Slider Flickr Stack

Slider Flickr | Archetypon | $15.00

With over a terabyte of free storage, Flickr’s an excellent way to store – and show off – your photos online, and there are a number of stacks that allow you to take those photos and display them on a Rapidweaver site. Given that it’s possible to add new photos to Flickr from so many different devices (if you haven’t used it for a while, the smartphone app is much improved compared with the original) this makes it an attractive option for anyone who wants to put a library of photos online. Flickr takes care of the sizing for you, your host doesn’t have to store and serve the photos and the overall size of your Rapidweaver project is reduced, making it nimbler and easier to edit.

The Slider Flickr stack allows you to take a single album and display it as a slideshow, complete with thumbnails along the bottom; the stack comes with a choice of five transition effects and you have the usual controls over slide and transition duration. This means that while it’s not as sophisticated as some other Flickr-based stacks (which can pull in photos from more than one set/album) it’s very easy to set up a basic slideshow.

That said, the stack is also fairly configurable and you can define the width of the slider, whether images are cropped or not (there’s also an odd Image Pan setting which lets visitors scroll round images too big to fit in the specified space) and how many are displayed in the slideshow. You can turn navigation arrows on or off, set a slide counter (1/11, 2/11, and so on) define the bacground colour and set a border for the thumbs. Finally, there’s a nice option to display the caption either when the image is loaded or by having the visitor click a small ‘i’ icon at the top left.

Like most slideshows, Slider Flickr will strut its stuff best if all the images are a consistent size and shape but that aside there are no gotchas here that we could find and given the various problems we’ve had displaying images from Flickr down the years, this simple-to-use stack is a breath of fresh air.

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