Flexible Media Gallery FX

Published on Aug. 23rd 2010
18.093 downloads

Features

Version 1.0.6.8125 - 25.01.2012 (view changelog)

- completely customizable gallery which uses the Image Scroller 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 image scroller on any position
- 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 image scroller navigation:
- horizontal or vertical alignment
- customizable thumbs width and height
- various roll over behaviors
- thumbs spacing
- optional auto scrolling
- multiple scrolling and speed properties
- HTML/CSS formatted tooltip
- background and shade customizable properties

Installation instructions for:

Download the flexible-media-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="DivFlexibleMediaGalleryFX"></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("FlexibleMediaGalleryFX.swf", "DivFlexibleMediaGalleryFX", "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 Flexible Media Gallery FX using the Live Demo above and then download the flexible-media-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 to add images 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 to add videos for big.xml:

<video media="video/101.flv" image="video/101.jpg" skin="assets/skins/videoSkin1.xml" backColor="0x000000" backAlpha="1" autoplay="false"></video>

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 flexible-media-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 Flexible Media Gallery FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

4. Add [flexible-media-gallery-fx width="600" height="400"][/flexible-media-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 Flexible Media Gallery FX part of your theme, edit the template files and add <?php fxflexiblemediagallery_echo_embed_code(600, 400); ?> where you want it to show up

6. Customize your Flexible Media 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/flexible-media-gallery-fx/settings.xml, wp-content/flashxml/flexible-media-gallery-fx/ImageScrollerFX/settings.xml and wp-content/flashxml/flexible-media-gallery-fx/holder/settings.xml files accordingly

7. To use your own images, upload them to wp-content/flashxml/flexible-media-gallery-fx/images/ and update the wp-content/flashxml/flexible-media-gallery-fx/images/thumbs.xml and wp-content/flashxml/flexible-media-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 [flexible-media-gallery-fx width="600" height="400"] and [/flexible-media-gallery-fx]. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the text as the third argument of the fxflexiblemediagallery_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxflexiblemediagallery_echo_embed_code(600, 400, "Alternative content"); ?>).

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Flexible Media 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 [flexible-media-gallery-fx width="600" height="400" settings="settings2.xml"][/flexible-media-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 fxflexiblemediagallery_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxflexiblemediagallery_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 Flexible Media 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: [flexible-media-gallery-fx width="600" height="400" wmode="window"][/flexible-media-gallery-fx]. If you're using the PHP function, here's an example on: <?php fxflexiblemediagallery_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/flexible-media-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 flexiblemediagalleryfx 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 Flexible Media Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Generate the settings.xml text and use it to overwrite flashxml/flexiblemediagalleryfx/settings.xml, flashxml/flexiblemediagalleryfx/ImageScrollerFX/settings.xml and flashxml/flexiblemediagalleryfx/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 flexiblemediagalleryfx 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 {flexiblemediagalleryfx width=400 height=300}{/flexiblemediagalleryfx} 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 Flexible Media Gallery FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Generate the settings.xml text and use it to overwrite flashxml/flexiblemediagalleryfx/settings.xml, flashxml/flexiblemediagalleryfx/ImageScrollerFX/settings.xml and flashxml/flexiblemediagalleryfx/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: {flexiblemediagalleryfx width=400 height=300 settings=settings2.xml}{/flexiblemediagalleryfx} 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 {flexiblemediagalleryfx} and {/flexiblemediagalleryfx}.

 

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

 

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/flexiblemediagalleryfx/ folder.

The Flexible Media 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

Jay

Posted 8 years ago

Here’s a little more information on the problem that I’m having with the Flexible Media Gallery loading correctly in flash. I followed the installation demo for xml product installation and I took a look at my action script code. There was one typo but I’m still have problems running this. Here is my code: media.settingsXML=“settings.xml”; the name of my instance object is media. Anyway, the output says “xml not found: settings.xml.” I’m not sure if I should put these file in a specific place or somehow create another XML file and do the confusing “copy and paste” technique I witnessed in the video, or something else. Anyway, if you read my previous questions combined with this new information, I’m confident that you can steer me in the right direction.

Thanks again,

Jay

FlashXML Support

Hi,

As is specified in this video tutorial, you need to write that action script code in case you want to load the component with another settings.xml, but this is not available for our galleries that use three settings.xml files, like this one. If you will need to load the gallery with different settings we will provide you the necessary instructions for that. So, in your case, you just need to drag the component on the stage and test your movie. Make sure that your Flash project is saved in the same folder with the content of Flexible Media Gallery.

Mark Wills

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,

I was wondering if there is a way to have the holder swf window change in size dynamically with accordance to what photo aspect ratio is showing.

For example, I have a mixture of portrait and landscape photos in my gallery and my holder settings.xml size is set to 955 × 650 resolution, I have sized all my landscape photos to exactly the same size so they fit perfectly however as you browse to a portrait photo it downsizes considerably to accommodate the 650 height and due to the aspect ratio of the photo the width reflects that size and changes to about 400, thus a much smaller photo.

Can I add script to make the swf resolution change to something like 700 × 1000 whenever a portrait photo is browsed?

My website is currently under construction and locked, I provided a temp login to FlashXML a little while back and ask them to keep it on record, let me know if you need it again.

thanks

Mark

FlashXML Support

Hi,

To correctly display the images in different aspect ratios you need to change the imageFitting first, to “boxfit”. This makes the images fit the holder dimensions no matter the aspect ratio. Although all the galleries have the “boxfit” I recommend you use the PhotoGallery FX, or the EliteGalleryFX which were designed to open both portrait/landscape photos.

Jay

Posted 8 years ago

Hell again,

I had a request about the installation process that I posted earlier and here’s the link to that confusing video demo than attempts to show me how to install a XML product into flash. Again, I’m stuck at the Action Script process. I have it installed, named the instance, and the gallery icon exists on the stage. If you can show me what to type in action script and go into more detail about the exact things I need to do in order to test the movie. Right now, when I test the movie, it is blank and here is the compiling error: “Scene 1, Layer ‘Layer 1’, Frame 1, Line 1 1119: Access of possibly undefined property settingsXXL through a reference with static type classes:FlexibleMediaGallery.” So again, the video shows some process of an existing setting2.XML and copy and pasting this to another directory. The video shows this file at the very beginning of the installation process. How did this file get there in the first place? Of course, this demo only represents installing 3D banner, but I would like to know a step by step process of FlexibleMediaGallery procedures so that I would know exactly what to do to get this thing working. If I could get through this initial step, I’m sure I can figure out more stuff on my own.

Thanks

Jay

Posted 8 years ago

I’m trying to get the Flexible Media Gallery to show up in Flash. The installation demo video has no audio and I’m confused by the action script process. The video shows how you install the 3D banner and it already shows the setting2.XML file from the beginning, so the whole process of writing the code and copy and pasting settings2 to the other location is confusing. I would like a step by step instruction on how to get Flexible Media Gallery to work by writing the correct code and using the correct settings file. Also, there is no written documentation on the setup process that I can follow. Can you write out or direct me to a better video or written documentation?

willFX

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,

Is there a way to play a video without having to wait until it’s all downloaded?I have a 5Mb flv video and it takes too long until it starts playing.And when it’s starts to play I see it is all loaded. How can I make it to work like youtube for example(play as it loads).

Thx

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please send us the link to your website and we will check it out, because it should work in this way (play and load). You can see this if you check the videos in Live Demo.

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you will get an answer in 24 hours, tops.

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