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    WOW!!! What a post of great information!!
    THANK YOU!!
    I have, HOPEFULLY, talked this guy into having 4 or 5 simple html pages with 5 pictures or so that I can detail, in text, his work on these jobs rather than potential customers having 140 pictures to sort thru and briefly loook at.
    BUT...I have enjoyed the challenge of working with this and will continue to do so...
    I especially like the xml generator noted here: http://www.locandadelborgo.com/download/

    Does that work well???
    Thanks again!

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    Does that work well???
    Couldn't say. I've never used it. But consider the fact that the makers of SSP endorse it, I'm sure it does.

    I've only used SSP on large projects. I then either have used SSP Director or used the API to integrate with ExpressionEngine (my CMS of choice).

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    Ok..I got the xml generator going and got the images generated using http://www.locandadelborgo.com/download/support.asp

    It calls for an index and .swf ssp file to be in the main folder. I don't understand where those come from? I mean the files are in the standalone folder but they are relevant to it only..right?
    I click on them just to see and it sits there, no flash.
    But..the xml the generator made looks correct in that the .jpgs I needed are included in the .xml.
    I had to rename the folders to Output-Layout like his was in the folder structure, but that isn't what it takes in Flash..
    yikes...
    Last edited by baldrn; 10-30-2008 at 02:19 AM.

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    Why can I only get the first three images to show up in Flash. I can move these around and they all will show, but only the first three. Is it because it is a trial version?
    I have sent this question to the company, but it is a long time for them to resond...days actually..to my first question.
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <gallery>
    <album id="ssp" lgPath="album1/images/" tnPath="album1/thumb/" title="NT slideshow test" description="just pix of our camper" tn="album1/preview.jpg">
    <img src="1.jpg" title="testtitle" caption="testcaption" link="" target="_blank" pause="" />
    <img src="Cicis Pizza.jpg" title="testtitle" caption="testcaption" link="" target="_blank" pause="" />
    <img src="front.JPG" title="front.jpg" caption="front" link="" target="_blank" pause="" />
    <img src="side.JPG" title="" caption="" link="" target="_blank" pause="" />
    </album>
    </gallery>

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    Why can I only get the first three images to show up in Flash
    That's the limitation of the trial version of SSP.

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    WELL HEY!That's good news!
    That tells me I am doing something right then!
    Thanks!
    Now, all I have to do is:
    -figure out bout the thumbnails..
    -embed the slideshows.

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    figure out bout the thumbnails..
    If you plan to buy it, use the Photoshop add-on that I linked to before. It's a piece of cake.

    Code:
    embed the slideshows
    See my long post above. SWFObject 2.0 and that generator will do all the heavy lifting.

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    Very good. I'm buying it tonite.
    I have a random question about charging.
    I just sort of do this on the side, as a hobby..obviously I'm not the pro. But..I enjoy it and I do small sites for people. Usually, tho, it's just html tables, templates, js slideshows, that sort.
    Now, this guy surprised me and asked me to build this 140 photo slideshow. I actually have to divide it into three parts.
    So, i'm building 3 slideshows of about 46 photos each, with a caption.
    What would someone charge for that? typically..not in a busy metro area with a lot of competition.
    Rural...this is for a sign and awning company.
    It's with about 4 or 5 pages...
    just a range to go by...
    Thanks for the input...

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    It depends on your payment structure and how much you plan to make. As your hobby, you can probably be a little on the cheaper side, I guess.

    I started out in web design the same way... a side thing when I was in school A site here and a site there. Then suddenly people started recommending their friends to me. Web design/development isn't my chosen career. It kind of found me. Well temporarily anyway, until I finish my masters.

    You should 100% charge the cost of SSP and anything else that you've paid out of pocket. Then set a hourly rate and come up a nice round number that seems fair to you. I haven't seen the site, so I can't say how much work you've done for it. But I would say $500.00 is probably a good round, fair price.

    FreelanceSwitch has a hourly rate calculator for freelancers. Give that a try and see what it gives you. It puts things into perspective.

    The biggest thing is don't sell yourself short. People pay a lot for websites. And if you can do it, why not get paid market price. Most small web firms would probably charge between $1000 - $1500 for a 5 page site.

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    VERY GOOD INFO!
    As much work as I've put in this project, I'm leaning towards the 1K. I mean, it grew from 5 pages and a 20 pic jscript ss to this big thing. Even without learning SSP, 140 pix is a lot to handle.
    I'm sure glad I'm not the client having to look thru 140 pix!
    I have made the slideshow and am tweaking it. I have discovered that I can just copy the "standalone" folder to the server and rename it there. I can divide his slideshow into 3 folders and embed the swf,( when I learn how to embed), for each folder..correct?
    one folder renamed awnings..another signs..etc. And each folder will have the .swf file in it relevant to the images in it. I just edit the images.xml file relevant to the pix in the images/tn folders..Am I thinking right?
    Thanks!
    Now...I have another question.
    1-I have resized the pix down, due to the amount of pix the client wants and the amount of space they'll take on my server space. When I view my slidewshow locally, I can click on the enlarge button and it goes full screen.
    Online, it will not. It stays the same size. Is that due to me resizing them? Or does SSP do that? Is it possible to make them fullscreen from the server?
    Thanksx2!

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