Arc Gallery FX

Published on Mar. 18th 2011
7.811 downloads

Features

Version 1.0.3.7447 - 29.09.2011 (view changelog)

- custom path generator included - use it to create your own path or, alternatively, use one of the presets
- fully integrated colorbox support
- choose whether the pictures should open up in colorbox or link to an URL when clicked
- 4 types of navigation available: mouse, slider, buttons or auto play
- 2 types of scroll available for auto play: finite and infinite
- you can tweak the speed of the animation when using the auto play functionality
- 100% HTML/CSS formatted text
- fully customizable skins

Installation instructions for:

Download the arc-gallery.zip package, extract it and copy all the resulted files and folders in the same location as the web page in which you want the product to be displayed. As an alternative, you can copy all the resulted files and folders in a different folder.

From the downloaded package, the SWF file represents the actual product while the other files (XMLs, images) are the assets that the SWF file uses. A short explanation how SWFs and XMLs interacts can be found here.

Open the HTML file with a text editor (like Notepad or TextEdit) and add the following code where you want the product to be displayed:

<div id="DivArcGalleryFX"></div>
<script type="text/javascript" src="swfobject.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
 var flashvars = {};
 var params = {};
 params.base = "";
 params.scale = "noscale";
 params.salign = "tl";
 params.wmode = "transparent";
 params.allowFullScreen = "true";
 params.allowScriptAccess = "always";
 swfobject.embedSWF("ArcGalleryFX.swf", "DivArcGalleryFX", "600", "400", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 600 and 400 from the swfobject.embedSWF() function above with your own width and height that you specified in the settings.xml file through componentWidth and componentHeight elements. Also, don't forget to update the paths as specified in this FAQ article if you copied the product's files in a different folder.

CUSTOMIZATION

You can customize the Arc Gallery FX using the Live Demo above and then download the arc-gallery.zip package with the changes you've made or you can edit the settings.xml file with a text editor.

To use your own images, edit the images.xml file with a text editor and define in each row the image path, the url to go to when clicking the image, the target(_self for the same browser window or _blank for a new browser window) and the text between CDATA tags.

Here's an example:

<photo image="images/101.jpg" url = "http://www.flashxml.net" target="_blank"><![CDATA[<head>Hello</head>]]></photo>
You can have as many images as you like. To add a new image, add a new row in the XML file according to the instructions above.

You can generate your own ArcCoordinates.xml file using the Generator.swf file from assets folder.

You can use photo albums from picasa, flickr, tumblr, photobucket, deviantart or mobypicture by adding the link to the web feed of your album to the assets element in the settings.xml file.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

If you want to get rid of the flashxml.net label from the top-left corner visible in the free version you have to purchase the product and use the paid version instead.

YYou can see an example on how to add a product in your Wordpress article/page here and how to add it in your theme or as a widget here.

Make sure your Wordpress version is greater than 2.8 and your hosting provider is using PHP5.

 

1. There are two files to download:

    a. WordPress Plugin that you have to install and activate

    b. Free package

2. Create a new folder inside your wp-content folder called flashxml, inside this folder create a new one called arc-gallery-fx and copy the content of the free package there

3. If you copied the free package to a location different than the one above, go to Arc Gallery FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

4. Add [arc-gallery-fx][/arc-gallery-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page

5. If you want to make the Arc Gallery FX part of your theme, edit the template files and add <?php fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code(); ?> where you want it to show up

6. Customize your Arc Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Download the ZIP file and use the included settings.xml file to overwrite wp-content/flashxml/arc-gallery-fx/settings.xml

7. To use your own images, upload them to wp-content/flashxml/arc-gallery-fx/images and update the wp-content/flashxml/arc-gallery-fx/images.xml file accordingly

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Arc Gallery FX more than once, you will need another settings file and (probably) another set of images. Let's assume your new file is called settings2.xml. Add [arc-gallery-fx settings="settings2.xml"][/arc-gallery-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the file name as the first argument of the fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code("settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Add as widget

To add the Arc Gallery FX as a widget, go to Widgets from the Appearance tab in your WordPress Dashboard, then drag and drop the Arc Gallery FX from Available Widgets to the widget area you want. You can specify a different settings.xml file and an alternative content for users without Adobe Flash Player from the widget's settings.

