating systems hoping to bring all your usual desktop applications online in one place. Some replicate the entire desktop, while others are startpages with info from around the web – here are more than 45 of our favorites.

    Remotely Hosted WebOS

    • AstraNOS – Picture Windows 98. Then picture an OS X dock. Then picture a night sky. Then throw them all together. You now have a pretty good picture of AstraNOS.
    • BeDesk – Basic wrapper for other online tools.
    • cmyOS – Free hosted webtop powered by eyeOS.
    • Desktoptwo – Not only do you get 1GB of space, you get a fully-featured suite. No, not a basic online editor that has simple formatting options. The full 2.0 suite from Sun, converted into a Java applet.
    • DoxBoard – Slick WebOS with some basic features.
    • GCOE X – Nice WebOS with a powerful terminal and support for the iPhone.
    • eyeOS – Beautiful webtop powered by the eyeOS software.
    • Glide – Online operating system with support for BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone users.
    • – With 3GB of space, FTP access, and Zoho Office support, what’s not to like?
    • goowy – Great webtop with your own email account (, IM, 1GB of space (via, and much more.
    • jooce – Slick invite-only online OS.
    • mybooo – Invite-only webtop with a ton of features.
    • myGoya – Nice WebOS with PIM features, a media player, and much more.
    • OOS – Basic online operating system that offers a personal webpage.
    • Parakey – Not much is known about Blake Ross’s newest invention, but we do know that Facebook liked it enough to purchase it for an undisclosed sum.
    • Psych Desktop – GPLed webtop with a powerful UNIX-like console.
    • Purefect Desktop – Web desktop with a powerful IDE.
    • SSOE – Flash-based webtop a lot of features.
    • StartForce – Powerful WebOS with tons of apps and features makes the descendant of Orca Desktop a hit.
    • Xindesk – File sync, a powerful API, and much more are included in this great WebOS.
    • Webdesk – This Indian webtop includes 1GB of space, POP3 client, PIM, and a nice modules API.
    • Webdows – We don’t know how long it will take Microsoft to sue these guys, but it’s a real enjoyment in the meantime. It has XP and Vista styles (including a few Vista effects), FTP, file sharing, IM, and much more.
    • Widgets Gadgets – AJAX desktop with tons of apps and a working API.
    • YouOS – File sharing, powerful shell, and 700+ applications are all available with this wildly popular operating system.
    • ZimDesk – Slick WebOS with tons of apps.

    Self-Hosted WebOS

    • eyeOS – One of the most popular webtops on the planet, eyeOS boasts tons of apps, a booming community, and a lot more features.
    • Fenestela – There’s still quite a few bugs to be ironed out in this French WebOS, but you get a cool XP interface and basic PHP apps.
    • Psych Desktop – GPLed desktop with a powerful UNIX-like console.
    • Purefect Desktop – Web desktop with a powerful IDE.
    • Virtual-OS – Includes powerful API, web server sync, forum integration, and offline AJAX support.
    • ZKDesktop – Powerful open source Java-based WebOS.

    Remote Desktops

    • DesktopOnDemand – A fully featured Linux-based desktop with Gnome, Gaim, AbiWord, Evolution, GIMP, WebDAV, VNC, web login, and much more.
    • Free Live OS Zoo – Java applet
    • Nivio – Subscription-based ($12.99/month) service that offers Windows XP, Adobe Reader, iTunes, Google Talk/aMSN/Windows Live Messenger,, Thunderbird, Nvu, and much more. All through a Java-based web interface.


