Release date: November 2nd, 2018
Current version: 5.3.9
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Visualization and explanation of the new AJAX-ZOOM «simpleMode» option

Posted on 2018-07-09

AJAX-ZOOM was initially developed as multi-resolution image player with image tiles technology. However, in the past, it had some drawbacks regarding the overall handling compared to simple image players. Now, when all these disadvantages no longer exist, AJAX-ZOOM undeniably evolved to one of the best 360 image players on the market. With the new "simpleMode" option, you can now use AJAX-ZOOM also without image tiles technology for low-resolution images having the advantage of almost all other AJAX-ZOOM decent features like hotspots, "360 product tours", API functions and endless options to adjust the look and feel.

"simpleMode" - load original images instead of image tiles on zoom or whenever appropriate depending in player size / screen size. This option is instantly activated when the license type is "Simple".

Below is a comparison of three identical 360 degree image sets. However, they have different resolutions: the lower 360 image sets have resolutions of 1024x1050 pixels and 1920x1969 pixels, the higher is 3900x4000 pixels large. The "simpleMode" option is enabled for lower resolution sets and is disabled (image tiles load when needed) for higher resolution 360 images. The original source images for the higher resolution 360 set do not load into browsers cache.

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For demonstration, please press on the buttons below the player to switch between the two modes and different image sizes!

Loading 360 spin images with higher resolution, than 3 - 4 megapixels (width x height / 1.000.000) into the player without image tiles technology does not make much sense, because besides file size and quality impacts, there will be also major performance issues, especially on mobile devices. Anyway, it is certainly better to show a low-resolution 360 images of your products, than do not have any at all.

If you integrate AJAX-ZOOM into a system, where administrators can upload low and high-resolution 360 images of the products, it is possible to set "simpleMode" to auto enable at a certain threshold, e.g. 4 million pixels, under which the "simpleMode" instantly enabled. Above that adjustable pixels level, image tiles are loaded instead of the original source image. This automatic switching is reserved only for the AJAX-ZOOM license type "Unlimited".

The option "simpleMode" and the description for it can be found in /axZm/zoomConfig.inc.php. To enable the option globally, copy $zoom['config']['simpleMode'] = true; in zoomConfigCustomAZ.inc.php file. If your AJAX-ZOOM license type is "Simple", this option is enabled automatically elsewhere.

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