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Hi everyone, After a bit of a break, we are currently getting the next preview of Deep Zoom Composer ready. While that is going through the final leg of the release process, I was wondering what you would like to see in future releases of Deep Zoom Composer?
Based on the great feedback many of you have provided on my earlier question of a similar sort, I have no doubt that you all will be forthcoming with your opinions on what works, what doesn’t, and what you like to see in future releases.
Thanks, Kirupa :)
Gordon - we actually made that much easier a few releases ago. Simply go into the HTML of the page that is hosting your Silverlight output. There will be a line that says something similar to the following:
..type="application/x-silverlight-2" width="800px" height="600px">
Change the 800px and 600px to the width and height that you want. You can even insert percentages such as 100% to take up all available width and height.
Now, I agree that I could have done a much better job of documenting this. I'll try to have our help files updated to describe this.
Personally I would simply like to get to grips with this version first!! Is workable for a non-techie but it still feels slightly daunting.
Can someone say how they use the DLL? In what way? Sounds like rather hardcore programming....is this the case?
Jachri - feel free to let us know what about DZC is daunting. Our goal is to make the actual application itself as easy to use as possible.
The DLL is a different story. It is something that we are targeting primarily for developers who enjoy working with code.
Desperatly need of the Deep Zoom component in WPF :'(. There's not easy way to display a "Virtual Earth 2D" like tilling map in WPF. This is quite annoying... You can use a browser, but that leads to airspace issues. Thus, we NEED a map component using a native WPF rendering engine !
Adding to your own suggestions,
1. Specify image Tag in DeepZoomTools.dll.
2. DeepZoomTools.dll documentation would be nice.
I would love to be able to rotate pictures on the "Compose" step!
- change background color, is it yet possible? I can only change it partly in the StyleSheet
- add text
- place links, yes, having the possibility to link the images would make this really take off
- possibility to add a fixed element, for example a title (like the buttons are fixed)
I would like to specify a starting zoom level. The first 5-7 zoom levels create very small images. Silverlight doesn't even let me zoom out far enough to see them. It would be nice to say my smallest zoom should create a image at least 200px width/height. For example, a possible image I'm breaking up is 11922x8872. The 0 folder contains a 1x1 pixel image... That is not useful at all. The 7 folder contains a 94x70 pixel image... still too small to make anything out.
I wonder if it'd be possible to make DZC more stable. I'm one of the early users, i built mt first projects Aug 2008. The tool is great, but here are the issues that i noticed with the latest release:
1. No backward compatibility (that's OK, the product is not release yet, I understand, sigh...)
2. I can't add new albums to my page at PhotoZoom anymore.
2.1. I login to PhotoZoom (by the way, it forces me to re-login every time I open a new project), enter all the required information for a New Album, but the "Publish" button stays greyed out.
2.2. OK, i found my way around this bug (click on the "Existing albums" tab, click on any project, watch the "Publish" button enabling, go back to "New albums" tab, it stays enabled). Now I can publish! But no, although the project does get created in PhotoZoom during export, the export process is never successful, giving me either “…Please remove some images from your composition…” (even for the album of 1 image!) or "The remote server returned an error: (400) Bad Request", or something else. It looks like the error messages are randomly selected. :)
3. If I go to the “Custom” tab and create a project locally, I can see it right away in the browser, but I can’t call it back after I closed it. In the previous version I had .html file with my collection that I could open with IE. It’s not created anymore with this version.
So, in fact, currently, what I can do is create an album and watch it right away. I can’t post it on the net, and even if I want to show it to anyone I need to open DZC, open my project and re-export it locally. This is not very useful at the moment…
Again, I love the tool and would like to use it. If I can.
PS. (I run Vista)
I'd like to see a Blend/Silverlight component for doing Panoramas built in Deep Zoom. Does Silverlight 3 contain any updates to how it works with Deep Zoom (particularly panoramas?)
At thirst I want to thank you for your great work.
What I would like to see in further versions is the ability to add a tag cloud to the composion, like the Tag Updater does - but in a easier way...
It would also be great when you could add a function that allows the user to set a link to a html page on each photo.
Some style things like automatically adding frames on photos, image-rotating, choosing the canvas size and colour directly in dzc would also be great.
Glad you like DZC :)
I've added your suggestions to our backlog, and hopefully a future release of DZC will have some of them implemented.
I'd love to see the ability to add links to hotspots on the image and also actions (that either can trigger a display to the side of the DZ or open an informational tooltip)
I'd like to be able to add a title area (background color, font etc) that remains fixed as we zoom in and out
It would be good to have constraints to stop the image being dragged off the canvas so you just get a black screen.
On the subject of the black screen... can I change the background (for instance if I have a lot of images with white backgrounds it would be more seamless if I can set the control to match)
A single output that displays in Silverlight if present, but drops back to Ajax if not (with a customizable "install Silverlight for a better experience" message)
There seems to be a minimum zoom level enforced, would be good to also enforce a maximum zoom (pixel x 400% is probably a good default)
Rock on, and keep up the good work :)
BTW ... if I set the size to something other than 800x600 in the object tag can it be smart enough to reset the zoom level to default to filling the space (or give me an option to set a default zoom level via parameters) and also intelligently move the controls - I changed it to 400x288 to fit a space I had and... all the controls disappeared (I guess I need to edit xaml and recompile?)
I would like to give a scale to my large pictures (town-planning-documents) while or before uploading. And I would like to choose a certain scale to view the plan on the screen and also to print an excerpt in a certain scale , for instance 1:1000, 1:500, or 1:100.
This would bring more comfort than zooming a large document with acrobat reader or similar viewers.