Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver
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Some ideas for further enhancements


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Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver

with Chris Converse

Video: Some ideas for further enhancements

So now that you've completed programming your own photo gallery, there are some things you might want to consider to further increase the functionality. One of the things to take a look at is inside the Fancybox framework, there was that index file. We're going to open that up again. Down here under the set of examples, there's a group where we can take a series of images and load a series up in the lightbox. So by assigning a whole bunch of images to the same relative group, which we'll take a look at in the code for a moment, when we load up the lightbox, when we move to the right, we'll see that we have an arrow where I can click and go to the next picture.
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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 28s
    6. Adding CSS properties for content area
      4m 0s
    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 40s
    1. Activating a gallery automatically in IE9 and IE10
      2m 40s
  11. 2m 43s
    1. Some ideas for further enhancements
      2m 43s

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Watch the Online Video Course Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver
1h 55m Intermediate Apr 27, 2011

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In Create an Interactive Photo Gallery with jQuery and Dreamweaver, author Chris Converse develops an interactive photo gallery for a web site using HTML, CSS, and the open-source JavaScript library jQuery. The course begins with tutorials on extracting different-sized images sets from an original photo collection, designing the site layout, and constructing the HTML and CSS. Then, following the progressive enhancement strategy, Chris utilizes JavaScript plug-ins to include lightboxes and other types of interactivity while maintaining backwards compatibility with older browsers and devices. Exercise files accompany the course.

Download a copy of the finished web site here.

Topics include:
  • Preparing gallery photos using Adobe Bridge
  • Adding and linking thumbnail images
  • Creating the layout in HTML and CSS
  • Downloading and adding jQuery to the project
  • Creating preview images from anchor links
  • Implementing the preload functionality
  • Building a customized lightbox with the Fancybox plug-in
  • Styling the zoom and contact links
Subjects:
Developer Photography Web
Software:
Dreamweaver jQuery
Author:
Chris Converse

Some ideas for further enhancements

So now that you've completed programming your own photo gallery, there are some things you might want to consider to further increase the functionality. One of the things to take a look at is inside the Fancybox framework, there was that index file. We're going to open that up again. Down here under the set of examples, there's a group where we can take a series of images and load a series up in the lightbox. So by assigning a whole bunch of images to the same relative group, which we'll take a look at in the code for a moment, when we load up the lightbox, when we move to the right, we'll see that we have an arrow where I can click and go to the next picture.

Now, when I roll side to side, I can go to the previous picture or the next picture, and I can cycle through any number of images. So basically, I can go from high-res file to high-res file. The way that this is set up, I am going to take a look at the index file in a text editor. I'm going to scroll down here and we're going to take a look at where this is set up. Down here in Image Gallery, they have a relative attribute here with an example_group. Every one of these items is part of the example_group.

By simply grabbing another object, I'll take the last one and just paste it in again, so we'll have two copies of 12_b, which is a picture of that camera. I'll hit Save, come back to the browser, hit Reload. Notice I have now two pictures of the camera. No matter which image I click on, that's the one that starts. So I can go Previous, Next. We can also use the scroll wheel. So I am rotating the scroll wheel on my mouse. There are the two different pictures of the camera. Where we might want to use this in this particular gallery is perhaps we don't use the preview area at all, and we use just the series of thumbnails, and every one of these thumbnails is part of a relative group.

So then bypassing the preview altogether, we click on a thumbnail and just bring up the lightbox where we can then go through all of the high-res images by either using the scroll-wheel or the right and left clicks. The next thing you might want to do is do a Google search on other photo galleries that you can download. A lot of people have put together plug-ins that will do a lot of the functionality that we've just gone through. So once you've spent the time to learn the techniques, you can either program your own and continue extending this project or start dissecting other projects. So typically, I'll go into Google and search for different types of slideshow galleries that I want to start from.

So I can scroll down here and I can see a bunch of different plug-ins that I can download; some have some similar functionality. Or I can also use some of the user experiences of these to incorporate into my particular project. Well, at this point, I'm concluding this course, and I really appreciate you watching.

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Q: The finished state of the interactive photo gallery in this course shows a clickable preview. When you click on the preview image, or on the view larger icon, a larger lightbox image appears. Chris's example has a close button and border surronding the large image, but mine doesn't. Did I miss a step?
A: The functionality you describe is part of FancyBox plug-in we use in this course. It's a custom lightbox tool, which I've included in the exercise files and also available for download at fancybox.net. It's free and highly customizable.
 
By default, FancyBox adds a border to images (at least in the version of FancyBox we're using), but there are many options that can be turned on when you set up your fancybox initialization script, including the close button, which is invoked using the showCloseButton property. This is all covered in the "Creating a custom function for lightbox properties" movie.
 
If you want to customize your gallery further, look at the list of the customizable properties at http://fancybox.net/api.
Q: This course was updated in April, 2013. What changed?
A: Since the release of this course, Internet Explorer 9 and 10 have been released, and sometimes these browsers do not activate interactive HTML content. To remedy this problem, the author has added a movie to Chapter 10 that will show you how to:
- Update the HTML to HTML5
- Update the version of jQuery
- Use the Google html5shiv to keep compatibility with Internet Explorer 7 & 8
 
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