Posted by: Blaze | November 1, 2009

Useful jQuery Plugins

jQuery is a very handy and powerful technique that programmers and designers can use to make their sites interactive and compatible with a wide range of browsers. Here are some useful jQuery plugin resources based on navigation and browsing that I obtained from Smashing Magazine. Enjoy!

Leopard Desktop with jQuery using jqDock

This jQuery using jqDock can help you create a completely coded Dashboard like Leopard.

jQuery (mb) Menu 2.6

This is a powerful jQuery component to build a multilevel tree menu or a contextual menu with a right click in an intuitive yet easy way.

Advanced jQuery Keypress Navigation

Based off “A fancy search suggestion,” but new and improved with keypress accessibility, this handy keypress navigation in included with this useful jQuery resource.

jQuery.popeye 1.0

This is major release, completely rewritten and overhauled, of jQuery.popeye. It is an image gallery plugin that started as an alternative to the famous JavaScript lightbox.

Pikachoose jQuery Image Gallery (demo)

Pikachoose is a lightweight jQuery plugin that allows easy presentation of photos with options for slideshows, navigation buttons, and auto play. Pikachoose is designed to be easy from installation to setup.

Supersized – Full Screen Background/Slideshow jQuery Plugin

The Supersized jQuery plugin can resizes images to fill the browser while maintaining image dimension ratio. Additionally, it can cycle images/backgrounds via slideshow with transitions and preloading. The navigation controls allow for pause/play and forward/back.

Space Gallery – jQuery Plugin

Spacegallery is a Javascript image gallery with a jQuery plugin. After setting parameters, images are animated with perspective style. When you click the front image, it fades in a smooth animation and is replaced with the next image. Although designed with one way navigation, it is a cool gallery when only a limited number of images need showcased.


tabSwitch is a tab/slider plugin for jQuery. With this plugin, you can make a tab box system with the least of code and still fully customizable. Currently, you can choose from 7 different effects with 2 view styles, as well as hot swap the effects around in runtime.


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