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    A deepzoom primer ( explained and coded)..


    I had to learn DeepZoom recently and along the way I put together some handy notes .. below are the notes organized in a near step-by-step explanation format.  This is a very long post, but I hope it has useful insights for any one wanting to do deepzoom so I recommend you read it all.  If you must skip, then the outline will help you.  imo, part 3 and 5 are the good stuff. 

    Part 1 – The history and brief explanation on how DeepZoom works.

    Part 2 – Constructing a DeepZoom image using Image Composer

    Part 3 – Introduction to the DeepZoom object model – goes way beyond the docs I hope

    Part 4 – Coding a deepZoom ‘host’ user control with Pan & Zoom

    Part 4.1 – Adding a few extra features to our User Control

    Part 5 – Lessons learned on the code, documenting the gotchas  **must read even if you know Deep Zoom already

    Part 6 – Give me the code, just a zip file w/ the goodies 

    Part 7 – Show me the outcome; what did we build?

    Part 1 – The History & Math behind DeepZoom

    A lot of people equate DeepZoom to SeaDragon – they assume SeaDragon was the code name and DeepZoom is the marketing name-. This assumption is not quite right (unless you equate your engine to your car model).  Seadragon is an incubation project resulting from the acquisition of Seadragon Software; the Seadragon team is part of the Live organization and are working on several projects (like Photosynth). DeepZoom is an implementation that exposes some of the SeaDragon technology to Silverlight.

    DeepZoom provides the ability to smoothly present and navigate large amounts of visual information (images) regardless of the size of the size of the data, and optimizing the bandwidth available to download it.  

    How does DeepZoom work?

    DeepZoom accomplishes its goal by partitioning an image (or a composition of images) into tiles.  While tiling the image, the composer also creates a pyramid of lower resolution tiles for the original composition. 

    The image to the right shows you what a pyramid; the original image is lowest in the pyramid, notice how it is tiled into smaller images, also notice the pyramid creates lower resolution images (also tiled).   A few of the docs I read said the tiles are 256x256, but from peeking through the files generated by the composer I am not convinced; I do know from reading through the internal stuff that there is some heavy math involved here, so I trust they tile for right size :).

    All of this tiling is performed at design-time and gets accomplished using the DeepZoom composer.

    At run-time a MultiScaleImage downloads a lower resolution tile of the image first and downloads the other images on demand (as you pan or zoom); DeepZoom make sure the transitions from lower to higher res images are smooth and seamless. 


    Given all this, how is Deepzoom different than say a ScaleTransform (for zoom) on a high resolution image?

    With a ScaleTransform, usually you would download the whole high res image at once; this delays how quickly the end user gets to see the image when the page or application loads.  Some times people apply a trick where you use different resolutions images, since you are not tiled you will likely end up downloading several big images (consuming more network bandwidth) or the download time will continue to be high if the initial downloaded image is not small enough, also the transitions from low to higher res are going to be more noticeable unless your write the transitions yourself.

    DeepZoom and its tiling make it possible to see bits quicker and can optimize for bandwidth.  In the worst case scenario where some one looked at every single one of the tiles at the highest resolution, DeepZoom would have an extra overhead of 33% compared to downloading the single highest resolution image at once, but this ‘worst case’ scenario is almost never hit, most of the time DeepZoom can save you from downloading too much.   

    Another feature in DeepZoom is its ability to create ‘collections’ from the composite image.  This provides you the ability to compose a scene ( group of images ), optimize them for speed & download, but still maintain the ‘autonomy’ and identity of the image, you can programmatically manipulate (or position) these images from within the DeepZoom collection (more on collections in part 4).

