The Adobe Design Center crew is back on stage for a new year, posting all sorts of good content.
New Think Tank
As always, Adobe training mavens Luanne Seymour and Jen deHaan are kicking out the jams, so check out their sites for fresh material. And as always, check out some of the 1000+ Adobe links on del.icio.us. Info on how to contribute links is here. [Via Luanne]
SlideShowPro developer Todd Dominey reports that he’s issued a free update to this Flash gallery component for Lightroom. Changes include:
- New "Header" area to display a logo (with link), gallery title and gallery description
- New "Wet Floor" effect (see example)
- 4 template groups, each containing 8 variations for landscape/portrait, dimension and aspect ratio (32 options total).
- New inputs to directly assign an audio file and caption
- New Director formatting panel
Todd notes, "The templates are also a great way to get a "fitted" look really quickly, as it calculates all the dimensions for handling 3:2 / 4:3 imagery
without gaps." SlideShowPro for Lightroom is $25.
Note: It’s also possible to use SlideShowPro together with Photoshop; see previous.
Several times now I’ve expressed my appreciation for PicLens, a beautiful (and free) little browser plug-in that enables full-screen, hardware-accelerated slideshows from Google Images, Flickr, MySpace, deviantART, and other sites. It’s changed my whole online photo viewing experience.
Now Alec from PicLens writes to say that there’s a new version available for Firefox (Safari & IE updates to follow):
It features the all-new “3D Wall,” a magical virtual interface that can exhibit 100s, if not 1000s of images. There, you can drag, scroll, zoom, and, of course, jump into full-screen mode. You’ll have to try it out to really experience it. It brings the user one step closer to a fully immersive multimedia experience on the Web.
Once you download the 1MB plug-in (Mac or Win), go into a slideshow and try holding down and arrow key to cruise through the images. I’d take a screenshot, but it doesn’t seem to get along with Snapz Pro. [Update: Here’s one, though it doesn’t capture the motion.] Really nicely done, guys!
[Update: Matthew from The Turning Gate has updated his free TTG Slimbox Gallery for Lightroom to offer PicLens compatibility. I’ve confirmed that it does indeed work, provided you upload the exported gallery to a Web server.]
I’m glad to report that Dominey Design’s excellent SlideShowPro Flash gallery is now available for Lightroom. As the site notes, you can “change any of SlideShowPro’s 60+ parameters and preview your changes inside a real, working preview of SlideShowPro before you publish.” The gallery offers a slick full-screen viewing option (click the icon in the lower right corner of the example here). From within the Lightroom Web module you can upload directly to the Web server of your choice. You can also upload to Dominey’s SlideShowPro Director hosting service, which offers online tools for browsing and managing your uploaded library. The gallery costs $25, and hosting is available at various rates (free for 14 days).
In covering this announcement, Rick LePage from Macworld also notes that Felix Turner’s great Airtight Galleries for Lightroom (previously downloadable on their own) are now included with Lightroom 1.3. So, if you’ve run the update and haven’t looked at your Web module for a while, take a peek; you might be pleasantly surprised.
[Update: At Inside Lightroom Michale Clark talks about SlideShowPro in LR, calling it "one heck of a deal for the money."]
[Previously: You can also create SlideShowPro galleries and Airtight galleries directly from Photoshop. See the whole Web Gallery category for more.]
I’m pleased to report that designer/developer Todd Dominey has connected his excellent SlideShowPro Web gallery technology to Photoshop. SlideShowPro is a highly customizable Flash component that works with Flash MX 2004 and above, enabling Flash authors to create slick SWF galleries that support goodness like full-screen mode (click the button in the lower-right corner of the gallery on the home page) and streaming audio (example).
Now it’s possible to use Photoshop to batch-resize images & generate the XML file needed to power a gallery. Scripts for Photoshop CS2 & CS3 are downloadable from the site by anyone who purchases SlideShowPro ($29.95).
Felix Turner, creator of the slick, elegant SimpleViewer Flash Web gallery (example), has provided a SimpleViewer script for Photoshop. The script makes it possible to set parameters and punch out a gallery right from Photoshop, and it’s a free download from the Airtight Interactive site.
If this is up your alley, check out the earlier PostcardViewer script for Photoshop (example), as well as the same templates for Lightroom. Thanks to Felix, and to Jeff Tranberry in Photoshop QE for his help in making these happen.
In related news, the source code for the Flash gallery used by the Adobe Media Gallery extension for Bridge (see earlier announcement) as well as Lightroom has been updated (example). Gallery developers Bluefire have posted details of the enhancements on their blog.
Fresh new Web gallery technology:
PS–Due to a power system shutdown this weekend, I won’t be able to post new entries or approve comments until at least Sunday night. My God, I might actually have to go outside; wish me luck…
Elsewhere, LightroomGalleries.com is devoted to just what you’d imagine. I’m enjoying the LRG FlashFlex gallery. It has some wonky qualities, and I’m not sure what purpose the draggability of images is supposed to serve, but fortunately it’s possible to tweak these parameters inside Lightroom (e.g. disabling dragging). Use the installation instructions mentioned above to find the path to your templates folder. [Via]
If you know of other good Lightroom templates, please let me know.
Here’s a little Friday afternoon treat: the Lightroom team has been working with Felix Turner, creator of the excellent Airtight Flash galleries, to integrate support for the galleries. Lightroom engineer Andy Rahn has posted three gallery templates on the LR team blog, along with installation instructions. Here are examples I generated using each one:
What’s really sweet is the way the Adobe Flash Player is directly integrated into Lightroom, so that as you adjust the specific parameters for each gallery (image size, colors, number of rows/columns, etc.), you see the results immediately. With other apps you’d need to set parameters, export, review the results in a browser, go back to the authoring tool, tweak, and so on.
I think this is a sign of more good things to come, and if you’re a Flash developer who’s like to integrate with Lightroom, drop me a line. We’ll work on updating the galleries to run in the new Bridge-based Adobe Media Gallery (which uses the same engine) as well. To use PostcardViewer directly from Photoshop, see previous.
Feeling overwhelmed by Adobe updates yet? <:-)
To get cranking with AMG, make sure you first update to Bridge 2.1, then download the installer from Adobe Labs. The site includes a quick start guide, list of known issues, and more. Developers interested in building on Bridge can view and reuse the code that’s in AMG (e.g. FTP upload).
Thanks to the team at Quality Process for all their efforts in bringing AMG to the world, and to the crew at Blue Fire for making the SWF templates (which have now been open-sourced). Great work, guys!
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