Free app to create Flash slideshow - is it possible?
November 26, 2008 12:12 PM   Subscribe

How can I create an extremely simple flash slideshow of still photographs that I can embed on my web site ... for free?

I'd like to have a looping slideshow of still images that dissolve into each other on my home page. I don't want there to be any navigation buttons over the image, no thumbnails, etc. I've tried Slideshowzilla but I'd rather not drop $50 for a robust app when i just need one single simple bit of it. I know nothing about Flash and next to nothing about HTML. Are there any free/open source apps out there that fit this bill?
posted by nomad73 to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Apple's Quicktime. Or if you can get ahold of a Mac you can do this in iPhoto
posted by Gungho at 12:23 PM on November 26, 2008

This doesn't meet all your requests but I like AutoViewer.
posted by girlmightlive at 12:49 PM on November 26, 2008

Couldn't you do this with Flickr?
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 12:51 PM on November 26, 2008

30 day trial versions of Flash can be downloaded for free if you feel up to learning a bit of software - it's pretty easy once you get going.
posted by davey_darling at 1:05 PM on November 26, 2008

Picasa from Google will do it, for free.
posted by COD at 1:30 PM on November 26, 2008

Response by poster: strangeleftydoublethink: I thought one could, but from what I've tried it also shows nav buttons in the image window.

COD: Really? Been a while since I've used Picasa but will give it a shot - thanks.

Thanks to the rest - will check out your suggestions.
posted by nomad73 at 1:32 PM on November 26, 2008

Another Mac answer would be Keynote, which exports to Flash.
posted by PatoPata at 1:42 PM on November 26, 2008

Isn't there a way to do it in Photoshop? I have CS3 and you can do File>Automate>Web Gallery and then go from there. Not sure if you can do it without navigation buttons and such but you can change colors around in most templates so maybe you could make it invisible?
posted by riane at 1:58 PM on November 26, 2008

nomad73, I'm a Flash developer and I could create this for you in about half an hour. If you don't find a solution, let me know. I could do it after Thanksgiving -- sometime over the weekend.
posted by grumblebee at 2:05 PM on November 26, 2008

Online tools:

If you're a Windows user, MovieMaker is free for WindowsXP (not sure about Vista).
posted by ceri richard at 2:07 PM on November 26, 2008

Best answer: No need for flash. I use this javascript on the front page of my website (self-link to show usage example). I think it does exactly what you want (with the extra options to randomize the order, or not, and link any picture to anywhere and control how long each picture is shown and change the fade color). The one problem is that, with sufficiently large pictures, the first time they're shown they might not load all the way.
posted by msbrauer at 3:37 PM on November 26, 2008 [1 favorite]

Best answer: $20 ain't free, but I use Monslideshow. Very customizable.
posted by joshwa at 4:52 PM on November 26, 2008


Ahemahemahem: Monoslideshow.
posted by joshwa at 4:53 PM on November 26, 2008

Response by poster: msbrauer
Thanks - I actually got this to work, I think. Am still tinkering with it, but i think this will fit the bill - thank you so much.

Monoslideshow looked great too, but since i need it for such a simple purpose, i'm glad i saved the 20 bucks.

thank you all so much - i really appreciate it.
posted by nomad73 at 7:09 PM on November 27, 2008

Response by poster: oh - and grumblebee - thank you so much for your kind offer. I think I've got what I need though. Thanks again - much appreciated.
posted by nomad73 at 7:11 PM on November 27, 2008

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