FancyBox – Fancy image zooming tool

There are many Lightbox clones this days. Some are fancier, some are lighter, some use jQuery, some do not. In this wast set of options, I found one I think I will prefer from today: FancyBox – fancy image zooming tool

It is based on jQuery and is a cool alternative to existing solutions. Here are some features:

  • Automatically scales large images to fit in window
  • Adds a nice drop shadow under the zoomed item
  • Groups related items and adds navigation through them (uses preloading)
  • Can display images, inline and iframed content
  • Customizable through settings and CSS

Other Lightbox alternatives I found are:

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  1. Thank you for this compilation, guys! I’m currently looking for such a boxy thing for a new project but haven’t decided which one to take. Your post gave me a good overview!

  2. Hi Tomislav –

    I know this thread is a long time ago!

    However I came across it when trying to find how to incorporate FancyBox into Magento-
    Is there a reason would you advise against using a jQuery dependant lightbox, does it slow it down?

    Thanks in advance-

    1. Hey Shaun,

      jQuery is very demanding with the JS requirements. Since Magento is built upon Prototype, the file burden of including both libraries are better to be avoided in our opinion.

  3. Hi Radi,

    Sorry for late reply. I didn’t notice your question before. Although FancyBox looks great, it isn’t the best solution for Magento as it is based on jQuery framework. It is better that you try to find some prototype based zooming tool.

    Btw. I encountered one similar looking once called FancyZoom: This one doesn’t not require any library for using.

  4. Hi. You are correct about the contrast, but I believe that can be sorted custom via CSS. I’ll give it a try in the next few days and see how it goes. Btw. Thanks for Thickbox note. I forgot about it although I have used it before. I added it to the list now!

  5. A different approach, but I don’t think it’d work well on all sites (like Lightbox does) because it doesn’t darken the rest of the page, just adds a small dropshadow, and this won’t make enough contrast between certain images and webpages.

    One of my favorite lightbox clones is Thickbox, except I can’t remember at the moment why I chose Lightbox over it on my site.

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