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Easiest way to create simple, automated slide show on website?

I use Dreamweaver and Fireworks and ColdFusion and CSS. I do not have Flash. I do already have the images.
What's the easiest way to create a simple (4 to 6 slides) automated slide show? I want to present 4 to 6 photos of my products on my home page, and have the "slides" automatically advance.
I am not opposed to a 3rd party solution as long as it is easy and free! ;-)
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Hi alicia1234,

Easy is no problem.  Free is.  This area of web development is very high in demand and almost all products that I'm aware of that will do this are not free anymore.  Powerpoint can create its own slide shows, but I'm not sure you want to go in that direction.
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So please recommend the not-free stuff ... if it's not "real" expensive, it might be worth it. Thanks.
Let me know if this is something like what you need.

http://www.ppt-to-dvd.com/ppt-to-video-overview.html
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There are lots of scripts around, Dynamic Drive has quite a few that I've used in the past http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex14/ best of all they're all free

Other sites available would be
http://simplythebest.net/scripts/DHTML_scripts/dhtml_images.html

http://www.hotscripts.com/JavaScript/Scripts_and_Programs/Image_Effects/Slide_Shows/index.html

Hope that helps.

Cheers
It seems that the solutions presented in the previous two posts are "old" technology (given that they mention supporting IE4 or IE5 and Netscape!).
Is there something that would be a "compiled" flash movie?
Actually supporting of old and different browsers is a positive, not a negative, it widens your customer base.  However a product I use for creating tutorials Wink http://www.debugmode.com/wink/ has the ability to insert images and then compile to flash, but as I mentioned it's main purpose is to create tutorials or demos so doesn't have any special effects like you see in real flash products.

Another product which is great for creating Flash, is Swish http://www.swishzone.com/index.php but it isn't free to use but has a lot of great effects to use.

Cheers
Actually, I used a product called "Flashpoint" a year ago to convert a powerpoint presentation to flash. But in that case, the user clicked on a button to start the slide show. The button linked to a "cwatour.htm" file that contained javascript to play the .swf file. The functionality is good for my current need BUT I don't want the user to have to click on a button ... I want the slide show to start as soon as they visit the home page. And with Flashpoint, the slideshow took over the whole screen. I want the slideshow to run within a certain area on the page. So I'm thinking that a powerpoint to flash solution won't suit my needs?
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I'll give that a try. Thanks.
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I didn't even think to try OO.  I had so much trouble with Base crapping out at odd moments that I got frustrated and killed the whole thing.
I'm using OO just for that flash generation, and have no problem.
As a consultant, I usually do never transmit a ppt, otherwise people just have to chhange templates, do some minor edits, andlaims the prestentation as theirs. I usually give a PDF (for printing and reference) and a Flash (for onscreen-display) as part of my standrd deleiverables, but not the orginal ppt (nor a pps which is in fact the same thing!).
So being able to transform to flash was essential for me... hence this very useful use of OO, even if it is limited!

FWIW: Of course OO is huge and eats lots of RAM... but your time is a valuable resource and considering as a "flash converter" might solve your problem while sparing your valuable time