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
1110343286Måns Grebäck2019-05-27Sweden
223528018Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-05-27Denmark
34593456Johan Waldenström2019-05-27Sweden
43489252Carl Krull2019-05-27Denmark
53241452Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-05-27Norway
62850977Johan Aakerlund2019-05-27Denmark
72751167Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-05-27Denmark
82469424CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-05-27Norway
91912278HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-05-27Sweden
101283708Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-05-27Norway
111108121Christian Munk2019-05-27Denmark
12716896Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-05-27Sweden
13697374Adam Ericsson2019-05-27Sweden
15557585Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-05-27Denmark
16502212Viktor Hammarberg2019-05-27Sweden
17471357Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-05-27Norway
18408833Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-05-27Norway
19379669Thor Christopher Arisland2019-05-27Norway
20354870Staffan Vilcans2019-05-27Sweden
21338032Martin Holm2019-05-27Norway
22318530Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-05-27Denmark
23236318Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-05-27Norway
24209215David Engelby2019-05-27Denmark
25207378Anton - Anton Lundström2019-05-27Sweden
26199813dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-05-27Sweden
27179370211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-05-27Norway
28140159Martin Sørensen2019-05-27Denmark
29109500Andreas Larsen2019-05-27Denmark
30105584Nils Kähler2019-05-27Denmark
3198020Bolahool Graphics2019-05-27Sweden
3390407Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-05-27Denmark
3487345Anton Bohlin2019-05-27Sweden
3582875Pär Lundkvist2019-05-27Sweden
3675920Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-05-27Norway
3864451huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-05-27Norway
3960770Kyrre Honohan2019-05-27Norway
4055400Pia Hed Aspell2019-05-27Sweden
4154077Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-05-27Denmark
4252080Linn Mustanoja2019-05-27Sweden
4350481Lars Håhus2019-05-27Sweden
4444799ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-05-27Sweden
4542223Atle Mo2019-05-27Norway
4636691Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-05-27Norway
4733587benjamin rauber2019-05-27Sweden
4833508Arman Ay2019-05-27Sweden
5027301Mark Lund2019-05-27Norway
5126807Botond Bokor2019-05-27Sweden
5226636Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-05-27Sweden
5326532Dan Thorup2019-05-27Denmark
5426264Carl Enlund2019-05-27Sweden
5526136Andrew Nordquist2019-05-27Sweden
5724904Aske Ching2019-05-27Denmark
5921380Erik Holm2019-05-27Norway
6020958Henrik Johansson2019-05-27Sweden
6120852Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-05-27Denmark
6220650David Lindecrantz2019-05-27Sweden
6319986Kristian Dalen2019-05-27Norway
6417290Mandy Pandy2019-05-27Sweden
6515099Christian Koch2019-05-27Denmark
6615072Benjamin Blåholtz2019-05-27Sweden
6713562Alexander Rossebø2019-05-27Norway
6812742Johan Brodd2019-05-27Sweden
6911617Viktor Örneland2019-05-27Sweden
709909Mathias Alvebring2019-05-27Sweden
737678Mathias Rue2019-05-27Denmark
747181Manuela Hardy2019-05-27Norway
757020Gröt Havregrynsson2019-05-27Sweden
776814Sara Lindberg2019-05-27Sweden
786446Mattis Folkestad2019-05-27Norway
795982Oliver Waldemar2019-05-27Sweden
805147Simon Jakobsson2019-05-27Sweden
814386KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-05-27Sweden

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.