I’m not a big user of images – though I have a digital camera, I typically end up using it less than I probably should. I think one of my goals for next year will be to actually get some of the images off the memory card in the camera and let people see the pictures I’ve taken. One step in that process is to get them in a format that makes them nice looking. A single page without much around it, as you often see on a web page, can be downright ugly. Enter Lightbox.
As the name implies, this version of the code has been slimmed-down so that it fits in a much smaller space (the files are roughly 1/6th that of the Lightbox Slideshow), and what’s more is that it loads a lot faster. This is all possible thanks to the Mootools framework.
While it’s still going to load a bit slower than if you didn’t have it at all, you have to be willing to make some trade-offs. Unfortunately if you want to provide functionality, the scripts will have to run. In this case, the page load time ticked up, but it’s usually by just a second or so, and with no noticeable loss of functionality.
I’ve tried a few different ways of including pictures on the site, and I also have looked at integrating some external services – more on that is coming in the new year. But the largest problem that I had was in displaying the images in a way that was pleasing to the user, and I think that Slimbox really offers a nice solution. What do you think?