Joomla XTC's Flash XTC module is a flash display module for Joomla 1.5. The Module is split into 3 basic administrator defined element positions - Background, Title, and Box positions. Each of these positions will load and display Jpg, Gif, Png, or SWF files. The background and title positions are static positions capable of loading only 1 element each. The Box position uses a Flash Box Rotation script and can load unlimited elements for rotating logos, Flash slideshows and much more.
The Background Element:
This is your overall background for the module position and can be set as a JPG, GIF, PNG, or SWF. This element can be use with the other elements to create a nice static or flash based header design. This element is optional.
The Title Element:
The title element can be used as a title tag for headers or a watermark for slideshows. The title element will load JPG, GIF, PNG or SWF files and can be set to link to outside sources. This element is optional.
The Box Element:
The 3d Box element is the most useful aspect of the Flash Module and is capable of displaying an unlimited number of images or SWF files (*Note* The Box element only works with SWF created with AS3 and will not display certain dynamic SWF files). Once loaded the Box element will rotate the images or SWF in 3D depending on how you set your parameters. This element can be used as a Logo Rotator with the other elements or alone as a 3D slideshow.
#1 Upload the mod_jxtcflashxtc.zip to your Joomla install via the Joomla Installer.
Configuring The Module:
Module Width: The width of the module position
Module Height: Your custom height
Module Background: Static Background Image for module position
Background Element (Optional): This is your overall background for the module - You may use .SWF, .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG files. Include the path for the background in the field (example: images/fhassets/background.swf or http://www.outsideserver/images/background.gif) - You may use full url paths to pull files from outside links.
Title Element (Optional): This is your custom title for the module - You may use .SWF, .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG files. Include the path for the background in the field (example: images/fhassets/background.swf or http://www.outsideserver/images/background.gif) - You may use full url paths to pull files from outside links.
This is your horizontal position of your title file. You can move the image or swf left and right in the layout using variables. (example: Title H Position: 62)
This is your vertical position of your title file. You can move the image or swf up or down in the layout using variables. (example: Title V Position: 62)
Title Element Link: You can assign a link URL to your title position by enter the full url here
Show Box Element: Option to use box rotater
Box Type: Select from 2 sided or 4 sided box display
Box Width: Your custom height
Box Height: Your custom height
Box H Position: Horizontal Position of Box Element
Box V Position: Vertical Position of Box Element
Box Elements: Link to Media File,pause duration,Link Url. You can use outside elements by entering the full path in the Link to the media file - such as http://www.anotherserver.com/themedia.jpg. For your host use the root folder to store your files and enter the link such as images/myfile.gif. Some server configurations might require the complete path, for more infomation on paths view the tips and tricks section below.
XPS Format:(XTC PLAYLIST SYSTEM)
The box element uses the JoomlaXTC XTC Playlist System for the playlist of the box elements. Each variable needs to be added on a seperate line and use a blank line to indicate Next.
(LINK TO MEDIA FILE : JPG, GIF, PNG, SWF (AS3 ONLY)(PAUSE DURATION FOR ELEMENT)
(BLANK LINE FOR NEXT)
The format should look similar to this when entered in the field:http://www.joomlaxtc.com/images/frame1.jpg
Tips and Tricks:
Setting the Links:
Depending on your server configuration you may have to use one of several paths to link to your media.
#1 : Directly linking to your path on your server
if this gives you a pre loading wheel only try
#2 : Linking to a folder direct
if this give you an error try
One of these options should work best. Try different options to get the best results!
The Flash Header:
To create a simple flash animated header with NO Flash knowledge needed
1. Create an overall background graphic for your header and assign it to the background element.
2. Create a text based graphic file for your domain name www.mysite.com and set this image as your title.
3. Assign the box element to your logo graphic and set the box type to 2 sided.
Now you have a Flash Header! Use the V and H positions for the title and Box to align your title and spinning logo.
Creating a 3D Box Logo Header:
Use steps 1 and 2 above. For your box element select 4 sides and assign 4 links to your logo graphic.
The Flash Slide Show
To create a simple flash slideshow with NO Flash knowledge needed
1. Skip the first two elements - Background and Title and head straight to the Box element. Start by setting the box element to 90% of your module size.
2. Set the Box Type to 4 sides
3. Assign each banner to the box elements and set the rotation values accordingly.
As and additional style you can select a module background image to enhance the look and style of your slideshow!
Try different variation of sizes of images to get some unexpected effects, such as using a 250px image adding it to the box roater and define the size at 150... keep adjusting until you find something interesting...