I like things that are easy, and while I can shoop-da-woop with the best of them (Well maybe not the best, but I can hold my own) I don’t like making spinny animated loading gifs for websites. It’s a slow tedious process that has results, which really you hope no one notices. Unlike, say a website banner or advertisement that you actually want to be noticed. Ajax spinners need to fit seamlessly into the project and blend in, yet let the user know that they need to wait for just a second, instead of just bailing out on the whole site.
So I discovered a nice little web gem called Chimply (www.chimply.com). It makes designing spinners, animated banners, and yes even those “web 2.0″ buttons we are just sick of hearing about. I made a spinner in about 3 mins that fit the bill, in three different sizes, and they were nice enough to package it up in a zip file for me! I was so pleased with the results, that I came right here to tell you about and keep it bookmarked for myself.
Chimply is a really great find, and while the other ajax spinner makers I’ve seen in the past were “Ok” this one really goes above the call of duty to make it a breeze!
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