Using the Zoom box, is there a way to have the text that only shows up on mouse over show up all the time? Right now when someone goes to the page the see the images only.
There is no setting to do that with the Zoom Box element.
However, you can use the Trailer Box instead. You can check how it looks and works under the following link:
Thank you for that tip. Using the Trailer box in horizontal mode -
Sorry, in my comment above #2 - I meant center the text vertically?
1) Please go to the Style tab, open the Slogan options, and there you will be able to change its background to transparent.
2) In the Style tab, open the Title options, and set some bottom margin.