jQuery Plugin Roundup 12: Animations, Twitterize

2010-06-22 00:00:00 +0100 by Alex R. Young

Welcome to the jQuery Plugin Roundup, episode 12. Remember you can send
your plugins in for review through our contact form or

Animated Box Shadows

This shadow animation plugin (MIT and GPL
) by Edwin Martin
animates shadows using CSS. It's an interesting effect when used with
mouse over events.

$('#box1').animate({shadow: '0 0 30px #44f'});

Colour Animation

jquery.animate-colors.js, by the same author with the same licensing, can animated colour
properties. It can animate a lot of different properties, and works more
reliably than Color Animations by John Resig:

$('#demodiv').animate({backgroundColor: '#400101'})

Edwin's plugins all work using the standard jQuery animate
method, so they're transparent and work the way you're used to.


Twitterize (MIT License) by Vicente Plata shows a floating div with Twitter updates from a
particular user.

It'll need a bit of styling to make it look really cool, but it's a
simple drop-in plugin so it shouldn't be too much work:

$('#user').twitterize({target: 'dailyjs'});