Web-Drafter update: Color Picker

My very tiny vector graphics application is improving at a snail pace.

I managed to make a colour picker using jQuery and the HTML range input element.

The code isn’t exactly succinct, but it gets the job done.

Because the program is growing larger, I’m trying to use the OOP facets of JavaScript and put the functions in their respective objects as much as possible, the loose functions in the posfunc.js file creates the dialog:

function color_selector_form(color) {
    frgb = color.get_fill_rgb();
    srgb = color.get_stroke_rgb();

    var red_slider = "<input class='fill_slider' id='red_slider' value="+frgb[0]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='rfval' >"+frgb[0]+"</div><br> ";
    var green_slider = "<input class='fill_slider' id='green_slider' value="+frgb[1]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='gfval' >"+frgb[1]+"</div><br>";
    var blue_slider = "<input class='fill_slider' id='blue_slider' value="+frgb[2]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='bfval' >"+frgb[2]+"</div><br>";
    var fcbox = "<span id=\"fillbox\" style=\"background-color: "+color.fill+"; display: block; height: 50px; width: 50px;\">&nbsp</span>";

    var red_stroke_slider = "<input class='stroke_slider' id='red_stroke_slider' value="+srgb[0]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='rsval' >"+srgb[0]+"</div><br> ";
    var green_stroke_slider = "<input class='stroke_slider' id='green_stroke_slider' value="+srgb[1]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='gsval' >"+srgb[1]+"</div><br>";
    var blue_stroke_slider = "<input class='stroke_slider' id='blue_stroke_slider' value="+srgb[2]+" type=\"range\" min=\"0\" max=\"255\"> <br> <div id='bsval' >"+srgb[2]+"</div><br>";
    var scbox = "<span id=\"strokebox\" style=\"background-color: "+color.stroke+"; display: block; height: 50px; width: 50px;\">&nbsp</span>";

    var retval = "<table><tr><td>Fill<br><br>";
    retval += "Red: <br>" + red_slider + "Green: <br>" + green_slider + "Blue: <br>" + blue_slider + "<br>" + fcbox;
    retval += "</td><td>&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp</td><td>Stroke<br><br>";
    retval += "Red: <br>" + red_stroke_slider + "Green: <br>" + green_stroke_slider + "Blue: <br>" + blue_stroke_slider + "<br>" + scbox;
    retval += "</td></tr></table>";
    return retval;

While the pos.js has the $(document).ready() functions for the dynamically created elements:

jQuery(document).on("change mousemove", ".fill_slider", function() {
   selected_color.update_fill(jQuery(this).val(), jQuery(this).attr("id"));
   var id = jQuery(this).attr("id");
   //console.log(id + " " +jQuery(this).val());
   if(id.substring(1, 2) == "r") {
       } else  if(id.substring(1, 2) == "g") {
       } else  if(id.substring(1, 2) == "b") {

Which in turn calls the appropriate methods in the MyColor object.

MyColor.prototype.update_fill = function(colorval, id) {
    var hexredval = parseInt(colorval).toString(16);
    if(hexredval.length < 2)
        hexredval = "0" + hexredval;
    var channel = id.substring(0,1);
    if(channel == "r")
        this.fill = (this.fill.substring(0, 1) + hexredval.substring(0, 2) + this.fill.substring(3)).toUpperCase();
    else if(channel == "g")
        this.fill = (this.fill.substring(0, 3) + hexredval.substring(0, 2) + this.fill.substring(5)).toUpperCase();
    else if(channel == "b")
        this.fill = (this.fill.substring(0, 5) + hexredval.substring(0, 2)).toUpperCase();
    jQuery("#" + channel + "fval").html(colorval);
    jQuery("#fillbox").css("background-color", this.fill);

As you can see, the code isn’t really DRY, but I find that making a clumsy solution is a great way to start a project and get anything done whatsoever, and then improve on it (or just keep it until it becomes cluttered).

Fontstats Plugin

Today I finished a little WordPress plugin I’ve been working on.

It’s a two part plugin, one php script collects data from any Norwegian designer on DaFont by visiting each site, and by the power of Regex-Grayskull it inserts it into a database on my website.

The WordPress plugin then selects the last sampled date and displays it in a HTML-table on any post or page where I insert the registered shortcode.

Here’s the result:

