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AJAX-ZOOM thumbnail slider extension - axZmThumbSlider

Posted on 2019-02-20
Last reviewed on 2019-02-21

The AJAX-ZOOM axZmThumbSlider thumbnails- and content slider is a component that extends the default functionality of the zoom-viewer. It is part of the download-package. The manual handling is the same as for most jQuery plugins. Within AJAX-ZOOM core, this component is used for vertical, horizontal and inline thumbnail galleries. The slider is also used in other AJAX-ZOOM extensions such as the hover on zoom extension. In this post, you can see some various implementations of the slider and find the complete documentation about the options and the API methods.

Starting from AJAX-ZOOM version 5.3.11, the demo and documentation for the axZmThumbSlider extension moved from the AJAX-ZOOM extensions directory of the core package to this page. If you have been redirected to this page, it is intended.

Extension version: 3.2
Extension date: 2019-02-28

Why another thumbnails slider?

Years ago, we used the "jCarousel" script for "external usage" for implementations outside of the core AJAX-ZOOM image-viewer. There was nothing much better back at that time. But, "jCarousel" outdated quickly and the first responsive release of "jCarousel" did not fulfill our expectations. Still does not. So did not any alternatives back then.

Compared to the main AJAX-ZOOM script, a "thumbnail slider" looked like a couple of lines. Thus, we decided to write our plugin from scratch to use it together with AJAX-ZOOM in general and without the need of forking a free code whenever there is a requirement for a new feature.

From the perspective of a template designer, the resulting axZmThumbSlider is quite easy to implement, and you can configure it easily via javascript and CSS. The script is responsive and has all required API and options available, which designers and coders commonly need for such an interactive element. You can also use it as "content scroller" and not just for the image thumbnails.

Today, this thumbnail extension is implemented into the native AJAX-ZOOM viewer, and we use it across several other AJAX-ZOOM extensions. All extensions that utilize this thumbnails slider have a dedicated option to pass through the options of the slider. You can also set the options of the slider for AJAX-ZOOM core viewer. Please see this post about setting the options for AJAX-ZOOM.

Within some of those extensions, it is also possible to disable this thumbnails slider and replace it with a different plugin, which applies the ul->li structure. However, such a replacement is rather a more difficult task and requires mapping the API methods or edit the source code of the extensions. Therefore, it may be easier to contact us with the request for a feature that you are missing.

The slider uses CSS3 transforms and falls back to left or top animations for browsers, which do not support the transforms or do not do well with them. CSS transitions are not used to animate the slider. It works equally well on desktops and mobile touch devices. It also idles quickly and makes sparing use of processor or GPU resources.

Thumbnails slider examples

Thumbnails slider with external controls / some API methods demo

  • Some thumb description 1
  • Some thumb description 2
External controls
(replicate internal buttons)
scrollTo thumb [first] [4] [8 last] [8 middle] [8 first] [12] [last] [random]
scrollTo % [20%] [50% last] [50% middle] [50% first] [80%]
scrollTo px [200px first] [800px last] [800px middle] [800px first] [1400px]
scrollBy thumbs [-1] [1]
scrollBy % [20%] [-20%] [100%] [-100%]
scrollBy px [200px] [-200px] [500px] [-500px]
Handle thumbnails prependThumb appendThumb removeThumb (last) removeThumb (first) insertThumbAfter (1) insertThumbBefore (3) removeAllThumbs
Please find all API methods at the bottom of this page.

Horizontal slider with only a few thumbnails, centerNoScroll option enabled

If the height of the element is absent, the plugin tries to determine it automatically, and complains about that in browsers console if available.

Horizontal slider without buttons, a custom scrollbar and framed by another design element

Despite looking similar to the native scrollbar of a browser, the default scrollbar of the slider is pure HTML and CSS. Therefore, you can style it without any limitations.

Thumbnails slider with mouseWheelScrollBy option disabled and scrollBy: 2 via buttons

With the mouseWheelScrollBy turned off, the page scroll with the mouse does not hang on the slider. This setting does not affect touch devices.

Slider without button controls and mouseFlowMode option enabled

With the mouseFlowMode option enabled, the scroll position of the slider depends on the position of the mouse cursor above the slider. This setting does not affect touch devices.

Responsive horizontal slider, fast pressScrollSpeed (20), mouseDrag option disabled

When mouseDrag option is disabled, users cannot drag the sliding position with the mouse. This setting, however, does not affect touch devices. On touch enabled devices the swipe gesture is always enabled!

