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Blip Slideshow

Description

A WordPress slideshow plugin fed from a SmugMug, Flickr, MobileMe, Picasa or Photobucket RSS feed and displayed using pure Javascript.
Blip does not hardcode what it finds into your blog. Instead the most recent images are loaded in real-time by the user’s web browser.

See it in live use at my wedding photography website.

Please note that Blip is not compatible with the Javascript framework Prototype. Please check for “prototype.js” in your webpage, included by your theme or other plugin, before contacting me for help.

Requires WordPress 2.7 and PHP 5.

Lightbox Plugin Compatibility Guide

Resources

  • http://groups.google.com/group/mootools-users/browse_thread/thread/4858bdee5b1d0f56/d6ad5aa2fcc99dba?fwc=1
  • http://mootools.net/docs/more/Request/Request.Queue
  • http://mootools.net/demos/?demo=Slick.Finder
  • http://mootools-users.660466.n2.nabble.com/Moo-XML-parsing-1-3-and-today-td5187586.html
  • https://gist.github.com/775347
  • http://www.regular-expressions.info/javascript.html
  • http://php.net/manual/en/function.rawurlencode.php
  • https://mootools.lighthouseapp.com/projects/2706/tickets/182-request-html-only-parses-xml
  • http://ryanflorence.com/mootools-class/
  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1178511/accessing-a-mootools-class-method-from-outside-the-class
  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1091022/how-do-i-write-a-simple-php-transparent-proxy
  • http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/programming/php-get-the-contents-of-a-web-page-rss-feed-or-xml-file-into-a-string-variable/
  • http://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=1268652&page=1
  • http://www.permadi.com/tutorial/urlEncoding/
  • http://php.net/manual/en/function.parse-url.php
  • http://php.net/manual/en/language.operators.comparison.php
  • http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.html-entity-decode.php
  • http://www.w3schools.com/PHP/php_sessions.asp
  • http://keetology.com/blog/2009/10/27/up-the-moo-herd-iv-theres-a-class-for-this
  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/66837/when-is-a-cdata-section-necessary-within-a-script-tag
  • http://groups.google.com/group/mootools-slideshow/browse_thread/thread/9b10474b60cf7f1a/564f16f97c82167a?lnk=gst&q=slimbox#564f16f97c82167a
  • https://codex.wordpress.org/Managing_Plugins
  • http://groups.google.com/group/mootools-slideshow/browse_thread/thread/cdeededf62e6b458/f4df7e2cabb12f59?lnk=gst&q=lightbox#f4df7e2cabb12f59
  • http://scribu.net/wordpress/optimal-script-loading.html
  • http://www.javascriptkit.com/dhtmltutors/ajaxticker/ajaxticker2.shtml
  • http://tech.michaelerb.net/wordpress-tutorials/how-to-determine-absolute-path-with-a-tiny-php-script/
  • https://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-use-wordpress-functions-outside-of-the-blog?replies=7
  • https://codex.wordpress.org/Integrating_WordPress_with_Your_Website
  • http://striderweb.com/nerdaphernalia/2008/06/wp-use-action-links/
  • http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/images-graphic-design-digital-photography/31805-photocast.html
  • http://forums.devshed.com/php-development-5/curl-get-final-url-after-inital-url-redirects-544144.html
  • http://code.garyjones.co.uk/get-wordpress-plugin-version/
  • http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/7782/wp-script-versioning-breaks-cross-site-caching
  • http://fgiasson.com/blog/index.php/2006/07/19/hack_for_the_encoding_of_url_into_url_pr/
  • http://code.google.com/speed/page-speed/docs/caching.html

Screenshots

Installation

  1. Download Blip Slideshow
  2. Unzip and upload the resulting folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. (Optional) Enable caching in the ‘Settings’ menu in WordPress under ‘Blip Slideshow’
  5. Place the [blip-slideshow] shortcode in your posts and/or pages. A theme template function call is also available.

Detailed examples for use can be found at the Blip homepage.

