“You’ll know it when you see it.” Have you had that moment where you know what you want but don’t know what it is? So you start looking around the store, the internet, or your house to find it.
To help you find those “know it when you see it” solutions, we recently updated our Picture Search tool. It includes new imagery and clear product descriptions in a revised layout, making it even easier for you to browse our products and quickly get to pertinent information like test reports, prints, 3D models, and much more.
This tool is categorized by Samtec’s six Solution Blocks or product categories to get you started on the right path to finding the exact solution you need. Drill down two more layers and you will ultimately land at a product configurator. Here you can build the exact part number you need, request samples, check stock, get pricing, or place an order.
On top of the excellent upgrades on the product front, this version boasts several major back-end technology upgrades. These upgrades include:
This version of Picture Search features a standalone navigation built to help you jump easily from one solution block to the next.
Let’s say you’re in the Micro Rugged area, but that’s just not working out. Rather than backtracking all the way to the home screen, you can easily hover over the dropdown at the top and make your way deeply into any secondary level of any solution block, with a single click.
This speeds up browsing time, and ultimately your own design time.
The previous version of Picture Search all worked on a single URL. It was functional, but that came with the drawback of a user not being able to link directly to the second or third level of the application.
This version features dozens of deep-linkable URLs that will take you down into the specific details of the product you’re viewing.
This helps to speed up performance by separating the server calls into smaller chunks. Also, using these URLs, you can easily create notes for each section of the products you’re viewing, share with colleagues, and easily link to each page online.
Give it a try here – https://www.samtec.com/picturesearch/high-speed-board-to-board/backplane
Full Mobile Support
The business world is no longer chained to its desk, so we also built this application with full mobile support.
This means if you’re away from your desktop and have an idea in your head that you just need to see, you can pull up Samtec Picture Search on your phone, scroll through a few images, and find what you need, without having to pinch or zoom your way through the process.
Then just grab the link from your address bar and email or text it for later use. Very convenient.
As I write this, mobile optimizations are 90% of the way finished, with more polishing to be released soon.
Global CDN Support
The new Picture Search now runs with one of the most sophisticated CDN (content delivery network) deployments that Samtec has ever done. It’s blazing fast, with each page load being calculated in milliseconds, not seconds.
You’ll rarely get a loading screen, and you can get from the top level to a series in under 3 seconds if you really want to.
Try it out here and see for yourself – https://www.samtec.com/picturesearch/
Right now we have paths available for everything but RF, which we’ll be releasing in an upcoming Phase 2 release. We’ll also be adding additional mobile support and integrating the application throughout Samtec.com in a few creative ways.
Stay tuned for those updates on the blog.
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