This menu allowed me to achieve almost the exact look was was hoping for on the very first try. After a few tweaks, it's perfect.
The result is a menu that fits the needs of the site exactly as I envisioned it. I can't believe it was this easy.
As I set it up for the first time I found a couple things lacking. I checked into the documentation, which is extensive and easy to understand, and found that additional "advanced" parameters are available and can be easily added to the placement code used in your articles.
I'm very please with the ability to fine tune just about everything including function and visual look. The documentation is about the best I've found. Hard to believe it's free.
ARI Image Slider is very easy to use and customize to your liking. I've never had any issues with conflicts. It has all the features I could need.
I'm now moving from Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 and happy to see that ARI is upgrading their extensions to keep up with Joomla. I'd hate to do without some of them. Sure there are others out there but these suite my aesthetics and work great.
This manager brings it all together. It's not required for the use of the other extensions but why not? It makes things even better.