Three image slide show scripts using jQuery
Related: Learning jQuery 1.3 by Karl Swedberg and Jonathan Chaffer.
The s3Slider jQuery plugin is similar to JonDesign’s Smooth Slideshow but uses jQuery. Here’s the demo page. I really like the semi-opaque title elements that slide in for each image. It looks quite classy in my opinion. There’s no Next and Previous buttons on this one and the script just cycles through the images with fade transitions without user intervention.
Simple Gallery is similar to the slide show that is sometimes used for the lead story on BBC News. I like the Next and Previous controls that appear when you move your mouse over the images. In addition, the images can be linked.
jQuery Cycle Plugin
The jQuery Cycle Plugin is an image slide show that seems to have every effect imaginable. There are many demos available that show different examples. I am not sure that I would use some of the effects myself because for many websites an image slide show should obey the ‘less is more’ principle in my view. But you may not share the same opinion so the jQuery Cycle Plugin may contain just the effect for you!
Firstly, there’s no point using a slide show if the images are not high quality. You may be proud of that neat photo you shot with your mobile ‘phone but it likely will not be as good as a professionally taken image. There are plenty of stock photography websites available that provide great images at cheap prices. Use them!