Update 3/9: I’ve uploaded version 3.1.2 of Shashin, which makes two improvements: the code for handling the FancyBox captions is now cleaner (no HTML embedded in the title attribute) and the navigation controls in slideshows now don’t overlay controls for videos (so you can use the video controls now).
Update 3/7: I’ve uploaded new versions of Shashin and Toppa Plugin Libraries that corrects the installation bug in Shashin 3.1 that was affecting new installations. You will need to update both plugins.
Shashin 3.1 is now available for download at wordpress.org. I’ve added support for WordPress multi-site installation, and improved error reporting when there are problems with album synchronization. But the biggest change is that, due to a licensing conflict, I have removed Highslide and replaced it with Fancybox 1.3.4. Highslide uses a Creative Commons license, which is not compatible with the GPL, and all code in the wordpress.org plugin repository must be GPL compatible.
While the visual style of Fancybox is different from Highslide, the functionality is mostly the same. However, there are a few limitations with Fancybox:
- Loading Twitpic photos may be slow. Twitpic URLs for photos redirect to cloudfront.net, and Fancybox is unable to resolve redirects. I added my own code that resolves the redirect before passing the link to Fancybox, but this means two calls for loading every photo.
- Fancybox requires this approach to the code when mixing videos in groups with photos, and this approach if you want to dynamically set the dimensions of a video, and the two are not compatible. I decided including videos in groups was more important, so video dimensions are fixed for all videos (you can set your desired video size in the Shashin settings page).
A related issue is that the Fancybox overlay for navigating videos in groups overlaps the video controls, which means you can’t pause, adjust volume, etc with videos if they are in groups. This is simply an unfortunate limitation of Fancybox.As of Shashin 3.1.2 this is no longer a problem.
So why Fancybox? Despite these issues it is still one of the more robust viewers available, and it is GPL compliant. Highslide, PrettyPhoto, and even the just released version of Fancybox (2.0) all use GPL incompatible Creative Commons licenses.
Making the transition to Fancybox was a huge effort. I’ll be willing to entertain including another GPL compatible viewer if you can recommend one that doesn’t have these technical limitations, but not right now 😉