A simple SmugMug slideshow example:

[blip-slideshow thumbnails=false rss=feed://www.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=popular&Data=all&format=rss200&Size=Medium]

FAQ

How does it work?

Blip is a wrapper for MooTools Slideshow 2! by Aeron Glemann with some nifty client-side RSS-reading magic. If you like Blip, please show your support to him.

What are the features?
  • Verified to work with SmugMug, Flickr, MobileMe, Picasa Web and Photobucket Media RSS Feeds
  • Theoretically compatible with any Media RSS Feed
  • WordPress templates load immediately; reading of Media RSS Feeds is performed in the background
  • Supports server-side caching of Media RSS Feeds via a writable cache directory for extra performance (must be enabled in Settings)
  • Supports client-side caching of Media RSS Feeds via HTTP 304 for extra performance (must be enabled in Settings)
  • Supports multiple slideshows in a single post/page
  • Supports Lightbox plugins such as Lightbox Plus, jQuery Colorbox, jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries, Slimbox, WP-Slimbox2 and Gameplorer’s WPColorBox
What is Media RSS?

Media RSS (MRSS) is an RSS extension used for syndicating multimedia files (audio, video, image) in RSS feeds. Like your WordPress
RSS news feed, media RSS lists pictures instead of articles from photo-sharing websites.

Where can I find my RSS feed URL?
  • SmugMug has a Help page and some examples.
  • Flickr has a Help page. Also worth checking out is DeGrave.com’s Flickr RSS Feed Generator.
  • Picasa Web has a Using RSS Feeds page and a Creating custom RSS feeds page.
  • Photobucket has a Help page.
  • For MobileMe, click the “Subscribe” icon found at the top of your MobileMe gallery on the MobileMe website. Note: This icon is on the public version of your gallery (gallery.me.com). Not the version you see when you are logged in (www.me.com).
Known Issues
How can I contact the author?

Send me a question or comment at my webpage.

Contributors & Developers

“Blip Slideshow” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Translate “Blip Slideshow” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

1.2.7

  • Release date: 2015-01-13
  • Tested in Safari 8 on OS X using WordPress 4.1 on Apache/OS X
  • No change other than a cute WordPress Plugin icon

1.2.6

  • Release date: 2011-05-15
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, Firefox 4/WinXP, IE 8/WinXP
  • Bug: some WordPress hosts can not handle curl redirects. Fix: Added an option in the settings menu to control this behavior
  • Bug: some WordPress hosts do not support add_footer_scripts(). Fix: Added an option in the settings menu to control this behavior

1.2.5

  • Release date: 2011-05-05
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, Firefox 4/WinXP, IE 8/WinXP
  • Next-Gen Gallery also uses the shortcode [slideshow]. Added shortcodes [blip-slideshow] (for collisions) and [blip_slideshow] (for WordPress installations older than v3)
  • Blip will attempt to detect if another extension has loaded Prototype or if Prototype has been hardcoded in a theme or post, or if MooTools has otherwise failed to load and display an error message accordingly.
  • In debug mode, the unencoded Media RSS URL is displayed instead of the encoded URL

1.2.4

  • Release date: 2011-05-02
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, Firefox 4/WinXP, IE 8/WinXP
  • Bug: SmugMug slides appear blank in the case when SmugMug doesn’t recommend a media:content to choose. Fix: Choose the largest slide available.
  • Compatible with Colorbox plugin jQuery Colorbox

1.2.3

  • Release date: 2011-05-01
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, Firefox 3/WinXP, IE 8/WinXP
  • Proper version numbers on linked stylesheets and Javascript files
  • Compatible with Google Picasa Web RSS feeds
  • Compatible with Photobucket RSS feeds

