Appearance of images on web pages has been changed
drastically ever since the evolution of Web 2.0. The img tag provided by HTML
is only useful for displaying static images. But developers were on a hunt for
an extension to the HTML tag which could be used to display images in different
ways using advanced techniques.
Corporate Web Solution's imgnav helps you to showcase images
in various ways. It helps you to rapidly browse images in multiple zoom levels.
The product is an Ajax based ASP.NET 2.0 control and does not require any
installation to use. The vendor provides the product packaged in a ZIP file
with the required documentation. The core aspect of the product is that users
can visualize images in different ways without compromising the image quality.
In order to use the product, you just need to extract the
contents of the ZIP file and add the Assembly file, imgnav.dll, to the Visual
Studio 2005 Toolbox. You should then copy the imgnav.js file from the original
package and add the required image file to your working directory. The product
does not require any coding as you can supply the path of the image and name of
the output directory directly from the Properties window.
Finally, you should create an empty directory which will be
used by the product to store images during the execution stage. As soon as you
run the application you will see the image surrounded with Navigation arrow and
Zoom panel. The vendor has hosted a gallery at http://www.imgnav.com/gallery.aspx,
which enables you to view a live demo of different images.
The product includes features such as Smart scroll overlap,
Smart link, and Smart navigation. You can also add multiple imgnav controls on
the same page while maintaining dynamic positioning. With the help of the
product, you can perform zooming in different ways such as using hot keys and
mouse scroll wheel.
You can make use of the instant zoom feature using the Zoom
navigation panels to view high resolution zoomed images and also setup custom
zoom levels. It also includes design time control with status indicator and support for auto-watermarking. You should note that the current edition is a limited time
preview and as such there will be regular updates to the edition which I
reviewed here. Hence, you may find new features at a later point of time apart
from the ones covered here.
the product functions perfectly, especially zooming functionality with post
backs. This will be highly useful for users with old browsers. I feel that
documentation should include a step-by-step getting started tutorial so that
beginners can easily learn the working of the product. The current help file,
however, includes a short reference for developers. The vendor should provide
short video demos covering each and every feature of the product so that users
can easily grasp the functioning of the product in a quick span of time.