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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

Martin

Posted 9 years ago

Hello,

I’m facing the following issue.

When I use the lightbox in mozilla firefox, once I hit the close button from the box that appears, on the side of the close button, appears a scroll bar.

Why is that so???
Is it only related with my site? Have you heard about something like that before???

FlashXML Support

Hi,

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

Sjoerd

Posted 9 years ago

Hey there, the transparant black screen shows up when I click on a picture but the picture is not shown.
http://www.briefingcards.com/wordpress/?page_id=9
(I only set the first two same pictures in this caroussel)

Because Im integrating this in wordpress I don’t know how/where to set step 5, could this be the reason why the photos are not shown?

Thanks in advance

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You have specified the path to /wordpress/images/ location but your files are missing. Try to specify the correct path.
If you’re using wordpress than you can skip step 5.

Timothy Calvin

Posted 9 years ago

I had the Dock Gallery working fine with the lightbox++. Recently, I noticed the lighbox++ was not working. I received the same error that David did about 3 months ago. The line
“ element.style.width = w +“px”;
is coming up as undefined. The web page is
http://www.wyndamaviary.com/PhotoGallery.html
Can you please help?
I did purchase the tool.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

First, you need to move the embedding code between the <head></head> sections of your main page.
Secondly, you added the js files twice. You only have to add them once. It will avoid conflicts this way.

Ben

Posted 9 years ago

Fixed it anyway to get the previous button on the first slide and the next button on the last?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Are you still having difficulties? I see that your Image Scroller works fine now.

Ben

Posted 9 years ago

They are there just being hidden, how do i adjust the code so they are shown?

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