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Elegant solution to fade(scroll through) news headlines with accompanying photos - much like abcnews.com?

Posted on 2006-06-28
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I know there are a thousand java applets and stuff to do scrolling tickers and text only headlines etc,
and java applets to fade through jpgs, but most of them look like crap, pretty tacky, etc...  looking for something pretty elegant/professional...

Looking to copy / do something very similar to abcnews.com -
(please visit abcnews.com to see specifically the style i'm going for - the headlines on the home page)

 - gentle, elegant fade through items
 - an individual "content item" is photo AND text
 - content item can be linked to a full view URL
 - would be awesome for the user to be able to pause and navigate forward/backward through them manually as well, as they do on abcnews.com...
 - content items and photos should be database driven (i use php/mysql)

Any suggestions?  I realize this is probably a proprietary custom solution etc., but has anyone seen anything good that's similar?  

I don't even know if I'm looking for a java solution or DHTML or what is best language... do NOT want to use flash and should be firefox and IE compatible...

Obviously hoping it's already out there but searching is getting me nowhere, just a lot of junk...

Would really appreciate a recommendation that meets nearly all of the above requirements, or at least someone's knowledge of the best/closest available...

Thanks in advance!
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<embed width="330" height="400" flashvars="tracking=slideShow&location=home" wmode="opaque" id="" src="http://a.abcnews.com/flash/abcSlideShow-060623.swf?xmlSection=HomePage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"/>

The elegant fade solution they're using is developed using Macromedia Flash. This flash application reads the headlines from an XML file.

 All your features can be meet on a flash application:
It all depends on the coder you'll choose when you'll develope this...
 - gentle, elegant fade through items
 - an individual "content item" is photo AND text
 - content item can be linked to a full view URL
 - would be awesome for the user to be able to pause and navigate forward/backward through them manually as well, as they do on abcnews.com...

About the:
 - content items and photos should be database driven (i use php/mysql)
you can easily generate xml files based on mysql data using php.

It's the solution I suggest too.

Here you have an example of using Flash and XML:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/xmlconnector.html
Also the same application can be realized using actionScript only, without components as in the example above, it gives more power...

About the grafic style/feel/efects It's up to you and the one you choose to develpe this ...

If you don't want a custom solutions and you want a free ticker like the one you've mentioned before and dislikes you .... than you can find something on web....

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