Dock Gallery FX

Published on May. 5th 2010
64.840 downloads

Features

Version 1.0.6.8124 - 29.11.2011 (view changelog)

- completely customizable Dock Gallery which uses the Dock Menu FX component, keeping the same multiple configurable properties of the menu and adding many gallery properties, image transitions and text effects
- you can put the dock menu on any position over the gallery, and you can have it hidden on roll out
- you can customize your XML list of image transitions using the Image Transitions Generator
- you can customize your XML list of text effects using the Text Effects Generator
- the images in the gallery can be displayed according to bestFit, boxFit or forceFit options
- customize all your properties in the full screen configuration panel and hit "generate settings XMLs" button

Here are some specific properties of the dock menu navigation:
- customizable min and max thumbs width and height
- three expanding directions
- thumbs spacing
- optional auto scrolling
- multiple scrolling and speed properties
- various roll over behaviors
- HTML/CSS formatted tooltip

Installation instructions for:

Download the dock-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="DivDockGalleryFX"></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("DockGalleryFX.swf", "DivDockGalleryFX", "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.

To use the gallery in fullscreen mode you can use the index.html file provided in the package.

CUSTOMIZATION

You can customize the Dock Gallery FX using the Live Demo above and then download the dock-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 big.xml(responsible for the bigger images) and the thumbs.xml(responsible for the smaller images) files 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 for big.xml:

<photo image="images/big/101.jpg" url="http://www.flashxml.net"><![CDATA[<head>Hello</head><body>world</body>]]></photo>

Here's an example for thumbs.xml (NOTE: you can't add url for thumbs images):

<photo image="images/thumbs/101.jpg"><![CDATA[Hello]]></photo>

You can have as many images as you like. To add a new image, add a new row in the XML files.

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.

You 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 dock-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 Dock Gallery FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

4. Add [dock-gallery-fx width="600" height="400"][/dock-gallery-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page, but don't forget to replace 600 and 400 with your own width and height values

5. If you want to make the Dock Gallery FX part of your theme, edit the template files and add <?php fxdockgallery_echo_embed_code(600, 400); ?> where you want it to show up

6. Customize your Dock Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Generate the settings.xml text and use it to overwrite wp-content/flashxml/dock-gallery-fx/settings.xml, wp-content/flashxml/dock-gallery-fx/DockMenuFX/settings.xml and wp-content/flashxml/dock-gallery-fx/holder/settings.xml files accordingly

7. To use your own images, upload them to wp-content/flashxml/dock-gallery-fx/images/ and update the wp-content/flashxml/dock-gallery-fx/images/thumbs.xml and wp-content/flashxml/dock-gallery-fx/images/big.xml files accordingly

 

No Flash support text

To support visitors without Adobe Flash Player, you can provide alternative content by adding the text between [dock-gallery-fx width="600" height="400"] and [/dock-gallery-fx]. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the text as the third argument of the fxdockgallery_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxdockgallery_echo_embed_code(600, 400, "Alternative content"); ?>).

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Dock Gallery FX more than once, you will need another set of settings file and (probably) another set of images. Let's assume your new files are called settings2.xml. Add [dock-gallery-fx width="600" height="400" settings="settings2.xml"][/dock-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 fourth argument of the fxdockgallery_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxdockgallery_echo_embed_code(600, 400, "Alternative content", "settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Change WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the Dock 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: [dock-gallery-fx width="600" height="400" wmode="window"][/dock-gallery-fx]. If you're using the PHP function, here's an example on: <?php fxdockgallery_echo_embed_code(600, 400, "", "", "window"); ?>.

 

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/dock-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 dockgalleryfx 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 Dock Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Generate the settings.xml text and use it to overwrite flashxml/dockgalleryfx/settings.xml, flashxml/dockgalleryfx/DockMenuFX/settings.xml and flashxml/dockgalleryfx/holder/settings.xml files accordingly

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 dockgalleryfx 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 module's parameters accordingly

4. Add {dockgalleryfx width=400 height=300}{/dockgalleryfx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article, but don't forget to replace 400 and 300 with your own width and height values

5. Customize your Dock Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Generate the settings.xml text and use it to overwrite flashxml/dockgalleryfx/settings.xml, flashxml/dockgalleryfx/DockMenuFX/settings.xml and flashxml/dockgalleryfx/holder/settings.xml files accordingly

6. The default name for the settings files is settings.xml, but if you want to use another files (for example settings2.xml), specify the name like this: {dockgalleryfx width=400 height=300 settings=settings2.xml}{/dockgalleryfx} where you want the component to show up in your article

 

No Flash support text

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

 

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: {dockgalleryfx width=400 height=300 wmode=window}{/dockgalleryfx}.