 

No Flash support text

To support visitors without Adobe Flash Player, you can provide alternative content by adding the text between [arc-gallery-fx] and [/arc-gallery-fx]. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the text as the second argument of the fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code("", "Alternative content"); ?>).

 

Change WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the Arc Gallery FX in the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard. For widgets, this can be done from the widget's settings. If you want to have a different WMODE value in a specific place, it can be done like this: [arc-gallery-fx wmode="window"][/arc-gallery-fx]. If you're using the PHP function, here's an example on: <?php fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code("", "", 0, 0, "window"); ?>.

 

If you have PHP4

To make it work with PHP4, add [arc-gallery-fx width="400" height="300"][/arc-gallery-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the width and height as the third and fourth argument of the fxarcgallery_echo_embed_code() function call. Don't forget to provide your own width and height values, since 400 and 300 are just examples.

 

Getting rid of the FlashXML.net label

To remove the FlashXML.net label from the top-left corner you'll need to buy the paid package. Once you'll do that, simply use the SWF file from the paid package to overwrite the SWF file from the wp-content/flashxml/arc-gallery-fx/ folder.

1. Download the free package. You need to host all the included files from the package on your own domain because Facebook doesn't allow file hosting.

2. Log in to your Facebook account.

3. Search for the Static HTML: iframe tabs application and select it.

4. Click on Add Static HTML to a page button and you'll be prompted for the page where you want the app to be added.

5. Once added you'll see on the left side menu of your page a new tab with a star icon called Welcome. Click on it to edit it.

6. Add the following HTML embedding code in the text field:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/swfobject/2.2/swfobject.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
var flashvars = {};
flashvars.folderPath = "http://www.yourdomain.com/product_folder/";
var params = {};
params.scale = "noscale";
params.salign = "tl";
params.wmode = "transparent";
params.allowScriptAccess = "always";
params.allowFullScreen = "true";
var attributes = {};
swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.yourdomain.com/product_folder/ProductName.swf", "DivFlashComponent", "600", "400", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params, attributes);
</script>
<div id="DivFlashComponent"></div>

Don't forget to use your own URL for the product's location, name, width and height.

7. Click preview to see how it looks or save changes. The product is now added to the Welcome tab of your page.

8. Optional: To change the tab's name, called by default Welcome, edit your page, go to the Apps tab and click Edit Settings option next to the Static HTML: iframe tabs application to enter the name you want.

9. Optional: To make the tab your default landing tab (first thing your visitors see on your page) edit your page and go to the Manage Permissions tab and change the Default Landing Tab. Note that this option doesn't work with the new Timeline for pages.

Getting rid of the FlashXML.net label

To remove the FlashXML.net label from the top-left corner you'll need to buy the paid package. Once you do that, simply use the SWF file from the paid package to overwrite the SWF file from the location where you hosted all the files from the free package.

The module is used for adding the product in one or more pages in a given position (e.g. top, bottom, sidebar) while the plugin is used for adding the product inside a specific article.

You can see an example on how to install a module in your Joomla 1.5 website here, how to install a plugin in your Joomla 1.5 website here, how to install a module in your Joomla 1.6 website here and how to install a plugin in your Joomla 1.6 website here.

Make sure your Joomla version is at least 1.5 and your hosting provider is using PHP5.

 

Joomla Module Instructions:

1. There are two files to download (both under GPL License):

    a. Joomla Module (version 1.5 or version 1.6, 1.7 & 2.5 or version 3.x) that you have to install and enable

    b. Free package

2. Create a new folder inside your Joomla folder called flashxml, inside this folder create a new one called arcgalleryfx and copy the content of the free package there

3. If you copied the free package to a location different than the one above, update the Path from module's parameters accordingly

4. Customize your Arc Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Download the ZIP file and use the included settings.xml file to overwrite flashxml/arcgalleryfx/settings.xml

Note that the Joomla Module can only be used once in your website.

