What's the best way to show photo's?

Hi, I own a business and would like to show some photo’s of our beautiful building. I’m not that particular how to do it…I could have thumbnail pics which somehow get larger when you mouse over, or I could have thumbnails which open in a new window if you click on a pic, or I can simply have a button labelled “Gallery”, which opens to a slideshow, etc. I’m open to suggestion. I’m no expert in creating websites, (due to financial restraints, I’ve done our existing site using FW5 Pro), so I’m hoping for something easy to accomplish. My site is www.resonate.la and if you click past the welcome page and scroll to the bottom of the next page, you’ll see the photo’s that I need to “blow up” somehow.

Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks all!


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Hi Jonny,

I depend very heavily on photo images within my WebSite, in my case by creating a Slideshow within MS Expressions, previously known as iView Media Pro, which will create the HTML code for the Slideshow, which can then be uploaded via a separate FTP app, and linked to from within Freeway. Alternatively, each photo image could be placed on a separate page within Freeway, and hyper linked from your existing thumbnails.

Many Freeway users now also use the Carousel action seen on the Softpress Home Page. Scroll down to Delta Dave’s Carousel post, ten posts further below yours to read more.

HTH

Neil

On 8 Dec 2009, at 10:44, johnnyvn wrote:

Hi, I own a business and would like to show some photo’s of our beautiful building. I’m not that particular how to do it…I could have thumbnail pics which somehow get larger when you mouse over, or I could have thumbnails which open in a new window if you click on a pic, or I can simply have a button labelled “Gallery”, which opens to a slideshow, etc. I’m open to suggestion. I’m no expert in creating websites, (due to financial restraints, I’ve done our existing site using FW5 Pro), so I’m hoping for something easy to accomplish. My site is www.resonate.la and if you click past the welcome page and scroll to the bottom of the next page, you’ll see the photo’s that I need to “blow up” somehow.

Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated.

Thanks all!


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Johnnyvn,

Your pictures look plenty big enough for a general overview, they look .gif images rather than jpeg though, giving a textured effect.

I would use Mootools slimbox (or similar) were the viewer clicks on the image and it zooms up to whatever size you wish, if your original file size allows.
Available here: http://www.coastalrugs.com/Actions/mootoolssuite.html

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Or Walter’s ScriptyLIghtbox ScriptyLightbox - ActionsForge

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Johnnyvn,

You could use Fancy Zoom
See: http://www.louslittle.com/FZ_Test01/

LLE

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Thank you ALL so much for your great suggestions. I’ve started with Dave’s suggestion of ScriptyLightbox, but I’m not understanding it, I guess. Here’s what the instructions say:

For an easy lightbox of photos,

  1. draw an HTML box DID THAT.

  2. and apply the Action to it. DID THAT.

  3. Insert inline graphic boxes for your thumbnail images DID THAT,

  4. then apply the built-in Graphic Link to File Action to each thumbnail image to create the link DID THAT

  5. and upload the large image in one step. WELL, I MAY NOT BE UNDERSTANDING THIS STEP. TO “UPLOAD THE LARGE IMAGE” I CHOOSE “IMPORT PHOTO FROM iPHOTO”, AND THE PHOTO APPEARS IN THE GRAPHIC BOX.

But, when I go to Preview in Browser, I get a box saying, "The following Actions have a Parameter that requires a value. The Parameter ‘File’ ‘Graphic Link to File’ "

Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong?

Thank you…


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  1. Apply graphic link to File Action

But did you then select the file to be linked to - this will be your larger image

Not what you did in step 5 - in fact there is no separate step 5 it is included in 4

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When you apply the Graphic Link to File Action, you have to target the
full-size version of the image within the Actions palette. Try these
steps:

  1. Click once on your inline graphic box (so all 8 handles are
    showing) and look in the Actions palette.
  2. Pull down the File picker from None to Select… and navigate to
    your image file. (This must be in a Web-friendly format – JPG, GIF,
    or PNG – at a reasonable size and 72ppi.) Click Open when you have
    the image selected.

You may need to go through your images and export Web-sized versions
from iPhoto before you do this, because the Action does not modify the
files it uploads, it only puts them in the Resources folder and
generates a link.