    Part 2 – Constructing a DeepZoom Image using DeepZoom composer 

    1. We begin by downloading the "DeepZoom composer" from Microsoft Downloads.
      If you want a great reference for the tool, try the DeepZoom Composer guide. In the steps below, I am going to keep it to the minimum steps needed and some of the gotchas when using the tool.
    2. After installing the DeepZoom Composer, we launch it. 
      Trivia facts: Composer is a WPF application, like most of the other Expression products. Also, codename was Mermaid (you can see this from the export window).
    3. Under the File Menu, select "New Project"
        1. Select a location to store the project.
          I recommend some thing with a short path like c:\users\jaimer\. The composer has some usability issues that make working with long paths a little hard; and the composer will append to your path later when you export.
        2. I called it "EasterEggHunt" as that is what my project will be.
    4. Now click "Add Image" to import a few images.
      You can import multiple images at once.  In my case, I am importing 3 images: bummysmall.jpg, eggs.jpg, and world2.jpg). These are in the inputimages directory if your are following along with the source.
      This added all the images we are going to use in the composer.  All images must be added at design-time.
    5. Click "Compose"  on the Center toolbar to compose the DeepZoom image.
    6. Double click the world image to add it to the 'stage' or design surface.
    7. Click Fit To Screen to maximize our space.
    8. Click on the eggs image  to add it to the stage.
    9. Zoom many times into the image at a place where you want to drop some easter eggs.
      1. Hint:  the Usual short cuts of Ctrl+ and Ctrl-  do work for zooming. Unfortunately Pan(h) and Select(v) don't work.
    10. Shrink the easter eggs into a small size -- don't worry, with DeepZoom we will be able to Zoom a lot at run-time to find them and see them.
    11. Drop the easter eggs where you want to. He is an example of mine, I dropped them in Mexico. Notice I am quite zoomed into the map and the eggs are small.


    12. Repeat the steps in 11 for the bunny picture.  In my case,  I did it in Seattle area.
      Note: unfortunately I could not figure how to drag same image twice into stage area.  The work around I used is to make a copy of the image with different name, and add it to the image gallery ( Step 4).
    13. Click Ctrl-0 to see our DeepZoom Image with out the zooms.  You sized it right if you can't easily see the eggs and bunny in the map.
    14. CLick "Export" in the main toolbar. 
    15. Here we enter the settings for output.
    16. Leave the "generate collection" unchecked for now.
      What Generate Collection does is exports the DeepZoom Image with metadata and at run-time the images can be accessed via the MultiScaleImage.SubImages  property.   If you can get to these images, you can move them around the composed image ( for layout ) you can also tweak their Opacity.
      The reason I am leaving them unchecked is beause there seems to be a bug (at least on my machine) where if I click Generate Collections my images at run-time show at an offset of where they are supposed to be.   I have reported it to the DZC team and they are investigating.
    17. Enter a Name  ( "Easter" on the export Dialog).
    18. I leave the Output path untouched.
      This is where having entered a short path in Step 2 above would pay up because their Path dialog does not Wrap and it is fairly small. [Kirupa already said this is improving for next version]. If you opt to change the path, be attentive when you export again, it seems to reset to its default value.

    19. Now, assuming your output looks similar to mine above, (Create Collection unchecked) Click Export and we are done when it says Export Completed.

    Part 3 - DeepZoom Object Model

    Once you have a DeepZoom image, you will need an instance of the MultiScaleImage class in your silverlight application to load that image.  Instantiating the MultiScaleImage class can be done from XAML

    <MultiScaleImage x:Name="DeepZoom" Source="easter/info.bin" />

    or from code:

    MultiScaleImage DeepZoom = new MultiScaleImage () ;

    DeepZoom.Source = new Uri ( “easter/info.bin”) ;

    Before  going through the DeepZoom API it makes sense to understand the terminology used:

    • Logical Coordinates – is a normalized value (0 to 1) representing a coordinate in the image itself (not the control)
    • Element Coordinates – is the actual control coordinates. For example in a MultiScaleImage of Width=800, Height =400, when the mouse is at the center, the element coordinates are 400,400.  These coordinates are not normalized.

    Now, we navigate through the interesting properties and methods in MultiScaleImage

    • Source – refers to the Image source; usually info.bin when not using collections or items.bin  if using collections. 
    • SubImages – when using collections, this is a reference to all the images in a composed DeepZoom Image.
    • ViewportWidth – Specifies the width of the parts of the image to be displayed. The value is in Logical coordinates.
      For example: 
      Width=2 means image is zoomed out and only takes half the space available. 
      To zoom in, a viewport < 1 is required.  ViewportWidth of 0.5 is a 200% zoom.
    • ViewportOrigin – the Top,Left corner for the parts of the image to be displayed.  This is returned in Logical coordinates.  For example, imagine I am panning by 10% each time and I pan twice to the right while zoomed in at 100% (so no zoom), my ViewportOrigin.X will be 0.2.
    • UseSprings – gets or set whether DeepZoom animates the transitions ( like ZoomAboutLogicalPoint, updates to ViewportOrigin, etc. ).