    See also: 14 Personalized Homepages Compared, Feature by Feature

    • Favoor – Basic startpage with a nice folder option.
    • iGoogle (formerly Google IG) – Great startpage with the most amount of apps I’ve seen for a portal.
    • iStyled – Simple startpage with basic customization.
    • – Customizable page with basic features.
    • (formerly – Basic news page backed by Microsoft.
    • My Yahoo! – Yahoo!’s entry into the startpage market isn’t bad: it offers news, Yahoo! Mail notification, podcasts, videos, and photo galleries to your startpage.
    • Netvibes – There’s a reason everyone uses Netvibes. It has tons of apps, tabs, skins, and a great interface.
    • Pageflakes – Popular, easy-to-use page with a simple interface.
    • Schmedley – Powerful startpage with tons of features.
    • Webwag – The main appeal here isn’t the widget on demand feature (a quick way to build a widget for the site of your choice), the toolbar, the apps, or the content directory. It’s the External widget feature, which allows you to convert and add Netvibes and iGoogle widgets to your Webwag page.
    • Widgetop – Nice looking AJAX start page.
    • yourminis – Great start page with tons of apps and a bunch of skins by the creator of goowy. (via)

    Wednesday, February 15, 2006

    Top 30 Language Tools For Firefox

    The web is a a global phenomenon, so it’s a shame that so many of us are stuck within our own little English-language corner of it – especially with so many exciting new startups in foreign languages. Here we present 30+ tools to help you transition between various languages, and maybe even learn something in the process.


    Bork Bork Bork! – Ever wondered how a webpage would like if it was written like The Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show wrote it? This extension will show you.

    Chinesepera-kun: Chinese Popup Dictionary – Highlight simplified or traditional characters and get an on-screen translation of Chinese in to English.

    Chinup – Chinese Popup Translator – Hover a Chinese word and get a translation in a small popup window.

    East Asian Translator – Translate webpages or text from Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean, using the services from

    EHTip – Lets you translate English and Croatian back-and-forth.

    FoxLingo – Translates web pages, lets you search in other languages, auto-translates and much more.

    Free Translate! – Works back-and-forth between English and Russian, German, and French.

    gTranslate – Quickly translate a snippet of text into another language using Google’s translator.

    ImTranslator – Enter a snippet of multilingual text and check it for correctness. Also features translation editor, virtual keyboard, spell-checker, dictionary, decoder, back translation and an email client.

    InTranslate – Translate words to-and-from Greek, and look them up in Wikipedia.

    Moji – A sidebar dictionary for Japanese and Chinese, including Kanji.

    PeraPera-kun – Highlight Japanese kanji on a page, get an on-screen translation. Needs a downloaded dictionary.

    Qwara Toolbar – Allows translation of multiple languages an can be set to do so autmoatially.

    Russ Key – Type in phonetic Russian and transform to Cyrillic, and includes English translations.

    Simple Translate – Lets you translate text to-and-from English/German.

    SpanishTrans – Highlight a word and translate it to Spanish, including complicated terms such as conjugated verbs.

    To/From Amharic – Select a word, right click, and you can chose “To Amharic” or “To English”.

    Traduku – Translate text or web pages to Esperanto.

    Translation Panel – Adds the ability to translate several languages in to English.

    Translator – Translate pages with the click of a button using one of the numerous online translation services.on a regular basis to aid in your grocery shopping.


    lernu-fr – With each page load you get a Esperanto-French word translated in the status bar.

    Morse – While the military may no longer use it, it never hurts to learn morse code as you go about your day.

    WordLearner toolbar – Load any dictionary and learn new vocabulary as you surf.

    Foreign Character Entry

    abcTajpu – Either using macros or context menus, will let you enter accented letters, international characters or symbols.

    Any Key – Allows you to type phonetic Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi Davangari, Mongolian, Russian, Ukrainian.

    Indic IME – Assists in entering Indian text in web forms.

    Leet Key – While not exactly a foreign language, turns typed text to L337, ROT13, BASE64, HEX, URL, BIN, DES, AES, Morse code, DVORAK keyboard layout and more.

    Locale Switcher – Lets you change the locale of your Firefox on the fly to access different language packs.

    Quick Locale Switcher – Has over 200 locales, switches spell check to the chosen locale and more.

    Russian hot keys bugfix – Helps with Russian and Ukrainian key entry in Mozilla products.

    Zombie Keys – Add shortcuts for international characters. (via)

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006

    Top 50 Enhancements for Skype

    As the VoIP service of choice for tens of millions of people, Skype has spawned a robust developer community, with programmers and entrepreneurs building hundreds of applications that look to piggy back on the service’s enormous success. Assuming you’re still sticking with it after some downtime last week, here’s a look at more than 50 Skype tools (note that some services have fees associated with them).

