This section gives an overview of the Pixsub site layout and provides basic guidance for users. Subsequent sections give more detailed explanations of site functionality and image content.
(a) Registration & Signing In
It is not essential to register and sign in prior to browsing the site however this will be necessary if you wish to purchase images from the library section. Registration or signing in may be achieved in the library section via the "Sign In/Register" link on the top right hand corner of the page header or by clicking the "My Account" menu item. Some of the "Lightbox" functionality will not be available without signing in.
(b) Menu Options
"Home" - This is the front page of the site and gives site access using the menu.
"Categories" - Gives visual access to thumbnail and web preview image pages organised by category.
"Lightbox" - Allows browsing of image collections assembled by ticking the "Add to Lightbox" option where available.
"Account" - Activated after signing in this opens a page which shows account history. Direct downloads are initiated from here.
"Basket" - Shows image order details prior to purchase.
"Information" - The page you are currently viewing.
"Contact" - Self explanatory, Pixsub postal address, phone number and e-mail address.
Links or useful information are marked by icons. By rolling your mouse onto the icon you will display additional site guidance.
(d) Thumbnail Images
Thumbnail images are used as an intermediate stage during browsing or searching. Either a category selection, a set of search results or a lightbox will be displayed as one or more pages containing thumbnails. By default 6 thumbnails are displayed but this number can be increased to a maximum of 24 by using the "Media Per Page" drop down menu situated on the bottom right hand side of each page. Breadcrumb links and page numbers are provided at the top of each page to assist with navigation.
Each thumbnail is accompanied by a brief title or description and scientific name where appropriate. Clicking a thumbnail image will bring up a new page containing a larger web preview image along with its details.
Clicking the "Add to Lightbox" icon for a thumbnail allows image collections to be built for further scrutiny in the lightbox.
(e) Media Preview
When a category selection, a set of search results or a lightbox is displayed the "Media Preview" option is on by default. By rolling the mouse pointer over a thumbnail the image concerned can be viewed at a higher resolution. This function can be disabled by selecting Media Preview "Turn Off" in the side panel.
(f) Slide Show
When a category selection, or a lightbox is displayed the "Slide Show" option may be selected. The show will continually cycle through higher resolution images of each thumbnail on the page. The show can be stopped by making the "End Slide Show" selection at the top right hand edge of the slide show box. A rolling filmstrip showing thumbnails of the images available for the show can be viewed by selecting "Filmstrip On/Off". By clicking a filmstrip thumbnail you can make the slideshow jump to that image. By clicking the main slideshow image you can go directly to its web preview page (see next item).
(g) Web Preview Images
By clicking a thumbnail you will be taken to a new web preview page containing a higher resolution copy of the image concerned (500 pixels on the longest dimension). You will also be able to scrutinise image details and keywords extracted from the image IPTC data. Should you wish to purchase an image licence the rights managed price calculator at the bottom of this page is your starting point.
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