* 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
I have different showplus slideshows on different pages. If one doesn't work they all don't work. If one works they all work.
This phenomenon is most likely not specific to showplus but to particular versions of Joomla/MooTools or other extensions showplus is used in conjunction with; I am afraid it is not possible to give a simple "canned" suggestion that fits all cases. In general, it is best to contact the extension developer directly (see Support button), a review does not expose your e-mail to the listing owner and it is not possible to contact you for details. (As a bonus, you get a much faster reply by contacting the developer directly; it takes time before your review is approved and exposed to the listing owner, whereas an e-mail lands directly in the developer's mailbox.)
Of course I made a mistake and asked the developer a question by email, I received a reply in few hours with a further offer of help if I could not get it to work for me.
A great product by an equally gratious and helpful designer who takes great pride in making this extension work for everybody.
Written with Mootools, so there is total compatability with the latest Joomla 1.5
The module is extremely easy to configure and you can specify parameters in a text file so that your images can have a link and/or a caption and you can display them in the order you placed them in the text file.
The transitions are many and varied and look great.
Thanks to the Developer for all this hard work - a quality module.
I did have one problem--editing the .css files to expand the caption space allowed (I'd like 3 text lines instead of just 1). After editing the height on .showplus-captions-visible to allow for more space, this didn't seem to work.
I'm sure the developer can be contacted, but I could not easily find contact info on the site. Still trying to figure out how to make captions work for me...
You are on the right track: modifying the CSS rule for .showplus-captions-visible is the key to changing the height of the caption. However, there are two separate stylesheet files: slideshow.min.css (a bandwidth-efficient version, used in the default production mode) and slideshow.css (used in debug mode only). You must update both files for the changes to take effect (in both modes). The simplest approach is to modify slideshow.css and overwrite slideshow.min.css with the updated file.
I had a glitch when I then installed 8 instances on my site. While waiting for the developer to reply to my support request, I had a look at a few other slideshow extensions, thinking if the glitch couldn't be fixed, I would use one of them.
Boy, am I glad that ShowPlus was my first choice. And even happier that the glitch was sorted. (Turns out it was a problem with my server, not ShowPlus - developer found this out for me!)
Seems to me that ShowPlus is the simplest, most configurable slideshow extension out there. And support is quite frankly, exceptional. Don't forget though, that the developer has a life, and might take overnight to reply!
It does work. If you do not believe me, check out a review below by another user, or visit the showplus demo site with IE9. Some versions of the MooTools script library shipped with older versions of the Joomla framework have trouble working in IE9, see the showplus FAQ for a proposed solution on how to get around this. (Alternatively, you should upgrade to the latest version of Joomla.) I am afraid the particular problem is outside the domain of showplus.
I have a hard enough time getting such prompt service for paid extensions, this was just above and beyond. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
I implemented this in 1.5.23 today. It clearly states that 1.5.19 or greater J! is needed to employ mootools 1.2.x and enable the compatibility layer these version of J! offer through a system plugin. Turning this on worked as predicted.
I added a labels.txt file for captions and URLs and all went fine. Pretty easy to set it up if you are familiar with J!. I have used it for about 5 years now.
One thing that may need attention is that, when you create a labels file it appears that if there is NOT a line for an image file it will NOT display. Perhaps this needs to be an option to select the behavior you want. This then would be a feature that may be helpful as a filter.
Looking at the code, the author is obviously an advanced, experienced programmer. The code is very complete and professionally done.
I took the time to look at his other extensions for media files. He has some for other image and audio purposes. These look of similar high quality.