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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

Mike

Posted 9 years ago

Hi,
in response to your question, yes, I have tried the tutorial here and it’s not working. Here is my test site: www.mstraka.com/icingstudio/

When you look at the site after the intro, click on ‘doors’ and then you’ll see some photos of doors, they are buttons intended to launch lightbox. Click on any of them, and the whole flash movie just disappears.

This is the actionscript I used on the door buttons
getURL(“javascript:GroupDelegate(‘images/porte01’,‘WineStain’)”);

The door buttons are nested down 4 levels in other clips, does this affect the function?

Amy

Posted 9 years ago

I am trying to get this to work with Audio files, mp3, mp4, wav, anything for audio clips. please advise!

FlashXML Support

Hello,

We think that the media box that you will find here would be a good option for you.

Jakub

Posted 9 years ago

Hi,
can anyone explane step-by-step, how to install the lightbox on wordpress? I’m want to use 3d carousel menu fx, but the big images are not displaying. thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please give us the link to your website to see what you’ve done so far.

Mike

Posted 9 years ago

I’m sorry but I’ve tried ALL of the various installation instructions I’ve found to try to get Lightbox to open from within a flash movie but it’s just not happening. I’ve gotten it to work from an html file but not flash.

I’m using Flash CS3, can anybody please give me detailed instructions on how to get this to work?

Thanks so much!
-Mike

FlashXML Support

Hello,

Have you tried the tutorial that we have here ?

cris

Posted 9 years ago

Hello, i already posted yesterday and you told me to copy step 3 and 4b in the post i was making in my site. i just cant figure it out. im using joomla and this lightbox thingisnt working. i feel like a retard and wasting your time. when you say copy those steps, should i copy them into the article post i am making or where, because that is where i am posting it. can you take a look a it please. the admin password is 123456cris. Thank you.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

I tried to add the lightbox to your dock menus but it’s almost impossible because you’re using Joomla.

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