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SproutBuilder In Review

Posted on 5.01.2008
An Interactive Application Maker for Everyone
by Pete Prestipino

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The transition from the static Web to one rich in interactive multimedia has been swift and significant. There are hundreds of sites that give website owners and marketers the tools necessary to include functionality to improve the experience of their users. Take YouTube for example, which enables anyone to share videos with others and even integrate them into a website.

Leveraging video and audio and making this content interactive gives websites a significant edge. Realizing this shift is important and understanding how to incorporate interactivity on your own site through applications is essential to your success. This is why SproutBuilder, a solution dedicated to help anyone add rich, sophisticated and yes, interactive multimedia Web content, is such an important resource in the Web landscape.

Building Sprouts

SproutBuilder provides dozens of pre-built templates and even offers users the ability to start from scratch. Drag-and-drop shapes, text, images, video, and include components such as slideshows, jukeboxes, and countdown clocks, even interactive services such as chat (Meebo), phone (Ribbit), and fundraising (ChipIn).

Publishing Sprouts

Publishing your “sprouts” couldn’t be easier. Cut and paste sprout code into a Web page or use the “quick post” feature to place the freshly-built application into blogs and social networking sites. Sproutbuilder even allows for publishing on its distribution partners, including Clearspring, Gigya, and Spring Widgets.

Sprouts Are Viral

The beauty of Sproutbuilder is that these applications have a tendency to go viral quickly. Site visitors can spread the application to their own Web pages and into other communities, providing an evangelical force for your creations. Sprout builders can also track usage stats, such as number of copies made, number of times a sprout was viewed and more.

SproutBuilder in Action

There is no better way to see the power of SproutBuilder than to throw caution to the wind and create your own. Website Magazine has done just that. In an effort to promote our Replace A Tree Foundation (, our staff has created a SproutBuilder widget (based on one of the examples provided by SproutBuilder) that promotes forest conservation and accepts donations through PayPal. You can see an image below of that Sprout and in action at

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