    The interesting methods are:

    • ElementToLogicalPoint – takes a coordinate of the control, and gives you a logical ( normalized coordinate).
      For example, mouse at Center (400,400) with ViewportWidth=1 and you call ElementToLogical ( ) will return (0.5, 0.5)
    • LogicalToElementPoint – takes a logical coordinate (normalized) and returns a point in the MultiScaleImage control where that logical point corresponds to.
    • ZoomAboutLogicalPoint – implements the Zoom.  The two parameters are the new zoom multiplier - as an increment from current zoom factor in the image - and the Logical point at which to zoom around. 
      Example of the incremental zoom would be to ZoomAboutLogicalPoint  ( 1.5, 0.5, 0.5) .. I will be zoomed in to 1.5 times;  if I repeat this operation with same values I am zoomed in at 1.5 * 1.5  which is 2.25 times from size where I started.

    In my opinion, surprisingly missing from the API were:

    • The original width and height of the DeepZoomImage  (so that I can translate normalized logical coords to physical on the image).
    • Zoom – to tell you the current total Zoom level; this one you can get around by keeping track of any zooms you implement. Another possible workaround is that Zoom appears to be 1/ViewportWidth; I can’t think of the scenario where this does not hold, if there is please let me know and again just keep track of your zooms if that happens.

    Part 4 – Coding a  DeepZoom Host User Control


    The goal here is to code a sample  reusable control just to illustrate the points; along the way we will of course implement enough features for our Easter Egg Hunt.  [Update: Sorry about belatedness, I started this on 3/22 but had a trip that prevented me from playing around, so I am late from easter]

    1. Inside Visual Studio 2008, create a new Silverlight Application; I called it DeepZoomSample.
    2. Build the application so the Clientbin directory is created.
    3. Copy the output from the DeepZoom Composer to the Clientbin directory of our Silverlight application.
      In my case, I called the output “Easter” so I can go into the output directory from composer and just copy that whole directory to my Silverlight Application’s ClientBin.
    4. Now that we have our image, we can edit the XAML in Page.Xaml, to show the image.
      <UserControl x:Class="DeepZoomSample.Page"
          <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="White">
              <MultiScaleImage x:Name="DeepZoom" Source="easter/info.bin" /> 
      If you run the application now, you will see the image loads  but there is no functionality: zoom and pan have not been implemented. 
      For zoom, we need to use the mouse wheel, but Silverlight has no native support for it. A good work around is to use Peter Blois’ MouseWheelHelper. This class uses HTML Bridge to listen to the mouse wheel event in the browser and exposes the events to managed code.
    5. Add a new code file to your project, I called it MouseWheelHelper.
    6. Copy Peter’s code below into the MouseWheelHelper file.

      using System;
      using System.Windows;
      using System.Windows.Controls;
      using System.Windows.Documents;
      using System.Windows.Ink;
      using System.Windows.Input;
      using System.Windows.Media;
      using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
      using System.Windows.Shapes;
      using System.Windows.Browser;

      namespace DeepZoomSample
          // this code came from Peter Blois,  http://www.blois.us/blog
          // Code ported by Pete blois from Javascript version at http://adomas.org/javascript-mouse-wheel/
          public class MouseWheelEventArgs : EventArgs
              private double delta;
              private bool handled = false;

              public MouseWheelEventArgs(double delta)
                  this.delta = delta;

              public double Delta
                  get { return this.delta; }

              // Use handled to prevent the default browser behavior!
              public bool Handled
                  get { return this.handled; }
                  set { this.handled = value; }

          public class MouseWheelHelper

              public event EventHandler<MouseWheelEventArgs> Moved;
              private static Worker worker;
              private bool isMouseOver = false;

              public MouseWheelHelper(FrameworkElement element)

                  if (MouseWheelHelper.worker == null)
                      MouseWheelHelper.worker = new Worker();

