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Rotating Image Widget

  • I’m building a new widget plug-in to allow WordPress authors to display a Javascript-powered animated media gallery in their sidebar. The widget is supposed to pull images from the WP database and dynamically re-size them to fit the intended location (to save on download time).

    You can see a demo version of this plug-in in the lower-left corner of http://www.mindsharestrategy.com.

    I’m looking for preliminary reviews, ideas, tips, and feature requests so I can polish things off before a) sending it to the client and b) potentially publishing it to the WP repository.

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  • I will eagerly wait for this widget.
    Keep it simple. Just allow authors to specify:
    1. location of images
    2. width or/and height of images to resize to

    (and maybe 3. number of seconds before next image)


    @liliyana – An early version of the widget is already available. It’s as simple as possible (unfortunately) and allows for 1 of your 3 requests:

    2) You can specify the height and width of the images

    Right now, the widget pulls a certain number of images at random from your WordPress image gallery (you can specify the number of images). The next version will allow you to pick the image source and will allow you to change the fade time.

    Try it and let me know what you think: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/rotating-image-widget/

    Does anybody know how to change to source to get images from a specified folder, not from blog entries?

    @jwillua At the moment, you can’t. The plugin pulls images from the WordPress database itself, not a particular folder on the server. We’re working on a new release that will allow you to specify folders or create new image galleries, but that’s still quite a ways out in the development path …

    This would be preferred for me, but not absolutely essential.
    I keep all my images in folders of my own creating and upload them with CuteFTP.

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