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07-17-2008, 12:48 PM
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I'm trying to find a Flash slideshow option that would be easy for a novice to add and remove images easily. By easy, I mean I have a client with little to no knowledge of web design. Heck, they can barely manage themselves around a browser.

Anyway, two of the options I've looked at are SimpleViewer and Slideshow Pro. The first requires some knowledge of XML and image resizing, while the latter knowledge of XML. Is there anything out there where the client can simply add/remove images to/from a folder and be done?

Any help is appreciated.

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The problem is that Flash won't be able to read your new images in a folder unless you give it the names of those files. It would have to use a back end script to get the contents of that folder. I would suggest looking for a slideshow that does that, or once you have that in place and return a list into Flash, any slideshow would do. That way your client would just drop images into a folder and not worry about anything else.

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it's theoretically possible, but it's going to rely on so many parameters there's not going to be anything out of the box for you.

theoretically you could use a php script to crawl the contents of a directory, build an array then send it to flash via flash vars, then build your image selection based off that variable, which requires a lot of flash knowledge to pull off.

a second solution could be similar: use php (or any server side language) to crawl the directory then open/edit the xml. flash is client side, so in theory the server side work should be done with the xml file before flash asks for it.

i've done similar type deals with javascipt powered scripts.

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