                  MouseWheelHelper.worker.Moved += this.HandleMouseWheel;

                  element.MouseEnter += this.HandleMouseEnter;
                  element.MouseLeave += this.HandleMouseLeave;
                  element.MouseMove += this.HandleMouseMove;

              private void HandleMouseWheel(object sender, MouseWheelEventArgs args)
                  if (this.isMouseOver)
                      this.Moved(this, args);

              private void HandleMouseEnter(object sender, EventArgs e)
                  this.isMouseOver = true;

              private void HandleMouseLeave(object sender, EventArgs e)
                  this.isMouseOver = false;

              private void HandleMouseMove(object sender, EventArgs e)
                  this.isMouseOver = true;

              private class Worker

                  public event EventHandler<MouseWheelEventArgs> Moved;

                  public Worker()

                      if (HtmlPage.IsEnabled)
                          HtmlPage.Window.AttachEvent("DOMMouseScroll", this.HandleMouseWheel);
                          HtmlPage.Window.AttachEvent("onmousewheel", this.HandleMouseWheel);
                          HtmlPage.Document.AttachEvent("onmousewheel", this.HandleMouseWheel);


                  private void HandleMouseWheel(object sender, HtmlEventArgs args)
                      double delta = 0;

                      ScriptObject eventObj = args.EventObject;

                      if (eventObj.GetProperty("wheelDelta") != null)
                          delta = ((double)eventObj.GetProperty("wheelDelta")) / 120;

                          if (HtmlPage.Window.GetProperty("opera") != null)
                              delta = -delta;
                      else if (eventObj.GetProperty("detail") != null)
                          delta = -((double)eventObj.GetProperty("detail")) / 3;

                          if (HtmlPage.BrowserInformation.UserAgent.IndexOf("Macintosh") != -1)
                              delta = delta * 3;

                      if (delta != 0 && this.Moved != null)
                          MouseWheelEventArgs wheelArgs = new MouseWheelEventArgs(delta);
                          this.Moved(this, wheelArgs);

                          if (wheelArgs.Handled)

      MouseWheelHelper fires a Moved Event whenever the Wheel moves. The EventArgs is a MouseWheelEventArgs, which has the delta property. Delta is a normalized property (0 to 1), for now all we look at is whether it is greater than 0 or not.
      If Delta is greater than 0, then the wheel has rotated away from the user; if Delta is a negative number, then the wheel has rotated toward the user.

    7. Before we handle the Moved event, let’s add a ZoomFactor property to our control, this will be the increment/decrement on a wheel operation. The default value is 1.3, which is a 30% increment.  Nothing scientific behind this number, I am pretty much just ‘copying’ what I see every other sample do. I think the number works OK.
       protected double _defaultZoom = 1.3; 
             public double DefaultZoomFactor
                     return _defaultZoom; 
                     _defaultZoom = value; 
    8. We also add a CurrentTotalZoom property, this will be a cached version of overall zoom level (since we can’t query this from the MultiScaleImage API.  I also added a MaxZoomIn and MaxZoomOut to prevent the image from going too far in (is there such a thing?) or too far out. Too Far out did matter as the image can disapper if you go too far.  In my case I picked my Maximum values arbitrarily.

      private double _currentTotalZoom = 1.0;

             public double CurrentTotalZoom
                 get { return _currentTotalZoom; }
                 set { _currentTotalZoom = value; }

             private double _maxZoomIn = 5000;
             protected double MaxZoomIn
                 get { return _maxZoomIn; }
                 set { _maxZoomIn = value; }
             private double _maxZoomOut = 0.001;

             protected double MaxZoomOut
                 get { return _maxZoomOut; }
                 set { _maxZoomOut = value; }

    9. Now, we can add a DoZoom function to our class, this will be called when there is a Zoom operation.   The parameters for it are: the new Zoom level RELATIVE to where the image is at,  and  a point in Element Coordinates since most likely we will be zooming around the mouse, and we get Element coordiantes out of that.

