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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

Travis

Posted 9 years ago

Hi. I am trying to implement Lightbox 2 w/Flash. I now have it when you click the button.mc that I want to launch the Lightbox 2 image, it crashes my movie.swf. I dont think I am using the “invisible links” correctly. Can you take a look?

Thanks.

santosh joshi

Posted 9 years ago

i want a slide show coding in js.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

We only offer flash components.

Charlie

Posted 9 years ago

I have carousel embedded in a flash file. (test page)

I cannot get lightbox to work.

I have added the code to the header but am unsure of the body code. When I add that it adds another instance of carousel.swf.

?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You’re missing the code from step 4A.

Encdesigns

Posted 9 years ago

Webpage error details

User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; Trident/4.0; SLCC2; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET CLR 3.0.30729; Media Center PC 6.0; .NET4.0C; Creative AutoUpdate v1.40.01; AskTbGOM2/5.8.0.12304)
Timestamp: Thu, 30 Sep 2010 13:14:39 UTC

Message: Object doesn’t support this property or method
Line: 543
Char: 3
Code: 0
URI: http://192.168.2.2/joomla/templates/encdesigns2010/js/effects.js

I have this working in all browsers apart from IE the above error is shown above any ideas guys?.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

There is a conflict between IE and Lightbox. There’s nothing we can do about it.

J

Posted 9 years ago

Hi,
I have the cover flow installed and they function correctly. I’m trying to get the lightbox to enable and show the box description but it’s not letting me. I had added all the codes into the Head and the only thing that works on my side is the “Animated gray screen”. That’s the only thing I could see, other than the coverflow. I really need some serious help. From what I have here, I tried to add the urls in the image.xml, but the flash would get stuck loading the files. When I change the target”_self” it does absolutely nothing. How can I make the white box with the lightbox description appears in the website, LOCALLY!

FlashXML Support

Hello,

If you are trying to look at the lightbox locally (like double clicking on the html file in which the file is put) it won’t work. You either need a local server (like xaamp or something else) or upload all your files on the internet. If you can’t manage after you’ve uploaded all the files, please send us a link to your website and we will try to help you.

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