    Personalization & Customization

    WiMood – Customize your mood indicator with both your most recently played WinAmp song and custom colors, styles, and links.

    iTunes Info & History – Displays your current song playing in iTunes and also your 50 most recent tracks. – Display the current track you’re listening to on

    Skype Google Gadget – See your Skype credits and make calls to other users from Google Desktop.

    RingJacker – Create custom ringers that you can use when you call friends or as your ringtone for incoming calls.

    Mood Changer – Gives you the ability to have an automatically updating mood, based on criteria you define.

    SoundSlam – Listen to and rate audio clips such as poems, songs, and stories, or upload your own and find out what others think about it.

    NotMyNumber – The service for kindly giving your phone number to someone who doesn’t get the hint. Using Skype you can find a “Not My Number” number for your local area code.

    iGlasses – Helps you adjust your video/webcam settings from within Skype.

    Callto: Linkify – A script to automatically turn Skype phone numbers to hyperlinks in your browser.

    SkypeMuter – Automatically mutes music from WinAmp, Windows Media Player, and iTunes when on a call.

    Messaging & Collaboration

    IM+ for Skype – A version of Skype designed specifically for the iPhone.

    Renzoo – Sets up forwarding for your voicemails so you can receive them via email with a direct link to the audio file.

    WhiteBoardMeeting – A collaborative white board where Skype users can draw vector images, insert text and images, and save the results.

    SMS to Skype – Send instant messages over SMS to any Skype user.

    Void.Bot – A bot for public group chats that lets you archive chats and use Google to search conversations.

    uSeeToo – An application for sharing images, drawings, and whiteboards with your Skype contacts.

    mcePhone – Receive notifications of incoming Skype calls on your TV via Windows Media Center.

    Skype Online Status – Let your blog readers know your Skype status and call you if you’re available.

    AudioID – Announces who is calling so you can be alerted to incoming calls when you step away from your desk (assuming you have loud speakers).

    Video4IM – A free solution for making video calls between users with web cams.


    JiWire Bot – Helps you find public hot spot locations.

    MyToGo – Allows you to add multiple phones to your Skype number that you can then use to call into your account.

    Luxms – Get SMS alerts to your mobile phone when you miss a call on Skype.

    Fring – A mobile application that uses your phone’s Internet connection to place calls over Skype.

    DialBridge – Routes calls from your cell phone through Skype to save money on calls.


    twitter4skype – If you write a chat message to twitter4skype, the entry will appear on your Twitter and you’ll receive your friends’ twitters in Skype.

    skype2twitter – Cross-posts your Skype mood messages to your Twitter account.

    Moodgeist – Aggregates mood data from users who have opted to ping the service to provide a view of the Skype community.

    SkypeMe – A Facebook application that shows your Skype presence and allows friends to call you.

    Unype – A virtual world that combines your Skype identity with Google Earth.

    SKMap – Plots Skype users with presence information onto a Google Map.

    For Business

    Skax – Send faxes using Skype with this pay-as-you-go service.

    Pamela Call Recorder – Automatically record calls and take notes on a call. Free version records calls up to 15 minutes long.

    AfterBeep – Skype answering machine and call recording tool.

    Supertintin – Record both audio and video calls. Original video quality is maintained.

    Vitaero – Automatically changes you to Do Not Disturb mode when you have PowerPoint open and automatically pauses music in iTunes when you’re on a call.

    Yugma – Share your desktop and host meetings of up to 10 people for free over Skype.

    Call Recorder for Mac OS X – A solution for recording calls and saving them as Quicktime files for Mac users.

    Skype for AppExchange – Setup conference calls on Skype from within the interface.

    PrettyMay Recorder – Record Skype conversations as mp3 files and manage voicemail.

    PrettyMay Call Center – A small-business call center system. Handle multiple calls simultaneously, setup a virtual PBX (“press 1 for sales, 2 for support, etc.), and record calls.


    Transclick – Translates messages from one language to another when sent to other users on Skype.

    soZiety – A social network built on top of Skype that aims to connect users for the purpose of learning foreign languages.

