Add a countdown to your page using jQuery Responsive Countdown

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Table of Contents

  1. Brief Description
  2. Step 1 (Download, Unzip)
  3. Step 2 (Set options)
  4. Step 3 (Import required files)
  5. Step 4 (Create HTML container)
  6. Step 5 (Create and activate countdown)
  7. Resources

Brief Description – top


jQuery Responsive Countdown is a tool that gives you the ability to create a nice looking countdown, which uses flipping animation to display remaining time to a target date. Since it is based on the canvas object it cannot run natively in older browsers like IE8. The tool uses SVG data to draw the digits and the panels, so it is scalable and looks nice on larger resolutions too. It does not use images, so it is very easy to change colors and adapt the look of it to the design of your page. The tool has a large list of options, but it can also be activated with few lines of code.

In this tutorial I will show you how to add the tool to a coming soon page.

Step 1 (Download, Unzip) – top


Download the countdown package and unzip it in a folder on your web server. Load the index page, which features the Visual Builder.

Step 2 (Set options) – top


1. Using the Visual Builder you will be able to set the colors and all other options that will make your countdown unique. The tool shows the days, hours, minutes and seconds in two types of groups. Group one is used for the most right positioned group – usually that groups is the seconds group and then for every other group (usually hours). The other group is used alternatively.

2. For each group you can set the color of the digits (digit gr1, digit gr2) which is solid color. You can also set the color of the panels. Panels can use gradient color (gradient gr1, gradient gr2), or solid color if equal values for each group are entered. The Visual Builder allows the usage of background color, which gives you idea how the countdown will look against the background of your page. Each group can be hidden and number of day digits can be set. Let us imagine that the colors from the image below (fig. 1) are used in your html page design. Using the Visual Builder (fig. 2) the colors of the countdown can changed (fig. 3, fig. 4).

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fig. 1
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fig. 2
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fig. 3
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fig. 4

3. Groups can be divided not only by color, but also by space. Normally digits have a bit of space between them, but you can add more between groups (spacing). That option is a number of additional space added to the normal that exists between digits. You can further divide groups by adding a spacer (spacer). It can be circles or squares. The spacer uses the color settings of the labels. Let us use circle dividers and 3x spacing (fig. 5).

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fig. 5

4. Since the countdown resizes within the space available it may become very large. You can use the (max height) option to control the maximum size of it. Labels can be hidden (show labels) and their color (labels color) and glow color (labels glow) can be set. Glow color is used to soften the look of the labels, which in some browsers look too pixelated. Glow can be turned off though using the (glow = 0) option. The labels can have long and short caption. Short caption is used when there is not enough space to show the long caption. The labels resize along with digits, but if they reach the minimum size allowed (min size) the short caption is used. Max size can also be controlled for larger resolutions. Use fonts that are web friendly. The font size is calculated based on the size of the digits. So you need to set a percentage value. The gap above the labels that separates them from the digits is again set as a percentage but this time based on the size of the labels. Let for our example use these labels: DAYS, HOURS, MINUTES, SECONDS and set 33% for font size and 0% for gap (fig. 6).

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fig. 6

5. Very important option to set is the target date and time zone. Let us imagine that we are creating coming soon page that will be live on the 14th of February 2016. Setting the time zone allows people from different portions of the world to see same time remaining to your target date. You can set it to your time zone or for example to the time zone where your site will be hosted. I will set time zone 2 for this example (fig. 7)

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fig. 7

Step 3 (Import required files) – top


Import these in the head section of your page.

<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.9.1.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.responsive_countdown.js"></script>

Step 4 (Create HTML container) – top


The tool needs a container to display in. For our example it can be a div element with 100% width. That means the countdown will try to cover all available browser width. Only the maximum height can prevent it from taking all available width for large resolutions. The div needs to have an id, which will be used when the tool is created. Another important setting is the relative position of the div. This is a must because the countdown creates absolutely positioned canvas elements.

<div id="first_countdown" style="position: relative; width: 100%; height: 50px;"></div>

Step 5 (Create and activate countdown) – top


The Visual Builder outputs the needed javascript code for countdown creation and activation. You need to select that text and use it (fig. 8). Note that the id of the div you created matches the one used in the selector (first_countdown). You can paste that code in the body or in the head of your page.

