This video from ShowMeHowToDoThis.com is going to show you not really how to put together a slide show because it is pretty obvious inside of this program. There is this program called Flash Slideshow Maker. It is from a company called ANVSoft. And I am amazed that the program is actually free. So you can actually this program for free, and there is a link to below the video here.
This is not really to walk you through creating a slideshow. I am just going to take it for granted that you can figure out how to use the program. It is pretty simple to figure out. What I do want to show you in this video though, is how we take a slide show that we produce in here. So I am going to go ahead and show you are being produced inside of this program and then I am going to show you how to incorporate it into your existing web layouts that you can have a slideshow on your current webpage that is a flash slideshow that looks pretty quickly. So I am going to take you now to the production page to show you all the different options that you have for producing a slideshow in here, in this program. And then I am going to show you how to integrate that into your existing Web layout.
So this program gives you a ton of options for creating slide shows and on the previous (screen), I just chose the slides that I wanted to include in the slideshow and that gives you a ton of options for actually creating a slideshow. Now, you can whatever you want. I am just going to choose this thumbnail roll and you can choose whatever width and height you want. To keep it within the limitations of most web browsers, or some web browsers, I mean people are still using Web browsers that are in 800x600 resolutions, so you do not want your resolution real high unless you are catering to high-end people and people who are familiar with Internet and things, but so 640x480 is pretty standard. That is pretty good. You could also do it like this, but lets just stick with a thumbnail roll here and you can actually add music into your production too. This program is just great for what it allows you to do.
So play around with it, decide what you like, I am going to show the most important thing on the next page, so just play around in here and see what you like. See what works best for your display of photos and slides that you want to use. If the background color, the main background color, for your website is white, make sure you change the background color, so that it fits in with the layout of your website. Just make this color whatever the color is for your website.
Okay, and once you have everything the way you like it, you have added some music maybe to this particular slideshow, click next. And go ahead and click to create a flash file only. And go ahead and click next. It is going to ask you where you want to put it but I am going to go ahead and choose here. And now that I have chosen my slideshow folder, I am going to go ahead and go and click publish now. And the program is creating my flash slideshow and put it together. Now if you have more pictures or photos for your slides or a bigger music file, it will take a little longer for it to put the Flash Slideshow together, but once it puts it all together, you can go ahead and open the output folder.
So it is going to give you the option to do that. Go ahead and open the output folder. But you might want to preview the slideshow and make sure everything is the way you want it to be. And you will notice here that on the slideshow, when it shows up here on the display, basically I can select here. It will play. But it does include an advertisement until you do not get the free version anymore, but even on the free version is still pretty darn cool.
So, if there were more pictures here, the flash slide show creator would actually scroll across, but it looks pretty good. That is kind of the way I want it, so great. And I can click down here to see all of the pictures as well.
So that is the presentation. It looks good, I like it that way, and now I am going to show you how to integrate the slide show into your website.
So I closed out of that and now I am going to open the output folder. And inside of the output folder, there are two files here. I named its slideshow, so it is slideshow.SWF, and and slideshow.html. I am going to go ahead and upload to the slideshow.SWF with a program called Filezilla, or any other FTP program you want to use. So that is going to get uploaded to a location on your website and then you go ahead and opened this in whatever your editor is, so whatever program used for editing web pages. Sometimes I use Dreamweaver, sometimes I use front-page. So I am going to use FrontPage in this case. Inside of Microsoft FrontPage, I have the code up above here. Dreamweaver looks a little different, but the code you want to put this into your existing Web layout is this. Everything between the object tags. So I am going to copy everything between the object tags and then I put the slideshow into my current site layout. To show you an example of that, this is the gallery page for a site called Lighthouse Technologies. And in here, there is this little field, this is a just a cell, where they want to have the slideshow placed. So I go ahead and go right into that cell. And in here, I paste everything that was in the object. Now, I want to make sure that the address actually points to the right place, so I am going to put in the full web address. You do not have to do this, but if you want to make sure the slide show works, I would just make sure you put in a full web address for where the flash file actually is located. So, then that is pretty much it. All that is left to do is upload it.
So I am going to upload the slideshow files, and the next thing I am going to show you is actually the slide show running live on the Internet.
Okay so now I am on this website. I have uploaded the slide show. So I go ahead and click on the gallery page and see what happens. It takes a minute to load, but it looks like my gallery is live on this page. Now I might want to do some editing with or whatever. I might decide at some point that, you know, I really want to get rid of this little logo. So I am going to buy the full version. But if you do not buy the full version, even now you can still have a really cool looking slideshow on your website. So I will probably tweak this and make some changes, and make it look little better on the page, but this is pretty straightforward.
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