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LightWindow JavaScript Framework Review

LightWindow is a JavaScript framework based on Prototype and Scriptaculous. If you aren’t familiar with these two amazing resources, it is definitely worth your time to become familiar with them. They are two of the most useful resources available for Web 2.0 developing. LightWindow takes the combination of those two frameworks and adds some really cool things to it. The reason I decided to use LightWindow the first time was to embed media easily into my website. I needed to show some videos and wanted a better way to do it than just embedding it into the page (I hadn’t designed a good spot on the page for a video). LightWindow was not only able to meet the needs of the video I wanted to show, it ended up meeting needs I didn’t even have at the time. Here is a listing of all the great features that LightWindow boasts.

  • Media – You are able to load various types of media, including YouTube videos, Flash videos (SWF), QuickTime videos, and Flash Paper PDFs. There is support for all and every media type; that’s pretty hard to beat.
  • External Websites – You are able to load an external source as well as an internal source. This creates a type of pop-up window, but it is much cooler!
  • Images – You are able to load images from internal or external sources. You can also load image galleries for viewing multiple images in a nicely laid-out design.
  • Forms – You are able to load and use forms within the LightWindow. Full functionality is provided with easy to follow instructions for setup.
  • Pages – You are able to load various page types, including fluid, fixed, and specific dimensions.
  • Inline Content – You are also able to load basic content from a container. (The author calls this one a “gimme.”)
  • Themes – You can create your own theme for colors, styles, and animations. This is not easy to accomplish however. The author has not released any tutorials or help files for this, but says that it is possible.
  • On the Fly – You can create and instantiate a window on the fly without needing to create it first when the page loads.
  • Parameters – You can use various parameters to customize your window. Some examples are title, author, and caption.

This is one of the easiest frameworks to learn and to use. At the cost of free, I don’t think there is a better choice out there that boasts all the features, ease of use, and quality of LightWindow.

You can visit the LightWindow website and download your copy of the framework (v2.0). If you like what Kevin has done, be sure to donate and show your appreciation!



6 thoughts on “LightWindow JavaScript Framework Review”

  1. Michael Sharman says:

    I don’t think LightWindow is a “framework”. It’s a means to embed rich media or other content in a “lightbox” type window.

    And it’s not based on Prototype and Scriptaculous, it uses them both to run on with Prototype being the actual framework and Scriptaculous being the effects library.

    A great API etc, but certainly not a framework.

  2. Amit says:

    Hi there, i have implemented your lightwindow functionality it smoothly runs on all the browser except IE. when i click on the image (for the very first time) with lightwindow only a small box opens with a very small image in it .But when i click again on that image lightwindow perfom smoothly. Please help me out if this as soon as possible.

  3. Gary says:

    Prototype doesn’t work in IE 8 (Microsoft broke a lot of sites this way). You have to use the latest development version of Prototype to get Lightwindow to work.

  4. Nancy Raskauskas says:

    I was really loving LightWindow but I am finding it difficult to find support. I did donate to Kevin because I think it is spectacular and he said he would help, but he has fallen off the face of the earth again. Is there anyone out there who thinks they can help?

  5. Kirti says:

    StickmanLabs website is down. is there a way you all may have a LightWindow V2.0
    Thanks !

  6. sch says:

    I think lightwindow is not considered full javascript framework. For comprehensive framework with lots of widget try http://www.intelligentexpert.net It has grid with grouping, dynamic form with ajax, chart, dataSource to help you develop rich internet application.

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