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fig. 8
<script>
  $(function() {
    $("#first_countdown").ResponsiveCountdown({
      target_date:"2016/2/14 00:00:00",
      time_zone:2,target_future:true,
      set_id:0,pan_id:0,day_digits:3,
      fillStyleSymbol1:"rgba(255, 227, 227, 1)",
      fillStyleSymbol2:"rgba(219, 228, 255, 1)",
      fillStylesPanel_g1_1:"rgba(154, 102, 52, 1)",
      fillStylesPanel_g1_2:"rgba(186, 123, 63, 1)",
      fillStylesPanel_g2_1:"rgba(51, 103, 153, 1)",
      fillStylesPanel_g2_2:"rgba(57, 115, 171, 1)",
      text_color:"rgba(0, 0, 0, 1)",
      text_glow:"rgba(168, 162, 162, 1)",
      show_ss:true,show_mm:true,
      show_hh:true,show_dd:true,
      f_family:"Verdana",show_labels:true,
      type3d:"single",max_height:300,
      days_long:"DAYS",days_short:"dd",
      hours_long:"HOURS",hours_short:"hh",
      mins_long:"MINUTES",mins_short:"mm",
      secs_long:"SECONDS",secs_short:"ss",
      min_f_size:9,max_f_size:30,
      spacer:"circles",groups_spacing:3,text_blur:2,
      font_to_digit_ratio:0.33,labels_space:1
    });
  });
</script>

Resources – top


The countdown can be used to show elapsed time too. It also has a custom mode, where it waits for outside calls that change the states of its digits. The tool has another set of digits. Different sets can be added easily using some SVG descriptions. Full documentation is available at jQuery Responsive Countdown Documentation. The tool is available at jQuery Responsive Countdown with Visual Builder.

If you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please feel free to email via my user page contact form here.

This post is written by Krasimir Dimov  who loves to play with jQuery and HTML5. You can reach him by clicking here

How to convert Cine Film to DVD

If you grew up in the mid 1900s, most of the films you saw or even made yourself will have been recorded on 8mm cine film. In this age of DVDs and mp3 files however, devices to play these old films are rare and anyone hoping to preserve their old film memories should probably look into converting them into a newer format.

dvd-playerThink about how you record videos today. While portable video cameras still exist, the hulking behemoths that recorded onto cinefilm have gone the way of the dinosaurs and ultra-sleek smart phones have replaced them. These devices record videos that can be instantly transferred to DVD or stored as a file.

Cine film however is largely viewed as a museum piece and playing old reels is time consuming, costly and inconvenient. Furthermore, old cine film may degrade over time, leading to reduced picture quality or even destruction. Old memories stored on the film may be lost forever if forgotten by their owners.

There are however, ways to transfer cine film to DVD, ways to recapture your old memories and bring them into the 21st century. There are plenty of companies offering cine film to DVD services but anyone with a film projector can attempt the transfer themselves.

One old DIY method uses only a projector and a decent quality recording device. Simply project the cine film onto a flat surface and record the images yourself, ensuring the camera lines up with the projection and doesn’t shake about. The recording can then be transferred to a computer for editing and then burned onto a DVD, simple! While the quality may not be as crisp and professional looking, it is and easy and cost effective solution almost anyone can use.

Those looking for a better quality transfer however might want to consider using a telecine machine. These devices are essentially projectors outfitted with high quality cameras that can provide a much higher quality picture. They provide a much better picture quality but are extremely expensive and so buying or hiring one may be a little to expensive for most. Anyone looking to make use of them should probably approach a specialist but remember to shop around for quotes, especially if you are looking to convert a lot of film.

Ultimately, transferring old cine film to DVD isn’t hard and doesn’t have to be expensive. Most companies are affordably priced and may even offer special deals to customers with several video tapes to transfer in this way. Why let old memories fade away when converting them to a digital format really isn’t that hard?

If you’re not overly confident about doing it yourself, it can be a good idea to enlist the help of a company that specialises in taking the films of the past and transferring them onto the discs of the present (and future). All you have to do is make a payment and send them your tapes, and they should then send back discs filled with your home movies that can be played on DVD and even Blu-Ray players, though that can be quite expensive. There may not be any improvement on quality, but you can be assured that they’ll last for years to come.

Keep tabs on what’s going on in your home or business with an IP CCTV camera

CCTV technology has come a long way in recent years, and you can now get impressive cameras set up in your home or place of work and then watch the footage on a remote computer or on your phone. This is a great way to protect your property, family and possessions to give you complete peace of mind.

