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What zoomable image viewers are there? By these I mean tools that one can embed in a website to let a user zoom in on and pan around a high res image, a canonical example being http://www.zoomify.com/ (see the demo on their home page).

Comments on them are welcome. I'm personally looking for something simple and cheap/free which ideally doesn't require Flash, and will accept the answer that comes closest to these requirements. But others who find this question may have different requirements, so all suggestions will be helpful. I have of course searched; I've found Zoomify, http://www.openzoom.org/ and http://code.google.com/p/galapix/ but none seem to meet my requirements, though I could be wrong and others may have more expert comments on these.

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https://github.com/benlumley/jQuery-PanZoom meets all my requirements

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Picaris is the only company I know of that also works in this space, but a lot of other platforms (media, e-commerce, content management, etc.) have this functionality built in. Adobe's Scene7 is one that you might be able to integrate into an existing site.

Though with modern browsers, it's pretty easy to build an ad-hoc solution using JS/HTML5. And if you use jQuery, then there are probably plugins available that you can simply drop in to enable image zooming.

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I can't find a zoomable image viewer on Picaris' site. Scene7 looks like something far more sophisticated than this too. Could you give a pointer to JS/HTML solutions? It seems a common enough requirement that I'm surprised everyone'd have to roll their own ad hoc solution. tripwiremagazine.com/2011/10/jquery-image-zoom.html has some good jquery options though... – tog22 Apr 2 '12 at 15:17
Added: jQuery plugins are a good pointer: tripwiremagazine.com/2011/10/jquery-image-zoom.html has some but codecanyon.net/item/smooth-zoom-pan-jquery-image-viewer/… is the only one that fits, and its paid and limited. – tog22 Apr 2 '12 at 15:29
I've answered my question, but +1 for the pointer to jQuery plugins - thanks. – tog22 Apr 20 '12 at 15:50

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