If simple 360-degree views seem too boring, you could upgrade your spins with a "360° degree product tour", thus significantly increasing user experience and informative capability of a 360 image at the same time. Please note that the 360 / 3D views enhanced in this way must have resolution sufficient for zooming effect on large screens too. Due to the multi-resolution tiles technology, using large images does not affect the loading time, so you can even provide 50 million pixel 360 images to the AJAX-ZOOM 360 / 3D product viewer.
Thanks to the special editor, which is included in the download package and integrated into the backend of our modules, you can create these kinds of product tours incredibly fast and without any specialist knowledge! The editor offers the choice between various pre-programmed animation types, has input fields for descriptions of each viewport where you can place additional 360° degree view, panorama or video from various sources. In addition, you can enrich the 360° degree product tour with hotspots (markings in the picture). Both enhancements are compatible with each other.
You can use this "product tour" not only for 360 images, but also for 3D product views and normal flat images / galleries. This is achievable by creating the tours using the supplied crop editor or generally without it over the available API methods. The basic API functionality for cropping images and zooming illustrates this example for developers. Within the editor on ajax-zoom.com, you will also find the possibility to load alternative content including demo of single image or gallery and test it in real.
It is quite easy to integrate the editor into other existing applications, than for which we already have created several modules. The JSON code, produced by the editor, can be saved into a JSON file or via AJAX controller action, for example, into the database. You will find the "360° Product Tour" editor already integrated into the backend of every AJAX-ZOOM e-commerce module and ready to use without any programming.
Thus, this specific product tour editor is not to be seen as final presentation, but a means for the purpose to prepare a tour via a user interface in admin area by content administrators. If you as a programmer would like to integrate this editor into your CMS or shopping cart, in the upper area of the editor file you will find all necessary variables responsible for loading specified content, e.g. a 360 / 3D images, a single picture or a set of images / gallery. In addition, there are variables to load associated JSON and save the produced or changed data into a file or database. All you have to do is adjust these variables to fetch the GET and POST requests from and to the database via an AJAX controller. The code from our modules for WordPress (WooCommerce), Magento, Prestashop or Shopware can be taken as reference for such an integration, where the editor is implemented using the respective plug-in structure of the system.
As far as the frontend is concerned, the implementation depends on how you want the tour display to your customers.
The data stored in JSON is sufficient to deviate from a representation offered by AJAX-ZOOM examples.
In examples named "example35_x", you will find the AJAX-ZOOM viewer and the cropped thumbnails gallery as slider docked to it.
These compositions are created by
It takes the JSON data previously generated in the editor and used as universal data source.
/axZm/extensions folder and is customizable by coders.
For handling the thumbnails, most of the AJAX-ZOOM examples use "axZmThumbSlider" plugin developed by us as helper component.
You can find the documentation in here.
The usage of this particular thumbnails slider is not imposed by neither
as shown in example35_gallery.
When the user clicks on a cropped thumbnail, internally
for 360 / 3D views and jQuery.fn.axZm.zoomTo
method for flat images or galleries.
jQuery.fn.axZm.zoomTo is used as callback parameter of
because within galleries context AJAX-ZOOM needs to switch the gallery to that different image before zooming in.
And since the jQuery.fn.axZm.spinTo function also accepts the magnification as a parameter,
it can zoom in and out at the same time, optionally applying 10 selectable and pre-programmed effects.
These are the same effects the administators choose in the editor.
The above is only a brief explanation of how it works in with few details. You do not need to script it
because this logic is already programmed into
$.axZmImageCropLoad helper function.
As last task, it remains to clarify what happens after the animation completes.
In the crop editor there is a possibility to specify title and description for each area of interest.
$.axZmImageCropLoad wrapper / helper function,
which is structured similar to a usual jQuery plugin, there is an option called
This option is expected to be a function and
$.axZmImageCropLoad passes title and description as first and second arguments to it.
In our examples, in order to display the description, we mostly use a separate jQuery plugin.
$.axZmEb (expandable button) plugin and the documentation (description of the options)
can be found in
$.axZmEb plugin generates a button with the text taken from "title" option passed to this plugin.
Clicking on this button opens a virtual window with the specified description.
If title is missing, the virtual window with the description opens automatically as soon as
The text size of the description and the button depends on the screen or parent container sizes.
You can adjust this over
dynTextDescr option of
being able to set the minimum and maximum text size for each HTML element of the description and title separately.
By default, the button generated by
$.axZmEb plugin will appear in the player and the virtual window will appear within the player too.
This, as long as you use the
$.axZmEb plugin to handle title and description.
You can also customize the
handleTexts option to suit your needs and e.g.
dynamically fade in the description under the player or elsewhere.
If you have further technical questions about the integration of the editor and the implementation of the player, we are ready to answer you in detail.
Instead of this pure 360-product tour viewer representation above, you can also use 360 / 3D degree product tours together with plain photos of your products and videos in the unified media viewer. For this please evaluate example32_x, which is also utilized in all our e-commerce modules. In there, everything is controlled via options from a "top layer" wrapper plugin. But still, as of 360 images tours, this "top layer" wrapper plugin applies the same technique described above.