On macOS Safari, the mouseDrag feature does not work until Apple treats "PointerEvent" support as not an experimental flag. All other major browsers have already implemented "PointerEvent". However, as you can see, this is not a crucial feature.

Vertical sliders with fixed or responsive heigh, scrollbar left or right

Vertical sliders with fixed or responsive height and scroll buttons

contentMode option - vertical slider without thumbnails and nested thumbnails slider example

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If you add or remove content from the slider, it instantly adjusts the scrollbar and other functionalities. Nested sliders are supported. You can also disable the scroll buttons: set btn option to false.

Vertical slider with multiple columns, multicolumn option enabled, responsive width and height

Todo: implement responsive grid system.

HTML Markup


			<div id="slider1" style="position: relative;">
				<ul>
					<li onClick="consoleLog('thumb 1')"><img src="/path_to/image_1.jpg"></li>
					<li onClick="consoleLog('thumb 2')"><img src="/path_to/image_2.jpg"></li>
					<li onClick="consoleLog('thumb 3')"><img src="/path_to/image_3.jpg"></li>
				</ul>
			</div>
		

Options

The options are passed to the AJAX-ZOOM jQuery.fn.axZmThumbSlider extension as JavaScript object, e.g.:


		jQuery('#slider1').axZmThumbSlider({
			thumbLiStyle: {
				width: 90, 
				height: 120, 
				marginBottom: 7
			},
			wrapStyle: {backgroundColor: '#FFFFFF'},
			scrollbar: true,
			firstThumb: 1,
			firstThumbPos: 'middle',
			firstThumbTriggerClick: false,
			firstThumbHighlight: true 
		});
		
