The jquery CrossSlide plugin is an easy to use and integrate tool that can make a plain site much more stunning and attractive to the eye.
Complete details to use and download this plugin are at http://tobia.github.com/CrossSlide/
Previously, Flash was needed to make a panning and zooming slideshow, like at the award winning Gifford website (they may have reconfigure since press time).
I will be using this fantastic plugin later this year, for the Southampton Ceremonies pages on their website, as well as on my volunteer website for the Unity Friendship League. Not that I’m going overboard. Links will be added as comments later when the work has been published.