September 18th, 2007
I’ve been looking for a nice clean design to use for my Flash slide-shows. My criteria is: I want to be able to control the image size, speed and all other parameters, have the slide-show run automatically if the viewer does nothing yet have a clean simple control that allows the viewer to see thumbnails of all the photos in the show and go to any particular one, go forward or backward. Another part of my criteria was that I was hoping not to have to hack HTML and XML to create slide-shows, rather I was expecting to generate them with Lightroom.
I’d seen the free Simpleviewer Flash slide-show and thought it might be the closest I was going to get to my criteria. In the process of installing the gallery template for Simpleviewer I noticed the Monoslideshow gallery at turninggate.net and decided to use it instead of Simpleviewer. It turns out Monoslideshow is everything I was looking for in a Flash slide-show and more! To see my sample Lightroom generated Monoslideshow gallery either click here or on the photo above.
There are two components you need to download to create this kind of slide-show in Lightroom: 1. The free turninggate.net part that integrates the control of the slide-show into Lightroom and 2. the Monoslideshow.com part ($19.95) which is the Flash slide-show part. Turninggate.net has a number of Lightroom gallery templates but Monoslideshow is my favorite.
On my example slide-show the navigation control is initially visible to reveal it’s existence. Then if you don’t click or hover over it, it goes away and hides until you hover over the bottom center of the slide-show (you can make it visible all the time but I like it’s hidden behavior). The navigation control allows you to see thumbnails go forward and back etc. The other thing I like about Monoslideshow is you can choose to use (or not) “Ken Burns” panning. You also have control 5 different parameters of the “Ken Burns” effects. You can also control virtually every aspect of the slide show including all the details of the navigation control all from within the Web module of Lightroom. I think Monoslideshow makes a great gallery to integrate into a website or if you are willing to do a little HTML hacking you could easily create a custom branded version of a Monoslideshow for clients. I’m impressed with Monoslideshow and am going to be using it for most of my slide-shows.
By the way, I think this “Ken Burns” approach to video is far more effective for real estate marketing than using real video. The video effect in this slide-show is turned on with a couple of clicks in Lightroom.