NextGen Gallery Slideshow upgrade not working (28 posts)

  1. gbassoc
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yesterday (21 June 09) I upgraded the NextGen Gallery plugin to the latest version, unfortunately, the slideshow has stopped working. It shows the "loading image" icon but never actually load an image.
    It worked fine on the previous version of the plugin.


  2. bumblybee
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ah...I remember this happened to me too the last time I upgraded.
    I think if I remember correctly, this is what happened:

    I seem to have to keep reuploading the imagerotator file after upgrading.
    If you go to Gallery > Options > Slideshow, you might see a red box at the top saying:

    "The path to imagerotator.swf is not defined, the slideshow will not work.
    If you would like to use the JW Image Rotatator, please download the player here and upload it to your Upload folder (Default is wp-content/uploads)."

    If you put the JW Image Rotator in the Uploads folder it should work again. At least that's what happened with me :)

    Good luck!

  3. iroller
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I am having the same problem. Image list and Imagebrowser are fine. Slideshow doesn't work any more however and nothing appears in post. bumblybee solution doesn't work for me unfortunately.

  4. rich.k
    Posted 7 years ago #


    I've had exactly the same problem on a WordPress (2.7.1) site that I launched a couple of weeks ago.


    At first the slideshow was working perfectly, and my client was really pleased with what he saw. All good, everyone is happy. I upgraded the NextGen Gallery plugin to the latest version (1.3.3) as soon as it was released and the slide show now no longer works. All you see is the black box with the loading symbol, and no photos (click the link above to visit the photo gallery on my clients site).

    I have tried the following with no luck;

    - Uninstalling and reinstalling the NextGen plug in.
    - Uninstalling and reinstalling the imagerotator.swf file into the wp-content/uploads folder on my ftp

    Bumblybee above mentioned "The path to imagerotator.swf...." issue, and my plugin is linked to the .swf file without any problems.

    Shall I uninstall the plug in and install an earlier version of NextGen Gallery?

    This problem has completely stumped me, and I really need to get this issue sorted as it has been going on for over a week. My client is wondering why his lovely NextGen photo gallery is no longer working.

    This is a really great plugin and this is the first time I've ever had a problem with it. If there is anyone out that can help shed some light on this matter please speak up, I need your help!

    Many thanks


  5. iroller
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Got it to work. I think I just missed a step of bumblybee's instructions. In Slideshow I needed to click on Search Now and check link was actually .../wp-content/uploads/imagerotator.swf. After I saved changes it appears ok.


  6. sciurus
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I am also experiencing this issue, and verifying the path to the .swf is not resolving it.

  7. rich.k
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yep, I'm still experiencing the problem. Very frustrating.

    I'm going to try unintalling the plug in today and installing an older version and see if that helps.

    Will let you all know how I get on...

  8. rich.k
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've rolled back to v1.2.1 and still no luck. Slide show still continuously loads...


  9. Alex Rabe
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Post a link to your page...

  10. rich.k
    Posted 7 years ago #

  11. Alex Rabe
    Posted 7 years ago #

    check the path of your imagerotator (gallery -> sildeshow settings) :

    it's now :


    but it should be

    (without www.)

    otherwise the adbode security settings causes a problem (http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14213.html), because it's not recognized as the same domain

  12. Visser Labs
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Here's what helped me, I've published a step-by-step fix for NextGEN Gallery slideshow.

    Link to Fix for NextGEN Gallery slideshow and WordPress 2.8

  13. rich.k
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Oh dear, I can't believe it was such a simple solution.

    Alex thank you very much for your help, keep up the good work on your excellent plug in.


  14. mikelyon@mlyon.com
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Alex Rabe -- I have tried all the above and slideshow STILL NOT WORKING -- here is a temporary post for your support and assistance (please):


    Thanks so much for having a look!

    -- Mike

  15. elichtig
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hi Alex,

    I am also having a time-wrenching day trying to figure out how to get the slideshow for NextGen-gallery to work. When I go to the page, http://creativelyrising.com/?page_id=364&show=gallery, I can see the flash icon but it starts to spin and picks up nothing from my gallery of images.

    Also, when I try to click on the thumbnails, I am unable to see the viewer come up and see my images with the forward and back arrows either.

    I am a newbie with all this, and also am baffled that in one place, I read that all I needed was imagerotator.swf file uploaded to uploads on my creativelyrising.com site, (which I did) whereas in another place, they suggested I have the xml file. Yikes. Nothing like reading away from your site to make your head spin too.

    Any help would be appreciated. The pathway to the imagerotator does not appear to be the issue. I am working with wordpress 2.7.1 and have the blog at lunarpages.



  16. jwqlb
    Posted 7 years ago #

    i have another problem:
    after upgrade the thumbnails will not created.
    what can i do?


  17. pblk
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have a different problem, when trying to insert a slideshow the post simply reads:

    The Flash Player and a browser with Javascript support are needed..

