December has finally arrived, which means that the Web will be flooded with end-of-the-year lists for the next thirty days. For our part, we decided to kick off the celebration with the following compilation of some of WM's favorite jQuery plugins that either made their debuts or underwent significant updates in 2011.
If jump-starting your designs or just simplifying the development process are on your list of resolutions for 2012, take a look at these jQuery plugins from the past year:
Released in October 2011, jRumble gets viewers’ attention by adding a vibrating – or rumbling – effect to any element on a page. It can be used as an effective hover tool or will merely make certain elements of your design stand out.
Users can add lightweight, flexible overlays to the entire page or confine them to a single element, and display the overlays using jQuery’s fade effect, slide effect or no effect at all.
FlexSlider (image below)
over the summer, FlexSlider is a responsive jQuery slider designed to
serve beginning designers/developers as well as providing the more
seasoned professionals with a tool they can use with confidence.
My QR Code (image below)
QR codes for mobile devices using the Google Chart API, and the plugin
will generate the codes for the URLs of each page. Users can also
specify the text, encoding and size of their QR codes.
2.7 of this image slider was released in November with an added
random-start setting, a new flashing caption feature and a
data-transition attribute that allows users to set custom transitions
is a lightweight (1.75KB) modal window solution that has become popular
for its style and movement. The plugin is cross-browser compatible with
modern browsers and allows users to set up modals in three simple
scalable headlines, titles and other large-display text with this
plugin that makes font sizes flexible. Users can implement FitText in
their fluid or responsive layouts to help fill the width of the most
wonderful tool for creating smart designs, Isotope allows users to hide
and reveal item elements and re-order item elements without sorting.
The plugin’s animation engine takes advantage of the best browser
for lesser browsers.
Ajax PayPal Cart
in April, this new plugin allows developers to add an AJAX-powered
PayPal shopping cart to their sites, and no refresh is required when
updating the cart.
Supersized (image below)
is a full-screen background slideshow that’s been built using the jQuery
library, and the latest version of the popular plugin was released just
this week with an array of new examples to serve as foundations for
your next project.