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Image maps display information on your website in a more presentable
way, thereby encouraging your web visitors to stay longer and return
to your page more frequently. Instead of providing mere text content
in which readers need to take a lot of time to digest, business
owners can employ visual elements like image maps to help visitors
find information efficiently. Faced with the challenge of browsing
the web content in less time, web users can simply look at a
self-explanatory image, and click on the item or element which interested
them the most. This in turn makes it easier to convert visitors
into prospective customers or serious buyers.
How do you convert a static image into an image map? In the past, most image maps are coded using Java script, HTML, and hot spots are defined by using x and y coordinates. Experienced web developers are able to create image maps by hand, using a simple text editor such as NotePad, however doing so requires that the web developer knows HTML coding and also requires them to know the coordinates of the areas that they wish to place over the image. As a result, most image maps coded by hand are simple polygons and not very useful for business owners who often do not have advance coding knowledge.
Creating image maps in a text editor requires time and effort, there are many applications that allow the web designer to quickly and easily create image maps. One example of these is Dreamweaver which is a commercial software from Adobe Inc., it is a web page editor with built-in image map tools.
In recent years, more and more web developers are using Flash to
create image maps, instead of HTML. Creating image maps using Flash
is a lot easier, faster, and more powerful. That's because Flash
maps have the capability to enable a wide variety of interactive
features including different mouseover effects, various pop-up box
styles, and zooming. Flash image maps also loads a lot smoother
and faster, with better browser compatibility because browsers of
all types use the same Flash plug-in from Adobe. Whereas HTML image
map might work differently in old and new browser, and the mapping
script often won't work across browsers of all operation system
Flash image maps have become a popular means to supplement and enhance traditional static images. When typing the keyword 'flash image maps', dozens of websites offering flash image map software would be presented, and users can download a trial version to test-drive prior to purchase. These software can easily transform your static images in JPG, PNG or GIF format into a clickable flash map with custom defined regions, and the good news is that HTML coding or Flash knowledge is not required for you to create image map.
|New! HTML5 Map on iPad - Easy Desktop Software to help anyone to build HTML5 maps|
iMapBuilder HTML5 is a desktop mapping software. The mapping software builds interactive maps in HTML5 format for cross platform support. Interactive maps created in HTML5 format can be shared and viewed on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Andriod phones, tablets and slate devices. You can use iMapBuilder to create crowd sourcing maps, shop locators and generate choropleth maps etc. Watch these online video tutorials to learn how to create interactive maps quickly.
Download iMap-HTML5 Map Editor or try the Web-based Interactive Map Creator.