I’d used phpslideshow for my website’s portfolio a few years ago, but lately it had gotten unwieldy. Because of the layout of my site, I could only fit in three columns of thumbnails, and I’ve launched quite a few projects recently. The thumbnails were way below the actual content of the page, so I decided it was time for something new.

I really like SimpleViewer after using it for a client’s site, and that’s the one I started working with first, but I needed more control over the captions.

One of my tweeple pointed out how nicely Javascript-based Highslide allows you to style captions by showing my his own nicely-done portfolio, so I decided to try it. I liked that Highslide is a thumbnail viewer and not primarily a slideshow – that’s just what I needed. I also really liked the very nice caption styling options.

I downloaded a copy and found it extremely easy to work with – in about 30 minutes I had the first few thumbnails set up and working. This is a very nice script. It took me several hours to dump all 36+ projects into the page, but I’m very happy with the results in my new portfolio.

Just now I launched Hixon Interiors‘ redesign. Hixon is a prominent local interior design firm that’s been around for many years. They approached me in October about a redo.

The new site has a Slideshow2 slideshow on the home page featuring some of their gorgeous imagery. The Gallery section uses three separate Simpleviewer galleries – learning how to use these two great little programs was a benefit of this project. I ran into issues with the Simpleviewer Flash object and displaying a CSS div on top; this is a known issue but it took me awhile to come up with a fix that worked in both IE6 and modern browsers.

The burgunday floral background and general look of the site was inspired by the great-looking initial photography they sent when we were first starting. The client is very pleased and I’m proud of the elegant look of the site.

What a great little application!

My client wanted a very simple, very sleekand Flash-like gallery for her portfolio. I installed Simpleviewer a few hours ago and just finished my first gallery (with an hour break for an Asiago cheese pretzel at Barnes & Noble) and I’m very pleased with how easy it is to use. I don’t even have to have Flash, which is convenient since my version of Flash is 5.