No.DownloadsDesignerDate SampledCountry
1114253161Måns Grebäck2020-01-07Sweden
224310894Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2020-01-07Denmark
34706444Johan Waldenström2020-01-07Sweden
43688142Carl Krull2020-01-07Denmark
53257837Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2020-01-07Norway
63103842Johan Aakerlund2020-01-07Denmark
72791199Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2020-01-07Denmark
82535567CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2020-01-07Norway
92118812HENRIavecunK - Henrik2020-01-07Sweden
101307625Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2020-01-07Norway
111147906Christian Munk2020-01-07Denmark
12788476Adam Ericsson2020-01-07Sweden
14720588Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2020-01-07Sweden
15563651Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2020-01-07Denmark
16517542Viktor Hammarberg2020-01-07Sweden
17499359Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2020-01-07Norway
18411324Espen Morten Kvalheim2020-01-07Norway
19406960Thor Christopher Arisland2020-01-07Norway
20359132Staffan Vilcans2020-01-07Sweden
21350604Martin Holm2020-01-07Norway
22321480Jonas Borneland Hansen2020-01-07Denmark
23293541Lene Arensdorff2020-01-07Denmark
24238736Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2020-01-07Norway
25212548David Engelby2020-01-07Denmark
26209131Anton - Anton Lundström2020-01-07Sweden
27201343dawnland - Daniel Viberg2020-01-07Sweden
28182792211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2020-01-07Norway
29145805Martin Sørensen2020-01-07Denmark
30126793Andreas Larsen2020-01-07Denmark
31117780Nils Kähler2020-01-07Denmark
32100964Bolahool Graphics2020-01-07Sweden
3491763Anton Bohlin2020-01-07Sweden
3591116Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2020-01-07Denmark
3683165Pär Lundkvist2020-01-07Sweden
3777342Carl Enlund2020-01-07Sweden
3876231Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2020-01-07Norway
4065842huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2020-01-07Norway
4161062Kyrre Honohan2020-01-07Norway
4255835Pia Hed Aspell2020-01-07Sweden
4354804Nadia Rosenfeldt2020-01-07Denmark
4452527Linn Mustanoja2020-01-07Sweden
4551626Lars Håhus2020-01-07Sweden
4645557ronjam - Ronja Melcker2020-01-07Sweden
4743167Atle Mo2020-01-07Norway
4837189Erik Jeddere-Fisher2020-01-07Norway
4935049Arman Ay2020-01-07Sweden
5035008Benjamin Blåholtz2020-01-07Sweden
5134626benjamin rauber2020-01-07Sweden
5330867Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2020-01-07Sweden
5428446Christian Koch2020-01-07Denmark
5527551Mark Lund2020-01-07Norway
5627495Botond Bokor2020-01-07Sweden
5727099Dan Thorup2020-01-07Denmark
5826377Andrew Nordquist2020-01-07Sweden
6025194Aske Ching2020-01-07Denmark
6122367Erik Holm2020-01-07Norway
6321430Henrik Johansson2020-01-07Sweden
6421048Bull - Sandra Madsen2020-01-07Denmark
6520972David Lindecrantz2020-01-07Sweden
6620119Kristian Dalen2020-01-07Norway
6717480Mandy Pandy2020-01-07Sweden
6814389Alexander Rossebø2020-01-07Norway
6912902Johan Brodd2020-01-07Sweden
7011934Viktor Örneland2020-01-07Sweden
7110165Mathias Alvebring2020-01-07Sweden
747783Mathias Rue2020-01-07Denmark
757407Gröt Havregrynsson2020-01-07Sweden
767383Manuela Hardy2020-01-07Norway
787006Sara Lindberg2020-01-07Sweden
796567Mattis Folkestad2020-01-07Norway
806389Oliver Waldemar2020-01-07Sweden
815325Simon Jakobsson2020-01-07Sweden
824486KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2020-01-07Sweden

Web Drafter

A tiny online vector graphics application.

Click here to try it out.

As a small project to familiarise myself with JavaScript, jQuery and SVG I started working on a small vector graphics app using the SVG.js library.

At first I was thinking of manipulating SVG-text directly as I had done with my desktop Java applications, but since I found that simply appending or updating the inner html of divs didn’t refresh the SVG canvas and other annoying things I found it was smarter to just use a simple JavaScript library for this.

In addition to learning a lot of jQuery and JavaScript, especially understanding the specifics of JavaScripts idiosyncratic approach to OOP, I learned a bit about which existing libraries there are and how to use them. For this small application, SVG.js did nicely, but I also learned about a larger library called Raphaël, and an interesting little script called Flowtype, that automagically resizes the font size in relation to the window size.

I put the source code of my little application on GitHub here.

Up to now I’ve only managed to do the most basic rectilinear polygons, with the foundations set for snapping and I’m planning to create a simple colour-picker functionality for the stroke, fill and opacity.

The hotkeys are:

cmd+z – UNDO (mac)

ctrl+z – UNDO (windows, linux)

D – Delete the last polygon.

S – Show data on the selected polygon.

Polygons are created by closing the path.

This is done by creating a line where the end coordinate is the same as the first coordinate of the polygon.

What week is this?

Today I was a bit impulsive and registered the domain name weeknum.org.

Then I made a little php-application showing the day of the week, with the background color calculated using the week number, month and day to create a hex code.

I might even try out some AJAX and jQuery on this page and see if I can make it a little more stylish and interactive.

If you want to check start and end dates of another week number, just add the suffix /[week number] to the URL.

For example, if you want to find information about week number 42, then go to weeknum.org/42.

Logo, Website, WordPress and Menu Items

Designing logos and setting up websites is starting to get a routine.

Today I was asked by my boss to set up the website www.bellonordic.no, he had a few logo design suggestions and a general idea of the website layout.

It seems one of my earlier designs caught on since his new design suggestion hinted toward having three “mountains” in the background, so all I had to do was slightly alter my design, create a few alternative logos and I was done.


Then I had to set up the WordPress site. So I picked a theme, dug up some stock photos for menu items and used the art-boards to keep a consistent design.

I really wish Serif would release their upcoming desktop publishing tool “Affinity Publisher”, as much as I like Affinity Designer, I’d prefer to use more proper layout tools when doing layout work.