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free image mapping tool?

 8:17 pm on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

It's been ages since the last time I needed to create an HTML image map. You know, clickable shapes within an image. A long time. Really we're talking 1990s here.

Then today, out of the blue, here it is. An image, with complex shapes in it, and it needs to be mapped with links all over it.

So... who can recommend a good, free, image mapping tool?

P.S. I don't have ImageReady. And I would sooner tear off my eyelids than install Dreamweaver.



 10:01 pm on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

i've used irfanview to get image coordinates.
kind of a poor man's solution since you will have to transcribe the values but i haven't ever had to do anything complicated.


 7:22 pm on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

I don't think it's free, but the original Mapedit by Thomas Boutell is lightweight and works well. Might cost you all of $20-$30, I think. There's a free demo, or used to be. I've never looked at anything else . . . does the job fine.

You have to tweak the resulting html files a little, or do copy and paste into your existing docs, minor stuff.


 8:58 pm on Feb 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Try [tucows.com...] for some Mac or PC low cost ones.

[edited by: phranque at 1:52 am (utc) on Feb 6, 2010]
[edit reason] linked url [/edit]


 5:40 am on Feb 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Although it's not free, but if you do have FrontPage there is an easy way to do it using the photo/image toolbar. It let's you create a hotspot where the link is to be, then it automatically determines the coordinates and generates the html code.


 9:07 am on Feb 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Some of the freeware sites have one or two freebies. I just work like Phranque, I get the co-ordinates in an image program, then hand code the HTML.


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