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Full screen zooms and image tweaks in our collection

August 26th, 2010 by Seb Chan

If you are a regular user of our collection database you might have noticed some very minor tweaks recently. One of the most obvious is a change to how we show object images.

For objects with small and low-quality images we’ve turned off zooming (example). Instead these images now explain why they are not available at higher resolution (because they haven’t been moved and rephotographed in recent times).

For those that do zoom, we’ve popped them up in a larger overlay allowing for bigger views, partially in response to the ever increasing trend we are noticing in our analytics for bigger screen sizes.

We’ve also moved away from using Zoomify. As a result we now can support full screen zooms – just click the full screen icon once you’re in the zoomer. (Shortly we will have 3D objects views too!). The full screen is a lovely effect and is going to, eventually, force us to up the resolution of a lot of the images in the collection!


(full screen zoom of H4052, Ship model, HMS Sirius)

We’re working with some new options, too, for bigger images on the mobile web version of our collection too – which may even zoom on touch interface devices . . . stay tuned.

Tags: 4 Comments

  • Bob Meade

    Yes, I’ve noticed the improvements. Although I haven’t used them much yet they are wonderful.

  • paul

    What are you using instead of zoomify?

    (Or how do you do the new full screen thing…)

  • What technique are you using for the zooming?

    • Seb Chan

      We’re using a version of krPano – http://krpano.com/ – which is considerably more flexible than Zoomify for our purposes.