IP CCTV

We live in an era where security and surveillance are essential, but we also live in an era where we have fantastic technology that makes this very easy. CCTV and security systems are used in a wide range of different places, including our homes and businesses, in retail, education, construction and more. CCTV and security systems are important for a few different reasons: they help to catch criminals; they also act as a deterrent to criminals if they know that a system is in place; they can be used to look after people and so on.

CCTV and security systems are highly recommended and are now better than ever, making them very easy to use in our day-to-day lives. By having the latest CCTV cameras installed in your home it will allow you to easily protect your property at all times, keep an eye on your kids even if you are not in the same room, keep an eye on elderly relatives or any pets that you may have, safeguard your driveway and deter criminal activity, and this can all be done very easily. There are some systems where you can even do all of this when you are away from your home; all you have to do is use your mobile or a computer to check in.

As you can see, this is a fantastic way for you to make sure everyone and everything in your home is happy and safe at all times, and you will have a constant eye on everything that comes and goes. These are just some of the benefits of having a CCTV system installed in your home, and you can imagine just how beneficial they are in other areas too.

The IP CCTV cameras are the best option to go for – these are the ones that will allow you to check on what is happening on a computer or on your mobile phone, and these systems are much more flexible and provide a better performance than traditional analogue CCTV systems. The reason for this is that they take all of the audio and images that are recorded on the camera and then transmit this data over an internet connection or network, which makes it very easy to watch back. You will also get a much sharper and clearer image, which makes analyzing the footage easier and more likely that you can identify somebody if you were ever in a situation that required this.

Would You Make a Good Filmmaker?

Some people are attracted to filmmaking without knowing anything about it. The lure of the cinema screen can be enough to excite some people. This article explores whether you have what it takes to be an expert filmmaker.

Can you see yourself handling a camera and making a film of one kind or another? Do you see yourself as an independent filmmaker, full of ideas and a passion to transmit those ideas to as many other people as possible?

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If this is the case you may already be on your way to learning everything there is to know about the industry. Many of our brightest filmmakers start young, with a borrowed camera and a creative imagination and little else to keep them going. However some people start looking into this area when they are a little older, wondering whether it might be just what they are looking for – an ideal way to express their creativity.

If you are one of those people, it makes sense to start by finding out how good you would be at filmmaking. If you read a lot about it and watch films by other newcomers to the industry, you might just be the type of person who would enjoy this area. Many people with a passion spend most moments night and day thinking about it, reading about it and practising it in as many ways as possible. This should apply to you if you want to learn more about it and become more experienced as a result.

It also makes sense to be an organized type of person. Filmmaking involves having ideas and knowing how to get those ideas onto film so they look their best. Of course you can look into Sony F5 hire so you can try your hand at filming for a short time, but you still need to have certain skills and abilities you can rely on prior to doing this. Of course, Sony F5 hire will enable you to translate your ideas onto film using an expert camera designed for this purpose. This means you can get some valuable experience you can take with you into the future as well.

You also need to learn about the practical elements of filmmaking. Would you be good at doing this? It is a creative profession and pastime to be sure, but it is also a profession that is practical in terms of the steps you go through to reach the finished film. Some are surprised at just how much work goes into this process from start to finish. Of course those who love the job are fascinated by every step and how to achieve the best film in the end. Would you be counted among them?

The only way to see whether this career would be ideal for you is to start exploring it in more depth. You can do this online and see how much information you can amass. There are lots of helpful books you can read as well, so make sure you get as much information from as many sources as you can. You may well become a filmmaker of some description in the future if you find you do have a passion for this particular area of interest. Good luck to you if you do!

Bitcoin and the Hype

This un-regulated , open sourced  and virtual currency(BTC) has gathered a lot hype. With the estimated worth of $10 Billion, there are plans to install Bitcoin ATMs into the real world. One of the most valuable currency at around $950 per BTC, the concerns over its stability are rising. Without going further, it is essential to know what actually is a Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. What has made it so popular is the number of advantages that bitoins carry.

  • bitcoins are transferred from person to person, that is no need to use banks as intermediary.

  • As a result, the transaction fees ( like that of Paypal or Banks ) is very minimal.

  • Transferred immediately, free from government rules and open sourced

  • The same currency (BTC) can be used in various countries to buy and sell goods. No need to exchange the currency.

  • Can use Mobile Phones, tablets to transact.

  • Since everything is virtual, BTC cannot be frozen in a bank.

