An Image Map is a region on an image, an eCatalog page, or an image in a SpinSet, that displays a rollover panel with text. When the user clicks an Image Map, an action of some kind is triggered. For example, a web page is launched so that the user can learn more about a product. To call attention to Image Maps, an outline appears around an Image Map when the user moves the pointer over it.
Besides the ability to create an image map in Scene7, or you can also create image maps when you design a catalog in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe InDesign.
When you create Image Maps you can do any of the following:
Enter rollover text.
Create URL templates for Image Maps.
Copy Image Maps to other images, or eCatalog pages, or SpinSets.
Export Image Maps to CSV or to XML.
Import image metadata from a tab delimited file or from an XML file.
Define other actions as determined by the World Wide Web Consortium.
Preview Image Maps.
If you are working with an image in the Grid View or List View, in the Edit drop-down list click Image Map. Or, open it in Detail View, and then click Image Map above the image.
If you are working with a SpinSet in the Grid View or List View, click Edit. Or, open it in Detail View, and then click Edit. Select an image asset, and then click Image Map.
If you are working with an eCatalog, in the Grid View, List View, Detail View, click Edit. Click the Map Pages tab.
Select the Rectangle Image Map tool and drag on the page to create the rectangle. To add a point to a rectangular map (thus changing it to a polygon map), press Ctrl, then place the insertion tool at the desired location and click.
Select the Polygon Image Map tool and click points on the perimeter of the area of the image you want to enclose. Use the polygon density slider to vary the point density in the polygon. The original density is remembered if you select other maps. If any point is added, deleted, or moved in the polygon, the original density is lost and the slider is reset to its maximum value.
To display rollover text when users move the pointer over your Image Map, enter the text in the Image Map list. In the Image Map list, select the Show menu and choose Rollover Text. Then enter the text you want users to see onscreen. You can write the text in a word processor and copy it into the Rollover text field.
If you want another action effect to occur when users move the mouse over an Image Map, define the action. In the Show drop-down list, click Other Actions. Enter the attributes of the action. (Click Show > Both to create rollover text and an action for an Image Map.)
(Optional) Do any of the following:
Click Preview to preview Image Maps.
To delete an Image Map or polygon vertex, select a shape on the image, and then click Delete. Or, for an eCatalog, on the Order Pages tab, click Clear Maps to remove Image Maps from all pages.
To temporarily remove an Image Map from an image, an image in a SpinSet, or an eCatalog page, without deleting it, deselect the appropriate On option in the Image Map list.
To change the position, shape, and size of an Image Map, select the Image Map button. Then, select the Pan tool and follow these instructions:
Move the pointer near to but not over the border of the Image Map. When you see the four-headed arrow icon, drag the map to a new location.
Changing the size and shape
How you change the shape and size of an Image Map depends on whether you are working with a rectangular or polygonal Image Map:
Tip: You can drag the Size slider at the bottom of the screen to change views and get a better look at your Image Map.
If your image or eCatalog page includes more than one Image Map and the maps overlap, you can determine how maps overlap. To do so, change the order of maps on the Image Map list. Drag their names higher or lower on the list. How high a name is on the list determines whether its Image Map overlaps other Image Maps.
Rather than enter Image Map data on each page, you can import the data for your image, Spin Set, or eCatalog into the Map Summary screen. You import the Image Map data in the form of a tab-delimited file or XML DTD. The fields in your file must be in the order shown in the Map Summary screen: Name, TOC Labels, Maps, URLs, Rollover Text, Other Actions, and Search Strings. Importing Image Map data saves you the trouble of entering the data in the Image Map List as you create each Image Map.
To import Image Map data
You can copy Image Maps from an image or an eCatalog page to another. Use Copy Image Map to get a head start creating them. You can also copy Image Maps to re-create them in images or pages that share the same layout or mapping structure.
For example, copying Image Maps in an eCatalog is a convenient way to copy all image maps between foreign language versions of the same eCatalog. For best results, copying is most successful if you copy between eCatalogs with the same number of pages and same images. If the eCatalog to which you copy already contains Image Maps, be aware that those Image Maps are deleted when the copy is made.
To copy Image Maps
Do one of the following, based on if you are copying Image Maps from images or copying Image Maps from an eCatalog:
(Images) In the Select Images screen, select the images that you want to copy the Image Maps to.
(eCatalog) In the Select Asset screen, select the images or eCatalog pages that you want to copy the Image Maps to.
The URL template works by substituting the contents of the URL column in the Image Map list with the double dollar signs (‘$$’) in the template:
You place all of the values that do not change between Image Maps in the URL template. Add only the values that do change in the URL column in the Image Map list. For example:
URL value: product.htm
Displays the URL target specified in the URL column in the current window. This handler is primarily for eCatalogs that are integrated into a page within a website.
Displays the URL target specified in the URL column in the parent window (the page that opened the current one). The current window remains open, but the parent window changes to display the URL target.
note: The handler loadProductPW does not support DHTML and HTML5 viewers.
The Map Editor page (images and SpinSets) and the Map Pages tab of the eCatalog screen (eCatalogs) offer these commands for handling URL templates:
URL Template option
Select the URL Template option to apply your URL template to all the Image Maps on an image or eCatalog page.
Deselect a Template option in the URL Image Map list if you do not want an individual Image Map to use the URL template.
You can select the Show menu and choose Other Actions to trigger actions other than rollover text and web page launches. When the user moves the pointer over an Image Map, you can initiate an action. These actions are attributes defined for client-side Image Maps by World Wide Web Consortium HTML specifications. They include:
Triggers an event when the Image Map receives focus—by the cursor, by tabbing, or by pressing an access key. For example, you can launch a web page when the Image Map receives focus and close it when your Image Map loses focus.
Select the Show menu and choose Both if you want an Image Map to have rollover text as well as an action.
You can create Image Maps while designing your eCatalog in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe InDesign.
In Acrobat or InDesign, create hyperlink references where you want the Image Maps to appear, and specify URL locations for the image map. Selecting the Extract Links option when uploading the PDF file into Scene7 automatically converts the links to Image Maps.
For more information, see InDesign Help or Acrobat Help.