One of the outstanding features of the AJAX-ZOOM Player is the 360° rotary view. Each control element (there are plenty of them) can be switched off, expanded and adapted. Also the behavior and feel of the player can be adjusted to the most refined detail.
Above is an example of the standalone 360° product viewer with 36 images. The native resolution of each image is 7216 x 5412px. These are about 39 Megapixels! The images of the bike were shoot with "Hasselblad" but nowadays there are several affordable DSLR from "Canon" or "Nikon", which can achieve this resolution range.
Despite the high resolution, the 360° product view is loaded very quickly. This is due to the multiscale resolution technology where only parts of the image are loaded, which are needed for the zoom level and viewport.
However, you do not necessarily need to use ultra-high resolution to take advantage of multi-resolution technology in general. Even with 8, 10 or 20 megapixel images, the difference quickly becomes clear.Proceed to more information about 360° product views or read more on this page...
Hotspots can be placed not only on 360° degree animations but also on 3D and regular 2D images including galleries. Hotspots can also be combined with the "product tour" shown in the next tab.
The creation of the hotspots is done optionally with a hotspot editor contained in the download package or they can be generated dynamically via AJAX-ZOOM API, e.g from a database, so you do not have to rely on the hotspot editor, but can dynamically generate the hotspots with JS.
The overloaded example above should only show the range of possibilities, which nevertheless are not shown in full here.
The hotspot editor can be quite easily integrated into existing applications. The JSON-like code generated in this hotspot editor is stored in a file or it can be stored in DB (changed over switch) / generally passed to a controller.
In our shopping cart modules the hotspot editor is integrated into the backend!Checkout the hotspot editor or read more on this page...
With this player you can generally display high-resolution, ultra-high-resolution and less-resolving images responsively. You have the freedom to enable or disable any control element and place them differently. Swiping between high-resolution images has never been easier and faster before. In addition, you could add the so-called hotspots (in-the-image markers), control the player externally via API and expand as desired. In the download package, you will also find various examples where you can combine the 2D player with our 360° degrees or 3D players, as well as varios video players.Proceed to basic 2D example integration or read more on this page...
For a 360 or 3D webview the settings in this example are set the way, that the user has only the possibility to spin at none zoomed state. Upon a click the image or 360 will zoom to it's original size. An other click at zoomed state causes the image to fully zoom out again. Additionally a zoom out button appears when the image is enlarged somehow.
The above described behavior is actually typical for many none multi-resolution players, where the original heavy image is entirely loaded at 100% zoom. With AJAX-ZOOM viewer however, the user does not have to wait until this large image is fully loaded. AJAX-ZOOM loads only that part of the zoomed image, which is visible on zoom and the view gets sharp immediately without the user have to download several megabytes of unneeded data volume. On fast connections the user will not even notice that this part of the image is loaded, because the corresponding "image tiles" are loaded while zooming transition runs and the tiles are faded in right after the zoom animation ends or even while the animation runs.
This fairly simple concept is mainly used for showing detailed maps online. Google maps uses this, actually any maps service uses this, as it would be strange if you needed to download the entire world map to view your neighborhood, right? With AJAX-ZOOM you can take advanage from this technology without really understanding it. Simply use this zoom magic in you webstore or product site and profit from this deep zoom enlargement without worrying about image sizes beeing too large for a web view. The same is true for mobile users, it simply makes no difference.
Similar functionality with mixed content on one player (360 / 3D, video and regular images) can be also achieved with this extension / example, where depending on the settings you can enable mouseover zoom as preview for your high-resolution images.Proceed to multimedia swipe gallery example and documentation or read more on this page...
3D photography images are multiline or multi-row 360 images. Pictures of an object are taken not only from each angle horizontally but also from each angle where the camera is shifted vertically. AJAX-ZOOM does support this multi-row 360 images too. An explanation of how images should be arranged can be found in this example.
The basic difference between 360° and 3D is that while for 360° you need to provide path to a folder, where 360 degree image frames are located directly in this folder, for 3D you need to provide a path to a folder in which AJAX-ZOOM can find subfolders with image frames located in these fubfolders for each row. The number of image files in each subfolder has to be equal. Naming of the files does not have to follow a scheme, they just need to be named according to a regular sorting algorithm, however you must name files in each folder differently. This is very important also for 360° images where you also have to name image files differently even if it is about separate 360° views.
