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Deep Zoom Composer Released!

Deep Zoom Composer Released!

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Hi everyone,
To coincide with the official launch of Expression Studio 3, we have released the first final version of Deep Zoom Composer as well. You can download it from the below location:


dzcicon Download Deep Zoom Composer

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

What’s New
This release pulls together a lot of the ideas that we had been previewing to you in bits and pieces for the past releases – some for over a year! The following sections describe a few of them in some detail.

Easily Create Interactive Deep Zoom Experiences
The Deep Zoom technology in Silverlight can be used to do a lot more than just allowing you to zoom in on high resolution images. Deep Zoom Composer makes it possible for you to create, without writing a single line of code, interactive content involving slideshows, inline navigation, web links, tooltips, and more.

slideshows

In our latest release, we really tied a lot of the loose ends together to create something that makes it really easy for you import your images and quickly add some of the functionality described earlier. You can learn more about some of these features by reading Janete’s blog posts on these features: Slideshow Support, Creating Menus, and Adding Links.

Analytics Tracking
This release of Deep Zoom Composer enhances the support for analytics tracking we exposed in our earlier release. Specify tracking URLs that will silently get called when you zoom in on an image or region. Don’t worry, we made all of this fairly customizable:

impressionProfie

Expect to see us blog more about this feature really soon.

Improved DeepZoomPix Player
The enhanced player Deep Zoom Composer uses has been ported over to the online DeepZoomPix service. You can now upload your Deep Zoom creations and view/share them with others while maintaining any interactivity you may have added to your images.

Below is a simple example of a Windows 7 wallpaper slideshow uploaded to DeepZoomPix directly from Deep Zoom Composer. Click on the image to see the example live on the DeepZoomPix site:

dzc_images 

Go Further (Easily) with your Exported Content
With this release, we made it extremely easy for you to go from having a Deep Zoom composition to something you can edit in Expression Blend or Visual Studio. Based on a lot of your feedback, we expanded our default list of templates to include more templates that contain source files:

export_templates

The templates with source files range from ones that do everything for you such as our Behaviors and Classic templates, but one of our templates is nothing more than an empty project containing just a simple Silverlight Application + WebSite containing just your exported images.

To learn a bit more about our new exporting features, check out Kirupa’s two blog posts on this topic: Extensible Templates in Deep Zoom Composer and Improved Collection Support in Deep Zoom Composer

Revamped UI
One of the first things you may notice by looking at Deep Zoom Composer is the more refined look:

newUI

We took quite a number of design cues from the work our excellent designer on Expression Blend, Billy Chow did. We hope these subtle UI changes make it easier (and possibly more fun!) for you to work with your content.

Online Documentation
To make it easier for us to provide you with direct access to more frequently updated content, we have decided to point users to our online documentation which can be found here. The documentation on our new features has not been published yet, but it will soon. In the interim, you have the links to blog posts we have written posted above.

Support for Smooth Streaming
Smooth Streaming is an extension available to IIS web servers where you can easily stream content using adaptive streaming. Deep Zoom Composer now allows you to export your images into a form that is optimized for use on servers enabled with the smooth streaming technology:

smoothStreamingSupport 


We will continue to blog more about some of these new features, so keep watching this blog for original content or links to content on either of our blogs.

A Big Thanks to You All
It wouldn’t be fair to conclude this post without saying how grateful we are to all of you who have provided us with feedback and requests on things you would like to see. You all rock.

Of course, Deep Zoom Composer also wouldn’t be possible without the talented work of some brilliant colleagues spread out across Microsoft’s Israel Innovation Labs, Seadragon, and DeepZoomPix teams:

aboutDialog

See you all in our blog comments or on our forums.

Cheers!
Kirupa & Janete

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  • Cool, but where can I find more info about Smooth Streaming? In the download above, I can't find such a checkbox after install.

  • Hi Maxim - that option is only enabled when you export just the image tiles. In the Custom tab, select the first option you see for Images. Silverlight Deep Zoom and Seadragon Ajax have that feature disabled.

    Cheers!

    Kirupa

  • Any idea when Expression Studio 3 is going to be available on MSDN Subscription?

  • Congrats ! As one of deep zoom developers, I'd like to say thank to you and your team.

    We need to update our Jellyfish with this new release !

    Ken Azuma

  • Images are still missing when output Seadragon Ajax!!!!!!!!!

    as reported Feb 27, 2009 in

    http://social.expression.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/deepzoomcomposer/thread/0d01b900-ec29-4ee7-892b-2ef3b84e162a

    I am using Windows 7. I have uninstalled the old version and install the new version. Any other things I have to do?

  • Are we supposed to see the "About" dialog shown in this post.  I'm still seeing only "July 2009 Release" after I download/uninstall/install.  Thx.

  • Hi Malcolm - there have been some delays in getting all of the download servers updated at the same time. Can you see if you are seeing Version 1.0 displayed on the download page here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=457b17b7-52bf-4bda-87a3-fa8a4673f8bf

    You are definitely running an older version if you cannot see the updated About dialog.

    Thanks,

    Kirupa

  • Peter - can you verify that you are running V1 of Deep Zoom Composer by going to Help | About?

    If not, you may be running an older version. Please uninstall your existing version and install the version from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=457b17b7-52bf-4bda-87a3-fa8a4673f8bf (make sure the updated date is 7/22/2009) :)

    Thanks,

    Kirupa

  • Hmmm.  Did as you suggested from your link but I am still showing July release.  Delays, delays, delays...

  • Malcolm - can you try clearing your internet cache? You are not the only person running into this issue. I've written a small blog post about it as well: http://blogs.msdn.com/expression/archive/2009/07/23/caching-and-deep-zoom-composer-downloads.aspx

  • The one I downloaded before is the old version. I downloaded the new version and it works. Thanks for your effort. One thing, it took 70 min. to out my 104 images composition. Hope you can make the process faster.

    Anyway, thank.

  • Glad to see it worked Peter. The significant decrease in performance is a known issue. I posted a response on the forums outlining the fix we took for this: http://social.expression.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/deepzoomcomposer/thread/0d01b900-ec29-4ee7-892b-2ef3b84e162a

    I've pasted it below:

    In a nutshell, the missing images are due to the system or the application running out of memory. An out of memory exception is thrown by DeepZoomTools.dll and that exception is silently swallowed. The end result is that the image or images that were being processed when the exception got thrown simply don't get exported.

    The solution we took inside Deep Zoom Composer is to listen for that exception, and when that exception occurs, restart the entire export process using a much slower but less memory-intensive export process. In our tests, that seemed to work fairly well where large images that originally did not export did end up exporting - albeit at a much slower pace.

    In subsequent releases, we'll try to see what can be done to optimize the export/encoding process.

  • Ahh.  I used CTRL-F5 on the download page to completely reload, and this time I got the right file.  Thx.

  • Well done on the release. I like the improved UI, very nice.

  • are we still suppose to use deepzoomtools.dll to create deepzoom porject from code?

    I'm getting version 1.0.0.16586 of the dll when installed this version of composer.

    Is that the latest version?

    any upgrades for deepzoomtools in this new version?

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