OptionDefaultDescription
orientation 'horizontal' Orientation value, horizontal or vertical.
multicolumn false If orientation is vertical, enable multiple columns with thumbs.
smoothMove 12 The smoothness of the scrolling.
pressScrollSpeed 6 Max speed of the movement while pressing on the buttons.
pressScrollSnap false Snap to thumbnails after pressing on the buttons.
pressScrollTime 250 Time in ms to start continuous stepless scrolling for the buttons.
contentMode false Enable a simple content scroller instead of thumbnails.
circularClickMode false Pressing on next or prev buttons results into scrolling to next element and triggering the click event on it instantly. It does not, however, support an endless visual loop. Instead, it focuses on the first thumb when the last is reached.
liImgAsBack false Images inside li tags (thumbs) are removed and put as a background of the li element.
randomize false Randomize order of thumbs on load, see also API methods for randomizing.
firstThumb 1 Thumb number to show on load. The numeration starts with one.
firstThumbPos 'middle' Default position within the slider (if possible), possible values: first, middle, last.
firstThumbTriggerClick false Trigger click on first selected thumbnails on load.
firstThumbHighlight false Highlight firstThumb if firstThumbTriggerClick is not enabled.
posOnClick 'middle' Scroll the thumb to selected position within the slider, possible values: false, 'first', 'middle', 'last'.
scrollBy 'auto -1'
  • Integer - number of slides scrolled when clicked on the backward / forward button
  • Can be also 'auto' or expression with auto and integer as string, e.g. 'auto -1'
  • String e.g. '50%' or '150px'
mouseWheelScrollBy '20%' Use mousewheel for scrolling, requires Brandon Aaron's mousewheel.js; integer - number thumbs; string - px or % value, e.g. '50px' or '20%'
debugNumbers false Add numbers to the thumbs, CSS .axZmThumbSlider div.debugNumbers.
mouseFlowMode false The scroll position of the slider depends on the position of the mouse cursor above the slider.
mouseFlowMargin 25 Margin from left/right or top/bottom where mouse position for mouseFlowMode is not captured.
mouseDrag true Drag with the mouse as you would do it on touch devices.
thumbLiStyle {} Quickly overwrite thumb CSS style (e.g., width and height) without changing the CSS file or write inline styles.
thumbImgStyle {} Same as above. You can apply this option when liImgAsBack is disabled.
thumbLiSubClass{mousehover: 'mousehover', selected: 'selected', first: 'first', last: 'last'} This is an array-like object that represents thumbnail subclasses. You can disable it by setting a preperty value to false.
ulClass 'axZmThumbSlider' Main class prefix for the ul element.
wrapClass 'axZmThumbSlider_wrap' The CSS class for elements that wraps the thumbnails.
contentClass 'axZmThumbSlider_content' The CSS class for the wrapping element when contentMode option is enabled.
contentStyle {} Inline CSS style for the wrapper when contentMode is enabled.
wrapStyle {} Quickly override styles for the main wrapping element.
outerWrapPosition 'absolute' If the parent container has padding, setting this value to 'relative' will preserve the CSS position.
centerNoScroll true Center thumbnails in the slider when there is nothing to scroll.
btn true Enable slider element buttons.
btnOver false Place buttons not outside but over the thumbnails.
btnHidden false Hide a button if it is disabled (nothing to scroll or reaches the end).
btnClass 'axZmThumbSlider_button' The main CSS class prefix for buttons.
btnMargin null Distance from a button to the scrolling area. You can also set this margin via CSS.
btnBwdStyle null Quickly override CSS values of the backword button instead of changing the CSS class values.
btnFwdStyle null Quickly override CSS values of forward button instead of changing the CSS class values.
btnBwdObj null Define the external backword button jQuery element via selector.
btnFwdObj null Define the external forward button jQuery element via selector.
scrollbar false Enable / disable the scrollbar.
scrollBarIndicator false If true, no actions will be attached to track area or scrollbar.
scrollbarMinDim 20 Minimal scrollbar width for horizontal / height for the vertical orientated slider.
scrollbarMaxDim null Maximal scrollbar width for horizontal / height for vertical orientated slider.
scrollbarClass 'axZmThumbSlider_scrollbar' Scrollbar CSS class.
scrollbarMargin null Distance, which shrinks the length of the scrollbar. Can be also set via CSS as well.
scrollbarOffset null Offset of the scrollbar. Can be set via CSS as well.
scrollbarStyle {} Quickly overwrite position of the scrollbar by applying CSS inline styles.
scrollbarContainerStyle {} Quickly set the margins of slider to adjust the buttons by applying CSS inline styles.
scrollbarBarStyle {} Quickly set bar style (color, height, margin).
scrollbarTrackStyle {} Quickly set slidebar track style (color, height/width, margin) by applying CSS inline styles.
scrollbarOpacity 0.85 Opacity of the scrollbar while interacting with the slider.
scrollbarIdleOpacity 0.35 Opacity of the scrollbar in idle state.
scrollbarIdleTimeout 350 If scrollbarIdleOpacity option is not set to 1, apply the opacity after this ms value.
scrollBarIdleFadeoutT 200 Fadeout time of the scrollbar in ms.
scrollBarMouseShowBindTo 'both' Bind mouseenter opacity handling functions to scrollbar itself or container, possible values are: 'scrollBar', 'container', 'both' or false.
scrollBarVerticalCenterThumbs true Center thumbnails when vertical scrollbar is enabled and is not visible because there is nothing to scroll.
scrollBarHorizontalMiddleThumbs true Center thumbnails when horizontal scrollbar is enabled and is not visible because there is nothing to scroll.
accVelocity 45 Acceleration velocity for touch devices or when dragging with the mouse.
touchOpt {smoothMove: 12, pressScrollSpeed: 6} Override any options for touch enabled devices, e.g. touchOpt: {btn: false, scrollBarIndicator: true, scrollbarIdleOpacity: 0}

API Methods

jQuery(selector).axZmThumbSlider(method, [arguments]); e.g.:


		$('#slider1').axZmThumbSlider('scrollBy', '50px');
		

You can chain all methods except getters. Some methods like appendThumb have also callbacks, and the arguments reference e.g. the thumb, which was added to the slider.

MethodDescriptionArguments
stop Stop running the initialized plugin on an element. -
run Run initialized plugin when it has been stopped before via stop method. -
destroy Restore element to initial HTML state. -
rebuild Destroy and rebuild plugin with options, which have been applied to the element before. -
scrollBy Scroll by a specified amount of pixels, percentage or number of thumbnails. String with px or % unit, e.g. '20px' or '50%', or integer, which is interpreted as number of thumbnails.
scrollTo Scroll to specified thumb or position.
  1. Options object:
    • thumb: integer or string; an integer, e.g. 3 scrolls to third thumb; string, e.g. '120px' or '50%' will scroll to this specified location.
    • thumbPos: string; if thumb is integer (scroll to some thumb), the target position within visible area, possible values: first, middle or last
    • noAnm: bool; if true, the scrollTo position reaches immediately without any animation.
    • triggerClick: bool; Specifies if the click event should trigger on the targeting thumbnail.
    • highlight: bool; Only highlight the target thumbnail without triggering the click event.
If agrument is not an options object, then it will be interpreted as thumb, e.g.