    Kantalk – A community built around learning foreign languages. You can speak with other languages or share recorded audio and get feedback.

    Universal Chat Translator – Translates many different languages to your native language in Skype chats.


    Feedcast – Listen to RSS feeds and Podcasts over Skype.

    Anothr – Get alerts from your favorite RSS feeds from inside Skype.

    GopherNow – Restaurant directory with ability to place calls and make orders using Skype.

    eBay via Skype – Listen to information on eBay items through Skype. (via)

    Sunday, February 5, 2006

    Top 80 Open Source Content Management Systems

    A content management system, or CMS, is the easiest way to get a content driven site up and running fast. Frequently, they’re also used for building social networks. We’ve rounded up more than 80 popular CMSs due to reader requests. For the sake of brevity, we haven’t delved too deeply into CMSs for personal blogging or wikis (although we recommend WordPress and Mediawiki, respectively).

    Selecting a CMS is about selecting the right tool for the job. However, the most highly recommended general purpose CMSs tend to be Drupal and Joomla. We welcome your own recommendations and experiences in the comments.

    Joomla – popular, award-winning CMS that will help you build powerful online applications.

    XOOPS – extensible, easy to use; ideal tool for developing small to large dynamic community websites, blogs, portals and much more.

    Drupal – equipped with a powerful blend of features, rich set of modules, very popular.

    e107 – totally customizable content management system written in PHP using MySQL database.

    Plone – ready-to-run, easy to set up, extremely flexible, and ideal for project groups, communities, websites, extranets and intranets.

    Zope – an open source application server for building content management systems, intranets, portals, and custom applications.

    PHPnuke – established CMS featuring web-based administration, surveys, customizable blocks, modules and themes with multilanguage support.

    Dotnetnuke – port of PHPNuke into Microsoft .NET platform.

    Typo3 – flexible and extensible CMS with an accomplished set of ready-made interfaces, functions and modules.

    PostNuke – fork of PHP-Nuke to make it more secure, stable, and able to work in high-volume environments with ease.

    SyntaxCMS – simplify publishing , create and edit site content online, and approve it before publishing to the web.

    jLibrary is a DMS (Document Management System), oriented for personal and enterprise use.

    V2 CMS – simple CMS, easy to install and modify.

    Website Baker – PHP-based CMS designed to make website creation easy.

    Jahia – use the Jahia community edition for publishing, managing files, and workflow.

    eZPublish – created by eZ Systems, which has a team of professional software developers responsible for creating and maintaining the CMS.

    Magnolia – makes Enterprise Content Management simple by being user-friendly, battle-tested, enterprise-ready and open-source.

    WebGUI – built to give average business users the ability to build and maintain complex web sites.

    OpenCMS – helps content managers worldwide to create and maintain beautiful websites fast and efficiently.

    PHP-Fusion – a lightweight, small and versatile CMS.

    Collaborative Portal Server (CPS) – most complete platform for building Enterprise Content Management applications, built on top of the Zope application server.

    SiteFrameâ„¢ – lightweight content-management system designed for the rapid deployment of community-based websites.

    TribalCMS – includes multilanguage support, template architectures, AJAX User Interfaces and unique administration.

    Xaraya – create sophisticated web applications; designers enjoy considerable flexibility.

    Krang – designed to publish magazine websites.

    MMBase – CMS with strong multi media features and advanced portal functionalities.

    Pligg Рbased on Men̩ame (Spanish Digg clone), Pligg enables you to create Digg-like sites.

    elevateIT – an extension of ZOPE/Plone server.

    Cofax – manages your text and multimedia content, and simplifies the presentation of newspapers.

    DBPrism – first open source CMS based on Oracle XMLDB repository.

    Flux CMS – XML/XSLT based, easy to use, extensible and suitable for developers to fill specific needs.

    Apache Lenya – Java/XML based CMS that comes with revision control, multi-site management, scheduling, and workflow.

    Rubricks – CMS for Ruby on Rails fans, boasts simplicity and speed.

