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GMaps.js - the easiest way to use Google Maps

github.com

This is pretty useful. If you’ve ever tried to tackle google maps, you would understand what a welcome plugin this is. Because it’s a pain in the ass. Yes.

gregbabula:
Google Maps is extremely powerful, but using the JavaScript API can be a bit complex at times. That is exactly the problem that @HPNeo is trying to solve with GMaps.

There are a few requirements: jQuery and the Google Maps API. Just make sure you add all three JavaScript libraries to your page and you will be good to go:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.6.4/jquery.min.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/api/js?sensor=true"></script> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://raw.github.com/HPNeo/gmaps/master/gmaps.js"></script> 

Adding a basic map is very easy:

new GMap({ div: "#map", lat: 39.905588, lng: -75.16644, zoom: 20 // (Optional: defaults to 15) }); 

They also have support for markers, geolocation, geocoding, and more.

The project could use some documentation help, so I would encourage you to fork the repository and get involved!

Checkout the examples or browse the source at GitHub

Stuff You Can Use: Topherchris’ Fullscreen Image Viewer
Very useful indeed.
pixelunion-staff:

Yesterday, Tumblr’s Topherchris posted a link to (and instructions for) plugging a fullscreen image viewer into your theme. Designed by Chris himself, it’s easily applied as an additional page on your blog. Why is this cool? Two reasons.
First, if you’re running a personal blog you likely have a swarming potpourri of text, image, link, and video posts. Creating an additional image-only page, and running a dedicated fullscreen image viewer on it, is a great way to keep your visual content partitioned and organized. Second, experimenting with smaller plugins like this is a great way to dig further into Tumblr’s backend (*comedic tuba sound*) and get a feel for what goes into a theme. And if you’re already code-savvy, it’s always a pleasure to play around with solid work like Chris’.
The instructions are pretty straightforward:
First, go here. Hit Command-Option+U for the page source. Copy it.
Then, head back to your blog’s customization sidebar. Create a new/additional page, and select “Custom Layout” at the top. 
Paste the copied page code into the bottom box, and name your new page. That’s it!
Let us know what you think, especially if you do any work of your own to the viewer. And as always, comment away!

Stuff You Can Use: Topherchris’ Fullscreen Image Viewer

Very useful indeed.

pixelunion-staff:

Yesterday, Tumblr’s Topherchris posted a link to (and instructions for) plugging a fullscreen image viewer into your theme. Designed by Chris himself, it’s easily applied as an additional page on your blog. Why is this cool? Two reasons.

First, if you’re running a personal blog you likely have a swarming potpourri of text, image, link, and video posts. Creating an additional image-only page, and running a dedicated fullscreen image viewer on it, is a great way to keep your visual content partitioned and organized. Second, experimenting with smaller plugins like this is a great way to dig further into Tumblr’s backend (*comedic tuba sound*) and get a feel for what goes into a theme. And if you’re already code-savvy, it’s always a pleasure to play around with solid work like Chris’.

The instructions are pretty straightforward:

  • First, go here. Hit Command-Option+U for the page source. Copy it.
  • Then, head back to your blog’s customization sidebar. Create a new/additional page, and select “Custom Layout” at the top. 
  • Paste the copied page code into the bottom box, and name your new page. That’s it!

Let us know what you think, especially if you do any work of your own to the viewer. And as always, comment away!

Watch the first full episode of Disney’s ‘Tron Uprising’ animated series right now.

Heh. Elijah Wood voices the hero. Anyway, hope you enjoy this freebie. I know I did. This was actually really enjoyable. I’ll be tuning in.

iheartchaos:

Disney recently put the first episode of their brand new animated series ‘Tron Uprising’ on YouTube for now, so give it a peek. This first episode is called “Beck’s Beginning”, about a program named Beck who has aspirations of becoming the next Tron.

Tron Uprising premieres on Disney XD June 7 at 9pm EST.

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I'm a designer/art director/geek that likes to make things on (and off) the internet. I'm black, live in the DFW metroplex, work at an ad agency, and drink alone in the dark on week nights. While being black, I write this blog as a creative outlet.

My work has been featured multiple times by Tumblr, published in NET Magazine, Communication Arts, Adweek, The Webbys, HOW Design, W3 Awards, Web Designer Magazine, Under Consideration, Awwwards, Web Design Ledger, Web Designer Depot, Designworklife, Speckyboy, my mom's Facebook Timeline, and a variety of other publications.

I am currently unmarried, live alone, have no pets, and believe in the Oxford comma. I like eating tacos as well. Pants optional.