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New Image Viewer Launches on Gigapan.com
BeckyLeung BeckyLeung
Total Posts: 17

We are proud to announce a newly designed image viewer on gigapan.com. To learn all the details about the new viewer, check out this blog post: http://gigapan.blogspot.com/2013/07/new-image-v…

We really appreciate your feedback so let us know what you think!

Thank you,
Becky Leung
becky@gigapan.com

Phil Hotten Phil Hotten
Total Posts: 21

The new viewer is really great except for one small thing. The snapshot bar and the explore more bar take up too much space and on smaller screens leaves very little of the gigapan viewable, perhaps they could be hidden and only pop up on mouse over. Other than that, as with all the viewer upgrades, a great job.

Tad Evearitt Tad Evearitt
Total Posts: 3

Is it possible to define the default zoom in the new viewer?

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Total Posts: 108

@Phil. I agree with you absolutely and raised this in http://gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/535 but the lead designer, Carrie, disagrees with us :-(

@Tad. I think the answer is “No”. What you can do in theory is create a snapshot at the centre of where you want the default zoom to be, then use a link to the snapshot as the default link on your web pages. Clicking the link causes the page to open an zoom in to the snapshot providing the viewer with initial view you want. The problem is that with the new version of the web site there is no simple way of working out what the URL of any given snapshot is. This issue is Gigapan Case 16802 and GS said this will be fixed in a couple of weeks (11 days ago).

It may be that you are asking “Is there/will there be an API for the viewer?” (something raised by Ron in the thread mentioned above). There isn’t one afaik, but I have heard that the existing API is something GS want to improve.

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Total Posts: 24

I agree with Phil and Kilgore that the snapshot bar, explore bar and the snapshot comments with all the transparent overlays take up so much space and are practically covering up the image especially on smaller screens. Its an “in your face” design that distracts from viewing the image. The snapshot bar should also be closed by default.

The design/layout of the viewer of the old GigaPan website was a lot simpler, more organized, easier to use, and where the focus was on the image itself. The Snapshots were neatly laid out under the image and all other info were outside the image.

Ronnie Miranda Ronnie Miranda
Total Posts: 24

Why not put the Snapshot browser and Take a Snapshot button on the lower bar where Snapshot and Explore More are? The upper bar can be eliminated from unnecessarily covering the image. The lower bar is not being maximized in its use of space.

The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanogra...
Total Posts: 108

I agree with Ronnie’s thinking and suggestion. Or, if GS really insist on obscuring the image then they could at least make the snapshot/button bars more transparent.

Ronan Cranley Ronan Cranley
Total Posts: 2

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.
We appreciate any and all suggestions, and will be continuing to improve the viewer over the coming weeks and months, based on both internal need and external suggestions and feedback.

Today we launched some enhancements to address some of your comments.

1. Links in snapshot comments are now clickable once again. (http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/535#pos…)
2. The snapshot bar appears initially, and hides itself after a second or so. (http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/536#pos…)
3. Fixed snapshot browsing on Internet Explorer 8 – there was a Javascript bug solely for this browser and how it handles click and touch events.
4. Smoother mouse wheel scrolling.
5. Snapshots were not clickable if the number of related gigapans in the “Explore More” section was less than 8 (caused a Javascript exception). This issue was mention in several forums posts, like http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/535#pos…, http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/535#pos… and http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/535#pos…

There were several requests on getting the snapshot URL. While we haven’t added that back yet, it is definitely something that will return. As a short-term workaround, you can access all the snapshots you’ve taken in your member area. After you login, go to your community page. Click on “Portfolio” (in the horizontal navigation or the drop-down menu in the top right of the page), then select “Snapshots”. This should give you an index of all your snapshots, where you can get the URL and other information.

With more features like improved sharing (of both snapshots and gigapans), comment/snapshot moderation, and improved embedding options, we look forward to delivering a viewer that will meet your needs and express how spectacular your images are.

(Cross-posted in both http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/536 and http://www.gigapan.com/forums/13/topics/535 to address suggestions brought up in both)

aclike aclike
Total Posts: 3

great work on the image viewing application. i was wondering how many kinds of rotating: can i make in the viewer. i prefer rotate 180.


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