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Just like the government make more money by printing more the  mints, BTC are mined just like Gold or Silver. Every BTC comes with a unique mined code. Just like the Gold, the number of bitcoins are finite, 21 Millions.  To keep the bitcoins, you need a digital wallet.  But how would you use your bitcoins  ? To know this, follow these steps :

Lets say you want to purchase a laptop having a price tag of 0.0025 BTC. You will scan the barcode of the seller from the application installed in your phone and 0.0025BTC will be transferred from your account to the seller’s. Unlike the credit or the debit card, BTC successfully omits the Banks.

Germany has became the first country to gave its official stamp of approval and with the increasing number of shops accepting the BTC, the future seems to be very bright.  While those in favor of the BTC say it’s like the internet boom in the 1990s where the adoption was very low, but gradually, the internet became indispensable. This chart shows how BTC which was once 1 USD has now risen to approximately 950USD. Yes, BTC/USD = 950 ( 1 BTC = 950 USD ) . Think of the investors who once invested a little amount and are now millionaires . Perhaps, the first Billionaires  would be the Winklevoss twins ( Facebook Fame) who allegedly hold 1% of the total BTC in circulation.  Not just this, hundreds of companies have emerged based on Bitcoin and dozens of VCs ready to pour money into this currency.

However, with growing concerns of security and risks, the Bitcoin still remains niche. Countries like India have already put the advisory that will slump the growth rate of Bitcoins, the market is closely watching the moves. The Reserve Bank of India’s advisory on Dec. 24 prompted some Indian bitcoin traders to suspend their operations, even as regulators seek clarity on digital currencies and ways to regulate them. The RBI’s worries include taxation, security risks, losses due to the volatility and money laundering. The risks are huge and the security is minimum.

Some say that the Bitcoin is a Bubble that will burst but according to me, it won’t. It can’t fall to zero but gradually  come down. If you have seen the Bitcoin Chart carefully, you will see that the price has fallen generally after rising to its maximum .  There can be many reasons for this fall, but , this means that the more people are selling Bitcoins than buying it and after some time, the prices will settle down just like any other currency with much less volatility.

Another disadvantage comes in the form of regulations in countries like India & China. These affect the prices of the BTC to a great extent. However, as the Bitcoin is still in the developing stage, any news is a good news and helps in making increasing consciousness of Bitcoin among people. The Silk Road news has done the same with the Bitcoin.

But one of the major disadvantage comes from the very essential element that makes it, the open – sourced and algorithm based. What if in near future someone comes with a better algorithm of a digital currency and challenge Bitcoin. The market and the entire industry surrounding Bitcoin will fall .

What to expect from Bitcoin in 2014

We all agree that 2014 will decide the fate of the Bitcoin. Here are some of the predictions about Bitcoin for 2014.

  1. Regulation will help making it more popular.

  2. A large number of start-ups based on Bitcoins

  3. A similar currency will arise like Bitcoin on some different algorithm.

  4. More stability in the prices.

SMS Marketing Tips for Businesses

SMS marketing can have a number of benefits to your company. Knowing how to properly implement SMS marketing, however, is easier said than done. Many companies make the mistakes in SMS marketing that can cost them customers. Following certain tips can allow you to avoid these mistakes.

Advertise Special Promotions

When you use Sms For Business you are usually taking part in an advertising campaign. Customers have signed up to receive your advertisements, so you will need to make sure that the advertisements you send out are accurate and updated. If you fail to send out updated messages, you can cause the customer to become annoyed. For special promotions, you will want to give specific details without being overwhelming. Give the customer a reason to look further into your advertisement and give them enough details to have the gist of the advertisement.

Make Your Messages Viral

Send out messages that your customers will want to share with their family and friends. If your message is unique and interesting, your customers will want to share the messages they receive. This can lead to extremely beneficial word-of-mouth promotion for your products and your company.

Use Proper Grammar

There is nothing worse than receiving a business message that contains “OMG”, “LOL”, or any other type of text message slang. It is unprofessional behavior that too many companies take part in. You should also keep in mind that not everyone is familiar with the slang. Using text message slang may end up confusing your customers. Basic grammar and spelling should be present throughout your messages. Just because it is an informal method of communication, doesn’t mean that your company shouldn’t be properly represented.

Take Data Connection Issues Into consideration

When designing your SMS platform, you need to make sure that your messages will be accessible to your customers. Not all customers have the full data package that is offered by their carrier. Because of this, your messages could end up slowing down their mobile device, which can lead to them blocking your messages.

