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Image Map Rollover

posted 26 Sep 2010, 03:14 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 26 Sep 2010, 03:20 ]



The good thing about image maps is that more visual effects
can be applied to grab the eyeballs of customers, thereby
driving more traffic to your website. Image maps are one of
the best audio-visual stimulation elements for websites,
which are basically pictures, including photos, maps, floor
plans, charts, diagrams and the like that have single or
multiple hotspots, which when clicked leads to more
information.

The good thing about image maps is that more visual effects
can be applied to grab the eyeballs of customers, thereby
driving more traffic to your website. Image maps are one of
the best audio-visual stimulation elements for websites,
which are basically pictures, including photos, maps, floor
plans, charts, diagrams and the like that have single or
multiple hotspots, which when clicked leads to more
information. For example, if you are in the business of
selling home furniture, perhaps you can put a large image of
a beautiful home showroom on your web page. By rolling over
the furniture items, such as the sofa, users will be taken
to another page where they can view a collection of sofas
for selection.

While it is definitely interesting to note the speed with
which modern day websites are adapting to this concept, one
should consider the evolution of this concept in order to
truly admire the pioneers. It is interesting to note that in
the earlier days of this concept, image maps were created
using codes written in Javascript and HTML, where the
hotspots were defined through x and y coordinates. Basic
image map can also be created using a text editor like
Notepad or text editor software like Dreamweaver etc and
then coded through HTML coding. This was again very
specialized and only possible if you were a master in web
coding, which was not the case with most business persons.

Recently image map software has been evolved, making the
processing of creating website image map a lot simpler.
Simply import an image in GIF, PNG or JPG format through the
image mapper, then attach parts of the image to different
links, and even select from different custom region shape
methods for mapping the hotspots. When placing a mouse over
the map, pop up infobox will be displayed showing additional
information. The handy tool also features embed code for you
to put image maps on website. In addition, by using the
icons pre installed in icons gallery users can highlight the
points of interest and pinpoint locations without any hassle.

While anatomical charts help students retain the maximum
amount of knowledge and learn different parts of the body,
brick and mortar stores can use the same technology to help
shoppers get an overview of their showrooms. You can also
use image mapping software to build interactive mind map,
family tree diagram and photo tag your friends.

Easier creation of image maps is possible nowadays, thanks
for the advanced techology. Whether you are an expert or
novice users in the field of computer programming, you will
be able to build a website image map in a matter of minutes.


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Visit iMapbuilder (http://www.imapbuilder.com/ ) today to
download a free trial version of interactive map software
that does not require coding and programming to create your
own interactive image map. You can also download other flash
software including flash photo gallery, music player, video
player, and website builder.
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