Do you use a lot of images in your blog posts? How do you upload them to your website? Do you have any storage constraints with your existing hosting plan? Do you work with panoramic images?
With the most recent smartphones, almost anyone can take a panoramic photo. If you have never used this feature, I think you should give it a try, it allows you to capture 360 degrees of your current location in one single image!!! Isnt that just amazing.
Of course, when you do have such images and want to share in your blog posts, it takes up a lot of space and also the page will load pretty slow due to the content. So how do we overcome this?
What is Zoom.it?
Zoom.it is a service that allows you to view and share your high-resolution images. All you need to do is give the URL/link to your image and it will convert your image into a Deep Zoom format. This formatting of your image allows a smooth feel and experience when you zoom in and out of the image no matter how big in size it may be.
Once the conversion is done, it gives you a URL to share with your friends and also the embed code. Let us now see how we can use this in our blog posts and also the features it provides to our images.
During my recent visit to India, I took some awesome panoramic images, and I would like to use one of them in my example below. Let us see how easy it is to use this tool and share an image a blog.
- Select your high resolution image from your camera or smartphone.
- Upload this image to either flickr or dropbox or any other cloud storage of your choice. For my single image example, I just uploaded it to my website server itself (which you can actually avoid)
- Once done, get the URL to your image.
- Provide the URL in this page – Zoom
- Zoom.it will work with your image and give back the shortened URL along with the Embed code.
- Use the Embed code in your blog post to display the image as below
You can actually adjust the height of the image in the code as per your need. Now you see that the panoramic image is actually inserted in my post of much lesser width, but at the same time, it maintained the quality of the image.
It allows you to click anywhere on the image to zoom in and as they rightly said, it is “butter smooth experience”.
If you see the small tool bar at the bottom right, you see four icons like above. The first two are obviously for zoom in and zoom out. The third home icon is like restore to default size. The fourth icon is to toggle full screen where you can actually see the original size of the image, which I thought was pretty neat to have.
Over to You
Overall, I thought this was a nice to have tool if you are working a lot with images and want to add some more options to your readers. I personally will start using this for most of my high resolution images to make it clean and smooth user experience. Do you think you have any specific need for this service? Share your thoughts with my my readers by leaving a comment.
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Praveen Rajarao is a Software Tech Lead and in his spare time blogs on his website – http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.techivy.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides.
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