Frequently Asked Questions about iPIX

How do I navigate an iPIX image?

Move your cursor around inside the image until you see a hand appear.  Left click on your mouse and the image will rotate the direction the hand is pointing.  Important:  The farther you move the cursor from the center of the image, the faster the image will rotate.  To move more slowly through the image, stay as close to the center as possible while still seeing the hand. Holding the left mouse button down will cause the image to rotate continually.  Intermittent clicking will move the image incrementally.

To zoom in or out on image, go to the middle of the image until you see a "+" or "-" in a small magnifying glass.  Clicking on the image when these are visible will produce a zoom in (+) or a zoom out (-).


What are iPIX images?

iPIX images are interactive, spherical photographs offering a complete field of view, from earth to sky, floor to ceiling, from horizon to horizon.

How do I view the iPIX images?

Two versions of each image are available on this web site.
The Java versions can be viewed with Netscape 3 (or newer) and Internet Explorer 3 (or newer) without a special iPIX plug-in. The Java versions used in this site are medium resolution images for faster download.
The Standard (plug-in) versions require that the iPIX plug-in be installed on your computer. You can download the iPIX plug-in for free from IPIX or you can download them from our website here. The Standard (plug-in) versions of images used in this site are higher resolution, with greater detail.

What is the iPIX plug-in?

The iPIX plug-in is software that gives your web browser the capability to view iPIX images within web pages.

What web browsers will work with the iPIX plug-in?

The iPIX plug-in is currently available for Windows 95/98/NT, and Macintosh OS computers. The iPIX plug-in supports Netscape Navigator version 3.0 (or newer) and Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.0 (or newer).
The plug-in download is made even simpler with a JIM download for Netscape Navigator and an ActiveX download for Internet Explorer. The JIM and ActiveX downloads allow the iPIX plug-in to be installed without closing your browser. The plug-in will also work on Netscape plug-in compatible browsers, such as Opera. However, iPIX does not provide technical support for browsers other than Netscape and Internet Explorer.

Are there any Web browsers that will not work with iPIX images?

The iPIX plug-in does not work with Internet Explorer 2.0 or earlier for PC and Macintosh, Netscape 2.0 or earlier for PC and Macintosh, and AOL on the Macintosh. Anyone using these browsers can either upgrade their browser, or can use the free, stand-alone viewer, available from the iPIX web site or download them here. This Viewer gives users the ability to see iPIX images locally, but not over the Internet.

How do I enable Java and JavaScript in my web browser?

Most web browsers are Java and JavaScript enabled by default, so if you have not disabled those settings, you probably don't need to change anything.

If you do need to enable JavaScript follow the instructions below;

In Netscape 4, go to the menu at the top of your browser and select "Edit|Preferences|Advanced". Check the boxes next to "Enable Java" and "Enable JavaScript", then click "OK". In Netscape 3, go to the menu at the top of your browser and select "Options|Network Preferences|Languages". Check the boxes next to "Enable Java" and "Enable JavaScript", then click "OK".
In Internet Explorer 5, go to the menu at the top of your browser and select "Tools|Internet Options". Click on the "Security" tab, then on the "Custom Level" button. Scroll down the list of options to "Scripting" and enable "Active Scripting" and "Scripting of Java applets". Click "OK" until you are out of the "Internet Options" settings. You may need to close and re-open IE for it to work.