Zoomify is a 3rd party system that we integrate with for photo zooming and panning and other advance imaging/picture functions. Zoomify lets you display hi-res images in a flash player giving you the advantage of letting your customers see the products in great detail without having to wait for a large hi-res image to load. The basic Zoomify version is free and can be downloaded from their website.
Note: Zoomify is different from the Zoom function in AmeriCommerce. You do not need it for the zoom function in AmeriCommerce, nor do you need it to use our photo resizer technology. Zoomfiy is best used if you have very large hi-res images and want your customers to be able to view product pictures in detail with the zoom and pan functions.
To use Zoomify you have to download their product to your computer and run your hi-res images through the Zoomify converter. The converter will create several resized/cropped tiled images in a folder along with an index file. You would then upload the directory of files to your site, copy the flash player to the root directory and set the Zoomify path in the product editor to associate the folder with the correct path. For step by step detailed instructions on setting up and using Zoomify, please read: Setting up Zoomify
Advantages of using Zoomify:
Display hi-res product images: and give your customers the ability to view your products in great detail. This helps conversions.
Display 2-3MB files in seconds: Images are displayed in a flash player so hi-res images can be displayed quickly which would otherwise take a long time to load.
Zero Cost to setup Zoomify EZ: The tool is integrated within AmeriCommerce and Zoomify EZ is free to download.
No added monthly fees: There are no added monthly fees to use Zoomify. Integration is built into AmeriCommerce. Although Zoomify is not as robust a rich media solution as Scene7 it is a very cost effective solution for small to medium businesses needing the ability to display hi-res images.
Flash Player can be customized with company logo: The player can be customized with your company logo. (This requires purchase of a license from Zoomify and customizing the flash player itself). Although this involves a cost, it is inexpensive compared to other solutions.
Below is an example of an image displayed using Zoomify:
Note: For a catalog using a lot of photos, these picture sets can take up a lot of disk space and bandwidth usage may increase depending on the number of images you use and visitors your site recieves. You may want to take this into consideration before using this solution.