      /// <summary>
            /// Performs a Zoom operation relative to where Image is at. 
            /// Example, call DoZoom twice with a Zoom of 1.25 will lead to an image that is zoomed at 
            /// 1.25 after first time and ( 1.25 * 1.25 for second time, which is a 1.56
            /// </summary>
            /// <param name="relativeZoom"> new zoom level; this is a RELATIVE value not absolute.</param>
            /// <param name="elementPoint"></param>
            void DoZoom(double relativeZoom , Point elementPoint)
                if (  _currentTotalZoom * relativeZoom < MaxZoomOut ||
                      _currentTotalZoom * relativeZoom > MaxZoomIn) 
                Point p = DeepZoom.ElementToLogicalPoint(elementPoint);
                DeepZoom.ZoomAboutLogicalPoint(relativeZoom, p.X, p.Y);
                this.Zoom = relativeZoom;
                _currentTotalZoom *= relativeZoom; 
    10. Now we are ready to handle the MouseWheelHelper.Moved event.   We will do it in three parts: 
      1. We will subscribe to MouseMove event in the MultiScaleImage, so we can keep track of where the mouse is; we need this because MouseWheelHelper.Moved does not give us a MousePosition, and there is no way to query MousePosition in Silverlight2 outside of a Mouse EventHandler.

        // inside the Loaded event for the user control
        DeepZoom.MouseMove += newMouseEventHandler(DeepZoom_MouseMove);
        _lastMousePosition = new Point ( DeepZoom.ActualWidth /2 , DeepZoom.ActualHeight /2);
        protected Point _lastMousePosition;

        void DeepZoom_MouseMove(objectsender, MouseEventArgs e)
                 _lastMousePosition = e.GetPosition(DeepZoom);
      2. Now we instantiate a MouseWheelHelper and subscribe to Moved event

        // inside the Loaded Event for UserControl
        MouseWheelHelper mousewheelhelper = new MouseWheelHelper(this);
        mousewheelhelper.Moved += newEventHandler<MouseWheelEventArgs>(OnMouseWheelMoved);
      3. We add the OnMouseWheelMoved function to the UserControl class..
        void OnMouseWheelMoved(object sender, MouseWheelEventArgs e)
           // e.Delta > 0 == wheel moved away, zoom in 
           if (e.Delta > 0)
              DoZoom( DefaultZoomFactor, _lastMousePosition);
              // Zoom out 
              DoZoom( 1/ DefaultZoomFactor, _lastMousePosition);

      4. NOTE: If you compare the source above with the code in the sample source, they are slightly different.
        In the sample source there is two approaches to handling Zoom, and there is a boolean flag called _useRelatives that controls this. if you set _useRelatives to true, it will zoom based in relation to a last zoom; I think this makes it more complicated but for some reason most samples I have seen of DeepZoom use this calculation.  I think the behavior is the same than the approach I took, but the math is simpler with the approach in the steps above.   I did add both in case I find later that there was a scenario addressed by the _useRelatives approach.

    11. At this point we should be able to run the application and get Zoom to work (in and out) around the mouse location.  Compile the app and run it to make sure we are making progress.
    12. To Pan, we need to detect the MouseLeftButtonDown and MouseLeftButtonUp,  the assumption is we will pan when the mouse is down, and pan in the direction of the Mouse movement and then stop panning when the mouse is up.
      1. Let’s add a handler for MouseLeftButtonDown, we add the listener in the UserControl’s Loaded event.  This handler will set a variable called _isDragging  to flag that the mouse is down; we will use this flag on the MouseMove handler.

        // inside the Loaded function, we add code behind our MouseWheelHelper code added earlier..
        DeepZoom.MouseLeftButtonDown += newMouseButtonEventHandler(DeepZoom_MouseLeftButtonDown);
      2. The handler looks like this:
        protected bool _isDragging = false;
        protected Point _lastDragViewportOrigin; 
        void DeepZoom_MouseLeftButtonDown(object sender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
                    this._lastDragViewportOrigin = DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin;
                    this._lastMousePosition = e.GetPosition(DeepZoom);
                    this._isDragging = true; 
      3. Now we subscribe to MouseLeftButtonUp, inside Loaded function  and we add the handler function for it.

