I noticed a new cool JavaScript effect with a nice inbuilt slideshow feature : Lightview from Nick Stakenburg.

For fans of Prototype and rounded corners, I suggest to try out this effect with NextGEN Gallery. Thanks to my flexible effect interface you can adapt it very easy to your blog :

1. Download the plugin Lightview-Plus from Puzich

2. Change in the gallery options the effect code to ”Custom” and enter in the “Link Code line”  :

class="lightview" rel="gallery[%GALLERY_NAME%]"

(If you copy and paste the code, check for the the correct double quotes !!!)

Have fun…

29 Responses to “Lightview”

  1. Gravatar Icon 1 alakhnor Posted April 27th, 2008 - 12:30

    The script seems slow, probably due to corner rounding.

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Falco Stellare Posted April 27th, 2008 - 13:02

    I can’t find any “Custom” effect code in the gallery options. Where do I go wrong? I’m currently running NextGEN Gallery ver. 0.95. Thanks for any help!

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Falco Stellare Posted April 27th, 2008 - 14:14
  4. Gravatar Icon 4 DushiBida Posted April 27th, 2008 - 19:30

    It seems like the layout is not completely good with Mozilla Firfox.

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Ruslan Shaydullin Posted April 28th, 2008 - 20:43

    Currently I’m using Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 5 and everyt?ing is OK with Lightview script

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Greg Posted April 29th, 2008 - 18:40

    I’m not seeing a “Link Code line.”

    Where is it hidden or does it have a new name in v2?

    Or is this too advanced for me?

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 John Williams Posted May 1st, 2008 - 05:08

    It looks great but it is way to slow

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 alex.rabe Posted May 1st, 2008 - 20:27

    I agree Prototype apps are slower…

  9. Gravatar Icon 9 nkieto Posted May 4th, 2008 - 14:09

    Alex, I have discovered another javascript effect by phatfusion: multibox, it looks cool!

  10. Gravatar Icon 10 bartes Posted May 6th, 2008 - 22:49

    WOW! Multibox looks really great!!! It`d be wonderfull if it can be a WP plugin…

    Sorry for my english! ;)

    best regards

  11. Gravatar Icon 11 defaude Posted May 6th, 2008 - 23:52

    Hey Alex,

    great Job (as usual ^^)! But there’s one thing bugging me: Under Safari 3.1.1 from MacOS X Leopard the fading to dark effect does not work properly. You can go ahead and check it out on my homepage if you like. However the effect itself works fine on Nick Stakenburg’s site…

    keep up the great work!

  12. Gravatar Icon 12 David Posted May 11th, 2008 - 22:09

    I like the NextGen Gallery and the Lightview but don’t have the expertise to install them on my two blogs. I will pay you one hundred dollars to do it if you are interested.

  13. Gravatar Icon 13 alex.rabe Posted May 13th, 2008 - 08:55


    You should not spend so much money for a silly operation. Read the plugin description of Lightview Plus and also post a message in the forums. I’m pretty sure somebody can help you without money.

    And then you can donate the money to the plugin and projects which you are using and do the right work for you…

  14. Gravatar Icon 14 jan Posted May 13th, 2008 - 15:44

    You ever saw this: FancyZoom Even better than multibox…

  15. Gravatar Icon 15 charles Posted May 14th, 2008 - 13:40

    the watermark function of NextGen Gallary stops working after i’ve installed lightview…any solution for that? thanks a lot~~

  16. Gravatar Icon 16 indonesian plywood Posted May 22nd, 2008 - 16:16

    Thank you .Read the plugin description of Lightview Plus and also post a message in the forums

  17. Gravatar Icon 17 finid Posted June 2nd, 2008 - 04:16


    Contact me and I’ll take care of the plugin installation, gratis.

    See my contact info at

  18. Gravatar Icon 18 David Posted June 15th, 2008 - 12:57

    thank you finid. I did figure it out somehow and it is operating nicely on my photo blog. It seems like a very sturdy plugin and I have had no problems with it.

    And I did take the money and invest it in someone who is creating a very nice plugin for my photo blog. Hopefully it will be available for everyone soon.

  19. Gravatar Icon 19 schikowski Posted August 28th, 2008 - 07:12

    Hey Alex,
    Thank you for this wonderful plugin!
    It solves my biggest problems… :)

    Can anybody give me a hint how to integrate the “Multibox” lightbox? There is a plugin at

    According to the plugin’s author, the class “mb” will trigger Multibox. So, I was trying to add the following code in Options > Effects:
    class=”mb” rel=”gallery[%GALLERY_NAME%]”

    But no lightbox at all appears.

    Can somebody give me a hint?
    Thank you much in advance!

  20. Gravatar Icon 20 schikowski Posted August 28th, 2008 - 07:50

    Got it.
    class=”wmp” rel=”gallery[%GALLERY_NAME%]”


  21. Gravatar Icon 21 artnok Posted October 16th, 2008 - 16:52

    I’m just solving problems with lightview & nextGen, and it seems that there is a display problem with safari (whereas it works fine on Nick Stackenburg website… Has someone experimented that before ???
    Furthermore, I didn’t really find the solution to use the powerfull thumbnail maker of NextGen with Lightview. All I succeeded in, was posting custom html code for custom thumbnails pointing to a specific created file. I didn’t find yet how to work both with the two plugins at the same time… Light needed !

  22. Gravatar Icon 22 macplanet Posted January 16th, 2009 - 23:12

    I recently included NextGEN and lightview-plus into my blog and first had a problem with the XHTML not validating (check this question in the WP support forum).
    The problem was caused by HTML attributes which were included twice, obviously by NextGEN and by lightview-plus.

    The solution for the problem turned out to be extremely easy: Instead of using the code Alex recommends in this article, NextGEN works beautifully with lightview-plus if the effect is set to “none” in the NextGEN settings.
    I was told that the behaviour of lightview-plus has not changed, so I suppose that Alex’s advice given here is wrong or outdated. (Or did I miss some problem with my simple solution?)
    I just wanted to put this information here to help people who might run into the same problems I had …

    Thanks for the fantastic NextGEN plugin,
    best regards

  23. Gravatar Icon 23 Cyberto Posted April 7th, 2009 - 13:00

    Thanks for one of the best plugins ;)

  24. Gravatar Icon 24 Deyson Posted July 5th, 2009 - 12:27

    What is the correct double quotes for custom Code.

  25. Gravatar Icon 25 serenine Posted March 3rd, 2010 - 16:49

    Thank you!!! Works great with Lightview Plus!

  26. Gravatar Icon 26 rapscallion Posted February 5th, 2011 - 15:30

    have got the lightview working with my nextgen gallery, but the previous next buttons are not appearing – any ideas alex?

  27. Gravatar Icon 27 Falko Posted February 12th, 2012 - 22:18

    The same Problem as rapscallion … lightview works in nextgen gallery but there are no navigation buttons

  28. Gravatar Icon 28 voxel Posted February 14th, 2012 - 11:34

    If you use “lightview plus 3.0″ or higher with “lightview 3″ you must put the next code in “ngg option plugin” like effect:
    class=”lightview” data-lightview-group=”%GALLERY_NAME%”

    to activate navigation between pictures.

  29. Gravatar Icon 29 Falko Posted February 17th, 2012 - 19:43

    Thank you for your reply.
    I have filled in the code…first the pictures don’t apper in the lightview overlay but after adding data-lightview-group-options (skin) it works great.

    Thank you and have a nice weekend

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