Some time ago I released PictureSlides, a DOMAssistant plugin to create compelling slideshows and thumbnail galleries, with a number of customizable options. Recently, I ported PictureSlides to also work with jQuery, so if you want to do something spiffy with images, I recommend you check it out!
What is PictureSlides?
How it works
Simply put, PictureSlides consists of one settings file and one core functionality file. This basically means that when an updated version comes along, you can update the functionality file but keep your settings file (unless some new exciting settings are added as well, of course ), to ensure staying up-to-date is as hassle-free as possible.
To go into more detail, and find out all the available settings, read more in the PictureSlides implementation instructions.