        //  The one liner below goes in the Page_Loaded event handler
        DeepZoom.MouseLeftButtonUp += newMouseButtonEventHandler(DeepZoom_MouseLeftButtonUp);

        void DeepZoom_MouseLeftButtonUp(objectsender, MouseButtonEventArgs e)
            this._isDragging = false;
      4. Now we tweak the code inside MouseMove  to Change the ViewportOrigin to perform the Pan operation.
        void DeepZoom_MouseMove(object sender, MouseEventArgs e)
          if (_isDragging)
           Point newViewport = _lastDragViewportOrigin;
           Point currentMousePosition = e.GetPosition(DeepZoom);
           newViewport.X += (_lastMousePosition.X - currentMousePosition.X) 
        / this.DeepZoom.ActualWidth * this.DeepZoom.ViewportWidth; newViewport.Y += (_lastMousePosition.Y - currentMousePosition.Y)
        / this.DeepZoom.ActualWidth * this.DeepZoom.ViewportWidth; this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin = newViewport; _lastDragViewportOrigin = newViewport; } // NOTE: it is important this be after the isDragging check …
        // since this updates last position, which is used to compare for dragging. _lastMousePosition = e.GetPosition(DeepZoom); }
      5. We should also detect the MouseLeave event, and if we are in the middle of a Pan, we need to reset the _isDragging flag.

        // inside the UserControl Loaded handler DeepZoom.MouseLeave += newMouseEventHandler(DeepZoom_MouseLeave);
        DeepZoom_MouseLeave(objectsender, MouseEventArgs e)
        this._isDragging = false;
                  this.DeepZoom.Cursor = Cursors.Arrow; 

    13.   That is it for the basics and the ‘hard stuff’ … with not too many lines of code, we have Zoom & Pan in our host.  Along the way we added a few properties we can reuse to create UI around our DeepZoom image.

    Part 4.1 Adding more UI to navigate in a DeepZoom Control.

    In the last sections I took it slow and walked through the code to explain what we were working on.  Going forward below will pick up the pace a bit, and the original code will be tweaked to get into a host control with a bit more navigation and troubleshooting advise. 

    We begin by adding a Navigation wheel to the UserControl.xaml.  The wheel has four repeat buttons with arrows pointing east,west,north, south; these buttons will be used to pan in the respective direction.

    At the center of the wheel, there is a regular button, which takes you home ( to where there is no Zoom, no panning, etc. )

    1. Implementing Panning is done by changing the viewportOrigin. We have a choice of Panning relative to control size and relative to ImageSize. Let me explain:

      If the controls ViewPortWidth is 1.0 – and we pan by a Logical increment of 0.1  we are panning 10 percent on a direction. This % seems reasonable.
      If however we are zoomed in 500% ( viewportWidth = 0.2 ) and we do a Pan of 0.1 (logical)  then we are going to pan by a lot ( 50% of what is visible).  So we need to scale our original 0.1 increment by the ViewportWidth.  Don’t you think?

      Here is what I did:
      1. Added a Property of type double called  PanPercent.   This property holds the increment. You can set it from XAML; default is 0.1  ( aka 10% )
      2. Added a property of type bool called UseViewportScaleOnPan.  If this is true, we will pan by  PanPercent * ViewportWidth; if this is false we pan by PanPercent.
    2. Now we are ready for Panning. We add event handlers for all our Pan RepeatButtons:
      this.PanRight.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(PanRight_Click);
      this.PanLeft.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(PanLeft_Click);
      this.Home.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(Home_Click);
      this.PanBottom.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(PanBottom_Click);
      this.PanTop.Click += new RoutedEventHandler(PanTop_Click);

    3. Each of the event handlers calls the Pan function with their respective direction:
      void Pan(PanDirection direction)
      double percent = PanPercent; 
      if ( UseViewportScaleOnPan ) 
          percent *= this.DeepZoom.ViewportWidth; 
      switch (direction)
         case PanDirection.East:
            this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin =
               new Point(this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.X - Math.Min(percent, this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.X),
         case PanDirection.West:
             this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin =
                 new Point(this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.X + Math.Min(percent, (1.0 - this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.X)),
          case PanDirection.South :
               this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin =
                new Point(this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.X ,
                 this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.Y + Math.Min( percent, 1.0 - this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.Y));
           case PanDirection.North :
                this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin =
                   new Point(this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.X,
                   this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.Y - Math.Min( percent, this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin.Y));

    4. Panning to Home is a combination of setting the ViewportOrigin to 0,0 and setting the ViewportWidth to 1

      void Home_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e) {
      this.DeepZoom.ViewportOrigin = new Point(0, 0);
      this.DeepZoom.ViewportWidth = 1; }

    5. Next thing is to implement Zoom in and Zoom Out; these are also trivial, the only decision to make is where to Zoom, I needed two approaches:
      When Zooming using keyboard,  Ctrl+ Ctrl- (on Windows)  I wanted to Zoom at the mousePosition. 
      When zooming using the magnifying glass icons I added to the UI, I can not use the mousePosition – as I knew the mouse was where the magnifying glass – so I zoomed around the center of the control.

