September 08, 2004
I have found two great services for showing and sharing your photos on your website: Flickr and Photoblox. Of the two, Flickr is by far the easiest to implement, and what you put on your site links back to a larger social networking service based on photo sharing.
1. Flickr Zeitgeist
It's still in beta, but pretty cool nonetheless. Click on any of the photos to get a bigger version and more information about the photo.
You can use the Flickr Badge utility to show a set of random photos pulled from your Flickr photo collection on your website.
Laszlo Photoblox is an embeddable slideshow for blogs and websites. You can show off your photos in any of 3 window sizes, and customize the attributes of speed, panning, zooming, framing borders and image annotations. Click on the button below to see a pop-up example of a medium sized photoblox.
To implement a Photoblox, you need to follow the directions on the Photoblox website carefully.
1. Prepare your images for the web (less than 100K file size each) and load them into a directory on your server.
2. Add a script tag to the header sections of any of the templates that would be showing the slideshow, in the case of MT that would be the Main Index template and your archive templates.
3. Modify the default xml file given with a text editor, swapping in your photo URLs and photo information.
4. Load the xml file to a place on your server.
5. Using the encoder listed, encode the URL of the xml file.
6. Place a default script tag on the page where you want your photoblox to appear, but swap in your encoded xml file URL. Make sure to not add any extra spaces or you will spend 2 hours debugging, as I did.
Note that I was only able to get this application to work in a Movable Type sidebar, not on an entry.
(Via Marc Canter)
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