iridium flash powered photo gallery logo from ATOMILUX, INC.
Ever wanted to have a photo gallery, but hate the: thumbnails, resizing, positioning and recoding?
iridium takes care of those details for you. After a simple upload, it resizes photos, renders thumbnails
and packages it up in a flash application.
It’s just that darn easy! iridium can stand alone or embed itself into your custom Flash documents
at any depth and be fully functional.
The box above is a working example of the iridium gallery. To access the update application simply
right click (control click for Mac users) and choose “update gallery” from the contextual menu. The
username and password are “a” and “a” to see the update application.
it just works:
Testimonial type copy to go here about how they love it
Macromedia Flash is a
Rich Internet Application (RIA).
It allows you to add features to your website such as: animation, sound and content depth. It’s saturation is nearly 100%
of all internet users and its cross platform dependability is top notch.
Flash’s Actionscript 2.0 is some of the jet fuel that powers iridium. It’s what takes the
XML data file and: renders menus, attaches thumbnails and attaches large images. Because
of its important role we think it’s worth mentioning the power and flexibility.
XML is a standard language that allows web apps to communicate. This allows multiple technologies
to communiate with each other. iridium uses it to get: gallery name, image count, thumbnail
path and large image path.
PHP is a server side language. iridium’s powerful update gallery feature uses this technology
to: look for new folders (galleries), resize all images to the proper width, make thumbnails
and package up a detailed XML file.
XHTML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are what give the update gallery tool a flexible
skinning environment. If you’re a pro developer who needs to integrate this web app
seamlessly, you can easily modify the CSS for 100% visual control.
under one roof. That helps insure the design, efficiency, consistency and (most importantly) functionality
of our products and services.
A: It's promise is to be the easiest photo gallery to maintain. To do this,
the application uses a combination of many technologies and standards
to make updating and managing a gallery simple and fun. See the live demo above.
A: It's a flat $100 for one license. A license is good for one domain.
Currently, we're accepting payments through paypal.
They're a the most popular online transaction company, and they power ebay so we feel comfortable with them.
Is iridium just not going to fit with your site's design? Customizations can be done for extra fees.
A: Very little tech know how (basic HTML and FTP skills).
You and your site's users will need the popular Flash plugin.
Your web server will need to run PHP 4.3.1 or better and you'll need a few photos to get started (under 300KB ea).
A: FTP is the near universal method all websites are updated and maintained through.
It stands for File Transfer Protocol. If you've ever copied a file from one folder to
another then you understand FTP. Just imagine that the folders you copied between were
two computers and you've got it! There are many FTP programs available and most website
editing programs have them built in ( Adobe GoLive and
A: If you've been given a web space with a dialup account or other internet connect
account the answer usually is no. Check with your server administrators/site host to see
if they offer PHP. For example, this site is hosted by FatCow. They support PHP, ASP, MySQL
and a plethora of other "server side" technologies. ATOMILUX, INC. pays annually for this
site to be hosted here for roughly $100/yr. There are many web hosting companies with
differing prices and services that offer PHP.
A: You'll probably never see it, but should know it's another technology iridium uses.
If you're the technical type, look in /iridium/gallery/pictures/gallery.xml. The iridium
update application maintains it for you. The Flash portion of iridium gets its information
from this file to display: thumbnail image, large image, gallery name and gallery total count.
Most users won't need to touch it, but should know iridium needs it to function.
A: iridium's update application utilizes a part of PHP 4.3.1 that can dynamically resize and
create files on the fly. It's one of the cornerstones iridium is built on. iridium's gallery
update application will check and make sure you have and are able to run PHP's GD library for you,
so don't worry. This too is something you'll never have to touch or see, but again should know
it's a necessity for iridium to work properly.
A: Flash is a plugin offered by Macromedia for all web browsers. iridium does NOT function without it.
click here to test for the flash plugin.
A download link is available at the site if needed.
Worried about using a technology that needs a plugin? Don't worry, nearly the entire world has it and it's
downloaded approximately 2 million times a day, WOW! See how their plugins have been adopted worldwide over time.
(chart screen grab taken from a macromedia whitepaper, original can be found here)
Copyright macromedia 2005.
A: Sounds like iridium's PHP scripts were read as text files. First, confirm that you can run
PHP scripts with your server admin or site host. Second, make sure the permissions are set correctly
for those files.
A: Not currently. We tried it with other galleries and found
it to be a VERY time consuming and tedious feature. If you feel strongly
about this feature, and would like it added as an option, please
enter it on our feature request page to be considered.
A: Nearly all digital cameras use what's called an aspect ratio.
The height is always a percentage of the width. When cropping or
resizing your photos use constrained proportions to avoid this.
The final size of each large iridium image is
400x300 pixels and 150x113 pixels.
A: Vertical pictures will not currently fit into iridium without cropping. To keep
its compact form the visible area only displays landscape pictures.
If you primarily have vertical photos or need a different size
version of iridium contact us for customization.
A: Yes, the Actionscript used takes advantage of the _parent tag to
address Flash's flattening of objects when importing into another movie.
iridium can be burried 1 or 10 levels deep in a Flash doc and still function.
A: Yes, iridium's front end is Flash and XML driven while being pretty much self contained.
The only PHP call is when the gallery update utility is launched from the contextual
menu in the front end. The scripts are isolated in their own folder and should
run in a popup window outside your iridium powred page.
A: Yes, the files from your digital camera will be overkill and iridium
doesn't like to update gallery files over approximately 300KB. Rejoice, for
you are not alone. A wonderfully functional and FREE program called Web Photo Publisher
can come to your rescue.
A: We've witnessed that a web server with 12MB of RAM allocated to PHP will not handle
files over roughly 300KB. Sometimes a thumbnail gets generated but the big image can't
get resized because PHP crashes.
A: If any of your digital photos have ICC profiles embedded PHP chokes when it tries to resize them.
Adobe's Photoshop and ImageReady have a 'save for web' option that allows you to not embed the profile.
If you have a large batch of files, I'd recommend using Web Photo Publish.
It strips out the profile when resizing.