Portfolio websites and blogs are critical for freelance designers to build an online presence and to tease potential customers to buy their services. Many designers have learned this and this means the competition is hard. That is why portfolios simply need to be awesome and stand out from all the others to be noticed and generate business. An important aspect of portfolios is presentation of the designers work and this is where slideshow applications comes in handy. They look good, improve usability and gives visitors to the portfolio simple access to the material being presented. This post brings and overview of more than 25 excellent slideshow solutions to enhance your portfolio.
Hosted Embeddable Slideshow Applications
This service is used by over 195,500 designers and artists worldwide to create portfolios. Besides being a great application for creating portfolios it is also an index/directory where designers using carbonmade will be listed in relevant categories.
The feature list is really long but here’s a few listed: Order your images and projects any way you like with drag and drop functionality. Assign types to your projects that let visitors sift through your work easily. Show off your Flash goods with SWF based projects. White, black, sans, or serif, and thumbnail layout; you choose the canvas to best show off your work. Add a Google Analytics code to your portfolio to monitor traffic. Show visitors as much or as little about yourself as you want to.
Flash Gallery is a free application that allows you to create a slideshow on your website easy and fast. You won’t need any programming skills to install or use it. Just embed it into your website and script will automatically form a slideshow from a specified folder or from Flickr photostream. Creates Slideshow automatically (scans specified folder for images, creates thumbnails and uses filenames for titles). It also supports Flickr photostream
PhotoSnack is a web application that lets you create photo slideshows and online photo galleries for free. It is a hosted solution that generates slideshows from photos you upload to your account. PhotoSnack also offers you multiple ways of sharing and publishing your photo slideshows. You can upload multiple photos at once. You can create as many slideshows as you like with unlimited storage.
There are many configuration options and they all look pretty good and you can easily embed the slideshows into your website or blog with the embed function.
Slideshows on slide.com allows you to create awesome flash based slideshows using images from most of the popular social network sites and to customize the look and feel of your slideshow from a range of preset configurations. Slideshows are hosted and can be easily embedded and shared on popular network sites like facebook, myspace etc.
You can add music, video, apply transition effects and select between several skins and themes. Below you can see how a flower themes looks (flowers flying around…)
Flash Based Slideshow applications
SimpleViewer is a free, customizable Flash image viewing application. Lightweight and easy to use, it features smart preloading, a resizable interface, thumbnail menu and optional description text. It uses XML to pull in images from a web directory (or Flickr if configured) and display them as a Flash presentation. You can incorporate captions and links for each image. It is simply amazing, and can generate a stunning visualization of your portfolio that is sure to impress.
Simpleviewer also provides other excellent viewers that is worth investigating.
AutoViewer is a free, customizable Flash image viewer. AutoViewer is designed to display a linear sequence of images and captions.
TiltViewer is a free, customizable 3D Flash image viewing application.
3D Curve Wall for thumbnail gallery powered by Papervision3D, ActionScript 3 and XML
Polaroid Gallery is a free, opensource flash gallery, the script loads images and image titles dynamically from an external XML file or a flickr RSS feed. Then the script processes the data and creates an interactive flash gallery.
Zenphoto is a gallery CMS that just makes sense and doesn’t try to do everything and your dishes. Actually Zenphoto is more than just a gallery for images! It also features multimedia support for audio and video and is even capable of running your entire portfolio website including a news section (blog) and custom pages. This makes Zenphoto the ideal CMS for illustrators, artists, designers, photographers, film makers and musicians.
This slideshow is very elegant with a menu showing current location.
SlideViewer is a lightweight (1.5Kb) jQuery plugin which allows to instantly create an image gallery by writing just few lines of HTML. SlideViewer checks for the number of images within your list, and dynamically creates a set of links to command (slide) you pictures. Also, clicking on each image will make the gallery slide to the next picture. You can optionally customize the kind of animation and its duration and also enhance(*) the default tooltips with some fancy tooltips.
JQuery Slideshow with three different features and displaying sides, fully customizable sizes, delay speed and with good documentation.
qGallery is a simple to use prototype based gallery script. All image processing is done by the script so you don’t have to worry about the images you upload on the server. All images for the skimmer graphics and the fullsize view will be created on the fly and stored in a cache directory on the server to save processing power on the server.
jQuery Gallery Scroller (jqGalScroll) takes list of images and creates a smooth scrolling photo gallery scrolling vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. The plugin will also create pagination to allow you to flow through your photos.