      Let’s begin with simple ZoomIn using Click from magnifying glass:

      btnZoomIn_Click(objectsender, RoutedEventArgs e)
                 ZoomIn( newPoint( DeepZoom.ActualWidth / 2 , DeepZoom.ActualHeight / 2)); 
      /// <summary>
      /// Zooms in around an ELEMENT Coordinate..  
      /// I technically did not need this function to abstract and could have called DoZoom directly 
      /// </summary>
      /// <param name="p"></param>
      void ZoomIn( Point p )
          if (_useRelatives)
              DoRelativeZoom(Zoom / DefaultZoomFactor, p, ZoomDirection.In);
              DoZoom(DefaultZoomFactor, p );
    6. When zooming from Keyboard.  The “gotcha” was that the DeepZoomImage is a FrameworkElement and it does not receive focus (in Silverlight Focus is at Control class), so what I did was listen for Keyboard event in the Grid that is the top container in my Host UserControl. 
      this.LayoutRoot.KeyUp += new KeyEventHandler(DeepZoom_KeyUp);
    7. Another surprise was that + (by pressing Shift+9) on my machine turned out to be a keycode, not a standard key.  I am not a keyboard expert in Silverlight (yet) but from what I read, keycodes can be different across platform so I added code to check in case I am running in the Mac. I checked using the Environment.OSVersion property.     Please double check this code, as I was pretty lazy about what running on Windows or Mac means. 

    8. public bool RunningOnWindows

                          Environment.OSVersion.Platform == PlatformID.Win32NT ||
                          Environment.OSVersion.Platform == PlatformID.Win32S); 
    9. Now we do the Zoom, note that I am not too confident on my Mac KeyCodes; I got this by sniffing on my Mini but I have a regular,ergonomic Microsoft keyboard on  that mini so double check with your keyboard just in case.
      void DeepZoom_KeyUp(object sender, KeyEventArgs e)
      if (e.Handled == true)
      if ( ( RunningOnWindows && ((Keyboard.Modifiers & ModifierKeys.Control) == ModifierKeys.Control) &&
           (e.Key == Key.Add || (e.Key == Key.Unknown && e.PlatformKeyCode == 0xBB)))  ||
           ( RunningOnMac && ((Keyboard.Modifiers & ModifierKeys.Control) == ModifierKeys.Control) &&
           (e.Key == Key.Add || (e.Key == Key.Unknown && e.PlatformKeyCode == 0x18 )))
             ZoomIn( _lastMousePosition); 
          else if ( 
            (RunningOnWindows && ((Keyboard.Modifiers & ModifierKeys.Control) == ModifierKeys.Control) &&
            (e.Key == Key.Add || (e.Key == Key.Unknown && e.PlatformKeyCode == 0xBD)))||
            ( RunningOnMac && ((Keyboard.Modifiers & ModifierKeys.Control) == ModifierKeys.Control) &&
            (e.Key == Key.Add || (e.Key == Key.Unknown && e.PlatformKeyCode == 0x1B )))
            ZoomOut( _lastMousePosition );
         e.Handled = true;
    10. At  that point our app would be functionally complete but I want to share a few more findings from my learning so let me share  the DebugSpew, it can be handy for you too.
      1. When I wrote my first deepZoom app, I took the usual approach of databinding to it so I can reverse engineer it and found a few issues; since I am traveling I have not discussed them w/ DeepZoom folks in depth for now take these as “gotchas in beta1” and will try to get some one from DeepZoom team to confirm if these are ‘final’ behaviors (feel free to leave feedback here or at the expression blog) letting them know your preferences.
        • Databinding to MultiScaleImage was a bit flaky.   ViewportWidth and ViewportOrigin did not fire notifications for me.  The explanation I have seen is that  because DeepZoom animates with springs, binding to these properties was not recommended.  These values will change every frame during a transition.   The recommended workaround was to subscribe to the MotionFinished event.  This fires at the end of a transition, so gives me a nice way to pull the value.  In my case (for debug/learning deepZoom), the workaround  was very acceptable so I implemented it.

