Flashloaded – advancedLoaderPRO Review

Experienced developers creating websites for photographers or novices creating a website for personal use need a tool used to create slideshows on their websites. An ideal slideshow creation tool would automate the slideshow creation, such as entering image file names, selecting filter affects, and descriptive captions. These tools tend to provide an easy to use interface which makes creating slideshows a snap.

One such development tool which includes these features is advancedLoaderPRO from Flashloaded. advancedLoaderPRO is a simple, yet, effective and powerful component which makes creating a slideshow easy. Let's see how.

Examples and Features

Novices wishing to create a simple slideshow without the technical jazz can benefit from the graphic user interface provided by advancedLoaderPRO. Once a Flash document is created, from the library panel, you can drag the component on the stage. With the object selected, selecting the parameters tab, shows this window:

As you can see, we simply enter the images desired, links to any page or website associated with the image and descriptive captions. Once completed, using onComplete Effect and onUnload Effect determines how the image initially displays and rotates to another image. Other options include:

  • Random display
  • Rollover affects
  • Target

The latter determines whether the link opens in a new window. Using this method, a novice can have a simple, yet sophisticated slideshow created in minutes, which is easily customized.


Experienced developers can create a slideshow using the interface provided or by using XML. Once a Flash document is created and the component is on the stage, you create a simple XML document using your favorite text editor, such as Notepad. The ease of creating the slideshow with XML is show below:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<slideshow randomDisplay='false'>
<image src='image1.jpg' link='http://www.flashloaded
.com/' inEffect='Slide Down' outEffect'Drop Down'>
<caption>This is my 1st caption</caption>
</image>
</slideshow>

Examining the code briefly, you create a slideshow by using a <slideshow> tag. Between the opening and closing tags, we specify the following: 

  • An image
  • A link to another page or website
  • And then our caption

Other options in the <image> tag include specifying the filter affect. You can create additional images with the slideshow by adding additional image tags.

With this method, experienced developers have the option of using the component interface or XML. For multiple galleries on a website, developers could choose the XML method to make updates easier to manage, since adding, modifying or removing images from a gallery could be done without using the component’s interface.


Lastly, the component provides an option to dynamically create slideshows from your web server. Using this method, you follow some simple steps which include:

  • Create a new folder where your images are stored
  • Upload a server side file, ASP or PHP, depends on your host

With the component on the stage, you provide the name of the server side file and path where the images are stored, which should be relative. Once completed, publish your movie in Flash and upload the HTML and SWF files to your web server will dynamically creates a slideshow.


These concepts and techniques are covered in greater depth the user guide. It’s recommended to spend a few moments reviewing this along with other documentation covered after purchase. For more information regarding this component, please visit the product website located at: advancedLoaderPRO

Summary

As you can see, advancedLoaderPRO from Flashloaded is an obvious choice for experienced to novice developers which are looking for an easy, fast and customized gallery solution for Flash. By using the component interface provided or XML, developers can add, delete or modify existing galleries or create new galleries with ease.