    Silva – built on top of Zope, enables you to export to Word, stream media, store content as XML, and manage hierarchical and traditional websites.

    YACS – build your online blogging communities.

    Clever Copy – A scalable website portal and news posting system.

    Fundanemt – focused on usability and aimed at small and medium sized websites.

    Dragonfly CMS – feature-rich open source content management system, based on PHP-Nuke 6.

    ContentNOW – simple to use, flexible, multilanguage, modular CMS.

    Bitweaver – suitable for large-scale community websites and corporate applications.

    Elxis CMS – professional free open source CMS released under the GNU/GPL license.

    Etomite – allows you to remotely administer your website from anywhere.

    fuzzylime – simple way for you to run your site and keep it up-to-date.

    iGaming CMS – build your own gaming websites.

    MODx – CMS that helps you take control of your online content.

    PHP comasy – simple, multilingual and fast content management system.

    Mambo – very well-known CMS. Can be used for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications.

    Jupiter – one of the most lightweight portal systems available.

    Ovidentia – integrate an environment for publishing content on the www or a groupware portal.

    Jaws – build your own modules on the powerful Jaws framework.

    Geeklog – out of the box blog solution with support for comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, and spam protection.

    CMS Made Simple – make a home page for your family or your multinational corporation.

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    Eazy portal – solution allowing you to maintain your own online community.

    Papoo – accessible content management system

    phpWebSite – develop an interactive, community-driven website.

    RunCms – portal system that includes most things a webmaster would expect from a CMS.

    Exponent – allows site owners to easily create and manage dynamic websites without necessarily directly coding web pages, or managing site navigation.

    SPIP – publishing system, use it freely for your own site, be it personal, co-operative, institutional or commercial.

    Silverstripe – powerful enough for any website or intranet design and simple enough for anyone to use.

    Pheap – created for folks who don’t like complex CMSs like Joomla and Drupal.

    MDPro – an innovative and imaginative content management system.

    TYPOlight webCMS – specializes in accessibility and uses XHTML and CSS to generate W3C/WAI compliant pages.

    PlumeCMS – have multiple websites, multiple authors with different rights.

    Xepient Open-Point – create a professional website quickly through the browser.

    SlashCode – the original code for the Slashdot geek news service.

    YaWPS – is a hybrid between a content management system and a web portal for medium or small-sized websites.

    APC ActionApps – allow authorized users to easily update the content of their website.

    Pagetool – suitable for people with limited technical skills to modify and contribute to an organization’s web site

    OpenACS – toolkit for building scalable, community-oriented web applications.

    ttCMS – build your community website with calendars, surveys, member management and authentication, file downloads, forum, articles, and announcements.

    MySource – enables technically unskilled users to build and maintain their own web solutions.

    Ariadne – web application server and content management system.

    Mason CM – makes it easy to manage the workflow of information as it moves from staging to the live site.

    Managee – comprehensive web based CMS.

    ESY Web Builder – an intuitive content management system that allows non-technical people to create and manage websites and extranets.

    PHProjekt – a groupware suite, for the coordination of group activities and to share information and documents via intranet and internet.

    PROPS – extensible publishing system designed specifically for periodicals such as newspapers and magazines

    Midgard CMS – internationalized set of tools for building web sites and networked applications.

    Pivot – web-based tool to help you maintain dynamic sites, like weblogs or online journals. (via)

    Wednesday, February 1, 2006

    Top 50 WordPress Plugins for Multimedia

    There’s a lot more to blogging than just writing compelling text. Pictures, video, and audio make your blog more exciting for readers while giving you more ways to express yourself. There are hundreds of plugins available for adding multimedia to your blog and here we take a look at more than 50 of our favorites.

    Image Management Tools

    Aniga Gallery – Allows you to create picture galleries that use the WordPress comment system.

    Batch Image Uploader – Upload and resize multiple images to your blog at once.

    Duh Gallery – Simply creates a photo gallery from your uploads folder in WordPress.

    ImageManager – Includes interface for browsing and uploading images and basic tools such as cropping and rotating.

    WP Image Gallery – Create photo galleries from within WordPress and display them in posts.

    fMoblog – Post pictures with descriptions from a mobile phone.

