So, I was looking for an easy way to show my online photos. I wanted a
“slideshow” like app that can dynamically load pictures from a text or xml file
so I wouldn’t need to work too hard every time I have some new pics to
Google immediately showed me SlideShowPro, which is an
impressive piece of Flash based software for managing online galleries. However
I was no keen to use commercial product for this simple task.
result I found was Vertigo’s Slide.Show, a Silverlight based application. This seemed to
be a very cool open source project, supporting many features. However, I was not
so thrilled to go with a Silverlight application, as it’s not yet as popular as
Flash, and I didn’t want to ask my site’s visitors to install a third party
application just for the sake of viewing my online photos. And besides, I needed
a solution that would be as portable across browsers / OS’s as
However, Vertigo’s Slide.Show app inspired me to try and write my
own Flash based clone of it.
And so, inspired by Slide.Show the result is FlexiShow , my first Flex application written in Actionscript 3.
It’s still not finished yet, there's more to be done (need to make it more configurable, and do some memory and pefromance tweaks), but here’s a preview of how it looks like (sourc code can be viewed and downloaded from here):