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Interactive 2D images

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Interactive 2D images are clickable or hoverable. The xy position of the mouse pointer is evaluated (hence “2D”). The image itself, however, may show either two-dimensional objects or tree-dimensional objects, and it may either be a drawing or a photo.

Depending on where the click is made, it can trigger specific actions. This enables progressive disclose of additional information and exploration of objects by the user.

For users, this means that the benefits of the interactive image come at a cost of some extra work and investment of time. So it’s crucial that the interactive image provides (and communicates) some obvious benefit. Else, users will only consume it as a static image.

Important: From looking at the image, it’s not necessarily obvious that the image is interactive. Thus, provide some visual or text-based clue that users can interact with the image.

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