Slide into 2006…

I was just chatting with Jeff Veen of Adaptive Path and Measure Map fame. He pointed out that the measure mappers have quietly left a wee New Year’s gift for those who want to slide more easily into 2006.

The Measure Map Date Slider is a nifty flash component for meandering time. And they’ve made a version of this available for public consumption under a Creative Commons Attribution license. You can grab the Flash ready-to-run SWF or developer’s FLA bundle from the Measure Map site.

This is just the sort of componentized innovation I wrote about in my post on sliders being the new drop-downs. Ajax–while the technologies underlying have existed for some time now–has done wonders for pragmatic interface design. And rather than the initial Ajax vs. Flash debates, there’s been a re-perception of Flash as rich componenture rather than Java applet replacement and of course you see quite a bit in Ajax implementations that draw heavily from Flash.

P.s. Now if only they would take my feedback about allowing you to drag-and-adjust the points on my visitors graph–if not to simply increase the number of visitors, but space them out a little more evenly ;-).

  • Slider controls are nothing new, although you don’t see them very often. This is an interesting application of the technique, and I don’t recall seeing anyone using a Flash component before. When I have used them myself, it was through some creative Javascript and a sprinkling of CSS. This (very old!) calendar I slapped together uses sliders to select dates: dcal: January, 2006. The control software I borrowed from Blue Shoes:

    Javascript Sliders.