						$('#slider1')
						.axZmThumbSlider('scrollTo', {'thumb': 7});
						
is the same as

						$('#slider1')
						.axZmThumbSlider('scrollTo', 7);
						
appendContent Append (HTML) content to the slider if it is in contentMode.
  1. A well formated html as string.
  2. Optional callback function.
prependContent Prepend (HTML) content to the slider if it is in contentMode.
  1. A well formated html as string.
  2. Optional callback function.
removeAllThumbs Remove all thumbnails in the slider.
  1. Optional callback function.
removeThumbRemove the specified thumbnail.
  1. Thumbnail number starting with one or jQuery selector, see also isThumb method.
  2. Optional callback function.
appendThumb Append a thumbnail to the slider.
  1. Thumbnail image path as tring, object or formated html as string.
  2. Optional click function.
  3. Optional callback function with first argument as jQuery reference to the appended element (thumb) and the second argument as thumb number e.g.
    
    							$('#slider1')
    							.axZmThumbSlider(
    								'appendThumb',
    								'/pic/slider_demo_images/image_01.jpg',
    								function(){
    									// Click event
    									alert('123');
    								},
    								function(el, no){
    									// Callback, after the thumbnail has been added
    									$('#slider1')
    									.axZmThumbSlider('scrollTo', no);
    								}
    							); 
    							
prependThumb Prepend a thumbnail to the slider. The handling is same as appendThumb method.
insertThumbAfterInsert a thumbnail after some other.
  1. Thumbnail image path as tring, object or formated html as string.
  2. Optional click function.
  3. After as thumb number, selector, ...
  4. Optional callback function with first argument as jQuery reference to the appended element (thumb) and the second argument as thumb number.
insertThumbBefore Insert a thumbnail before some other.
  1. Thumb image path as tring, object or formated html as string.
  2. Optional click function.
  3. Before as thumb number, selector, ...
  4. Optional callback function with first argument as jQuery reference to the inserted element (thumb) and the second argument as thumb number.
changeThumbSize Dynamically change size of the thumbnails
    Options object:
  1. li: CSS style for li elements.
  2. img: CSS style for image elements.
  3. size: The size of the container element (width or height); if 'auto', the plugin instantly determines an appropriate width or height.
  4. scrollTo: Specify if after this change, the plugin should scroll to the selected thumbnail before the change, e.g.
    
    							$('#slider1')
    							.axZmThumbSlider('changeThumbSize', {
    								li: {
    									width: 150,
    									height: 150
    								}, 
    								img: {
    									maxHeight: '140px',
    									maxHeight: '140px',
    									height: '',
    									width: ''
    								}, 
    								size: 'auto',
    								scrollTo: true,
    								clb: null
    							});
    							
  5. clb: an optional callback function.
unselect Remove "selected" class from all thumbnails. -
select Select a specified thumbnail.
  1. Thumb number or selector, see also isThumb method.
  2. Bool - trigger click
getNumberThumbsReturns number of currently loaded thumbs -
isThumbReturns n - (thumb number) from passed argument;
  1. Argument can be just number to confirm it is there, selector or object
getVisibleThumbReturns number of thumb which is visible first
  1. If true returns thumb from right / bottom
randomize Shuffle thumbs within loader element -
sortMapReorder thumbs in the slider upon data attribute value
  1. Object, which maps the order, e.g. {1:3,2:1}. The above means that at first position there will be the thumb with the specified data attribute value that equals three, at second place there will be thumb with data attribute that equals equals one.
  2. String: name of data attribute, e.g. data-number
  3. Optional callback function.
sortByData Sort thumbnails by a "data" HTML5 value.
  1. String that specifies the name of the data attribute, e.g. data-number
  2. Optional callback function.
triggerClick Trigger click on an thumbnail.
  1. Thumbnail
getUlEll Returns the scrolling content (ul or div element in contentMode) -
getAllThumbs Returns ul->li node structure cleaned from any css and events. Click events are preserved. -
numColumns Returns number of columns when multiColumn option is enabled. -

Callbacks

The usage is the same as with options.

Callback / OptionDefaultDescription
onPull null An optional callback function that executes after the slider reached the end or beginning. You could use this callback to create endless scroll by adding more thumbnails with the provided API methods above.
holdPullPx 50 Min pixels to pull in either direction after which onPull triggers.
holdPullTime 750 Min time in ms to pull in either direction after which onPull triggers.
onInit null Callback that is executed when the plugin initializes on an element.

AJAX-ZOOM Examples

Some of the many AJAX-ZOOM examples where axZmThumbSlider slider is implemented

example32
example25
example29_responsive_easy
example4

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