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Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery

From: Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver

Video: Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery

At this point, we are ready to add in a lightbox functionality. So the one I really like and I've included in the exercise files is Fancybox. To learn more about Fancybox, you can visit their web site, fancybox.net. You can download the latest copy of this particular plug-in, and this works exactly the same way as the preload works, where we hook in our files and then we simply can make calls called Fancybox just like regular functions inside of jQuery. So I am going to take the Fancybox folder in the includes directory from Exercise Files and we are going to move this over into our project.

Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery

At this point, we are ready to add in a lightbox functionality. So the one I really like and I've included in the exercise files is Fancybox. To learn more about Fancybox, you can visit their web site, fancybox.net. You can download the latest copy of this particular plug-in, and this works exactly the same way as the preload works, where we hook in our files and then we simply can make calls called Fancybox just like regular functions inside of jQuery. So I am going to take the Fancybox folder in the includes directory from Exercise Files and we are going to move this over into our project.

Once this is here, let's come back to Dreamweaver. Let's go to our index file. Let's go to source code. We're going to get our cursor after the preload JavaScript. It can go before or after that; it needs to come after the jQuery include and before our custom js file. So up here, I am going to choose common, insert script, I am going to go to the desktop, my gallery, includes, jquery.fancybox, go into the fancybox folder.

Down here at the bottom, I will open this window up more. We are going to click on fancybox-1.3.4.js. Click Choose. Click OK. Let's hit another Return. Now we need to import a CSS file, come up to Format > CSS Styles > Attach Style Sheet, Browse > myGallery > includes > jquery.fancybox > fancybox folder, and we will grab the fancybox-1.3.4.css and click Choose and say OK.

Switch back out to Design view. I can now see the Fancybox, related files showing up here on the top of Dreamweaver as well. Now in the next movie, we're going to set up some jQuery statements to activate hyperlinks to load high-res images in the lightbox.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Previewing the project across browsers and devices
      5m 32s
    2. About the exercise files
      2m 19s
  2. 9m 49s
    1. Renaming a series of files in Adobe Bridge
      3m 7s
    2. Using GREP for more intricate file renaming
      6m 42s
  3. 29m 5s
    1. Creating and linking HTML and CSS files
      1m 32s
    2. Save For Web & Devices in Photoshop
      7m 2s
    3. Creating empty CSS rules
      3m 55s
    4. Create, nest, and class DIV tags
      6m 0s
    5. Adding CSS properties for main container
      4m 0s
    6. Adding CSS properties for content area
      4m 28s
    7. Adding CSS properties for headings
      2m 8s
  4. 15m 55s
    1. Adding and linking the thumbnail images
      2m 32s
    2. Styling the thumbnail links with CSS
      5m 15s
    3. Downloading and adding jQuery to your project
      2m 42s
    4. Overriding the browser's default link behavior
      5m 26s
  5. 11m 10s
    1. Creating preview images from anchor links
      1m 52s
    2. Changing the preview when clicking thumbnails
      5m 59s
    3. Changing the caption when clicking thumbnails
      3m 19s
  6. 12m 0s
    1. Adding an image preload plug-in for jQuery
      2m 22s
    2. Setting a dissolve transition between previews
      4m 31s
    3. Implementing the preload functionality
      5m 7s
  7. 15m 20s
    1. Adding a lightbox plug-in for jQuery
      2m 2s
    2. Creating a custom function for lightbox properties
      7m 38s
    3. Setting links to activate the lightbox feature
      5m 40s
  8. 3m 40s
    1. Initializing the gallery on page load
      3m 40s
  9. 5m 11s
    1. Adding icons and styles to the zoom and contact links
      5m 11s
  10. 2m 41s
    1. Activating a gallery automatically in IE9 and IE10
      2m 41s
  11. 2m 43s
    1. Some ideas for further enhancements
      2m 43s

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