Rich Media Strategies
Below is a list of strategies to help you optimize the way you manage images in the Rich Media Product..
Consider adopting these strategies for success:
In order to get a good idea of how a product will be represented in the Rich Media viewer, the product images can be displayed together. The best way to see all of the Images that are associated is by using the filtering feature in the Image Library
Images can be associated and filtered using many different methods. The most common way a group of images is associated is through the itemID. This piece of data connects images that share the same itemID value and allows for different views and colors to be associated and displayed together in one viewer.
The list of images will be updated so that only the ones using that specific itemID will be visible on the grid.
In this filtered list, it is possible to see at a glance all of the images that can be displayed in a viewer if the images are called by this itemID. You can see the following Core information in the List View:
This list view allows you to see if there are any Promises for this group of images - this lets you know if there are any images missing that need to be uploaded to the product.
The 1st column on the left of the grid contains a '+' button which when selected displays all versions uploaded for each record and the uploaded/modified date and additional information. In this view, the status of each version can be updated to Preview or Live based on what is needed.
Once all image records are reviewed, if changes or updates need to be made they can be done so in the detailed view for each item. To enter the detailed view for an item, click on its ImageID and the Image Detail view will pop up over the List View.
The Detail view allows you to make updates to all of the information and data that was reviewed in the List View, except for the ImageID which is non-editable
There are multiple size, quality and format options that should be considered when creating a path to rich media. Based on the size of the image, how often it will be used and what context it is used for is very important to consider. Some examples of image use and related qualities:
When creating the file paths, there are parameters that set the image size, format and quality. The size and format are often requirements that do not have any flexibility. However, quality settings such as compression, sharpness and contrast have flexibility and are important to review before deciding on a final setting.
Using the compression values, the image can be full quality (100) or lowest quality (0) and this is based on standard JPG compression. Although using a full quality image would give the best result, this is often at a high bandwidth cost and often a slightly compressed image is almost identical to the human eye.
The suggested Recipe Quality value for most images is 90%. This will give a very high quality image result while significantly reducing the size of the file. It is recommended that during testing, this setting is the baseline and then using the subjective image quality and objective file size as a guide, making slight adjustments in either direction until the desired result is achieved.
Once the setting values for each image size have been decided and tested, those same settings can be applied directly into a Recipe with in the Rich Media product. This allows the image to be called with the same size, format, and quality settings without having to include them in the URL path. Instead, only the Recipe name needs to be added.