Acquia's been working on ways to let people create really professional looking Drupal sites using only web-based tools. One of those tools is the Rotating Banner module which just had its first release this morning. What is a rotating banner? I'm talking about those pretty slideshow type things at the top of most sites' homepages these days. For a couple examples, check out http://acquia.com, http://kofiannanfoundation.org/, http://amnesty.org. This module was developed for Drupal Gardens by myself and James Elliot.
- Various transition effects (fade, wipe, etc)
- A rich editor where you can pick a background image and add headlines and text areas with inline editing
- Pre-defined layouts for your text or a custom mode where you can drag and drop right where you want.
- Creates blocks, you can make a bunch of them. Put them in sidebars, the header, etc.
- Can be a static size, or will grow to the size of your largest / smallest image or the size of the region you put it in automatically!
- Controls for switching between slides, or auto transition
Demo (click to view on YouTube):