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Introduction to Flash experiment: Flashbox
In “Flatpack toys other then ReadyMech” I started to experimented with Lightbox JS v2.0 to show images without using a popup or leave the page. I used wp-lightbox2.
I used the wp-thickbox plugin (20,8 kB) and don’t forget wp-jQuery (19.5kB). So to get thickbox working on WordPress it will add up to 40.3kB total (less then half of lightbox).
And here comes the trouble:
A couple of days ago there was an update of WordPress: WordPress 2.1 Ella and this version of WordPress uses prototype.
And prototype and jQuery can live together but can cause problem.
Which it did in my case: Thickbox didn’t work any more, and a theme I was working on (using jQuery) stop working too.
Update: Not functioning of Thickbox had nothing to do with WordPress 2.1 or with the wp-plugin. I was to hasty with my conclusion. Read the comments
So I changed this blog (not update to wp2.1 yet) back to Lightbox again, because of the prototype/jQuery issues and future updates of my blog.
And then I started thinking about Flashbox
What is Flashbox? Well it’s Lightbox but with Flash.
Lightbox JSFlashbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.
There are some things I want to change:
- thumbnails, or something similar so you can skip a couple images in a gallery
- autoplay / slideshow
- resize big images
note: A good example is the slideshow from flickr.com.
Always good to set some goals at the beginning of a project:
- lighter then LightBox 2 – over 100 KB (LightBox is not compressed )
- lighter then ThickBox – around 30 KB
- lighter then Greybox – 22 KB
- copying the same basic function from Lightbox
- even more simple to install
Follow my progress on FlashBox
You can follow my progress in the Flashbox directory.