Good news is now The Piecemaker is available for WordPress as well. What does it mean? Well, now you can add PIecemaker 3D flash image gallery by modular web with as little effort as possible. Following are the simple steps required to install and configure The Piecemaker WordPress plugin
First of all, download plugin from WordPress Extensions site http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/the-piecemaker/ and activate it.
You will see link for options page in Settings tab of wordpress admin area, as per following image.
There are two kind of options are available,
1. Select Category
If you select category here, following two options ( Image URL’s and Image Descriptions) will be irrelevant. Slideshow will be build by posts in this category. You have to add extra custom field in post named ‘the_piecemaker_image’ and url of image as value of that field. Make sure you use relative URL starting with root of your wordpress installation. Post excerpt will be used as the description of the image with ‘Read More’ link pointing to the article page. If you chose this option, don’t forget to rebuild cache each time you publish new post in category you choose here.
2. Image URL’s
If you have selected to use manual configuration for slideshow, add relative URL of images, starting with root of your wordpress installation, each on new line. You can add as much image URLs as you want, there is no limitations.
3. Image Descriptions
Add description for each image separated by line break here. There is limited support for HTML tags in this field. You can use following tags,
<headline></headline> <break>Ӂ</break> <inlilne></inline> <paragraph></paragraph> <a href="http://www.hyperlink.com/" target="_blank">hyperlinks</a>
Complete description for single image should be something like below, make sure you enter everything in single line that belongs to single image. Add empty line break if you don’t want to have description for image.
Set width of slideshow in PX, Set it to the width of image you are using for slideshow. Use all image of equal size for better presentation.
Set height of slideshow in PX, Set it to the height of image you are using for slideshow. Use all image of equal size for better presentation.
Select this is you want to display Shadow below slideshow.
Each of them are self explanatory and have description at the bottom of field. I am just mentioning its name here; in bracket is its default value. Feel free play with it to see the effect. To set it back to default, just leave that field empty.
1. Segments (7)
2. Tween Time (1.2)
3. Tween Delay (0.1)
4. Tween Type (easeInOutBack)
5. Z Distance (0)
6. Expand (20)
7. Inner Color (#111111)
8. Text Background Color (#0064C8)
9. Shadow Darkness (100)
10. Text Distance (25)
11. Auto Play (12)
At last there is option named ‘Rebuild Cache’ in red box. Each time you change any of above option, you have to check it to update options in configuration file of the plugin. Uncheck it once confirmed the changes are applied to improve performance.
How to Display
To display The Piecemake slide show as per configured in options page, you can publish The Piecemake widget at suitable sidebar position of your theme.
If you can’t find suitable sidebar position available to display slideshow, copy and paste following php code in your templates file where you want to display the slideshow,
<?php if (function_exists(display_the_piecemaker())) display_the_piecemaker(); ?>