Visual Lightbox is a free image gallery generator that allows you to create online photo galleries using a variety of visual effects and styles. You can use Visual Lightbox with jQuery or Prototype as a plugin. Visual Lightbox can take the images that you provide, and generate a photo gallery with nice overlay effect. You can add the generate photo gallery to a web page, or just store in your PC.
Thanks to its built-in FTP, you can directly upload photo galleries to the web, either as part of a webpage or in full page mode. You can also create photo slideshows and set them to automatically start on opening the page.
No special programming skills are required to upload photo galleries to the web with Visual Lightbox as you can simply create online photo galleries by dragging the images onto the Visual Lightbox window and selecting Publish.
You can customize the look of your photo gallery by choosing one of the templates available in the free photo manipulation software. These include: Glossy, Dark Glass, Clouds, Vista, Facebook, Mac, Grey and Standard. You can also select the style of frame you want your thumbnails to appear in when you create photo slideshows using Visual Lightbox, and even choose to not use a frame at all!
Thumbnails are automatically created by the free image utility and you can control how many lines of photos you want to appear when you create online photo galleries, or add text under the photo. Your images will automatically be resized to fit on the screen and you are also provided with rotating and scaling options equipped with an anti-aliasing technique. Visual Lightbox also has a zoom effect option with overlay shadow. Here is a demo page where you can see photo galleries created with Visual Lightbox.
You can create photo slideshows as well using Visual Lightbox, which allows you to control how fast you want your photos to change and how long they will appear on the screen. The cross-fade transition from one photo to another will be smooth and floating and you can configure the slideshow to start on opening the page using this free image utility.
This free photo mainpulation software comes pre-configured and is easy to use. Visual Lightbox will run automatically as soon as you download it. The free image utility has been translated by volunteers into 25 languages. Visual Lightbox is compatible with Photobucket, Picasa and Flickr, so you can import photos from an already existing album on to these websites and upload photo galleries to the web.
Visual Lightbox is XHTML compliant as well. The free photo manipulation software is available either as a jQuery plug-in or Prototype extension and there are versions for both Windows and Mac. Visual Lightbox is completely free for non-commercial use, but you need to pay a fee for business use of Visual Lightbox.