If you want to create not only semi-spherical but also full spherical 3D product views, please pay attention to the naming and the order of the files for frames, which should show the object from below. These files have to be named in the mirrored order. It is also easy to make clear why: take a coin and turn it leftwards looking from top position. Turning the coin in the same direction look at it from below. As you can see, the coin now turns to the right.Still having questions? Please contact or read more on this page...
AJAX-ZOOM has many possibilities to create picture galleries. Here is a gallery with "internal" slider, which can be arranged vertically or horizontally. As basically everywhere within AJAX ZOOM, all thumbnails are generated instantly. There are several predefined methods to determine which images supposed to be loaded into the gallery. You can pass a list of individual image paths or you can specify a folder path from which AJAX-ZOOM will instantly read all images and add them to the gallery.Proceed to basic 2D example integration with horizontal gallery or read more on this page...
Multimedia gallery is automatically created and can be configured via numerous parameters. However, it can also be completely disabled. Its positions (right, left, up and down) can be set dynamically via breakpoints.
The stage proportions can also be defined as fixed, corresponding to image proportions or by breakpoints. Regardless of the order within multimedia gallery any element - picture, 360° product view or video can be set to load as first.
For displaying an image only one high-resolution "master image" is required. The scaling is generated automatically, whereby individual thumbnails and preview images can be defined separately for the mouseover images. Howsoever they are defined it is important to point out that the mouseover zoom or slider does not load the high-resolution "master image" but an adjustable small version of it. By default the size is limited to 1200x1200px, which is usually sufficient for the preview in the flyout zoom window. When clicking on the preview image, the high-resolution image opens in the AJAX-ZOOM player - either in a responsive Fancybox or immediately in fullscreen, which is also adjustable. Within AJAX-ZOOM Player only parts of the large image required by dimensions and viewport are loaded so that for example a 50 megapixel image is viewed without delay. The HTTP path to the high-resolution "master image" may also be, e.g. protected via htaccess, as it is only needed by AJAX-ZOOM, which accesses it server side. The same applies to the 360 images.Continue reading about mouseover zoom extension and testing or read more on this page...
If simple 360 degree views seem too boring, you could upgrade the animation with a "360° degree product tour" and significantly increase the user experience, enhancing informative capability of a 360 image at the same time. Please note that the 360 images utilized in this way must have some higher resolution so that the zooming effect is visible on large screens too. Due to the multi-resolution tiles technology, large images have do not affect the loading time, so you can even provide 30 million pixel 360 images to the AJAX-ZOOM Player.
Thanks to the special editor, which is included in the download package, this kind of tour can be created incredibly fast and without any specialist knowledge! The editor has the choice between various pre-programmed animations, can add additional description for each viewport, another 360° degree view, panorama or a video. In addition, the 360° degree product tour can be combined with hotspots (markings in the picture).
It is quite easy to integrate the editor into existing applications. The JSON code produced by the editor can be saved in a file or via a controller, for example, in a DB. You will find the "360° Product Tour" editor integrated into backend of each AJAX-ZOOM E-Commerce module.
The "Product Tour" is useable not only with 360 images, but also with 3D images, as well as normal 2D images / galleries. This works both with the supplied Crop Editor and generally without it over the supplied API. The basic functionality of cropping and zooming illustrates this developer example.
Within the editor on ajax-zoom.com you will also find the possibility to load alternative content demos and test the editor live. However saving is disabled. For a more technical description of the 360 product tour click here.Click here to see and test how "360° degree product tour" is made or read more on this page...
Suppose you have some sort of two or more column responsive layout where main content width is responsive too. This is a typical case for modern CMS themes like WordPress. Now you want to place high resolution images between text. AJAX-ZOOM is a perfect tool to do that. For more information and responsive example please see example6_cms.php
You can place an unlimited number of images with a nice adjustable and styleable hover effect, then on click simply replace the image with AJAX-ZOOM progressive zoom player. For more information and responsive example please see example6_cms.php
For embedding the player multiple times between a text and without hover effect, which is also possible for the 360 degree animations, please take a look at this example.Proceed to isolated example
This mouseover zoom extension combines in itself many technologies that AJAX-ZOOM has to offer. Not least because, it is integrated into the frontend of the AJAX-ZOOM cart modules and is controlled over backend of these modules.
The mouseover extension is actually both - a mouseover zoom with hundreds of settings, as well as an image slider, which is turned on by default on mobile devices. Hotspots (markings on the picture) are possible on 2D images and on optional 360° views or 360° product tours. Finally, videos from Youtube, Vimeo, dailymotion or, for example, mp4 videos can be added in a Player (VideoJs) or HTML5 video tag.