    Pop-up Image Gallery – Photo gallery plugin with various options for transitions

    PhotoZip – For quickly uploading photos; allows you to simply upload a .zip file to create an image gallery.

    PictPress – Automatically generates a picture post from a directory on your server. Resizes pictures on the fly.

    Importing Images from Other Services

    Another Flickr – Allows your readers to browse thumbnails from your Flickr albums and go directly to full size images.

    BubbleShare – Display photo galleries from your BubbleShare account.

    Facebook Photos – Shows thumbnails of photos from your linked Facebook account.

    Flickr Photo Album – Pulls in your Flickr photo sets and displays them as albums in WordPress.

    FlickrRSS – Displays most recent images from any RSS feed from Flickr such as a user, group, or tags page.

    Fotobook – Import your Facebook photo albums into a WordPress page.

    ImageShack Uploader – Upload an image to ImageShack’s free storage service and insert a thumbnail into your posts.

    Slickr Gallery – AJAX photo gallery that pulls in images and photosets from Flickr.

    Smugmug Gallery Bar – Insert photos from your Smugmug account into blog posts.

    Image Display Effects & Hacks

    Enlarger – Displays a thumbnail but loads the bigger image in the background so when clicked the full size version loads instantly.

    IImage Panorama – Helps you create a 360 degree panorama picture to add to your blog.

    Image Headlines – Create cool text images for the titles of your posts.

    Lightbox 2 – Generates thumbnails that when clicked load in a lightbox.

    Multi-Topic Icon: Shows images that represent each of the categories assigned to a blog post.

    Random Image – Pulls a random image you have places on your blog and links back to the post it came from.

    Transparent PNG Fix – Make sure your PNG files don’t look nasty.

    WP Wetfloor – Create the ever-popular reflection effect for the images on your blog.

    Playing Music MP3 Player – Makes links to MP3s in your posts playable and easily postable to

    Audio Player – Inserts a simple MP3 player into your posts that plays uploaded audio files.

    XSFP Player – Flash player that allows you to embed music on your blog via http.

    What Am I Listening To?

    DG PlayingNow Updater – Displays the song you are currently listening to on iTunes, MSN Messenger, or J. River Media Center.

    EZ-Scrobbler – Displays your most recently listened to tracks on

    iTunes Spy – Displays your most recently listened to tracks on iTunes.

    Pandora Feeds – Displays data from Pandora feeds, for example, a list of your stations, bookmarked songs, and bookmarked artists.

    onAirNow – Now playing plugin that displays most recent song from iTunes or WinAmp.

    Podcasting Tools

    Odeo – Embed a podcast you’ve recorded on Odeo.

    Podcast Release – A “release” form for guests of your podcast, accepting your terms.

    PodPress – Full featured plugin for podcasters including feed generation, iTunes preview, and download stats.

    iPodCatter – Helps podcasters created a valid feed for the podcast directory on iTunes.

    Miscellaneous Audio Tools

    Evoca Browser Mic – Allow your blog readers to send you voice comments which you can later post to your blog.

    Odiogo – Converts your text to speech and provides a link for your readers to listen to your posts.

    Video Tools

    Anarchy Media Player – Plays a wide variety of audio/video file formats in the appropriate player on your blog.

    Easy Inline SWF – Allows you to insert Flash files in .swf format into your posts without any weird tags.

    SeeTheFace – Complete tool for recording video and posting to your blog.

    Extreme Video – Plays any .flv file on your blog with support for YouTube, Google Video, Quicktime, and more.

    Noembedder – Automatically adds a noembed section to any embedded content that does not already have one.

    YouTube Brackets – Allows you to simply enter a URL for a YouTube video versus copying and pasting embed code.

    wordTube – Video player that includes the ability to program a menu of videos.

    TubePress – Display YouTube galleries as blog posts or a sidebar item.

    YouTube Video Gallery – Displays thumbnails for any gallery from YouTube.

    vPIP – vPIP stands for “Videos Playing In Place,” meaning it will only embed after a specified image or link is clicked by the user. (via)