if you are planning to build a product carousel like the one featured on our loomdeflorence seat showcase, stick to jquery. Jquery has several plugins that build image carousel, and among them some are responsive, which means that they will behave not too badly on a touch screen device like smartphones
- Elastislide is definitely the one to choose as it resises images dynamically according to browser window size
- wilto carousel works nice too : https://github.com/Wilto/Dynamic-Carousel/
We like the HTML 5 css animations, and the codrops tutorial give a first insight into a bright future for webmasters, via a technology that involves almost only css coding / harsh coding though. Anyhow I provide here a plugin for wordpress that will perform two tasks
- shortcode [wbKenBurnsFullScreen] : displays post images as full screen background with ken burns effect
- shortcode [wbKenBurnsFullScreenRandom] : displays images selected as 'random' and creates the full screen background effect, taking image parent post as title and link
For the moment, it is the random code that works best as it automatically selects 4 images from media library, which is the best count of images for the effect I provide, directly inspired from the codrops tutorial.
Technically the plugin also provides additional field for images (screenshot below from erwan-foto.com)
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We are quite proud here that our months old specific jquery gallery script for silverstripe -the best PHP opensource CMS as of today, just out with a new release- is still, in my opinion, the best we could deliver to customers. In the meanwhile a troup of well intentioned contributors posted their own implementation of gallery for silverstripe cms : one of them is Aaron Carlino who has worked on upload scripts that are very interesting for the customer experience. On Carl's gallery script, the image upload, ordering and labeling are all administered from the web site front end, which is nice. But also the gallery script he provides comes with 7 variations of the famous lightbox : in the admin you can just choose between lightbox, shadowbox, thickbox, nyromodal, prettyphoto and fancybox, and once saved and/or published online; the front end will load the chosen lightbox variation. Interesting to try, not very useful for a customer who doesn't care which script is being used once it's properly configured.
Is it necessary to build an alternative picasa viewer when picasa itself provides nice flash gallery viewers ? for webmasters it turns out that sometimes it can be necessary to hide picasa details, and thanks to picasa itself providing various remote server access, you can use your albums within any kind of rss or json enabled application. We provide here an example of a JSON - jquery powered slideshow that takes input from any picasa album. The advantage of using picasa over hosted or specific applications such as famous menalto's gallery of coppermine is that picasa does resizing jobs for you, and offers up to 1 GB of free online image storage which largely enough for any small website presentation.
Monoslide show is a great gallery / slideshow flash applet that takes images list from user edited XML configuration file. One of its great features, apart from the incredible flexibility it allows, is the quality of the transition effects, such as Random Ken Burns effect that will do the trick for most professionnal movie like silide shows ! One drawback is that it lacks a user friendly admin module, every configuration has to be edited via the XML file. Just that is powerful enough though, and worth its price.