The "resposive lightbox" is actually a Fancybox 1.3.4, which has been modified to behave in the responsive way. It can also open AJAX-ZOOM as iframed content in it. The code for triggering as iframed content can be found in example2. We are planning to make more examples with newer modal box scripts. Feel free to make suggestions! The one we found interesting to give it a try is "izimodal.js". However, until now the modified Fancybox worked well, also together with Bootstrap and other modern CSS.
Using iframes is a simple and quick way when you want to place many 360 rotary views or couple of images with deep zoom at a same time on one page. Among many other options, you can configure the 360 / 3D to load instantly or on click. The AJAX-ZOOM player inside the responsive iframe adjusts automatically when the dimensions or proportions of the iframe change.
Full screen does even work in IOS Safari without opening a new window. So if you implement everything correctly (see example13), then there is almost no difference between iframe and normal embedding.
"Modules / plugins / extensions" are not needed to use AJAX-ZOOM. However these wonderful modules will facilitate and speed up the integration of AJAX-ZOOM into various established CMS or e-commerce / shopping cart systems. If all conditions are met, then you will have AJAX-ZOOM running in your shop within two minutes. The modules can be installed and configured with just a few clicks without writing a single line of code.
Available are modules for Magento, Prestashop, WooCommerce (WordPress), Opencart, Shopware und Oxid (the last two are commonly used in German speaking countries).
AJAX-ZOOM is a powerful and universally applicable image zoom & pan software with 360° degree / 3D object rotation functions, mouseover zoom extension and other extensions like diverse image galleries. It has all features to be implemented in responsive and non responsive layouts.
With this fully-featured solution, it is possible to present even ultra-high-resolution photos online in best quality. Via the approx. 400 optional parameters and CSS, AJAX-ZOOM is very flexibly configurable and re-skinable. All controls can be individually disabled and/or changed in their appearance. Seamless integration into any web page is thus guaranteed.
All you need is a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) web server. However AJAX-ZOOM can be also implemented in ASP.NET / IIS web applications without PHP via "Phalanger". For optimal quality and speed, AJAX-ZOOM offers full ImageMagick® support, although LibGD integrated into PHP is generally sufficient. JPG, TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF and PSD image types are supported (TIF & PSD only with "Imagemagick").
AJAX-ZOOM uses image tiling, multi-resolution technology. It dynamically loads only requested parts of the high-resolution image depending on the zoom level / viewport. Just as you can see it in Google Maps application when zooming, the view is visibly sharpened.
AJAX-ZOOM can process image tiling "on-the-fly" or it can batch convert thousands of images with just a couple of steps. A PHP based Script is provided for batch processing. This means, that AJAX-ZOOM can be easily integrated into already productive websites within shortest possible time. The high-resolution source images are not changed.
AJAX-ZOOM can also be set by certain settings to protect the source image, to the extent that AJAX-ZOOM is suitable for commercial image providers.
As an example you can set and adjust options to instantly watermark image tiles and all other cached images. Since original, big sized image, never loads into browser cache the whole parent directory which contains high resolution images can be protected e.g. with htaccess from being accessed over internet.
However, since AJAX-ZOOM version 5.3.0, AJAX-ZOOM has an option ("simpleMode") to load the entire original image on zoom or whenever it is suitable. In this case, it is loaded entirely into browsers cache, which is ok for smaller resolution images. Approximately up to 4 million pixels the performance is ok. Depending on the license type, you can also set a resolution threshold to either load the original image directly or use multi-resolution image tiles.
AJAX-ZOOM works in all modern browsers but is also able to work in legacy IE 7 and IE 8 for the most features. On mobile touch devices AJAX-ZOOM supports pinch-zoom, double tap and two finger pan. On Windows devices, which have a mouse control and touchscreen, AJAX-ZOOM works great as well.
AJAX-ZOOM has an extensive library with API functions, callbacks or hooks, as well as some extensions. With the API functions and callbacks you can create sophisticated web applications without modifying the actual AJAX-ZOOM code. Our team can tailor customized templates (blueprints) to streamline your project. If necessary AJAX-ZOOM functionality will be extended.
Extensions include, for example, the hotspot editor, mouseover zoom or various gallery scripts. These extensions extensively make use of AJAX-ZOOM API functions or callbacks and are structurally very similar to any jQuery plugin, which is controlled by options.
An extension of such a simple extension could be found in example21.php. In this extension images are instantly read from different directories and displayed in a thumbnail view gallery. The user can switch between the directories. When you click on a thumbnail, the image will open in the AJAX-ZOOM player.
