The term that is used is 'Cover Flow' and it's implemented through HTML, CSS, and JSON or Jquery. There are a lot of solutions out there for this, although few free solutions. Just do a web search on 'Cover Flow Code'.
[upon rereading your post I realize that my suggestion is not the correct one]
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pretty easy to do this with portals that only show 1 calculated/filtered image using either portal filtering or relational filtering to display the right "slide" in each portal. This would mimic the "horizontal portal" approach that a lot of developers have used.
A popover button under each portal would be an elegant way to show the related data as well. Only if you're on 13 though.
You might be able to skip the portal and have a calculated global container field that refreshes at specific times as well.
Tim's solution also recommends you could get better UI via data fed into a web viewer. But that gets complicated when you try and throw container data into the mix (but less so now with the Base64Encode() function in FM13)
I've previously used JQuery based jCoverflow to achieve this in web design
I think you'll be able to come up with something, just be imaginative!
it's not really cover flow that I'm looking for.
CF displays one horizontal view of thumbnails that scroll left right.
I'm looking for
six thumbnails across and multiple rows of six going down to show a found set.
just like the link above shows.
For a "Grid" view it's the same concept as what I noted. Either a row of portals or row of calculated container fields.
Just add more rows to complete your grid.
(was only noting the coverflow stuff because it was suggested above)
if you have FMP 13, try the Content Management Starter Solution template, The Thumbnails view could fit your description / example. (And if you don't, register to download the demo?)
thanks that will get me going!!