Cover Flow FX

Published on Oct. 28th 2009
61.370 downloads
You need to have Adobe Flash Player installed in order to view the component. You can download it from here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Features

Version 1.0.10.8587 - 06.07.2012 (view changelog)

- Papervision3D engine
- multiple camera and plane views
- auto play options
- extensive tooltip properties
- unlimited number of images
- supports multiple types of images
- customizable overall width and height
- supports different images widths and heights
- configurable reflection
- optional scroll bar with multiple skins
- external PNGs (changeable) for play/pause buttons

Installation instructions for:

Download the cover-flow.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="DivCoverFlowFX"></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("CoverFlowFX.swf", "DivCoverFlowFX", "600", "320", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 600 and 320 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 Cover Flow FX using the Live Demo above and then download the cover-flow.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/01.jpg" url = "http://www.flashxml.net" target = "_blank"><![CDATA[<head>Hello</head>]]></photo>

You can also add videos. Here's an example:

<photo image = "images/01.jpg" url = "http://www.flashxml.net" target="_blank" media="videos/disco1.flv" mediaImage="videos/disco1.jpg" skin="assets/skins/videoSkin1.xml" width="250" height="200" autoplay="true">
<![CDATA[<head>Download the new CoverFlow</head>]]></photo>

You can have as many images as you like. To add a new image, add a new row in the 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 cover-flow-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 Cover Flow FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

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

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

6. Customize your Cover Flow 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/cover-flow-fx/settings.xml

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

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Cover Flow 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 [cover-flow-fx settings="settings2.xml"][/cover-flow-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 fxcoverflow_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxcoverflow_echo_embed_code("settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Add as widget

To add the Cover Flow FX as a widget, go to Widgets from the Appearance tab in your WordPress Dashboard, then drag and drop the Cover Flow 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 [cover-flow-fx] and [/cover-flow-fx]. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the text as the second argument of the fxcoverflow_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxcoverflow_echo_embed_code("", "Alternative content"); ?>).

 

Change WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the Cover Flow 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: [cover-flow-fx wmode="window"][/cover-flow-fx]. If you're using the PHP function, here's an example on: <?php fxcoverflow_echo_embed_code("", "", 0, 0, "window"); ?>.

 

If you have PHP4

To make it work with PHP4, add [cover-flow-fx width="400" height="300"][/cover-flow-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 fxcoverflow_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/cover-flow-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 coverflowfx 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 Cover Flow 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/coverflowfx/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 coverflowfx 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 {coverflowfx}{/coverflowfx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article

5. Customize your Cover Flow 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/coverflowfx/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: {coverflowfx settings=settings2.xml}{/coverflowfx} 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: {coverflowfx width=400 height=300}{/coverflowfx}. 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 {coverflowfx} and {/coverflowfx}.

 

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: {coverflowfx wmode=window}{/coverflowfx}.

 

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/coverflowfx/ folder.

The Cover Flow FX component is available for Flash CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and requires Flash Player 9 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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Comments

Nuwud

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,

I bought the pro version and am a little disappointed that it is loading so slow. Otherwise this is an awesome component! Is there a way to speed up the loading speed? The URL I have it on is http://www.DrewsTickets.com. Thanks!

Andreas Neubert

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,

I’m currently testing the Component and everything works fine, except for the links that should open when I click on the selected Item of the cover flow. When I press the mouse button nothing happens, altough I’ve declared the links in the XML File. Do you have any idea why it’s not working?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Try to set useLightbox to false in your settings.xml file.

daniel

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,
I want to buy your cover flow, too. But unfortunately I’m not able to customize the size of the coverflow elements. Changing height at “swfobject.embedSWF(...)” is without effect :-/.
Thanks a lot!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You have to change the width and height in both the settings.xml file (*widthComponent* and heightComponent attributes) as well as in the embedding code (in the swfobject.embedSWF line).

zendex

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,
I want to use/buy your cover-flow-flash, but I need color gradient for at least 2 colors.
Or can adjust it especialy for my project?
Can you add this feature to your customize-parameters?

Thanks a lot, you makes a great job!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

I’m sorry but this is not possible.

babez21

Posted 8 years ago

I have a little problem with coverflow. When i load it first time in my page all is ok..but then i try to reload the same page changing the xml content…but coverflows don’t shows me any change..
I try to do an example…. I load my page with all albums in XML...then i have a input box when i can write an album name…. by JSP i make a new xml ( well formatted) and i reload the page once a button is pressed…. now there is the problem… coverflow shows me the entire list of album and not what i select with input box! The strange thing is that when i close browser..and i open it again…coverflow show me the selection i do before!! O.o
I thougth it was a cache problem…so i use the tricks to add a random number near the file name…but no result…
How can i let coverflow load the right XML content when a page is opened?
Thanks so much!!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Make sure that the new generated XML content is in the right format and it looks similar to our settings.xml file.

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