In the download package you will also find fairly complex extensions. Even though it is very special, example34.php could serve as a good example. In this example several images of an old newspaper are loaded into canvas with a gallery. Previously, they were subject to an OCR scan, with the position and dimensions of each word stored in XML files. Users can search for a word using autosuggest field and if available, a list of pages and search results is output below the field. When the user clicks on a search result, the corresponding page is switched and the word found is visually marked by a rectangular overlay. This is done by AJAX-ZOOM hotspot API, as well as simultaneous zoom to the selected hotspot.
There are really many ways to integrate AJAX-ZOOM into your website. The easiest way to get to know about this is to follow the examples. There is, of course, no best way, because it depends on your requirements, the way AJAX-ZOOM should look and other factors. The following example represents therefore one of many possible solutions:
The above code can be examined in example9.php.
It loads a simple gallery with horizontal slider but you could also load a 360 / 3D by changing
ajaxZoom.parameter to e.g.
ajaxZoom.parameter = "3dDir=/pic/zoom3d/Uvex_Occhiali&example=17" where
"3dDir" paramter is the path to the folder with 360 images and "example" is
the parameter with defines configuration set loaded for the player. You can easily
extend configuration sets or change existing ones in
Iframes, however, are the simplest way to handle many players with e.g. rotatable product views or high-resolution images with zoom at the same time. The AJAX-ZOOM Player automatically adjusts itself to the responsive iframe and can even be brought to full screen view by users, which also works in IOS Safari (iPad, iPhone). In example13.php you can see some examples of an iFrame integration.
As we are constantly working to improve the software, your wishes, objections and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Below are some thoughts of what should be done.
|2018-08-10||Ver. 5.3.4+ Complete rebuilt of the AJAX-ZOOM batch tool. Amongst other improvements and features, the new batch tool allows to generate 100% of all cache needed for the frontend, set important options over the menu, save these options into an external file to load in a different session and preview images directly in AJAX-ZOOM player.|
|2018-06-29||Ver. 5.3.0+ New "simpleMode" option and "Simple" license type released. The "Simple" license does not have number of images restriction (unlimited) and is more affordable.|
|2017-11-07||Ver. 5.0.13+ Added support for PHP 7.1 / 7.2|
|2017-08-16||Ver. 5.0.7+ All examples are now responsive out of the box|
|2017-08-04||Ver. 5.0.4+ Galleries use now smooth and animated swipe gesture for desktop and mobile devices|
|2017-06-27||Ver. 4.4.10+ Substantial increase in performance of the smoothness during interactions within the player across all devices|
|2017-06-11||AJAX-ZOOM iFrame embedding can now be triggered fullscreen on mobile devices including IOS|
|2016-09-30||OXID eCommerce AJAX-ZOOM module released|
|2016-08-03||Hotspot editor has been heavily revised, new features... ready for integration into modules...|
|2016-05-04||WordPress WooCommerce AJAX-ZOOM Plugin released|
|2016-04-25||Integrated 360° / 3D "Product Tour" for mouseover zoom|
|2016-03-07||Ver. 4.3.1+ Works now on Windows notebooks with touch display including pinch zoom on Windows 8 / 10 with Chrome... (touch events), IE 11 and Edge (pointer events)|
|2016-01-20||Opencart AJAX-ZOOM Plugin released|
|2015-12-07||Shopware AJAX-ZOOM Plugin released|
|2015-09-14||New Magento AJAX-ZOOM module released|
|2015-07-26||Ver. 4.2.7 - brought back AJAX-ZOOM ASP.NET Phalanger edition|
|2015-06-20||PrestaShop AJAX-ZOOM module released|
|2015-04-07||Ver. 4.2.2 released. New fully responsive mouseover zoom|
|2015-03-15||Ver. 4.2.1 released. All examples reviewed or replaced. New functions, several optimizations|
|2013-02-18||Ver. 4.0.1 released. Countless bugfixes and new features such as long-awaited hotspots|
The license price is primarily based on the number of different images that are displayed on a domain in AJAX-ZOOM Player. Full license agreement and price list can be found in the download area. Of course the demo (Light) version can be downloaded and tested in your environment free of charge.
If necessary, we can issue a time-limited license free of charge, whereby AJAX-ZOOM and the modules / plugins should work with few restrictions without entering the license data. If something does not work as expected, do not hesitate to contact us. The prices are one time payment.
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