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Adding pre-loading, fullscreen image cover, swipe, pinch & zoom to the Koken lightbox


Oct 08, 2014 02:30AM EDT

Hey guys,

The client I'm helping is really loving Koken so far. So far everything has been pretty straight forward to implement.

One thing that does have me a little stumped though, as she wants the lightbox to work like Facebooks mobile app, where the next and previous swiping is really fluid (thanks to preloading I'm guessing) and she really wants her visitors to able to pinch and zoom.

I've scoured the net for different lightbox alternatives and while there are some which do the swiping well, trying to find one that allows for swiping, pinch and zoom has been unfruitful.

I checked Facebook (and AirBnB for that matter) and both of their native apps support the iOS Photos app behavior on their mobile apps, but not their web apps.

Part of me thinks I should take the hint, but the other part of me thinks - surely this should be possible with the current state of web.

I searched the Koken forums and came across a couple of posts mentioning that you had plans to implement some of the ideas mentioned above, so I figured the best course of action is see if you guys have any plans for the lightbox and if not, maybe some input as to whether we're chasing a pipe dream.

Something else I was unsure of, is how the pinch and zoom would work with Koken, as the zooming into the resized pic would likely end up with pixelation. Guess I'll tackle that one when we get there :P

Ps, Todd, been a big fan of your work ever since the ol Slideshow Pro days and had an excited AhhhhYeah moments when I realized you were one of the guys behind Koken :P


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Todd Dominey Koken Agent

Oct 09, 2014 11:27AM EDT

Chris – yeah, there’s a big difference between native mobile apps and apps that are browser-based. With the latter you’re limited to what the browser supports, while with the former…well you can do all kinds of things. This would include features like pinch and zoom. People have been creating javascript libraries for a while to try and replicate native APIs but it’s typically a hit/miss thing where they don’t universally work.

Anyway, thanks :) Glad to hear you’re a longtime follower! Let us know if you have any questions about Koken.


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