New Lightroom Galleries
by Ken Milburn
There's another "new" development in Lightroom 1.3. I have "new" in quotes because it's been lingering in the background for a while now, but there are actually downloadable "next-gen" Web gallery templates that you can try. Actually, my first attempt to do that wasn't very successful and there are some fairly interesting installation considerations. Those who understand XHTML and CSS programming, at this stage, will likely have the best luck. But even if you know nothing, taking a look at the samples and the claims can get you pretty excited. Most of the new galleries are stated to only run in Lightroom version 1.3. Still, they do seem to load and run faster, as claimed. So I'm sure it won't be long. The prospects look or sound downright exciting. The designs are very clean and professional but some also promise to allow you to make it possible to let the gallery's viewers make comments on the individual images and that allow for a PayPal sale of your images.
The big buzz is about Slimbox galleries, downloadable from http://theturninggate.net/blog/adobe-lightroom-slimbox-template.
You might also want to take a look at this link: http://www.lightroomgalleries.com/. There are several of the new galleries that you can download and try. My favorite, so far, is a gallery called the Airtight AutoViewer that just slowly moves a "filmstrip" from left to right, showing a feature-size image of each of the shots in your gallery. This gallery seems to work right off, in Windows XP, at least. I've placed a screenshot of AutoViewer immediately below. Note how clearly you can see the descriptive caption for the image and it's number in the slideshow. So you'll have no problem communicating with your audience about which images they prefer and the changes they may want to make.
|Article aside, Dragon Cloud... Wow! Amazing!|
I think I will go for the slimbox.
the autoviewer one is nice - but it loads more slowly [unless something has changed] and i remember having a problem mixing horizontal and vertical images - I had to scroll down to see the bottom of the V image - or make the H ones too small.
would be great to have independent resizing.
|You mention downloading [My favorite, so far, is a gallery called the Airtight AutoViewer that just slowly moves a “filmstrip” from left to right, showing a feature-size image of each of the shots in your gallery.] but this has been part of Lightroom since the 1.3 update so you only need to download it if you haven't updated.|