JackBox – A Responsive Lightbox with Real Social Sharing
JackBox for WordPress is built on a simple idea:
Connect your page and post content to a lightbox.
This means no shortcodes and no gallery managers to figure out. Instead, JackBox is baked into your content editor and works just like the traditional “hyperlink” button. Except instead of just adding a simple link, you create a lightbox item!
JackBox was originally built with 2 goals in mind:
Create a lightbox that worked on mobile devices, even smartphones. JackBox is “responsive”, which means it’s 100% compatible with responsive websites.
Create a lightbox where every image, video and song can be individually shared. This means when someone “likes” one of your photos, when a friend clicks on the shared link, they’ll instantly be shown the exact photo that was originally shared.
Localized for WordPress
Responsive / Mobile Ready
Retina Ready Graphics
Share any item through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+
Deep-linking, every item has it’s own unique link
Touch Swipe for Mobile Devices
Genuine Fullscreen for Firefox and Chrome
Group any items together and create item categories
Youtube Video w/ Mobile Fallback
Vimeo Video w/ Mobile Fallback
Automatic Youtube and Vimeo thumbnail loading
HTML5 Video w/ Flash backup
HTML5 Audio w/ Flash backup
Flash Video w/ Mobile Backup
Load HTML Divs, iFrames and Google Maps
Built-in Thumbnail Hovers
CSS3 Preloader for smoother animation
Optional gallery-style thumbnails
Options to set the lightbox thumbnail width and height
Optional item titles and descriptions
Option to show the description info by default
Option to start with thumbnails hidden
Option to autoplay all videos either globally or individually
Option to zoom smaller images automatically either globally or individually
Option to preload graphics for a smoother lightbox experience
JackBox Makes Thumbnails Easy
First, you have the choice to load a specific thumbnail of your choice.
If none are chosen, and the lightbox item is a clickable thumbnail to begin with, JackBox will grab and resize that thumbnail instead.
If these options aren’t available, JackBox will then attempt to grab the large version of the lightbox image and resize it.
And as a last resort, JackBox will just use a default thumbnail of your choosing.
The plugin is not automatically compatible with other gallery plugins, and support for plugin or theme compatibility is not included.
Ajax-based themes are not compatible with JackBox
The videos demonstrate how the plugin works. Be sure to watch them before deciding if JackBox is right for you.
The plugin will not automatically override any current lightbox system your website currently uses. Instead, you will need to connect all of your existing lightbox to JackBox manually once the plugin is installed.
Images, Video and Audio shown in the preview are not included in the download source and are for demonstration purposes only.
Autoplay for video and audio is not available on mobile due to device restrictions.
Mobile touch swipe functionality is only available for images.
Fullscreen mode is not available for IE, Opera or Safari.
You may notice a “page jump” when the lightbox is entered. This is because the lightbox removes the page’s scrollbar when entered. This is done intentionally because the page’s scrollbar serves no functional purpose inside the lightbox, and in this developer’s opinion, the lightbox experience is much more pleasant without it. When the lightbox is closed, the page’s scrollbar will reappear and the page will automatically scroll to its previous position.
On mobile devices the page behind the lightbox will scroll to the top.
iframe scrolling is not supported on mobile devices
When sharing via Facebook, only the lightbox item’s link will get posted. Any image and title that gets posted will be explicitly chosen by Facebook.
The Facebook “like” button is built to be a “like/unlike” button only. The traditional Facebook comment box is not supported.
The graphics and icons are retina-ready, photographs are not.
If you plan to use the plugin in a way not demonstrated in the usage videos, such as connecting content to the lightbox without using the plugin’s built-in methods, please use the non-WordPress version of the plugin instead (support for manual usage is only included with the non-WordPress version).