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 made 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
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. 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 in the backend!Checkout the hotspot editor
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. In addition, you could add 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 video players.Proceed to basic 2D example integration
In this example AJAX-ZOOM settings are set the way that the user has only the possibility to spin at not zoomed state; zoom on click goes down to 100%; an other click at zoomed state will zoom out again; additionally a button appears for zoom out when fully zoomed in; with the "prevNextAllData" option of this multimedia extension enabled it is farthermore posssible to switch between different types of data (video, 360, plain images) over left/right buttons, also at fullscreen mode.Proceed to multimedia swipe gallery example and documentation
3D zoom is a multiline or multi-row 360°. Pictures of an object are taken not only from each angle horizontally but also from each angle where the camera is shifted vertically. Well, AJAX-ZOOM does support this multi-row 360 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° we need to provide direct path for a folder with 360 degree image frames, for 3D we need to provide a path to a folder in which AJAX-ZOOM can find subfolders with image frames for each row. The number of image files in each subfolder have to be equal. Naming of the files does not have to follow a scheme, they just need to be named according to 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.Still having questions? Please contact
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.
If you prefer this kind of presentation, but also want to see 360 degree animations and or videos, please take a look at this example.Proceed to basic 2D example integration with horizontal gallery
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. However they are defined it is important to point out that the mouseover zoom or slider does not display 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. 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.Continue reading about mouseover zoom extension and testing
If simple 360 degree views seem too boring, you could upgrade the animation with an "360° degree product tour" and significantly increase the user experience. Please note that the 360° images must have some higher resolution so that the effect is visible. Due to the multi-resolution tiles technology, it has no effect on the loading time, so you can even provide 30 million pixel 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 can also be applied to normal 2D images. The basic API to create crops is illustrated in this example.Click here to see and test how "360° degree product tour" is made
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.
Using iframes is a simple and quick way if 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, then there is almost no difference between iframe and normal embedding.
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
"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.
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.
|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 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.
|Unlimited||no limits||no limits||-||priority||€1499.00*||€1949.00*|
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