Ok, time to write about something interesting, so
here we go....
Today we here at Zoomshare released a new feature
to our service called Widgets. As spooniep
outlined in the forums
Zoomshare users to embed multimedia and interactive
features into their pages without extensive
knowledge of web development languages such as
. In this instance
all of the
here can apply their web development knowledge in a
way that others can take advantage of, for just
about any web page in their Zoomshare site. To that
end some of the Widgets to be released in the
coming months include adding a clock, poll or page
counter to one’s site.
Of course, these are nice features, but nothing
revolutionary, people have been creating and adding
page counters to their sites since the web began.
The really cool feature of Widgets is the ability
to share content across all websites, Zoomshare or
not. In this sense, Zoomshare Widgets is a flexible
tool for sharing along the lines of other Web
such as Google’s Desktop and Gadgets
or MS Vista’s Sidebar and Widgets
while it hasn’t been a main goal of this
release and thus is unsupported, our Zoomshare
Widgets should be interchangeable with those widget
This is where most of my time in the last few
months has gone into developing the basic framework
and in creating the first widget that truly takes
advantage of this new ability, Flipbook. With
Flipbook a Zoomshare user can post any of their
photo albums on any web page, Zoomshare or not,
with the placement of a small snippet of code. In
this way a Zoomshare user can share their photo
album(s) in just about any web-based service they
use, including social networks, blogs, wikis,
forums and of course Zoomshare.
For example, I have a website dedicated to my
upcoming wedding at http://wedding.weinstein.org
The site is hosted on Zoomshare and my fiancé and I
can use the Zoomshare tools to create and manage
the site’s content, including photos. Until now
anyone who wished to view the photos would have to
visit a specific album, such as http://wedding.weinstein.org/
to see any of the photos.
individual images in an album is a bit tedious.
Enter Widgets and Flipbook. With a little cut and
paste of code provided to me from our new Widget
tool I can share the Family album within this site,
pdw @ zoomshare
, in this
specific blog entry and
each image can be viewed without having to leave
this blog entry.
Better yet, I can provide this code to family and
friends, as shown below, and all they would need to
do is cut and paste it into their own web page.
<!--zoomshare embed code begin-->
<!--zoomshare embed code end-->
This being version 1.0 there are a few kinks to
work out, but this simple example of sharing
content across websites only scratches the surface
(as I’ve alluded to in untested possibilities). So
stay tuned, plenty of cool things to come from widgets!