Interloper Stack

Interloper | TMM Tekh | $3.00

Interloper is a cheap and cheerful lightbox stack for Rapidweaver which can be used to turn a thumbnail into a much larger version of an individual image or used to embed videos or iFrame objects; and with only a tiny bit of tinkering, you can link thumbnail images together to create a lightbox gallery, complete with back, forwards and close buttons.

Setting up an individual image is easy – just add the stack, drop in a thumbnail and then add the full sized version to the image well. That’s it. Preview the page, click the thumbnail and the full sized version pops up on top of it. If you’d prefer to warehouse the image, just type the URL into the appropriate panel in the settings and you’re done. Images can carry a caption and though the formatting for this is pretty limited, it’s fine for single line descriptions. Alternatively, you select the iFrame option and display some other content in the lightbox when the thumbnail is clicked – perhaps a PDF or an external website.

If you’ve got a series of thumbnails – and these don’t have to be of the same type so you can mix and match local and warehoused images with YouTube and Vimeo videos as well as iFrame content – then all you need to do is give them the same Gallery Name and Interloper will add back and forward arrows and a close button to create a simple gallery.

Interloper is pretty no-frills, colour controls are unsophisticated and embedded videos aren’t truly responsive (they’re fine if the browser window’s proportions stay the same but appear truncated on a smartphone in portrait mode, for example). But if you don’t already have one, it’s really worth a look and for the price of a cup of tea offers a nimble, lightweight, easy to deploy lightbox that has a wide range of uses.

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Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing

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