We had a new listing this week so I thought "ah ha, an opportunity to eat my own dog food" and use my newly discovered Lightroom slide-show template (monoslideshow). So I did. Here's what it looks like (click here). I was pressed for time so I haven't integrated the 360 images that I always shoot with the slide show. My wife Levi is partial to the 360 shots that I always shoot for our listings so she always promises them to the sellers. So there is a link from the monoslideshow to the 360's and back. I'm really not happy with this solution but it's all I had time to do.
Much to my surprise Levi doesn't like the monoslideshow format. She thinks it needs instructions to explain how to stop the slide-show, go forward and backward and to go to any given image. I think this situation is instructive. There are many people out there that are going to be like Levi and find the monoslideshow interface confusing. I'm not one of them.. I love it and think it is elegant. It is everything I want in a slide show format. However, I've spent my whole life designing and building software and software interfaces. Levi is probably more typical of most real estate photography clients. She has spent her career in real estate and sales and not all that comfortable with looking at a slick new interface and seeing right off how it works.
My conclusion is that I'm going to have several Flash templates installed in my Lightroom web templates directory and do some research to find out what people like the best. A second, probably more intuitive interface is simpleviewer available free from theturninggate.net. Simpleviewer is the interface seen that the image at the top of this post. I'm thinking this is going to a clearer more intuitive interface. This may be an easier slide show to integrate with my 360 tours since it has thumbnails along the left side.
So which slide show format do you like best: