Most useful prototype / script.aculo.us plugins

Prototype is one of the earliest new generation javascript libraries (or javascript frame work) like jQuery & Mootools. Coupled with Script Aculous, it is a powerful library and many extensions/plugins are available for it. The one downside to this library is, it is rather huge and requires script aculous even for basic animations. Size is okay when compressed, but it is not easy to find a compressed version and if compress via javascript compressors, it might produce some errors.

Here is a collection of the most useful prototype plugins grouped in to categories so that you can find your script based on your needs. Includes scripts for image galleries, lightbox, in place editors, form validation, modal windows, image manipulation, auto complete, table sorting etc.

Useful resources

Prototype image gallery & lightbox

ProtoFlow

ProtoFlow is the prototype equivalent of Apple’s coverflow effect. Nicely implemented with reflection (reflection.js script required).

LightView

It is an excellent script which can show images, movies, flash or iframe content in an overlay effect. It supports slideshow mode for images and auto detection of media using file name extension.

qGallery

This is not yet complete and is not available for download. But the demos are worth watching and looks promising. It is aimed to be a complete gallery script with support for XML based galleries width different viewing options, thumbnail zoom etc.

Lightbox

It is one of the first lightbox scripts.

Prototype auto complete

http://www.brandspankingnew.net/specials/ajax_autosuggest/ajax_autosuggest_autocomplete.html

http://www.beauscott.com/examples/autocomplete/doc/examples.html

Prototype UI (Slider & Modal Window)

Prototype UI is a javascript library based on Prototype (1.6) and Script.aculo.us (1.8). It’s a library of User Interface components, based on a common fundation classes, which could be easily used by various web applications.

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Prototype tool tip

Prototip

It is a good script with customizable tool tips. The site contains lot of examples of customization.

Prototype inline editors

Edit In Place

Ajax In Place Rich Editor

This supports tinyMCE integration with in place editor.

Prototype form validation

http://www.benjaminkeen.com/software/rsv/prototype/demo.php?page=7

http://tetlaw.id.au/upload/pages/really-easy-field-validation/

Prototype table sorting

Prototype image manipulation

Prototype Cropper

Phototype

phototype is a client/server-side library, based on prototype. On the server side the library is powered by PHP(with GD library) that renders the image. With phototype, you are able to rotate, resize, flip and do some other cool effects to images.

Prototype color picker

Color picker galore!

A color picker allows the users to preview the color and select it by clicking on it. It is useful when you want to provide some customization for the user (for eg: select a background color, letter color etc). But I think is a very useful piece of code in the admin side of a CMS site (Select font color, theme color or anything that you can imagine). There are simple scripts which generates a simple web safe color palette to advanced ones which generates a color palette like Adobe Photoshop.

Here are some cool color picker scripts that can be used. Some of them are written using plain javascript – means you don’t need any javascript library like jQuery, Mootools. And some of them are written specifically for jQuery, Mootools or Prototype (Here the advantage is a smaller footprint. If you’re already using a javascript library like jQuery or Mootools, use the one particularly written for that library). There are more than 10 scripts to choose from.

Plain Javascript scripts for Color picker

There were lot of scripts using plain javascript. Some are larger in size and some uses a popup window interface which is not Web 2.0 standard (It will be considered as an advertisement popup and will be blocked by most of the browsers). I selected three of them which are smaller in size and has the DHTML style popup or inine popup.

Use any of the following if you are not using a javascript library like jQuery or Mootools.

DHTML color picker from Free-color-picker.com

It can handle web safe colors and grays. Triggering can be customized in many ways. Files can be downloaded separately according to your needs. It also supports popup window. It is a small script – just around 8KB. But if you wan to show more colors, you can’t use it. Also, the license states that it should not be modified and the link to the site should not be altered.

DEPENDENCIESNone
SIZE8KB
RESTRICTIONSLicense states that script should not be altered. Also, the link should not be removed.
DEMOOpen | Open in new window
INFO & DOWNLOADOpen

jsColor

jscolor is JavaScript component extending standard form controls of the smooth color pickerpickerize your text fields

It is a good and very easy to use script when you want to show more colors.

DEPENDENCIESNone
SIZE24KB
RESTRICTIONSNone (GPL)
DEMOOpen | Open in new window
INFO & DOWNLOADOpen

Color Jack

It is the smallest of them all – just 3.5KB. Also this site has two other pickers Color Picker v2 and Color Sphere
. Choose one that matches your required style.

DEPENDENCIESNone
SIZE4KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMOColor Sphere | Color Sphere 
Color Picker 1.0 | Color Picker 1.0 
Color Picker V2.0 | Color Picker 2.0
INFO & DOWNLOADOpen

Others

Color Pickers for jQuery

jQuery is a wonderful javascript library and the number of available plugins are growing rapidly. If you’re already using jQuery, choose a color picker from here.

Farbtastic color picker plug-in

Farbtastic: jQuery color picker plug-in

Farbtastic is a jQuery plug-in that can add one or more color picker widgets into a page through JavaScript. Each widget is then linked to an existing element (e.g. a text field) and will update the element’s value when a color is selected.
Farbtastic uses layered transparent PNGs to render a saturation/luminance gradient inside of a hue circle. No Flash, no pixel sized divs.

DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZE9KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Color picker by eyecon.ro

A simple component to select color in the same way you select color in Adobe Photoshop

  • Easy to use and looks good
  • Powerful controls for color selection
  • Easy to customize the look by changing some images
DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZE16KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Normal color picker by www.felecan.com

It is a lightweight color picker.

DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZELess than 5KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

jQuery color picker by Syronex

It is a simple color picker which is useful when you want to show a defined set of colors and the user should select only from them (For eg: To select a theme color in web sites).

DEPENDENCIESjQuery
SIZELess than 4KB
RESTRICTIONSNone (GPL)
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Others

Color pickers for Mootools

Moo Rainbow

mooRainbow is a powerful Javascript color picker that allows you to visually choose and use colors as a real and useful application.

DEPENDENCIESMooTools
SIZE5KB
RESTRICTIONSNone (MIT License)
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Mootools color picker by Sweetvision.com

The Color Picker displays a Hue selection bar Saturation/Value selection box, Text fields for entering HSV and RGB fields. The dialog for the color picker is drag-able and there are many actions that you can attach function calls to in order to allow your application to respond to events in the Color Picker. The size of the Hue Bar and the SV Box can be set to any size using options. The elements of the Color Picker can be styled to match the design of your site.

It supports two types of interface – a popup layer type and an in-place color picker

DEPENDENCIESMooTools
SIZE12KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Color pickers for Prototype

Color picker by John Dyer

It is a photoshop like color plugin built on prototype library.

DEPENDENCIESPrototype
SIZE10KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window

Prototype color picker by Myles Eftos

It is a simple color picker which support web safe palette.

DEPENDENCIESPrototype
SIZE5KB
RESTRICTIONSNone
DEMO & DOWNLOADOpen | Open in new window