A demonstration of the AJAX-ZOOM
$.fn.axZm.zoomTo API method.
As the name suggest, the method lets you zoom to a part of an image by defining x1, y1, x2 and y2 coordinates.
With the help of a different method, explained in this example, you can get the coordinates of the zoomed image viewport (visible area).
The example also shows how to create thumbnails from the viewport of the viewer or any other cropping coordinates of an image.
This example is mainly for developers looking to create custom functionality using AJAX-ZOOM.
This is a 360 example of an animation where, unlike the other 360 views, the horizontal gallery is not disabled. Normally, the gallery would show thumbnails of all 360 frames, which in most cases does not make any sense. But, with a filter setting in this 360 view, the gallery contains only few selected thumbnails. When the user clicks on a thumbnail, the animation spins to this particular frame.
Also in this example, we use the
$.axZmEmbedResponsive plugin to define the aspect ratio for the parent container of the viewer.
The plugin prevents that the viewer is taller than the inner height of the browser window.
It reduces the height of the parent container if it does not fit into the viewport and keeps the aspect ratio if it does.
This particular 360 view is especially interesting because the 360 photographer uses rather a film making technique for a flying camera effect, than a regular 360-degree photography.
This is one of the most progressive zoom on hover extensions with optional 360 product views, multilevel 3D product views, videos, 360 product tours and hotspots. It is adaptive, responsive and it features over 100 options. Depending on the settings, the extension displays as a swipe slider on mobile devices and as zoom on hover on desktops.
The images in zoom window, as well as the swiping images are not the original high-resolution source images. The high-resolution images display when the user clicks on that preview. At full screen or responsive modal box, the original image shows inside AJAX-ZOOM viewer. In there, it is further on possible to swipe between the images and switch between other media types.
The media gallery is optional and you can place it vertically or horizontally. By default settings, the extension determines the best position out of two on its own.
We integrate this extension into all our modules for shopping carts. It replaces the default image viewer at product detail pages. Depending on the state of the module development progress, you can also set it to display e.g. in a tab and only for 360 product views.
In example32, you can learn more about subtle differences, which make a big difference when put together. You will also be able to switch few interesting options and immediately view the changes. At the bottom of this page, you will find full documentation and some example codes.
Enabling "axZmMode" option of the hover zoom extension makes it act as most other AJAX-ZOOM examples. The deep zoom viewer with tiles technology shows up without any detours. Users can zoom in and out by the mouse wheel or pinch zoom on touch devices.
We have added this option to the hover zoom extension primarily because the extension and all its options are already part of several e-commerce modules. It just did not make any sense to implement a different example and provide backend options configuration handling for it.
However, some of the options of the hover zoom extension such as the items gallery or aspect ratio observation are still functional and useful. This fully justifies a little overhead compared to if you would only want to use pure AJAX-ZOOM implementation.
AJAX-ZOOM mouseover extension integrated into fictive products detail page with color swatch feature. The color swatch is the working part of this product detal page mockup. You can change few important configuration settings and watch the changes happen immediately.
For now, the editor features two types of hotspots. A normal spot and a rectangular area. Rectangular areas increase in size simultaneously on zoom. In a future version, it will be possible to define polygons for hotspot areas too. Positioning hotspots is as simple as drag and drop them.
This hotspot editor is solely built upon public AJAX-ZOOM API methods. Thus, for displaying hotspots on 360 spins or regular images you do not necessarily need this editor. You can dynamically create and remove hotspots from data coming from elsewhere. There is a documentation for all API methods and property types of the AJAX-ZOOM hotspot data object. Obviously, this is something for developers. Normal users should use this editor or let their technical stuff integrate it into the workflow.
This demo directly relates to AJAX-ZOOM hotspots. Our task was to create an example with the possibility to highlight parts of an image from data located in external sources. In this particular implementation, the data is an OCR schema and it is stored in XML files. Some OCR software includes coordinates (x1, y1, x2, and y2) of recognized words into their schemata. These coordinates are enough information for AJAX-ZOOM hotspot API to create and remove overlays at any viewport and zoom level.
Furthermore, users are able to search for words in the autosuggest field. The results display below the field and sorted by the page and finding numbers. This UI is actually a proof of concepts and it works. All pages with no results hide temporarily. When the user clicks on a number, the viewer takes him to the page and zooms to the selected spot. The word highlights with an overlay.
The OCR schemes supported out of the box are "hOCR" and "ALTO". It is easily possible to adapt it to any other scheme. Even better would be to expose the XML files in a database and search there. That would make it easier to search in very large archives. Switching between images sets (books, newspapers etc.) is not a big deal for AJAX-ZOOM API methods. But, since this intends to be a frontend interface blueprint, the example stops at that point. Without further adaptation, it is efficiently usable for scanned writings with a length of up to 100 - 200 pages. A perfect software tool for museums, digital archives, and other digital publishers.
