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Lightbox extension for Dreamweaver

Nov 25, 2008 3:28 AM

I've spent the last 2 hours searching and searching for a lightbox tool such as:

A. An extension for Dreamweaver that I can click from the insert menu and simply select (like "Browse" in Windows) both the thumbnail and full size images I want to use, then have it simply compute everything and insert the code into my page... Trick is, I'm using mostly templates, and everything I've found wants to insert into the BODY tag (not allowed by templates).

B. Or, a standalone program which will generate said code from outside Dreamweaver, which I can then manually insert into a page... This isn't my preferred option, but I'm both frustrated and a little desperate.

Has anyone here run into a tool that makes adding popup thumbnails fast (like Xara Webstyle) or absolutely painless? Preferably using lightbox (so smooth and nice looking).

Could really use some help on this one!

FYI, I'm on a Mac (OS X 10.5 - Leopard), using CS3, about to upgrade to CS4.
 
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    Nov 25, 2008 6:48 AM   in reply to Kitelife

    "Kitelife" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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    > I've spent the last 2 hours searching and searching for a
    > http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex4/lightbox2/index.htm tool such
    > as:
    >
    > A. An extension for Dreamweaver that I can click from the insert menu and
    > simply select (like "Browse" in Windows) both the thumbnail and full size
    > images I want to use, then have it simply compute everything and insert
    > the
    > code into my page... Trick is, I'm using mostly templates, and everything
    > I've
    > found wants to insert into the BODY tag (not allowed by templates).
    >
    > B. Or, a standalone program which will generate said code from outside
    > Dreamweaver, which I can then manually insert into a page... This isn't my
    > preferred option, but I'm both frustrated and a little desperate.

    http://www.projectseven.com/products/galleries/lightshow/


     
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    Nov 25, 2008 9:06 AM   in reply to Kitelife
    This is not an Extension and it's not free but it looks and acts similar to Lightbox.

    The CyberGallery Behavior is fairly easy to set up and the caption bar options are very flexible too. You place thumbnails on your page and just link them to the Behavior. The rest is handled by CyberGallery.

    Have a look at http://www.actionscafe.com and watch the QT MPEG-4 demos to see how it works.
     
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    Apr 21, 2009 9:00 AM   in reply to Kitelife

    Okay, I haven't used PVII's lightbox extension since that first week we bought it...

     

    Thumbnails are forced into that uniform square (squished), and there's no way to copy/paste images from the gallery into other parts of the same page without breaking the code, styles and functionality.

     

    Sadly, I've got straight to manual (rel="lightbox[group]") input.

     

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    Basically, I don't need all the complication of a photo gallery...

     

    All I need is essential control and a fast interface for adding individual images using lightbox.

     

    I'm looking for a simple GUI function to run through this cycle of actions:

     

       1. Click to place cursor, then click the extension (or whatever) button

       2. Prompt user to browse for thumbnail image and select
       3. Prompt user to browse for full size image and select
       4. Add rel="lightbox" into HREF tag
       5. Prompt for TITLE tag content, copy same to ALT tag, default to nothing if no content is entered

       6. Field for optional [group] insert ( rel="lightbox[userdefined]" or rel="lightbox" if nothing is entered)

     

    Final product should look like this, with all info and options added initially through that ...

     

        <a href="images/image_th.gif" rel="lightbox" title="userdefined">
        <img src="images/image.gif" alt="userdefined">
        </a>

     

    Perhaps there is some way to create a macro with prompts (for title tag content, etc)?

     

    Or, a Dreamweaver extension that could be made to do the same thing?

     

    Also, I have the lightbox REL built into the head of my templates, so we don't need the extension/macro/etc to do that part... We'd like it to simply assume that the call for lightbox is already built into the HEAD tags.

     

    Willing to pay for a module like I've described, as long as the pricing isn't ridiculous.

     

    Sorry if any of my lingo is off, I hope it's understandable enough.

     

    Would be greatly appreciative of any leads.

     
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    Apr 22, 2009 3:08 PM   in reply to Kitelife2

    4Level has a free lightbox extension for DW that works well for me.  Note: I don't use Templates.

     

    http://www.fourlevel.com/dreamweaver/extensions/lightbox/index.htm

     

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    Apr 17, 2010 4:28 PM   in reply to Nancy O.

    anyone put a webform into the above levelfour example?

     
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    Apr 18, 2010 1:36 PM   in reply to merc_uk

    Try FloatBox.  It can handle just about everything you toss at it.

    http://randomous.com/floatbox/demo  (scroll down to the E-mailer Form)

     

     

     

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