I created a slideshow in Fireworks a few weeks ago, but when I try to reopen it (in Fireworks) to edit the .xml file it is grayed out and won't let me. Are you able to revise a picture slideshow in Fireworks? Is there a better way to create a picture slideshow for a website?
Posts: 462 | Location: Livonia | Registered: September 16, 2003
I've never used Fireworks, so I can't answer your first question.
But, there are other ways to create slideshows for the web, that might be easier. I've done numerous slideshows using QuickTime Pro. A fair amount of control including some transitions and use of audio. And the best part is that you can determine the file output file size and format for web use (a huge plus). You can also create Slideshows with Flash, though a little more complicated and time-consuming to do. If you are looking for more than a simple slideshow, you can easily create a slideshow gallery from within Photoshop.
I can post some links to examples of all of the above, if you'd like to see my end results.
Originally posted by artphanto: Mike, I have never created a slideshow in Photoshop-will CS4 have this capability? Can you please post some links, I would love to see! Thanks!
http://www.spectrumconstruct.com/projectmovies.html# In this first link I believe that I may have originally created the slideshows using iPhoto, then adjusted the file sizes in QuickTime Pro. Some editing can also be done in QuickTime Pro, afterwards. As Jamie mentioned, you can also start with iMovie or iDVD. Once you get to the web page, just click on any of the Play buttons to view the slideshows. Note that the Introduction is identical for all three, and is a digital movie with layered audio (music). It's been awhile since I did the digital movie, but I believe that I used a combination of iPhoto, iMovie, an audio program and finally QuickTime Pro.
http://www.digiartcreations.com/mga/mgagallery4b.html The galleries/slideshows on this link were created in Photoshop CS3. There are multiple slideshows in the gallery which can be accessed in the "Select" drop-down menu. Note that the slideshow galleries generate a .xml file (I guess similar to Fireworks). The creation of them is very automated, and some are not Flash based. To use the automated process in Photoshop, just go to the Menu/File/Automate/Web Photo Gallery... Though the .xml file can't be opened or edited in Flash, some minor edits can be done in the code of the .xml file by opening it in Dreamweaver.
I hope it helps seeing some various end results. I'm sure that there are other third party programs available for slideshow creation.
Originally posted by artphanto: Mike- the gallery that you created in Photoshop CS3 is perfect! I really didn't know Photoshop could do that!!! Thank you!
Glad to help. The Web Photo Gallery has been available for quite awhile in Photoshop. Depending on what you intend to finally achieve, setting up a page with multiple galleries can be a touch more involved and relies on Dreamweaver and some coding. Give a shout if you have any questions along the say.
FWIW You are able to make some very nice slideshows is Keynote and they are easily edited. I don't know if it will open your Fireworks slide show or not but it might be worth checking out. I use Keynote and it's outstanding.
Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.
Posts: 840 | Location: Farmington | Registered: March 30, 2003
Originally posted by CHunter: FYI: As of PS CS4, those web gallery features (plug-ins) were removed from PS and placed in the Bridge "Output" workspace.
However, you can still manually load some of those plug-ins back into PS CS4 and CS5.
Thanks for the clarification of where it's located. I'm glad that the Web Gallery still exists. Wow - I guess that I'm really getting behind in things. I've been stuck with CS3 for quite awhile because of computer minimum requirement limitations and money. I hadn't realized that the Web Gallery had been moved to Bridge. I do look at the Adobe Suite New Releases, but it's like Bill Cosby said in one of his routines "I'm like a hungry, poor person watching someone eat a steak".