Meteor Slides 1.5 adds responsive slideshow support, touch navigation, an improved slideshow widget, new translations, and updates jQuery Cycle.
I have been building more responsive websites lately and receiving more and more requests from users for responsive slideshows, so I have updated the slideshows to scale automatically.
If you are using a fixed width theme the slideshows will remain unchanged at their original dimensions. But if you are using a fluid or responsive width theme those are used as the maximum dimensions and the slideshow will scale, shrinking to fit the theme on smaller screens and devices.
Any custom slideshow templates, stylesheets, or scripts you are using would have to be updated from the default versions in 1.5 to add this responsive functionality.
Try resizing the Meteor Slides homepage in your browser to see the responsive slideshow in action!
Touch Wipe Navigation
Another mobile friendly update in Meteor Slides 1.5 is support for touch navigation. I added the jQuery Touchwipe plugin which allows previous and next navigation with the swipe of a finger. This works on many touch devices including the iPad, iPhone, and Android mobiles and tablets.
Built In Support
The contextual help feature has been updated to use the new help functions in WordPress 3.3 and expanded with more information and links to relevant documentation.
Click the help tab in the upper right corner of any Meteor Slides admin page for more information.
Improved Slideshow Widget
The Meteor Slides Widget has been updated with a new slideshow selector. This option only displays if you have created one or more slideshows, allowing you to easily choose a slideshow from a dropdown without having to enter the slideshow’s slug.
Even More Translations
Thanks to these translators, Meteor Slides is now available in twenty languages!
Belarusian: Translation by Alexander Ovsov
Czech: Translation by Ondřej Carda
Danish: Translation by Kim Hansen
Dutch: Translation by Leon Buitendam
German: Translation by Maximilian Brandl
Persian: Translation by Peyman Asadi
A Five Star Year
Since 1.4 was released last year the downloads have more than doubled to 93,000, and it has zoomed up to a 145 ratings.
I have gotten so many awesome comments, tweets, emails, and even donations from Meteor Slides users this year, thanks everyone for your feedback and generosity!
If you want to keep up with and participate in the development of Meteor Slides, check out the project on Github.