1.2.2

  • Release date: 2011-04-30
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, Firefox 3/WinXP, IE 8/WinXP
  • Returns HTTP 304 (Not Modified) when client sends appropriate “if-modified-since” or “if-none-match” header – super speedy!!!
  • These options now work as documented: delay, duration, loop, paused, random, slide
  • Added function Blip_Slideshow::slideshow($atts) for creating a slideshow directly in a theme template
  • Added shortcode [blip-version] for internal use
  • Using REST-style URL for retrieving the media RSS file
  • MobileMe slideshows no longer search for thumbnails that don’t exist
  • Always pull large-size images from Flickr feeds

1.2.1

  • Release date: 2011-04-28
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Flickr images will load in high-resolution if a big enough width or height option is passed to Blip

1.2.0

  • Release date: 2011-04-28
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Not strictly backwards compatible with previous versions, as the following defaults have changed to match the out-of-the-box behavior of MooTools Slideshow2: captions=true, controller=true, delay=2000, duration=1000, thumbnails=true
  • New documentation: see Internal Examples and External Examples and Styling
  • New Slideshow types: flash, fold, kenburns and push – see the new type option
  • New option color – controls the colour of the flash show
  • New option pan – controls the pan for the kenburns show
  • New option zoom – controls the zoom for the kenburns show
  • New option transition – controls the transition for the push show
  • The out-of-the box MooTools Slideshow2 slideshow.css file is back

1.1.0

  • Release date: 2011-04-27
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Compatible with MobileMe RSS feeds
  • (Hopefully) compatible with any RSS feed
  • Fixed bug closing two or more Colorbox Lightboxes on a page with multiple slideshows
  • More robust caching of Media RSS files, both client and server side
  • Added fast=3 option to eliminate a “blink” at the start of the slideshow (undocumented for now)
  • Handle RSS feeds that send HTTP redirects
  • HTTPS support

1.0.0

  • Release date: 2011-04-23
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Official stable release
  • Supports server-side caching of RSS feeds (must be enabled in the Settings)
  • Loads “blip-slideshow.css” from the root of your theme directory if it exists

0.4.2

  • Release date: 2011-04-22
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Fixed error on settings page

0.4.1

0.4

  • Compatible with Colorbox plugin Lightbox Plus
  • Integration with Colorbox! Use link=lightbox and add a compatible plugin
  • Removed CSS stlye background-color from slideshow-thumbnails-hidden, slideshow-thumbnails-inactive and slideshow-thumbnails-active. Overriding this inline was not working.
  • Fixed bug in parsing SmugMug thumbnails that aren’t square
  • For link=full or link=lightbox, will download SmugMug images that are smaller than the viewport
  • Scripts and CSS are no longer loaded on pages that don’t use Blip

0.3

  • Release date: 2011-04-19
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Removed blip.css
  • Compatible with Flickr RSS feeds
  • Compatible with Lightbox plugin WP-Slimbox2
  • Compatible with Lightbox plugin Slimbox
  • Integration with Lightbox! w00t! Use new link=lightbox option and add a compatible plugin
  • Fixed link boolean options
  • Fixed resize boolean options

0.2

  • Release date: 2011-04-18
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Bundled with Slideshow-1.3.1.110417
  • Fixed the way SmugMug thumbnails are found (by height=100px).
  • new shortcode options: center, link and resize.
  • added JSON encoding of options for those that might include Javascript characters such as ‘ and /
  • added a CDATA section to the Javascript call for proper parsing and XHTML validation
  • Moved hyperlinking code from slideshow.js to blip.php (see http://code.google.com/p/slideshow/issues/detail?id=192)

0.1.1

  • Release date: 2011-04-16
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Enabled hyperlinking via the href and linked properties
  • Switch to SmugMug’s tiny images (100×100) from thumb images (150×150) for thumbnails
  • Added a loader[true/false] property to the shortcode to control display of the loader icon
  • Added CSS to override Slideshow’s bottom:50px in the slideshow-thumbnail DIV

0.1

  • Release date: 2011-04-16
  • Tested in Safari 5/OS X, Firefox 3/OS X, IE 8/WinXP
  • Compatible with SmugMug RSS feeds
  • Development began: 2011-04-11
  • Bundled with Slideshow-1.3.1