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FancyZoom in Prototype with Small Changes

Posted · Category: Gallery, License Free

Some time ago, we have featured FancyZoom which is designed to view full-size photos and images inline without requiring a separate web page load. After few months, Orderedlist rewrote it in Prototype with some small changes.

First, He didn’t like that it used AJAX. FancyZoom in Prototype tends to lean towards the side of rendering everything and then showing and hiding, rather than loading stuff with AJAX.

Second, Cabel built his from scratch with no use of any JavaScript libraries. That is cool and all, but he almost always have Prototype and Scriptaculous included. Cabel’s version without Prototype is two scripts that weigh in at 36k. Orderedlist’s version with prototype is only 12k.

Third, Cabel’s implementation only works for images and it loads them via AJAX (to save initial page weight). He thinks that the zoom interaction is pretty interesting so he didn’t want a version limited to just images. FancyZoom in Prototype supports pretty much any html you can throw in a div (images, text, flash, etc.).

Fourth, and final, is that he liked Apple’s rounded corners, as opposed to the original fancy zoom’s square edges.

FancyZoom Meet Prototype

Requirements: Prototype Framework
Demo: http://orderedlist.com/demos/fancy-zoom/
License: License Free

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