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Can anybody recommend a flash gallery creator

May 29, 2012 7:10 AM

Tags: #cs4 #photo #image #flash #dreamweaver #images #gallery #creator

I am building a dreamweaver website for someone and I am only a novice. They want a 'carousel' / 'photoflow' gallery that displays their images never ending, that pauses when the mouse hovers over and rotates slowly.

Captions need to be displayed over the photos.Some photos are landscape, others portrait.

 

I must have tried about 30 free trials/free programmes but I am not having much luck, i have literally spent hours trying to do this and I want to cry..

 

I find a reasonable one but its either too expensive or if its free it has a watermark or a link I must put in which I can't have!

 

I'd like a drag and drop type wizard as I don't understand this xml/js business that keeps popping up.

Importantly I need it so that when the 'gallery' is generated it exports as a swf file (with all the images embedded)

 

Can anyone help recommend a programme that fulfills my needs?? Or I am being stupid is assuming I can find something for cheap... I don't mind buying a programme but if i do, i cant afford more than £25-£30 at most.

 

Thanks in advance.

L

 
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    May 29, 2012 10:11 AM   in reply to LornaEvil87

    As a web technology for slideshows & galleries, Flash is dead. Don't waste time or money chasing down solutions that won't work in non-flash supporting devices (iPhone, iTouch, iPad, etc...)

     

    There isn't much you can't do with CSS & jQuery -- which has widespread support in all web devices.   However, novice or not, you must have a working knowledge of code  to bring advanced-level features into web sites.  

     

    Below are some possible solutions for you & your client to consider:

     

    http://www.jcoverflip.com/demo

    http://www.jacksasylum.eu/ContentFlow/

    http://addyosmani.com/blog/jqueryuicoverflow/

     

    For something continuous, look at jQuery Cycle or Wow Slider.

     

    http://jquery.malsup.com/cycle/

    http://wowslider.com/best-jquery-slider-crystal-linear-demo.html

     

     

    Best of luck with your project,

     

    Nancy O.

    Alt-Web Design & Publishing

    Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists 

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    May 29, 2012 7:10 PM   in reply to LornaEvil87

    LornaEvil87 wrote:

     

    Thank you, but i am gutted i really didnt realise that flash wasnt supported...

     

    I personally celebrate the fact that we no longer need to consider Flash as a solution.

     

    It removes yet another web technology that we need to learn and support. Makes life much simpler.

     

    HTML5/CSS3 slideshows and galleries are SEO friendlier, offer most of the same effects as Flash and much easier to maintain. You don't need to go back to Flash (or whatever 3rd party slideshow utility) and the original .fla file to edit and update.

     

    You can even update via a browser or a text editor.

     
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    May 30, 2012 8:06 AM   in reply to John Waller

    You can even update via a browser or a text editor.

    Or dynamically (php) by uploading new images to a folder on the server. Clients like being able to update their own galleries. 

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 11:55 AM   in reply to LornaEvil87

    Post a link to your page please.   It's much simpler for us to use our browser's developer tools to find the Selector and see the CSS.

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 3:38 PM   in reply to LornaEvil87

    It's percentage based.  Height and width are 100%.  If you put your contentFlow Gallery into a 100% width page and resize your browser viewport, everything re-scales evenly -- à la responsive web design.  Smaller space = smaller gallery.  Larger space = larger gallery.

     

    Content is scaled by the JavaScript.  Do a search (ctrl+F) for scaleFactor:1  Then change value to 2 and see if that makes your gallery images big enough.

     

    CSS to make the gallery container bigger with pixels is below:

     

    .ContentFlow {

    width: 1000px;

    height: 600px;

    border: 1px solid #CCC;

    }

     

    .scrollbar {

    width: 80%;

    position:absolute;

    top: 35px;

    color:

    }

    .caption {

    color:red;

    padding-top: 35px;

    }

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Jun 2, 2012 9:12 PM   in reply to LornaEvil87

    You may also want to consider JQuery Tools: http://jquerytools.org/

     

    I've found them to be indispensible and very easy to customize!

     

    Web Magi

    http://www.webmagi.com/

     
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    Jun 3, 2012 3:28 PM   in reply to LornaEvil87

    I don't know enough about this plugin's code to give you advice on how to "fix it" for mobile devices.  You might try one or two of the optional add-ons to see if they work better.

    http://www.jacksasylum.eu/ContentFlow/addons.php

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    Dec 1, 2012 2:54 PM   in reply to Nancy O.

    Hi Nancy,

    I was googling around to try and find a solution to my "challenege" and found your helpful reply here.

    I am wondering if you could help me with a "similar" wish with contentflow.

     

    In my case, what I like to do is increase "real estate space" between the images and where the slider is located so that I can put in 6 lines of caption text. Right now if I have more than 3 lines of caption text, it "clashes into and overlay" the slider bar.

     

    I have no idea whereto even look in contentflow.js to do this.

    The js is from   http://www.jacksasylum.eu/ContentFlow/ContentFlow/contentflow.js

    (but when I look at it in my editor, it's in one continuos unending line of code).

    I hope you can shed some light and help me with this.

    Many thanks,

    Tim

     
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