Monday, May 18, 2009

Glimmer - Create jQuery effects without coding


Glimmer is described as a “jQuery Interactive Design Tool”. It’s a new prototype that allows you to create interactive elements, effects, animations and other fancy stuff associated jQuery using a wizard type application. Instead of hand coding jQuery, you fire up Glimmer and visually generate jQuery scripts for common interactive scenarios.

Glimmer can be used by both experienced developers as well as webmasters who knows nothing about coding. For the inexperienced user, Glimmer has three wizards - an image sequence effect, drop down menu and tooltip (demos are available on Glimmer’s website). Two other “click to fade” animation wizards are available for download from the website. These wizards help users create image slideshows, drop-down navigation menus and stylized tooltip for their website through a simple step-by-step process. Glimmer creates the necessary HTML, CSS and jQuery files ready to upload to a web server.


For experienced designers, Glimmer provides a visual environment to design custom jQuery effects. Any HTML file can be imported to Glimmer and then the elements inside that HTML file can be visually selected and manipulated, creating effects based on events that happen on the web page like load, mouseover, mouseout, submit and more. These effects include opacity fades, position movement, scaling of items and manipulation of the HTML and CSS on the fly.

Glimmer makes it possible to create complex effects and interactivity to their web pages without writing code. Although right now Glimmer’s abilities are pretty basic. The success of the project will depend on the availability of more wizards and more effects to choose from.


  1. Thanks for the review of Glimmer. It was a great project to work on and I hope people are finding it useful. As Karsten Januszewski notes in his article on MIX Online ( ) its development came out of a simple need of a designer wanting to harness the power of jQuery, but not wanting to have to get into code. Karsten did a great job putting together the backend and the developer / designer workflow between Expression Blend and Visual Studio was great.

    Again, we hope users are finding it useful and friendly. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on improvements for future releases.

    Tim Aidlin
    UX Designer|MIX Online|Microsoft

  2. Glimmer is fantastic. It will be even more if you could import exisiting jQuery plugins into the program to increase it's scope and applicability.

  3. is there a glimmer setup file or version for linux users

  4. There was no Linux version the last time I checked.


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