 

Joomla Plugin Instructions:

1. There are two files to download (both under GPL License):

    a. Joomla Plugin (version 1.5 or version 1.6, 1.7 & 2.5 or version 3.x) that you have to install and enable

    b. Free package

2. Create a new folder inside your Joomla folder called flashxml, inside this folder create a new one called arcgalleryfx and copy the content of the free package there

3. If you copied the free package to a location different from the one above, update the Path from plugin's parameters accordingly

4. Add {arcgalleryfx}{/arcgalleryfx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article

5. Customize your Arc Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Download the ZIP file and use the included settings.xml file to overwrite flashxml/arcgalleryfx/settings.xml

6. The default name for the settings file is settings.xml, but if you want to use another file (for example settings2.xml), specify the name like this: {arcgalleryfx settings=settings2.xml}{/arcgalleryfx} where you want the component to show up in your article

7. In some cases the width and height will not be read from the settings.xml file but you can specify them like this: {arcgalleryfx width=400 height=300}{/arcgalleryfx}. Don't forget to provide your own width and height values, since 400 and 300 are just examples.

 

No Flash support text

To support visitors without Adobe Flash Player, you can provide alternative content by adding the text between {arcgalleryfx} and {/arcgalleryfx}.

 

Changing WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the module/plugin's parameters. If you want to have a different WMODE value in a specific article, it can be done like this: {arcgalleryfx wmode=window}{/arcgalleryfx}.

 

Getting rid of the FlashXML.net label
To remove the FlashXML.net label from the top-left corner you'll need to buy the paid package.
Once you will do that, simply use the SWF file from the paid package to overwrite the SWF file from the flashxml/arcgalleryfx/ folder.

The Arc Gallery FX component is available for Flash CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and requires Flash Player 10 or later. To use this product in Flash you need the MXP file that is available only in the paid package.

You can see an example of how to install a component in Flash Professional here.

In this video you will see:
- how to create an instance of the component on the stage: from the Components panel (Ctrl+F7) drag & drop the component on the stage
- how to give a name to an instance for further use in ActionScript: click on the component instance on the stage and from the Properties panel (Ctrl+F3) enter a name in the text input
- how to access the properties of the component (read or modify) during different moments of your Flash application

Any property of the component could be accessed that way. The names of the properties are identical with the ones from the settings.xml file. The properties of the component can be any of these three types: Number, String, Boolean. We assume it’s intuitive of which type each property is.

Warning! Setting the parameters of the component in the Component Inspector window (Shift+F7) and in the same time having a settings.xml file populated with different values for each property, the properties from the settings.xml file will have priority (meaning that a parameter set in the Component Inspector will be ignored if that parameter is also defined in the XML file).

For now, this component does not dispatch events, but stay tuned for an update.

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Prasad

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,

This is a great tutorial my question is when we open the flash content in the html i am able to see Flash.XML .net on the left top corner how to remove it from displaying.

Thanking u dude

FlashXML Support

Hi,

To remove the logo you need to purchase the commercial version of the Gallery, and then replace the free SWF with the commercial version and the logo will be gone.

ruben

Posted 8 years ago

no chance to install it on blogger?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Blogger doesn’t support SWF files to be added. If you can, you could try hosting the product online, and insert an iframe in blogger, I believe it is possible, that points to the HTML page with the product. Otherwise the guys at Google really made sure you can’t make your blog fun.

Mark Wilson

Posted 8 years ago

When using the lightbox for this arc gallery component i noticed that you responded to someones question by simply only following the first three steps because this component is already lightbox enabled. See below.

Hi,

This component has the Lightbox functionality implemented, already. So, you need to follow just the first three steps from this tutorial.

My question is that the directions give you 3 folders to add to the html page of your site (css, js, and images). The images folder for the lightbox contains button images and such. The problem is that i already have an images folder on my page for the arc gallery component to load my images. Do i need to change the name of one of these folders?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

There is no need to bother with Lightbox, as we have integrated Colorbox, a superior sript, that allows us to link Youtube videos and so on. All you need to do is to edit the settings.xml and make sure that the value of the useColorbox attribute is true <useColorbox=“true”>.
This should work without the you having to download anything else except the component’s package.

Rukayat

Posted 8 years ago

thanks so much for the great support!!!! Worth every penny.

Rukayat

Posted 8 years ago

“instructions” referred to the lightbox instructions which I had already followed. Are you saying I should go and undo steps 4 through 5??? I used option A and tediously followed the instructions.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

That exactly what I mean, you will need to undo steps 4,5 and 6. Or you could try to set the value of useLightbox attribute to false in settings.xml, with the current configuration.

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