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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

Nenad

Posted 9 years ago

Hi, me again :)

I try this steps (option A) and stil can’t get lightbox to work on my joomla site. I installed shadowbox like found in this thread and stil not working.

When start just slider example everything is working fine ( http://nenadnicevski.dyndns.org/flash4/ ) but when use that in joomla, lightbox don’t work (http://nenadnicevski.dyndns.org/test/ )

Is there any conf in joomla perhaps?

I don’t know how to fix this…

Pls help!

Tnx :)

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You just have to follow the 1-3 steps from this tutorial to make it work because the other steps are already integrated into the image scroller.

Travis

Posted 9 years ago

Hey:

It seems that prototype.js is interfering with the jquery i have on the page. I tried linking to the jquery library after prototype, but then the lightbox does not work. is this a known issue?

Thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

I’m sorry but we are not aware that could be a problem between these.

David

Posted 9 years ago

Hi

I’ve got everything working perfectly, apart from the lightbox descriptions. It has the ‘lightbox info’ in the images.xml so I’m not sure whether this is where you write the descriptions, but I have tried numerous code, and none of it works. Can you help?

Thanks very much.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Give us the link to your website and we will check it.

joserinu

Posted 9 years ago

Hello, when i click the image, everything turn to black. I cannot exit the lightbox. No image shows up after clicking the image. I don’t get it.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please give us the link to your website and we will check it.

Luca

Posted 9 years ago

Wooooow, thank you a lot!!! You’re right, after clearing of my cache it worked fine!!! Thank you again!!!Cooool!!! :D

And thank you a lot for this tutorial and your help…

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