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Deep Zoom Composer - June 2009 Preview!

Deep Zoom Composer - June 2009 Preview!

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We know you’ve been waiting, and we know you just can’t wait any longer, so here it is:


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As always, please uninstall all existing versions of Deep Zoom Composer before installing the new version.

A few months ago, we asked you what you all wanted to see in Deep Zoom Composer, and a lot of you gave some really great ideas. The following sections highlight just a small list of the new features we’ve added and improved based on your ideas, and our subsequent blog posts will delve into these features in greater detail.

Navigation Support
A common request has been around doing more with your Deep Zoom images than just being able to zoom in and out on them. In this release, we have introduced some cool navigation features which allow you to navigate between images or areas of images in a web/hyperlink-like fashion. You can also link images to external URLs as well.

Better Memory Usage
Deep Zoom Composer now uses significantly less memory than it did before, so you should now be able to work with more images in your composition.

First Draft of Updated Collection Exporting
We have now added the ability for you to import images, tag them directly from your image list in the Compose view, pick from a set of pre-defined templates, and export. All of this was done without you having to first place your image on the design surface.

This is an area we are going to significantly improve in our upcoming releases, so stay tuned for some further updates on what we have planned.

Reporting
If you are an advertiser, knowing which images get the most attention is pretty valuable. We have put in place some early functionality that allows you to do this.

...and More!
There are numerous little improvements we have made, and we’ll try to mention them as we go along in future Deep Zoom Composer related posting.

Where Next?
A lot of the features we have introduced are a bit rough on the edges, and we are going to be investing heavily the UI/styling/usability of them for our upcoming releases. Please feel free to comment below on things you like or don’t like, and that will help us prioritize things for future releases.

Deep Zoom Composer is a collaborative effort of various groups at Microsoft, and for this release, we would like to give a HUGE thanks to the team at Microsoft Innovation Labs in Israel who contributed to making all of the above features possible for this release.

Enjoy!
Janete & Kirupa

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  • Betty - what error message are you receiving?

  • Hi again Kirup - I sent the project to both addresses the other day - the Microsoft account blocked it but hopefully the other one got through.

  • PS. Apologies for your name getting truncated in my last reply - I think that was a case of not hitting the key hard enough. Oops.

  • Kevin - I looked at the project and I think I have an idea what may be causing the problem :)

    We'll try to have this crash fixed soon.

    Thanks!

    Kirupa

  • Quick question on the new Deep Zoom Composer: When exporting to a Silverlight 3 Deep Zoom solution, I used to get the Visual Studio solution, now I only get the Default.xap

    I loved it that I was able to change aspects of the Silverlight project, is this feature gone for good? Or have I missed a switch?

    Thanks!

    Sascha.

  • Hi Sascha,

    We did remove that feature for the new, enhanced player we are using. Currently, we are looking into bringing it back.

    Thanks,

    Kirupa :)

  • Gorgeous! Thanks! Keep up the great work.

    -Sascha.

  • Zooming has never been so much fun, thank you!

  • Hi,

    I used to use deep zoom composer to generate Silverlight test pages that I could put on my website but now it appears that the generated output needs to be run through IIS.  Is there any way around that?  If its not on IIS then the silverlight just never loads!

    Other than that I'm getting on really well with the new version!

    Thanks!

  • Hi Ed!

    Because we are loading metadata and various other pieces of information after your XAP loads, you do need some environment capable of processing HTTP requests. Any web server will do - IIS, Apache, etc.

    While we could take some steps to allow previewing directly from the file system, that may be something we won't have time for in this release unfortunately.

    Glad to hear everything else is working well though.

    Cheers!

    Kirupa

  • I just realized you're Kirupa from Kirupa.com lol. Your site has been priceless to me! Thank you for everything over the years!!

  • The previous vesion of DZC had a manual/how to guide. Is there one for this version? It's changed quite a bit.

  • KathR - it will be updated soon :)

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