Here on my new blog for Metro Girl, I plan on spotlighting some of the special services and technologies I work with. One of them I’ve recently been working with is Flash slide shows. Using a great tool called SlideShowPro, which works with Adobe Flash, I’ve been creating lots of online slide shows.
These shows include transition effects and even sound. Almost all aspects of the player — size, color, features shown or not shown, font, etc. — are customizable and all the programming of what pictures to use and what captions is stored in an XML (simple text) file, so it’s easily updated.
So far my work has been for my full-time employer, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University, where I work with health and medical content. Over the past six months I’ve been regularly producing slide shows, most of them with audio. Here are a few examples:
I even used SlideShowPro to present videos. Here’s a player that gives users access to a set of “Four Patient Stories”:
For background on these slide shows, including an explanation of the more technical aspects, take a look at the article “More on SlideShowPro” I wrote for my tech blog, Wendy’s Words.
Think a slide show like this would work for your site? Let me know and we can talk.
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