Source image file

The images you upload to SmartFrame should be in either JPEG, TIFF, HEIC, PNG or WebP formats. SmartFrame currently supports images with a maximum resolution of 100MP and a maximum file size of 50MB.

These images are stored in the secure SmartFrame Cloud and are processed so that they can be streamed at multiple resolutions to different devices. A smartphone, for example, will typically be less demanding than a desktop computer with a high-resolution, pixel-dense display. This system allows for images to be delivered as efficiently as possible, without sacrificing image quality.

To get the most out of the Hyper Zoom feature, you should aim to upload images with a minimum measurement of 7,680px across the longest dimension. This will ensure that the feature can work across a range of displays and devices.

Uploading images

The following two methods are recommended for uploading images.

  1. Using SmartFrame API (you push the files you want to convert)
    Learn more about SmartFrame REST API
  2. Giving SmartFrame access to your image repository (files are pulled when required)
    Learn more about the SmartFrame Image Source Connector

The differences between those two methods are outlined below.

SmartFrame API SmartFrame Image Source Connector
Integration effort Larger – the SmartFrame API needs to be integrated into your website Smaller – you only need to give SmartFrame access to your image repository
Image load speed Fast – all images are cached in advance Fast, assuming images are precached

While load speeds are slower if images are not precached, this only applies the first time they are viewed

Hyper Zoom available Always Not for the first view, but for all consecutive views after a few seconds’ delay
Bulk image upload All images have to be uploaded to the SmartFrame Cloud prior to being displayed Not needed – images are processed as they are being viewed
Storage cost Higher Lower

The following methods are also available:

    1. SmartFrame extension for Magento. Read more
    2. Manual upload through the SmartFrame Admin Panel. Panel help
    3. Bespoke integration into your DAM or another system. Speak to our integrations team

Text metadata

The SmartFrame Cloud allows you to add text metadata alongside the image file. This metadata can be added in the Admin Panel and can be used for image searching or in the user-facing GUI.

The following methods are available for adding metadata to the SmartFrame Cloud:

1. IPTC metadata
When the source image contains IPTC metadata, the selected fields are automatically imported and stored alongside the image:

Original IPTC field SmartFrame metadata field Default mapping in SmartFrame GUI Additional comments
IPTC Description Caption Caption box
IPTC Headline Caption Caption box Only imported if IPTC Description is empty
IPTC Title Caption Caption box Only imported