Photo Gallery FX

Published on Sep. 14th 2010
24.413 downloads

Features

Version 1.0.7.8127 - 30.01.2012 (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
- 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 photo-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="DivPhotoGalleryFX"></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("PhotoGalleryFX.swf", "DivPhotoGalleryFX", "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 Photo Gallery FX using the Live Demo above and then download the photo-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 photo-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 Photo Gallery FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

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

6. Customize your Photo 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/photo-gallery-fx/settings.xml, wp-content/flashxml/photo-gallery-fx/ImageScrollerFX/settings.xml and wp-content/flashxml/photo-gallery-fx/holder/settings.xml files accordingly

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

 

Additional settings file

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

 

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

 

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/photogalleryfx/ folder.

The Photo 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

Jenna

Posted 7 years ago

Hello, I am not using the zoon function on any of the browsers I have tested this on and they all show the same thing

FlashXML Support

Send an email to support [at] flashxml.net with a screenshot with what do you see and also specify the problem you’re having so we can understand your problem.

Jenna

Posted 7 years ago

Hello again,
I changed the xml files and the problem with the freezing on the last image is fixed but I am still only getting about 400and something pixels of the images which needs to be about 600 but when I increase the height in wordpress of the component I do get more of the image but also white space above it. I have cleared my cache and tried in other browsers.

FlashXML Support

Please make sure you’re not using the zoom function in your browser.

Jenna

Posted 7 years ago

Hello,
Liking the gallery alot although I have one problem with resizing, my images are either width 800 or heght 600 although they dont seem to fit on the screen very well i have set the component to width=“800” height=“700” in wordpress and still the images are being cut off. Also I find on the last image when i click the nav arrow next it freezes the player instead of going to the 1st image. Any help is appreciated thank you.

FlashXML Support

I checked your website and the images are displayed well. Maybe you just have to clear the cache of your browser to see them as they really are. Learn how to do that here: http://www.flashxml.net/how-to-clear-your-browsers-cache.html.
About your problem with the navigation buttons, I noticed that you’re using 12 image in the big.xml file but only 11 in the thumbs.xml file. The last image from the big.xml file is missing from the thumbs.xml file. Make sure you have the same number of images to avoid errors like the ones you’re having now.

emma

Posted 7 years ago

i done what you told me to do and replaced the photos with smaller images but it still takes a wile for them too load

FlashXML Support

The loading speed also depends on your internet connection. I don’t know about your internet connection but your gallery loaded in only 2-3 seconds on my end and I only have a medium speed internet connection.

Emma

Posted 7 years ago

I have tried to use the photo-gallery for my website but no matter what i do the big images will show but take ages to load, also when i delete the original images they still appear and the code has also been deleted. the website will work perfectly offline but when i upload it online the gallery either wont work or will take ages to load.

the photo-gallery works using safari but Firefox will jot display anything.

FlashXML Support

You’re using very big images with a very high resolution (e.g. 4288 × 2848) and that have a very big size (aprox. 3-5 MB). There’s no need to use such big images. Of course it takes very long to load them because all the thumb images are loaded first and it needs at least 15MB to download only to display the thumb images which only have a few pixels. That’s why there are two XML files to load images: thumbs.xml to load thumbnail images and big.xml to load big images. Use a photo editor and reduce the size of your images and the gallery will load much faster.

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