 

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/dockgalleryfx/ folder.

The Dock 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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Comments

Kent Blackford

Posted 7 years ago

I was wondering how to use this program that I just bought. I purchased the commercial license of the dock gallery fx. In the demo pictures it says that there is no special skills or software required, this is why I chose this program. I was hoping that there would be a wizard by which I would just choose the photos I wanted to use and change some settings then embed it into my web page. Maybe I am missing something but I have not been able to get my gallery to come together. If there is anything that you can do to help me I would appreciate it. I have knowledge in web design with dreamweaver but I have never used flash before and I was hoping to get a very nice flash gallery without having to know flash. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Our components might look daunting at first, but allow me to say that they are really simple once you understand how they work.
Before continuing, please read this FAQ to get an understanding of how Flash uses XML.

Now, you use the DockGallery FX. This product is composed of two distinct components. On is the navigation, on the bottom, the DockMenu, and the other is the Holder, which displays the BIG images. If you’ve read the FAQ, you’d have learned that each SWF file reads a settings.xml file, which reads an images.xml file, in which the pictures are designated.

The Gallery functions similarly, the DockMenu.SWF, has a settings.xml, that reads a THUMBS.XML that loads the small pictures in the navigation bar, from the images/thumbs folder. The HOLDER.SWF has a settings.xml, that reads a BIG.XML that loads the large pictures in the background. Then the DockGalleryFX.SWF brings them all together to make the component work.

Ok, to change the pictures in the navigation bar, you need to edit the THUMBS.XML file in a text editor, like Notepad ++. There you can change the small images’ location.
To BIG.XML has more options, which include, external links, the target attribute. For both Thumbs and BIG, the text you see is added in the CDATA tags, and is HTML formatted.

Roger

Posted 7 years ago

Is it the same “manual” way to add text to pictures in paid version? if you want to add text to many pics its maybe not that userfriendly for the not so skilled customers.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Replace the main SWF file (DockGalleryFX.swf) with your new paid version. None other files have to be replaced and manually written.

Jennifer

Posted 7 years ago

Hi I have downloaded the free version of the Dock Gallery and is working well. However, it doesn’t show up when accessed through the IPad… Any way that can be addressed? Thanks, much appreciated!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

The reason why it is not working is because the device does not support flash.

panos

Posted 7 years ago

I would like to ask you whethet the Dock Gallery supports videos.
Thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

The Gallery does support videos. You’ll have to add the video syntax in the big.xml:

<video media="video/myVideo.flv" image="video/myImage.jpg" skin="assets/skins/videoSkin1.xml" backColor="0x000000" backAlpha="1" autoplay="true"></video>'

Just make sure the filepath is correct to the video/image. Please note that this will only play local videos, so no streaming from Youtube.

Francis

Posted 7 years ago

Hello,

I bought all your files and I have to say that your Dock FX gallery is the best gallery ever !!

Unfortunately, I can’t get it work on my private worpress blog.

Strange enough, there is the room for the flash lovie and the movie itself is there, but nothing shows.

Sinces it is a private blog (still under construction), here is a temporary guest account:

username: *****
password: ****

Link to the embeded galery (in a page):
http://www.netmedisoft.net/?page_id=76

Many thanks,

Francis

FlashXML Support

Hi,

I have checked your site and there is something odd about the site. Whenever I try to view the SWF file, it keeps redirecting me to the frontpage. Have you made any changes to the WP link or to automatically redirect to the frontpage? If so, please try to revert to WP default settings.

Also, please make sure you use the latest version of all our files, the plugin and the component. I just checked to see if there are problems with our files, and on a normal WP installation the gallery works without a problem. If you are still having problems please provide your wp-admin login details to support[at]flashxml.net

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