Droptiles: Metro style Live Tiles enabled Web 2.0 Dashboard

Droptiles is an Open Source  Windows 8 Start like Metro style Web 2.0 Dashboard. It builds the experience using Tiles. Tiles are mini apps that can fetch data from external sources. Clicking on a tile launches the full app. Apps can be from any existing website to customized website specifically built to fit the Dashboard experience. Droptiles is built almost entirely of HTML, Javascript and CSS and thus highly portable to any platform. The sample project is built using ASP.NET to show some server side integration, like Signup, Login and getting dynamic data from server. But with very little change you can port it to PHP, Ruby, JSP or any other platform. Droptiles is the sequel of my Dropthings, which is the first Open Source Web 2.0 Dashboard.

See it live!, go to Droptiles.com

Features

  • Metro style user interface. CSS framework to build metro style websites, inspired by metroui.org.ua.
  • Drag & Drop tiles to personalize the experience.
  • Client side object model and data binding for easy MVVM implementation.
  • Server side platform neutral implementation. Can be ported to PHP, JSP easily.
  • Live tiles. Tiles are mini-apps, loading data from variety of sources.

How can you use Droptiles

  • Enterprise Dashboard aggregating data from various systems and offering a launch pad for intranet/internet applications.
  • Web 2.0 Portal offering portlets in the form of tiles. Aggregating data from various services and as a launch pad for different services.
  • Touch enabled Kiosk front-end.
  • Content aggregator for News and Research purpose.

License

Droptiles is Open Source. It is free for personal use as long as you keep the copyright notices intact. In order to buy license, go to theDroptiles production site and there’s a tile on the right side to place the order through Paypal.

Technologies

Screenshots

App Store

App Store

AppStore offers new applications

Tiles are mini apps, built using Javascript

Tiles

Tiles are mini apps that can have their own html, javascript and css. They are loaded by the Dashboard dynamically and executed dynamically. Each tile runs on its own delivering the in-tile experience. There’s no special Widget framework to follow. Just plain simple Javascript.

Tiles can be dynamic, loaded from server side pages

Dynamic Tile

Tiles can be dynamic pages delivered from the server. Here is a tile that captures the html output of an ASPX page. Tiles can be intercative as well. You can embed a form inside a tile.

Apps running inside Droptiles

Apps

External applications can run inside Droptiles offering a seamless integration experience.

You can get the code from the GitHub site: http://oazabir.github.com/Droptiles/

23 Comments

  1. I like this, but …

    On dropthings, if I was signed in and moved things around to the way I liked them, then next time I visited they would be that way.

    With drop tiles I can register and log in, but when I rearrange the tiles they always go back to the default on my next visit. Is there a way to make the tiles stay in the same place ? I’ve tried this on droptiles.com and on my downloaded version.

    Thanks

    Dave

  2. If I don’t sign in, and reaarange the tiles, then close the broswer, on my next visit the titles will be arranged the way I left them, which is perfect. I just don’t get that behavior when I’m signed in

    Dave

  3. Thanks Omar, is your fix checked in ? I’ll just downloads droptiles again then.

    Have you tried any Silverlight tiles ?

    Dave

  4. Hi Omar
    1: On dropthings, when i add app and then return to the dashboard, I get an error message.
    2: Drop tiles does not work well

    Thanks
    Reza

  5. Hi Reza, thanks for reporting. Could you tell me some steps to reproduce the problems?

    1) On dropthings, did you click Add Stuff, then added a widget (which one?) and then clicked hide stuff?

    2) On droptiles, what failed to load?

  6. Hi Omar
    On new version dropthings (5a790e9) , when i add app and then return to the dashboard, I get an error message.

    Error message : Microsoft JScript runtime error: Object expected
    CombinedDashboard.js line 1123

    Thanks
    Reza

  7. Hi Omar.

    i want to ask. in the database i see some table to control the user profile. but in the droptiles application i can not see how it used. there is no form/page to manage that user. if i buy the license, will i get the form/page to manage it?

    and is it posible to store the cookies on the database? let see the case.
    i log in with my account in one browser. let say it firefox. i edit some tiles position and add some tiles. then i log in with same account in other browser, let say chroome. it will show the default tiles because there is no cookies there. again, if i buy the license, will the cookies stored in the database?

  8. 1. I haven’t put any admin section to manage the users. However you can easily add one since it is using the ASP.NET Membership Profile.

    2. The cookies are stored in database when user signs up or logs in. So, you can login form any PC and get your setup back.

  9. Hi Omar;

    I sent an email you about dropthing licence.
    Have you seen it ? and could you please return me ?

    Thank you.

    Umit

  10. Hello Omar,
    Thank you for sharing.
    I’ve a question on this project
    How to scroll only a particular Section horizontally on button click(which is to the right) ?

    • Use jQuery.scrollTo.

      Look at the code where I am adding a new tile after coming back from App Store in Dashboard.js.

      It automatically scrolls to the newly added tile. You can follow the same approach.

  11. Dear Omar

    Excellent job on the Droptiles software. I work for PADI and we are interested in licensing it for use on our social networking site, scubaEarth.com. Please let me know your contact information so we can discuss this opportunity.

    Thank you,

    Jay

  12. i downloaded it and tried it and it works perfectly but when i tried it on a samsung tab i found that its not working and i tried to open your published site and its not working too

  13. This is a very nice job you have done. I would like to ask you (since I didn’t find anything related on the wiki), if droptiles does support less. Currently I have a few projects with Bootstrap and less, so it wouldn’t be such a thrill to downgrade.
    Again awesome looking.
    Thanks.

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