Walter

On Dec 8, 2009, at 1:54 PM, johnnyvn wrote:

  1. then apply the built-in Graphic Link to File Action to each
    thumbnail image to create the link DID THAT

  2. and upload the large image in one step. WELL, I MAY NOT BE
    UNDERSTANDING THIS STEP. TO “UPLOAD THE LARGE IMAGE” I CHOOSE
    “IMPORT PHOTO FROM iPHOTO”, AND THE PHOTO APPEARS IN THE GRAPHIC BOX.


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OK, Dave, thank you. So I guess the first thing I should do is go to iPhoto and export the photo’s I hope to use to a folder in my Freeway folder for easy access. Would you agree with that?


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It would make sense to keep all images etc. (media) in the folder that FW creates for you automatically.

It makes it far easier to keep track of these files rather than having them spread over several locations.

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I really want to thank everyone that has posted on this thread. I haven’t figured this out quite yet…got swamped at work yesterday and couldn’t get more work done on it. Hopefully today, I’ll pick up the fight and post more questions. But thank you, thank you, thank you. So much generosity of time and information, and I greatly appreciate all of you!


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(This must be in a Web-friendly format – JPG, GIF, or PNG – at a
reasonable size and 72ppi.)

Yes. But, strictly speaking, for direct use in web browsers (rather
than imported into Freeway in the normal manner) the pixel-per-inch
value isn’t important.

What is important are the absolute pixel dimensions. If you want
your images to fill a 600x350px rectangle on someone’s screen, make
them 600x350px. Browsers always show images pixel-for-pixel, image to
screen, regardless of any assigned ppi value.

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If you need an example page just shout.

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Hi all, okay, I’m onto a whole new thing. I actually have figured out how to do a slideshow directly in FW5P, and I think it’s going to work really well for me.

But now I have an interesting problem…

I’ve collected a bunch of photo’s of my building, taken by different people, using different cameras at different times over the last year. And I’m using GraphicConverter to the size these things to the SAME size I want (970 width), make the 72ppi, etc. So, I’ve converted all my files.

And I start to import the first few (all created during the same shoot with the same camera) into FW, and they drop in fine, I can create a slideshow, I’m HAPPY! But then I go to drop in some of the photo’s that were done at an earlier time with a different camera, and even though I’ve sent them through the exact same process in GraphConvertor, when I import them into my HTML frame, they are OVERSIZED and I CAN’T SEE THEM. How could this be? GraphicConvertor is sizing ALL the photo’s to the same size, so what gives?

Anyone have any idea? If I can overcome this hurdle, I’m going to be very happy with this slideshow idea…

Thanks in advance.


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I am not sure what’s causing your problem, but there are two things
you can do.

  1. Select the errant image item and go to the Item Menu. Then select
    Graphic and you will have a sub-menu of options. Try Scale to Box and
    your image should then fit.

N.B. It is worth remembering the shortcut keys shown on this menu -
it’s a fast way of fitting images and boxes to each other at the size
you want. You can also make further adjustments using the Item Menu >
Transform dialog. Experiment.

  1. As your images are already scaled to the correct size, when you
    import them click on the Passthrough check box. This will prevent FW
    resampling them and will use your “original” converted images.

For general convenience though, if you import all your photos and re-
size/ crop all within FW, you will generally get a good result.

Colin

On 10 Dec 2009, at 03:31, johnnyvn wrote:

I’ve collected a bunch of photo’s of my building, taken by different
people, using different cameras at different times over the last
year. And I’m using GraphicConverter to the size these things to
the SAME size I want (970 width), make the 72ppi, etc. So, I’ve
converted all my files.

And I start to import the first few (all created during the same
shoot with the same camera) into FW, and they drop in fine, I can
create a slideshow, I’m HAPPY! But then I go to drop in some of the
photo’s that were done at an earlier time with a different camera,
and even though I’ve sent them through the exact same process in
GraphConvertor, when I import them into my HTML frame, they are
OVERSIZED and I CAN’T SEE THEM. How could this be?
GraphicConvertor is sizing ALL the photo’s to the same size, so what
gives?


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GraphicConvertor is sizing ALL the photo’s to the same size, so what gives?

Perhaps it isn’t.

Open one of the good images and one of the bad images in Preview.
Choose Tools > Inspector. Are they both the same pixel dimensions? Do
they both have the same pixel-per-inch setting?

If not, bring the problem image to the front and choose Tools >
Adjust Size. Set the image dimensions and resolution to the desired
values and click OK. Save, then re-import.

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