    However I have the latest flash player installed and I am using Firefox 3.012, with Javascript definitely enabled.

    Has anyone else had this problem?

  18. pblk
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Ok sorry, to waste your time. The problem was in my themes files. - Thanks for the awesome plugin.

  19. angelinec
    Posted 7 years ago #

    hi alex. i just upgraded nextgen to version 1.3.5 and JW Image Rotator Version 3.17. i'm also having the same problem

    my post is here


    it keeps loading, but never loads. ive tried all the methods above.
    - "search now" for the imagerotator.swf (and no www in the link)
    - updated my permission rites to both read/write

    but still no luck. pls pls help! thanks alot!

  20. dorono
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hello all,

    I nearly pulled out all of my hair with this one, and nobody's comments helped me.

    In my case it turned out to be simpler than I thought. Basically, what happened is that the format for the code that was required to display the latest version of NextGen's slideshow had changed, and NextGen didn't message that anywhere in the plugin.

    I forgot what the old code was, but here is what I had to replace that old code with:

    <?php echo do_shortcode('[nggallery id=1 slideshow)]'); ?>

    (my gallery name was simply "1", so that's where the "id=1" is coming from)

    I sincerely hope that this spares someone the hours of hair-pulling and fruitless Google searches.

    And NextGen/Alex, I love your plugin to death, but if you could message that change to users that would be a major bonus for everyone and probably save you some panicked emails as well!



  21. pricen2
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi all, like many others I'm suffering the endless rotatoring 'loading' circle. I've been looking for answers for a week or so now trying everything I've read;
    moving the imagerotator.swf file to various locations
    deactivating plugins & resetting plugins
    ...and nothing is working for me.
    I'm using WP 2.9.1, nextgen 1.4.3, and a freshly downloaded imagerotator.swf
    please has anyone got a definate solution to this?

    @doron this may be the solution everyone is looking for - if you can remember where and what you changed it would be great!

  22. selbrad
    Posted 6 years ago #

  23. ingenuity
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I'm having the same problem as above:

    The path to imagerotator.swf is not defined, the slideshow will not work.
    If you would like to use the JW Image Rotatator, please download the player here and upload it to your Upload folder (Default is wp-content/uploads).

    But I followed David Rabe's response and made sure my path was correct.
    In a browser, that screen is black, but back in the WP dashboard, under Gallery/Options/General, I still have this error message.

  24. ingenuity
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I found the solutio to my own question about how to get rid of the imagerotator.swf path error message. It was nicely explained in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJmav9yMq3w

  25. not2bug
    Posted 6 years ago #

    The part that is dumb - and confusing, is the warning is in options. The warning should mention you need to go to the SLIDESHOW tab to change/search for the correct path there FIRST.

    Hope this helps.

  26. bvlrp
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I had both the NGG Gallery on my Photos page as well as one in my sidebar. I read through all of the posts and here's what I did:

    1) Upload the JW Imagerotator files to the Uploads folder as prescribed.
    2) Go to Gallery > Options > and at the top click on Slideshow.
    3) Enter the pathname to the imagerotator.swf file or use the auto search option.

    The above will set the JW player for your NGG Gallery. However, if you would like to have a rotating gallery in your sidebar, this is what I did and it worked:

    4) Go to Appearance > Widgets
    5) Instead of dragging the NextGEN Gallery "Sidebar" Widget from the left to the right (to activate it), drag the NextGEN Gallery "Slideshow" from the left to the right.
    6) Select your desired options and you should be set!

    If I tried to do steps 4-6 using only the NGG "Sidebar" Widget, I could see an image in my sidebar and it would change when I clicked on it, but it wouldn't auto-rotate. Removing the "Sidebar" widget and adding the main "Slideshow" widget to my sidebar solved my problems. I hope this provides some help for others as well.

    You can check out the site here: http://bvlrestoration.org

    PS: Props to Alex and the others who helped make this awesome plugin possible!

  27. mwende
    Posted 6 years ago #


    My problem is even worse ..

    After not using wordpress for a while, i restarted. Everything workin gfine. Cheking the nextgen plugin, it said there was an upgrade.

    After upgrading . Nothing works. I have BLANK SCREENS.
    So i un-install. Re*install, still every link I click (overview, manage gallery, add gallery, rest/uninstall, about) gives me completely blank pages ??

    HELP !

  28. f4n4n
    Posted 6 years ago #


    First of all, I love the plug-in, it is great.

    But unfortunately I have a problem with the slideshow, I made sure to locate the imagerotator.swf properly (without www), I changed back the link structure (as suggested somewhere here) but all I got is the black window with the loading logo and that is that. I have this problem for quite a while (I think since late 2009) but until now I would not bother, well until now.

    The one thing I noticed is that sometimes, for whatever reasons, the rights are wrong for the imagerotator.swf (I manually set them back to 755). But still it won't work.

    Have a look here...

    Thanks for the help in advance.

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