gpFlashGallery – A Free Flash Photo Gallery

Cool Sites, Flash

In a previous post, I discussed the web 2.0 domain name generator and the web 2.0. color harmonizer that I created on web20.digitalvilliage.com. On the galleries.digitalvilliage.com subdomain, I created the gpFlashGallery, a free XML-based Flash Photo Gallery.

The gpFlashGallery is highly configurable via an XML file. Every aspect of the gpFlashGallery can be configured using this XML file (page color, thumb container dimensions and color, transition type, etc). The image information (location and optional title) is also stored in an XML file.

gpFlashGallery Features

  • Easily change background color
  • Display images with varying dimensions
  • Image preloader
  • Animation effects can be applied to large image (transition in and out)
  • Thumb container can be positioned on the bottom or top of the page
  • Optional title can be displayed for each image
  • Free

More information about the gpFlashGallery can be found on http://galleries.digitalvilliage.com. The files can be downloaded from GitHub.

BTW, the reason I named the subdomain galleries rather than gpflashgallery is because I plan to add to add other photo galleries there in the future. I created both a Dojo and JQuery photo gallery almost a year ago for projects that I was working on. Once I get change to document the plugins/widgets, I will place them on the galleries subdomain.

Let me know what you think.

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gpAS3Library – Part 2: The Shape Class

Actionscript, Flash

The gpAS3Library is a set of Flash AS3 utilities that I use when creating my Flash applications.

In Part 0, I discussed the gpUrlLoader class – This class will load image, swf, text, xml, html, stylesheet, json, and sound files.

In Part 2 of the gpAS3Libary, I will discuss the gpShapes class. This class is the basis for much of the UI that I create in my Flash applications.

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gpAS3Library – Part 1: A Global Configuration Class

Actionscript, Flash

When I created Flash applications with AS2 in the past, I loaded application information such as page color, button colors and sizes via an XML file. I used this XML configuration file throughout the application, but, because I hated manipulating XML with AS2, I always converted the XML into arrays as soon as it was loaded.

Now with AS3 and E4X, using ActionScript to manipulate XML has made flash application development much easier.

The gpAS3Library is, to some degree, an ActionScript framework (albeit, in the very early stages). I use most of these classes in every Flash application that I develop. When I decided to convert these classes from AS2 to AS3, I realized that I needed a global configuration class to store the XML data that I loaded from the server. And with E4X, I can now easily retrieve the information I need from the XML lists.

Although I named this post Part 1, I have already discussed one of the classes of the gpAS3Libary in a previous post (see: A UrlLoader Class). In this post, I will discuss the gpConfig class.

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AS3: A URLLoader Class

Actionscript, Flash

I’m working on a Flash/AS3 application where I am loading various types of files (images, xml, etc). After writing the same code over and over again, I decided to create an AS3 class to use with my application. This class will load image, swf, text, xml, html, stylesheet, json, and sound files.

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