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How to use Lightbox with a flash component

Follow these steps to add Lightbox (possibility to pop-up only images) functionality to Flash files:

 

Step 1. First, download Lightbox++

Step 2. Copy the css, images and js folders from the archive in the same folder with your HTML file on your web server. This HTML file should embed the SWF file to which you want to add the Lightbox to.

If your site is running on Wordpress or Joomla, you will need to copy these folders in a new folder, let's call it lightbox, in the root of your Joomla/Wordpress site.

 

Step 3. Edit the HTML file and add these lines in the <head> section:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<script src="js/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="js/lightbox++.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Make sure you use the correct path for the above files.

For Joomla or Wordpress sites, you need to update the code, to make it point to the root lightbox folder, where you copied the Lightbox folders in step 2:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="lightbox/css/lightbox.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
<script src="lightbox/js/prototype.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="lightbox/js/scriptaculous.js?load=effects" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="lightbox/js/lightbox++.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

If your site is running on Joomla, you will need to add the code right before the </head> tag of the index.php file located in your active template's folder (e.g. templates/rhuk_milkyway/index.php)

If your site is running on Wordpress you need to add the code in the <head> section of the header.php file located in your active theme's folder (e.g. wp-content/themes/twentyten/header.php)

 

Step 4 (option A). If you want to have a Lightbox Image Set (with Next and Previous buttons), right after the lines from Step 3 add these lines, otherwise go to Step 4 (option B)

<script type="text/javascript">
function GroupDelegate(id) {
 var objLink = document.getElementById(id);
 Lightbox.prototype.start(objLink);
}
</script>

 

In the body of your HTML file you’ll have to add invisible links to the images which will be displayed in the Lightbox, like this:

<a id="img1" title="First image" rel="lightbox[img]" href="images/01.jpg"></a>
<a id="img2" title="Second image" rel="lightbox[img]" href="images/02.jpg"></a>

 

Step 4 (option B). If you intend to have a single image display in Lightbox (as opposed to option A with Image set) you simply have to add these lines into the <head> section of the HTML file:

<script type="text/javascript">
function LightboxDelegate(url,caption) {
 var objLink = document.createElement('a');
 objLink.setAttribute('href',url);
 objLink.setAttribute('rel','lightbox');
 objLink.setAttribute('title',caption);
 Lightbox.prototype.start(objLink);
}
</script>

 

Step 5 (option A). If you’re using SWFObject to embed the SWF, make sure you’re having these two params (in addition to maybe other params):

params.wmode = "transparent";
params.allowscriptaccess = "samedomain";

 

Step 5 (option B). If you’re using <object> </object> tags to embed the SWF file, add these lines:

<param name="allowscriptaccess" value="samedomain">  
<param name="wmode" value="transparent">

And in the embed tag you must insert the attribute:

wmode="transparent"

 

Step 6. If the links to go to when clicking an image are specified through the XML file, the url attribute, or in some cases the link attribute, must be set like this:
1. For Step 4 (option A):

url="javascript:GroupDelegate('img1')"

2. For Step 4 (option B):

url="javascript:LightboxDelegate('images/01.jpg','First Image')"

Also, you’ll have to change the target attribute to _self like this:

target="_self"

 

Note that the Lightbox will not work if tested locally. You’ll have to test it on a HTTP server.

 

For a more detailed description visit the original blog post from codefidelity.com

Comments

Kristin

Posted 8 years ago

Thank you. I might not be explaining myself clearly. The link above (Lightbox++) does not contain an images.xml file. Please direct me to the place where I can download your product archive that you’re referring to. Thank you!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Go to the Image Scroller FX home page.

Kristin

Posted 8 years ago

Hello. I was referring to the post previous to the one you’d responded to. I was told to fix the xml file, but there wasn’t an xml file included in the lightbox download zipped folder. Which xml file am I supposed to edit? Where do I download that? Or am I supposed to create my own? Thanks.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

The necessary file is the images.xml that comes along with our product archive.

Kristin

Posted 8 years ago

Hello! Thank you for your help. The lightbox download link above does not include an xml file. Am I missing some parts I need to get elsewhere? Thanks!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please give more details on what step are you referring? Thank you.

Kristin

Posted 8 years ago

Hello! I am trying to figure out where to put step 6.2 scripts. I have a button inside of an AS3 file, that, when clicked, should initiate the lightbox window. Any help is appreciated!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

On step 6 you need to edit images.xml, which is found among the component’s files, and write this line on the URL attribute of each image:

url="javascript:LightboxDelegate('images/01.jpg','First Image')"
and also make sure that you have this attribute written like this:
target="_self"

Brett

Posted 8 years ago

Have an swf file embedded in a dreamweaver page that also uses the mootools lightbox effect. The lightbox not only stops the swf file from running (it’s on a loop), but it disappears totally, and doesn’t “come back” when exiting from the lightbox popup window (without refreshing the page). Is there a way I can get them to live in harmony on my page??

Many thanks,

Brett

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Could you please provide the link to your page where you are using our component?
Please keep in mind that we are not the Lightbox creators, and we can only provide help integrating Lightbox with our components.

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