A popular way to use ThingLink is enhancing maps and floor plans with text annotations, images, videos, and links to more detailed information. Interactive elements can be used to highlight important details of a plan, which leads to a better overall understanding of the image. Here are three examples:
1. ADDING TEXT NOTES TO A FLOOR PLAN
Floor plans are fascinating, but sometimes hard to decipher. Berliner Morgenpost used ThingLink to explain a layered illustration of The Whitehouse with simple text notes over the image. This is a great way for architects, engineers, and designers to bring attention to the details!
How to do this? First, upload an image of a floor plan on ThingLink. Second, click “edit” to open the image in ThingLink’s editor and click the image to add notes. When you are ready, save the image.
2. INTERACTIVE VENUE MAP
Event organizers often face the challenge of helping people navigate a large space. SLUSH 2014 conference used ThingLink for creating an interactive map of the venue, embedding six images of individual rooms within an overall map of the venue.
How to do this? First, uploaded all images of the space to ThingLink. Second, choose one main image (the floor plan), click edit, and add links to images (link format www.thinglink.com/scene/123456) of the individual spaces.
3. CREATING AN INTERACTIVE VIDEO TOUR
To provide your audience a comprehensive idea of a physical place, you may want to combine a set of media elements within an interactive video tour.
In this example, Doctors Without Borders created an interactive video tour of one of their Ebola treatment centers. The base video of the treatment center was enriched with Google maps, Youtube videos, images, text and links.
How to do this? Using ThingLink’s Pro Plus account, log in and choose to tag a video. Copy a link from a Youtube or Brightcove hosted video. In the editor, press play and click “add a tag” whenever you would like to embed content on the video. Copy paste links to your desired destination, and adjust colors and fonts from “customization”.
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