I love shopping at Amazon. The shopping experience is comfortable and I love the fact that you can use your Amazon login to log into all Amazon stores. I make extensive use of that feature to buy my computer games in England, as they are a lot cheaper there.
One thing that has bugged me a little bit for some time now is the mediocre display of product shots. The preview shots are very small, and while it is possible to click on an image for a larger preview, it is placed over the actual page of the item that you are looking at. Plus, you do not get to see hd images in their native resolution on that page. All you can do is click the mouse to enable an unhandy zoom mode.
The Firefox add-on PictureFox improves the default behavior on all Amazon shopping sites. It does not change the way the default Amazon image viewer works, but adds a link to an alternative directly on the page.
Here is an example of how that works. My nephew loves Lego Ninjago and I occasionally check out Amazon to see if there are new sets available.
Here is how the Amazon page looks like after you have installed PictureFox in the browser.
You can move your mouse cursor over a mini image on that page to display a thumbnail of it directly on the page. That's the default behavior. Notice the HD link on top of the thumbnail image? A click on that loads the image gallery powered by PictureFox.
You can flip through all images on the page with the mousewheel, the cursor keys or the slider at the bottom of the page. Unlike Amazon, it is showing all images on the page directly in the gallery, including customer photos, marketplace photos and products where different colors are available. That simplifies the viewing significantly.
A click on an image loads its HD version directly on the same page, with options to view the image in fullsize in the browser, and to go back to the gallery and to close it completely.
Another interesting feature of PictureFox is that it displays direct image previews on the same page whenever you hover your mouse over an image on one of Amazon's shopping sites.
This is pretty handy to view a larger preview of an image directly on the Amazon product page without loading a gallery first.
Firefox users can install PictureFox directly from the Mozilla Add-On repository.
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