I’ve been evaluating several technologies for a small web project I’m working. One of the things that I’ve seen lately are these popup windows that display on top of the original page, graying out the original and “floating” on top of it. There are several neat implementations of this for images but I needed to popup little informational windows, something more than a tooltip but less than a full fledged new browser window or tab.
Enter Greybox, “A popup window that doesn’t suck.”
Note: NoScript users will need to enable the js from this page to see the effect.
Greybox is pretty handy. It pops up a neat screen. Here’s an example that pops up Google. (Click the “close” box at the top of the window to close it and return here.)
Think of all of the things that you can do with this!
I have been using it as a part of a template in RapidWeaver, a lightweight, visual editor for web pages on Mac OS X. I miss DreamWeaver, but I’m so far behind in the versions that I can’t afford the upgrade for what I want to do with it. Coda, another little Mac editor (this one is text based rather than visual), has also joined my toolkit. Because there are just sometimes when you need to get under the hood. Even when you don’t really remember enough not to be dangerous. For example, it took way too long to figure out how to install GreyBox on my system. Just be careful and look for the actual directory that you need to install, since the tarball comes with some extras for documentation.