I’ve been using the amazing Lightwindow 2.0 script in my hand-coded work for some time now. It’s an excellent Lightbox in the classic mold, but it can handle almost any format of content you can throw at it. Flash, QuickTime, Windows Media, regular old images, anything you can link to can be displayed in a nice, lazy-loading overlay window.
Today, I finally Action-ized it, and it’s ready for testing.
Here’s a couple of different things you can do with it:
###Traditional Slide-sorter view
- Draw an HTML box large enough to hold all of your thumbnail images.
- Apply the ScriptyLightbox Action to the HTML box.
- Double-click into the box so you get a text cursor, and add an inline graphics box to hold your first thumbnail image. Set it to float left, add some right and bottom margin, import your first photo and resize it, and then apply the Graphic Link to File Action to it (linked to the full-size image or other resource).
- Now copy that thumbnail, double-click next to it in the HTML box (to get your text cursor) and paste as many times as you need to add your other images or files, and update the references.
- Publish, and click on one of your thumbnails to see the show.
- Draw a graphic box for your thumbnail, import the image.
- Apply the ScriptyLightbox Action to the graphic box, and also apply the Graphic Link to File Action to the same box. Set your link to the full size image.
You don’t need to use an image for your trigger, any sort of link will do. So you could use text links – maybe combine this with a list of links to sites to show a gallery of your work.
A few caveats: QuickTime seems a little flaky in Firefox 2 (or it might just be me). Testing is encouraged. PDFs are known to be bad news on all platforms – the developer recommends using FlashPaper instead. There are dozens of configuration options available in Lightwindow, but I haven’t exposed them in any way (yet). Have a look at the original site for some ideas: http://www.stickmanlabs.com/lightwindow
Hope you enjoy it.
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