Archive for January, 2008

SproutBuilder.com wicked widget creation

January 29th, 2008

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SproutBuilder is a new startup that has created a web-based widget creation tool that allows you to use drag-and-drop options and a photo editor style interface to create widgets.

It should be real easy for a novice creator to build widgets with a professional appearance and function that would normally require experienced coders and mucho dinero! (a lot of developers are gonna be pissed!)

The tool itself is built with Adobe Flex, and features a ton of options. Embed videos, audio files, add images and RSS feeds as well as third-party services including Google Charts and Meebo Chat are available for your widgets as well.
You have control of such things as shading effects, bevel, glow and blur. Color gradients and shapes.

The widgets you create are Flash embeds that are completely viral and auto update when you publish changes.

The list is long…too long to put here. Watch the demo video below.


This is a really new tool and does contain some glitches such as disappearing pointer issues and restrictive browser requirements (Firefox 2.0 and I.E. 7 recommended)

But it is easy to see that a ton of work has been put into Sprout. Its well worth the time to visit and play around with the features and maybe even create a cool widget.

Here’s my ten minutes of play with this killer tool.


See Read/Write Web for possible early beta invites and a excellent review by Marshall K.

See also Mashable

Blogamp.com Audio and more

January 27th, 2008

All in one audio promotion widget

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With Blogamp, podcasters, musicians and more have an easy, customizable way to promote their audio work.

Blogamp lists these as potential users of their service:

* Podcasters
* Musicians
* Social Networkers
* News Websites
* Publicists
* Comedians

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* Radio Stations
* Online Publications
* Education
* Webmasters
* Lecturers
* Politicians

Widget:

The widget is fully customizable with colors, logos or photos and links to anything you associate with your audio product. There is also an RSS feature for subscribing to podcasts.
The width appears to be somewhat sidebar friendly, but it seems as though there are no size options.

The widget works on all major platforms including Myspace, Blogger, Xanga and many more. Facebook will be added shortly.

How much?
There are two versions of the Blogamp service. Paid and Free.

The Free version only allows you to link to mp3’s that are hosted elsewhere online.

The paid version allows for mp3 upload and hosting. The charges are based upon number of plays. (directly related to bandwidth used)

Blogamp.com

Vista Sidebar Live Traffic Gadget

January 25th, 2008

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Once upon a time in the Windows Live Gallery there was a Live Traffic Vista Sidebar Gadget that was taken down because of security issues, it was sorely missed by some active go around users in the usa.

But now all those issues have been resolved and the gadget is back and ready to download for those that want a quite cool Sidebar Gadget.

You can read more on the story about it by the horse mouth (that means the developer) at the LiveSide blog.

The Traffic Gadget is Back!

But if the only thing you want is to download the gadget you can go straight to it:

Live Traffic Gadget

Who Rules the Widgetsphere? : some data on it

January 24th, 2008

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Techcrunch is running a post today on data about the general widget matrix data that should be mostly interesting to the widgetslab audience.

The Widget Kings

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