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
1109856663Måns Grebäck2019-04-25Sweden
223418217Pizzadude - Jakob Fischer2019-04-25Denmark
34580925Johan Waldenström2019-04-25Sweden
43460759Carl Krull2019-04-25Denmark
53238781Fontourist - Hans Gerhard Meier2019-04-25Norway
62814451Johan Aakerlund2019-04-25Denmark
72744999Listemageren - Klaus Johansen2019-04-25Denmark
82460013CheapProFonts - Roger S. Nelsson2019-04-25Norway
91882700HENRIavecunK - Henrik2019-04-25Sweden
101280113Flight of the Dragon - Hasan Guven2019-04-25Norway
111102241Christian Munk2019-04-25Denmark
12716253Your Own Font - Ellinor Rapp2019-04-25Sweden
13681896Adam Ericsson2019-04-25Sweden
15556645Vinterstille TypeFaceLab - Klaus Nielsen2019-04-25Denmark
16500189Viktor Hammarberg2019-04-25Sweden
17467224Moonbase Press - Svein Kåre Gunnarson2019-04-25Norway
18408432Espen Morten Kvalheim2019-04-25Norway
19373829Thor Christopher Arisland2019-04-25Norway
20354284Staffan Vilcans2019-04-25Sweden
21335931Martin Holm2019-04-25Norway
22317968Jonas Borneland Hansen2019-04-25Denmark
23235985Norwegian Ink / Design for Dough - Frode Nordbø2019-04-25Norway
24208707David Engelby2019-04-25Denmark
25207106Anton - Anton Lundström2019-04-25Sweden
26199529dawnland - Daniel Viberg2019-04-25Sweden
27178908211178 Creative Agency - Morten Talleivsen2019-04-25Norway
28139376Martin Sørensen2019-04-25Denmark
29107085Andreas Larsen2019-04-25Denmark
30103356Nils Kähler2019-04-25Denmark
3197602Bolahool Graphics2019-04-25Sweden
3390310Joaquim Marquès Nielsen2019-04-25Denmark
3486638Anton Bohlin2019-04-25Sweden
3582835Pär Lundkvist2019-04-25Sweden
3675865Digital Flame Studios - sindre små2019-04-25Norway
3864209huskmelk - Rashid Akrim2019-04-25Norway
3960722Kyrre Honohan2019-04-25Norway
4055334Pia Hed Aspell2019-04-25Sweden
4153956Nadia Rosenfeldt2019-04-25Denmark
4252001Linn Mustanoja2019-04-25Sweden
4350308Lars Håhus2019-04-25Sweden
4444659ronjam - Ronja Melcker2019-04-25Sweden
4542074Atle Mo2019-04-25Norway
4636617Erik Jeddere-Fisher2019-04-25Norway
4833437benjamin rauber2019-04-25Sweden
4933262Arman Ay2019-04-25Sweden
5027259Mark Lund2019-04-25Norway
5126693Botond Bokor2019-04-25Sweden
5226430Dan Thorup2019-04-25Denmark
5326099Andrew Nordquist2019-04-25Sweden
5525756Carl Enlund2019-04-25Sweden
5625443Studio Indigo - Helena Öhman2019-04-25Sweden
5724859Aske Ching2019-04-25Denmark
5921247Erik Holm2019-04-25Norway
6020889Henrik Johansson2019-04-25Sweden
6120826Bull - Sandra Madsen2019-04-25Denmark
6220599David Lindecrantz2019-04-25Sweden
6319952Kristian Dalen2019-04-25Norway
6417262Mandy Pandy2019-04-25Sweden
6515038Christian Koch2019-04-25Denmark
6613500Alexander Rossebø2019-04-25Norway
6712718Johan Brodd2019-04-25Sweden
6811563Viktor Örneland2019-04-25Sweden
699869Mathias Alvebring2019-04-25Sweden
718650Benjamin Blåholtz2019-04-25Sweden
737661Mathias Rue2019-04-25Denmark
747147Manuela Hardy2019-04-25Norway
756965Gröt Havregrynsson2019-04-25Sweden
776784Sara Lindberg2019-04-25Sweden
786426Mattis Folkestad2019-04-25Norway
795901Oliver Waldemar2019-04-25Sweden
805127Simon Jakobsson2019-04-25Sweden
814363KingDGaming - Elias Eriksson2019-04-25Sweden

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.