Here’s yet another jQuery plugin made by yours truly. ImgZoom creates a smooth zoom effect for thumbnailed images by doing a graceful transition from the thumbnail to the full-size image. Feel welcome to take a look at the live demo.
There are already a few jQuery plugins that do this, but as far as I know they all achieve the zoom effect by gradually changing the dimensions of HTML image elements. ImgZoom, on the other hand, utilizes the vector graphics capabilities found in browsers (including Internet Explorer), which results in really smooth animation and allows for additional effects to be incorporated into the process.
I’m releasing the plugin a bit early, as it only has about half of the functionality that I intend to implement. My long-term evil plan is to make the plugin a viable alternative to Lightbox et al, with prev/next links, keyboard support and such. Anyway, I’ll be happy to get some feedback on this premature 0.1 release — let me know if you like the plugin, whether you think it would be useful, and what features you would like to see in future versions.