Be Honest With Your Customers

When your customers sign up for your SMS service you should be up front and honest with them. You should let them know how many times messages will be sent out, if there are any charges associated with the SMS messages, and what they can expect to see in the messages. If your customer signs up for weekly SMS messages, and they receive 20 a day, they will probably become disgruntled. That surprise fee that they may find on their cell phone bill will not be a pleasant one. Being honest and having fewer customers sign up will be much more beneficial than lying and having a pack of angry customers.

If you take the proper steps to properly implement SMS marketing, it can be a beneficial campaign. You should take the customers possible perception of your company into account and create a SMS platform that is developed from that. Making sure that your SMS platform is based on the customer’s perception may allow your business to grow leaps and bounds.

Free Invoice Software

ZOHO Invoice is a Free Invoice Software that makes invoice creation hassle free and helps you save time and effort. This one of its kind software helps you to track payments, accept payments online, create your own templates and much more. Here’s a look at some of its features :

  • Invoices Via Snail Mail

By using the first class mail service from USPS, you can make use of the snail mail facility. Benefits : Helps you save time on printing, pasting and posting. All this is done by the software.

  • Invoice Tracking & Payments

With various sorting options like Due Date, Amount, Status etc. you can narrow down the tracking and apply the appropriate action. Also, you can automate the process of acknowledgement and thank you emails.

  • Customize Your Invoice Template

You can switch from the ordinary and old fashioned invoice templates to the custom made invoices. The ready made templates at ZOHO are also classy and you can also select from them.

  • Android and iOS Application

ZOHO gives you the facility of going mobile. With Android and iOS apps, the invoicing has became much easier. You can download the ZOHO Android app from here and iOS app from here.

  • Analytics

With the dashboard reporting, you can gain critical insights. Various reports can be generated that helps you to take managerial decisions.

The best part is, there is no long term fees. You can stop the services whenever you want to, no contracts. Sign Up for ZOHO today.

Build Loyal Visitors and Increase Traffic To Your Blog/Website With Punchtab

Getting more people to visit your blog is quite attainable but making them a regular visitor of your platter might not seem that easy. For that you need to play the trick, you need to lure them.

The underlying idea is simple you reward your visitor with something when he comes, and if the reward seems to be interesting enough he’s bound to bounce back for more. Now it comes to the rewards and I am pretty sure there are hundreds of options, including party casino and other goodies.

The installation is fairly simple on most of the platforms including Blogger and WordPress. after installation a “Rewards” tabs appear in your blog which when clicked by the user opens up a dialog offering the rewards.

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You choose where to keep that button and you choose your own rewards.

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Choose or make your rewards, set the number of points needed and you’re done!

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You can also offer a one-time give away offer to your readers.
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The last step is copying the generated code snippet and pasting it in the HTML mode of your blog post.

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Try this now, Click here!

Convert and Manage PDF Files easily with PDF Converter Elite

Without ay doubt, PDF is the most widely used file format. Small and highly supported, you use them everyday at work, home, school etc. There are times when you need to convert them to another format, probably when you receive a PDF data sheet and wish to review the same in excel or when you need to edit a document etc. etc. With this article, we review a brand new application, PDF Converter Elite 3 which can help you save a lot of your time.

PDF Converter Elite 3 is a light and wonderful PDF management suite that is fully equipped to create, convert and manage all your PDF requirements. You can convert to and fro from Word, Excel and Powerpoint and Paint. It also enables you to secure your PDF files. Download a 15 day trial from here.

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On the home screen, you can choose to “Create”, “Edit”, “Insert Watermark”, “Batch” process PDF files. When you select the create option, you are given the choice open the file and then process them.

Once you have opened the PDF, you can choose to edit, add pages, extract text, extract images, merge several PDFs and various other editing options.

With Convert you can manage and realise all possible PDF conversions.You can even process/convert multiple files at once using the batch conversion option.

 

 

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Create free Disposable Emails and Transfer them to RSS

You probably have heard/read about or even used one or more of the disposable email services that helps you create free email ids that you can give to demanding services and throw away but have you ever wanted to get those emails someway without reaching your main inbox. Here is a solution for your problem, mmmmail.

Mmmmail helps you with this by redirecting all your emails to this email ID to a RSS feed that you read later. It generates a mmmmail.com/yourchoice.xml feed as you type in for an email address so that you can see your emails in your RSS timeline.imageHowever your mailbox feed is public and anyone can subscribe to it. Also, no email older than 3days stays in your list

Go ahead and use your newly created email id with bugging web services craving for your email ID and clean up the mess from your inbox.

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