AJAX-ZOOM has the ability to crop and save parts of an image. In example10, there is a demo of this basic feature and description of the associated API functions. When coupled this feature with other impressive AJAX-ZOOM abilities, extensions and especially 360 views, this results in what you can see in here. We still name projects as examples and give them a number, indeed this is not an example but an outstanding, fully featured product tour configurator. It is likewise applicable to 360 product views and plain images.
The easiness, with which virtually anybody can create these tours, is just phenomenal. You simply define the cropping area of a 360 object, which is an area of special interest, by resize and pan interaction, and then hit the crop button. That is all required. The cropping area image arranges itself into a thumbnails gallery next to the viewer. The order does not matter as you can change it later. At front view, when the user clicks on that thumbnail, the 360 view rotates and zooms to the exact position you have selected before. There are several selectable animation types to perform these synchronous or sequential rotations and zoom actions.
If furthermore, you would like to describe that area of interest, you can do so in the same editor. When the animation ends, a button will show up with the title of this area. Clicking on the button will open an overlay window with your description in any localized language.
Besides text, you are able to place a video, images and even another AJAX-ZOOM viewer instance with a close-up or a 360-rotation view of that specific part in place.
In our modules for shopping carts, you will find this product tour editor already integrated and immediately ready for use. Once you have used it a couple of times, you will be able to create these tours without any technical background within less than a minute.
Lastly, it remains to say that you can combine these 360 tours with the hotspots. This is not necessary but potentially multiply your creativity by an infinite number. It is at least good to know that you can.
This is a responsive template for presenting 360-degree product tours or high-resolution image tours with adaptively enabled vertical or horizontal gallery. The code enables the gallery slider to the right or at bottom from the viewer depending on screen size and screen proportions.
Use the product tour editor to create these tours. This example needs the output code of what you have created in the editor.
This example adds the vertical product tour gallery to the right of the viewer.
In the example35, which is the editor for creating product tours, you can set and describe which parts of a 360 view (plain image or gallery) you would like to point out as special. This is an easy to use process and if you are using one of our modules for your e-commerce solution, you will find this editor at backend ready to use.
For manual integration of the product tour, please use one of the examples starting with 35. You can also use example32 for it.
This template adds the horizontal product tour gallery at the bottom of the viewer.
For manual integration of the product tour, please use one of the examples starting with 35. You can also use example32 for it.
To produce these tours and data that you can use in these examples, please use the product tour editor.
This is an example where the product tour gallery does not use the AJAX-ZOOM slider for the thumbnails. Instead, the code appends the thumbnails to a container of your choice and free layout using unordered list HTML structure (ul > li).
To create the data for this product tour, please use the product tour editor. It will generate a JSON file that you can use in this and other product tour examples.
For creating data needed for these tours, please use the product tour editor. It will generate XML data that you can then use in this or other AJAX-ZOOM examples with the possibility to insert product tours. Besides examples, which start with 35 you can also use product tour editor for it.
This is a proof of concept that shows several AJAX-ZOOM non-default options, API and event hooks play well together while developing a non-standard 360 product viewer.
Within the responsive layout, the viewer displays left from the container with the description and color swatch buttons. The ability to zoom is disabled. When the user clicks on the viewer, instead of zooming it opens in a modal box. Within this box, the 360 view automatically zooms to the level where it fills the entire surface of the box. This is similar to background-size: cover in CSS.
At the bottom of the modal box, there is a semi-transparent overlay with additional text and UI elements. Besides the same buttons for switching between variations, there are named buttons for spinning and zooming to a special area of interest.
In fact, this functionality is similar to AJAX-ZOOM 360 product tour except that here, the custom code applies only the $.fn.axZm.spinTo API method and no thumbnails gallery or other plugins. Accordingly, data from the product tour editor is not required! However, if data from the product tour were available, as a developer you would be certainly able to adjust the custom code of this example to interpret it as well.
You will find all custom code in the source of this example. It has many comments so you will be able to quickly understand what it does and edit it to suit your requirements.
It is not required to use the AJAX-ZOOM "Modules / plugins / extensions", as AJAX-ZOOM can be used as stand-alone application or integrated manually nearly in any system. However, if a module is available for your system, it will facilitate and speed up the integration of AJAX-ZOOM into your CMS or e-commerce / shopping cart tremendously. If your server meets all technical requirements, then you will have AJAX-ZOOM running in your system within two minutes. You can install and configure these AJAX-ZOOM modules with just a few clicks and 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).
The license price primarily depends on the number of different images that display in AJAX-ZOOM image viewer on a domain. Unlimited options are available. The prices for the regular licenses are one-time payment! You can find the complete license agreement and price list on the download page. Before ordering, we advise you to download and test the demo (light) version within your development environment.
If necessary, we can issue time-limited license keys free of charge. However, AJAX-ZOOM and AJAX-ZOOM modules / plugins for diverse CMS and shopping carts should work with few restrictions without entering any licensing data! If something does not work as expected, there must be a different reason than missing license. Do not hesitate to contact AJAX-ZOOM support if you encounter any technical difficulties.
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