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Monoslideshow flash galleries

Here is how you can setup Monoslideshow Flash Galleries in Textpattern, with the aid of smd_gallery, adi_gps and mg_setheader.

In order to work, this flash gallery needs to load an xml file with slideshow preferences and list of images. Monoslideshow is not free, but many other free flash gallery libs need xml files, for example Autoviewer.

Generate the xml file with Textpattern

  1. Install and activate the 3 plugins above, copy the monoslideshow.swf into the /images directory.
  2. Create a section and a page named “xml”.
  3. In a form named monoslideshow_pref, paste the code below :
		showLoadingIcon = "false"
		showAlbumsButton = "false"
		showThumbnailsButton = "false"
		showImageInfo = "never"
		kenBurnsMode = "random"
		controlAutoHide = "true"
		markFile = ""

The preferences stuff is generated on the monoslideshow demo site.

In the page “xml” paste the code below :

<txp:mg_setheader /><?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<txp:output_form form="monoslideshow_pref"/>
<album title="Diaporama" description="Diaporama" imagePath="/images">
<txp:smd_gallery category='<txp:adi_gps name="c" />'>
    <img src="{id}{ext}" title="{alt}" description="{title}" />
<txp:article pgonly="1" />

In this page:

  • the xml is generated with the correct header (mg_setheader)
  • the smd_gallery plugin list all the images from a particular category …
  • the category come from a GET variable extracted from the URL with the adi_gps plugin.

We call this section like this to show the xml file : www.mysite.com/xml?c=demo (list all the images from the demo category).

Install the SWFObject.js

Install the SWFObject.js, and call the script from the head part of the page, like this :

<script type="text/javascript" src="/js/swfobject.js"></script>

SWFObject is an easy-to-use and standards-friendly method to embed Flash content, which utilizes one small JavaScript file.

Create a form named “monoslideshow”, and paste the code :

<div id="monoSlideshow">
<p><strong>To see diaporamas, install Flash&reg; and activate Javascript ...</strong></p>
<script type="text/javascript">
// <![CDATA[
var so = new SWFObject("/images/monoslideshow.swf", "SOmonoSlideshow", "600", "200", "7", "#ffffff");
so.addVariable("dataFile", "/xml?c=<txp:custom_field name="Diaporama" />");
// ]]>

In this code, the SWFObject show the monoslideshow.swf, load the xml file and pass as category (xml?c=…) the value of a Custom field named “Diaporama”.

To show a slideshow below the body of an article, paste the code :

<txp:article limit='1'>
<h2><txp:title /></h2>
<txp:body />
<txp:if_custom_field name="Diaporama">
<txp:output_form form="monoslideshow" />

Here, when you put in the custom_field “Diaporama” the name of an image category, a slideshow is displayed at the end of an article.

Many thanks to Stef Dawson for plugins and his help on the forums!

4 Comments Comment feed

  • kus
  • 8 March 2009

nice , is this work to with dfgallery ?

kus, I never use dfgallery, but if dfgallery need a xml file with preferences, configuration and images list, read the doc and modify the xml page accordingly. Read the help of the awesome smd_gallery plugin to extract all the image data.

  • Joe Hastings
  • 9 March 2009

Excellent, truly excellent! I think dirk Stein’s plugin, fpx_image_import, has a role to play here too. It permits one to bulk load any number of images by FTP to a particular image category; in effect a Monoslideshow ‘Gallery’ in this case.

I use the fpx_image_import plugin …
In my images toolkit, other awesome plugins : ebl-image-edit (Advanced Image Editing Plugin for Textpattern) , lam_dynamic_image (Enables images (article & regular) to be resized and displayed on-the-fly), smd_random_banner (Random image or file chosen by category/text/article field).

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