* choose from six customizable transition types: fade, zoom, pan, Ken Burns effect, push, wipe
* attach captions to images with multilingual support using a labels file with fall-back to a default caption
* link each image to an arbitrary location
* order images according to filename or last modified time, shuffle images each time the page is shown, or specify custom order
* display horizontal or vertical navigation bar with small thumbnail images that allow for fast navigation
* set most important styles in the administration back-end
* Joomla 2.5 or later (including Joomla 3.x)
* Joomla 1.5.19 or later with MooTools Upgrade system plug-in enabled and PHP 5.2 or later
Support for the product is also great. I had a problem with the upgrade from Joomla 1.7 to 2.5, with the slideshow not showing. The developer, responded straight away and then debugged the pages. Turned out to be a problem with GoogleAJAXLib plugin which was set to use MooTools 1.3.0 (OK with Joomla 1.7) but does not work with Joomla 2.5 (needs 1.4.x). Changed the version of MooTools in GoogleAJAXLib, and ShowPlus now working perfectly again.
Brilliant support - thanks very much. Great product - download it!
In using the program, it was up and running in minutes. However, after some adjusting for my needs, I found a little bug. I emailed Levente and he responded quickly. Within a day of hearing what the issue was, he emailed me a fix. Unbelievable customer support!
The only con I see is that it takes a while for my images to load, so the computer needs to wait till it loads before showing anything. I don't know if that is something that can be programed to fix, or if that is just a bandwidth thing. Either way I love this program.
Thank you for a wonderful app!
No use of Flash
Ready files from a folder
Needed to be best at fading effects without looking glitchie
Had a preference for Mooltools (which this uses), but jQuery would have been ok
I really appreciate that this one is non-commercial, not just for the cost, but the commercial ones tend to be overkill on features and complexity. This one is "just right"
Developers: Thank you! You are appreciated.
i chose this extension because it's the only one i found to use kenburns without flash.
Sadly, like i noticed nearly a month ago already, the kenburns is almost impossible to use as it is so much ressource hungry.
may it be on firefox or chrome, on a brand new site, so not bloated, it uses between 30 and 50% of my cpu on a clean, new computer. (dual core 8 gig ram)
and on older computers, it uses almost 100% of cpu.
so for kenburns effects, there's no way to use it at all (i found none actually)
As explained in reply to a similar comment below, most dynamic features including the Ken Burns effect are part of third-party code built into showplus and not showplus itself. Even while the developer has already gone a long way in improving the third-party code, the best solution would be to replace it entirely. My opinion, even if biased, is that showplus is a great Joomla extension despite a few limitations, especially in the light that it is completely free. "Below average" ratings are certainly not sending a positive message to the developer to spend time and effort on improving the software; on the contrary, they cast a shadow on 95% of the other features that work as intended with absolutely normal resource consumption. Also, do not forget that dynamically rescaling an image (e.g. as part of the Ken Burns effect) is an expensive operation and will likely never fall into the same category as a simple fade or cut effect.
One thing for improvement: some nicer navigation on the side of the slides would be better than in the middle of the pic.
As the showplus documentation points out, "the majority of client-side browser code has been taken from the project Slideshow2", which is third-party code. Even while the developer of showplus has no influence over the course Slideshow2 takes, he has already contributed several patches and improvements to Slideshow2 in showplus. The long-term plans are to replace Slideshow2 with a much more robust and flexible slideshow implementation. Unfortunately, negative reviews are no big encouragement to the developer to spend time and effort on future improvements.