I recently purchased Zoomify HTML5 Designer to include in an updated web site design. The Zoomify concept is to provide a viewer that will allow your website visitor to view images in a much larger size/resolution. My main reason for looking for a product like Zoomify is that I enjoy creating panoramic images and they just don’t look very good on my website.
Initially, integrating Zoomify into my updated design proved problematic. I had been looking at customizing an open source gallery such as Gallery3 or ZenPhoto. After a quick perusal of each of the gallery software’s code PHP base, the task of writing a plugin to use Zoomify seemed very daunting. I’m still considering that as an option, but I wanted more “immediate” gratification.
Previously, I had a separate viewer page for each of my galleries. Each viewer page had a hidden form with the list of images with metadata information to display in the viewer. This was a simple way to manage the multiple galleries and implementing new galleries by just copying the core page code and then changing the image data in the form. However, this was a maintenance nightmare as any change to the core viewer code/design would not duplicate to the other galleries unless I explicitly remembered to copy the code changes to the other galleries.
The new viewer integration allows a single page that accepts URI based arguments. I pass to the page the gallery and the image number. Each gallery folder has it’s own file that lists the image filenames and metadata. The viewer page reads the list and then starts the Zoomify viewer.
The developers of Zoomify have been extremely helpful in answering questions and respond very quickly when I have noticed bugs and inconsistent browser behaviors.