Here at Footnote HQ, we’ve been working on some ways to improve the image viewing and browse experience.
We’ve received some great feedback from those of you who use the site and have tried to address the issues you’ve raised.
In the newer viewer, images should load faster, be easier to use and be more connected to the images around them.
Here are some of the specific things that should make image viewing better:
- Improved “About image” panel contains image details, contributions others have made and an easy way to add your own insights.
- Combined breadcrumb and browse make getting to other images faster and easier and we’ve added infinite browse columns to make browsing faster.
- Floating toolbar includes all the old favorites plus fit and fill buttons and a new magnifier tool.
- Annotation and spotlight displays will only show when your cursor is over them, so they don’t clutter up the image.
- “Find in image” now searches everything in the “About” panel and any text that was indexed using Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
- New “Share” options include popular sharing sites and links for embedding images on your own blog or website.
- Updated filmstrip will show your zoom area, what’s been added to an image, whether or not it’s in your gallery and will even let you move around the image.
- New next and previous buttons let you get to nearby images without using the filmstrip.
We aren’t quite ready to release these changes into the wild, but there is an early version of the viewer that we’ve been testing with our library users. You won’t see all the improvements and some things have changed from this version, but you can take the library version for a test drive here.
We’ll post more details and tips for using the new viewer once it’s ready to go.
If you have comments, questions or suggestions regarding the image viewing experience on Footnote, please let us know.