All About Usability: Scroll ImageMap vs. ImageMap Macro for Confluence
K15t Software recently released Scroll ImageMap 2.0 – a handy Confluence add-on that allows users to add multiple links to images in Confluence, effectively turning them into interactive information hubs. Previous versions of the add-on, available under the name 'ImageMap Macro', also allowed users perform this task. But "handling" (otherwise known as user experience) was a bit bumpy. The Scroll team at K15t Software has made some major improvements regarding the add-on's usability. You don't need to take our word for it though, seeing is believing. Let's have a look:
Change #1: Adding an image to map
Insert ImageMap Macro
|Insert Scroll ImageMap Macro|
|Step 2||Edit macro to choose image||Directly choose image|
Define image dimensions
(if you don't know the exact size you need to access the image's properties)
Change #2: Mapping an image
Insert Map Macro
|Choose shape of link, draw it (adjust if needed)|
|Step 2||Define link (internal or external)||Define link (internal or external & whether it should open in same/external window)|
|Step 3||Choose shape of link region||Add tooltip text|
Define region coordinates
(if you don't know the exact coordinates you need to utilize another tool to access this information e.g. Photoshop, Gimp)
|To add more links, repeat Step 1 to 3|
|Step 5||Add tooltip text||-|
|Step 6||To add multiple links, repeat Step 1 to 5||-|
Is it worth it?
We think Scroll ImageMap 2.0 gives you a much better experience when adding links to images in Confluence than the old ImageMap Macro. But that's just our opinion. In the end, ImageMap users have to judge for themselves whether Scroll ImageMap 2.0 is an improvement upon its predecessors. To make this easier we're offering existing ImageMap users a 50% discount on the upgrade to Scroll ImageMap for a limited time.
Thank you to EladeManu on Flickr for the image.