Widgets and Gadgets features the best, free, embeddable, fancy widgets including Blog widgets, Music widgets, Media widgets and Social Media widgets. Widgets are great web apps of content in tiny packages!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Dynamic Rotating Photo Cube

Rotating Photo Cube

Hello, Everyone! Today's widget is a really nice Rotating Photo Cube from PhotoCube3D. I've seen the photo cubes around the Internet and people are using them for various purposes. One really neat use of this widget is to display book covers. You can use an image of your PDF/e-Book and use the cube on your site as a cool way to feature and draw attention to your book(s). 

With this photo cube you can use one to six images (.gif, .jpg, or .png formats). For example, if you want to use only one image you would enter that image in each of the six image upload boxes. Also, if you want to use only two images, you would upload both images three times each, in the image upload boxes.  Again, you may use one to six images whether it's the same image six times, six different images once, or any configeration that totals six images.

Other customizeable features are of this Photo Cube widget are 'Glow', 'Alpha', 'X AutoRotate' and 'Y AutoRotate'.

  • Glow alters the amount of brightness. Also, you can choose a color for the 'glow'.
  • Alpha alters the amount of transparency (the images will be solid or transparent).
  • X AutoRotate rotates this photo cube vertically (around an invisible x-axis/horizontal axis).  Also, you may enter a number above zero (0) to increase the rotation speed. If you do not want the cube to rotate in this direction, un-check/de-select the X AutoRotate box.
  • Y AutoRotate rotates this photo cube horizontally (rotates around an invisible y-axis/vertical axis).  Also, you may enter a number above zero (0) to increase the rotation speed. If you do not want the cube to rotate in this direction, un-check/de-select the Y AutoRotate box.

Lastly, you may move your mouse pointer over the cube to alter its movement.  I hope you enjoy using this widget!  I think it is a simply delightful bit of technology!

This is what the cube looks like before images are added to it:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Country Dance

Good day, Everyone! I hope you're experiencing a blessed, blissful life! Today's post features the dance talent of a lovely family.

Note: The tempo of the music is wonderful, yet I apologize for the 'he_l yeahs' and such that the singer uses to express her point. It is a place, for sure. And some use the word as a 'curse'. So, you may turn the volume off, if you prefer. I'm sharing the family's dance skill, and I think you'll enjoy their performance!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What is a Widget?

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'Widget' Defined.

Hello, Everyone! Many people ask, "What is a widget?" Well, in the field of computing a widget is a stand-alone application/app that can be embedded into third party sites by any user, on a page where they have rights of authorship such as a webpage, blog, or profile on a social media site. In other words, a web widget is a small software application that can be installed by an end user.  After it is installed/embedded it executes/performs within the web page. Other terms used to describe web widgets include: portlet, gadget, badge, module, webjit, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Widgets are typically created in DHTML, JavaScript, or Adobe Flash.

Widgets often take the form of on-screen tools such as news feeds, tv episode players, music players, video players, clocks, event countdowns, auction-tickers, stock market tickers, data calculators, flight arrival information, daily weather and so on. Widgets come in many colors, shapes, sizes, and two major types.  The two major types of widgets are Web widgets and Desktop widgets. Web widgets are intended for use on (embedding in) webpages and have major implications in areas such as site performance, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and backlink campaigns. Desktop widgets are embedded on computers, and do not impact SEO, nor webpage performance. For example, Widgetbox generates Web widgets that can be used on almost any website. However, Apple Desktop widgets can only be added to the desktop of your own (Apple) computer.

Some widgets are designed to allow users

Delight in the Lord

4Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:4, KJV
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