          // in my loaded event for the page
          DeepZoom.MotionFinished += newRoutedEventHandler(DeepZoom_MotionFinished);

          void DeepZoom_MotionFinished(objectsender, RoutedEventArgs e)
             if(DebugSpew.DataContext != null)
                   MultiScaleImageDummyDataWrapper dw = DebugSpew.DataContext asMultiScaleImageDummyDataWrapper;
                   if(dw != null)
                            PullData(refdw, refDeepZoom);
                            MouseLogicalPosition = DeepZoom.ElementToLogicalPoint(_lastMousePosition);


          void PullData(ref MultiScaleImageDummyDataWrapper data, ref MultiScaleImage msi)
                      data.ViewportWidth = msi.ViewportWidth;
                      data.ViewportOrigin = msi.ViewportOrigin;
                      data.AspectRatio = msi.AspectRatio;
                      data.UseSprings = msi.UseSprings; 
        • Databinding to the other properties (that are not animated per frame) in MultiScaleImage also gave me a bit of trouble [some times the control would not show up]. My advise is to not data bind for now.   
        • Once I had the databinding worked out, I added a handler to pull data from the MouseMove so I could show coordinates when Mouse is moving, I wanted them in logical and element coordinates, so I did the translation and I added an extra  call from MotionFinished to translate the point again as the logical Coordinate changes when the Viewport changes.

    Part 5 – Lessons learned

    Overall I was quite impressed with DeepZoom. it is pretty cool stuff; I wish I had some cool pictures for a better application, but I did not try since  I knew I could not top memorabilia.

    1. My personal advise:  do not databind to DeepZoom for now. Pull to it on Motion Finished.

    2. No keyboard input goes into DeepZoom (since it is a FrameworkElement). In order to have keyboard input you must have a Control that has focus; since keyboard events bubble you can handle Keyboard input at a higher level (e.gl LayoutRoot, just check to see if it has not been handled previously).

    3. On my real app –which can’t be shared as it was a customer’s app –.  I ran into an issue when using Collections. My images were showing up in the wrong place.  I reported it already and they are investigating –during the shower, where I do my best thinking- I came with the theory that is the resolution independence in WPF ( 96 to 72 DPI conversion).  I have not confirmed.

    4. I did not discuss collections in the post, so will try it here. Collections are cool because it gives you access to your Subimages so you can  manipulate them.  Move them around, scale them, animate position and Opacity.   For now, beta1 has only one Collection; I think it would be cool to have multiple collections so you can aggregate.  This can kind of be simulated via logic, but would be nice if it was in the control.  If you simulate it, the advise I was given is do not simulate it by overlaying two MultiScaleImage controls one on top of the other, there are a few known issues with interactions on overlays (though to be honest I tried it and did not run into issues).

    5. UseSprings= true is pretty cool, but pending how quick you want to do your panning/zooming, turning it off can make your app appear more responsive. I would not turn UseSprings off for a consumer facing app, but I would consider doing it for an internal app.. For example, I am doing a Heatmap with lots of data in it, for analytical purposes. Since it is drill through I am considering it.

    6. When panning, make sure you handle MouseLeave on your control.

    7. Handling mouse wheel is not available out of the box is trivial but Peter Blois has a great solution. Do not  write the code to handle wheel. Peter’s code works great so far. Check his blog for updates too, he has a nice abstraction now to the same API.

    8. If you skipped section 3, check it out. Understanding the object model is critical and takes 5 mins.

    9. If you are writing a DeepZoom application, I recommend you use the old instantiation via silverlight.js … Click To Activate will eventually go away in IE, but in the mean time it is pretty annoying for an app that is so visual and so focused on mouse navigation. 

    10. If subscribing to MultiScaleImage.OpenImageSucceded make sure you do it from your constructor right after initializeComponent.  I tried to do it of  UserControl.Loaded and when doing a load on a page with image cached that is too late.

    11. If possible try to ‘hold’ any operations until OpenImageSucceded has fired ( no pans, zooms before that). I saw weird results if I try to access properties on MultiScaleImage before this event; in particular if you access the SubImages collection before ImageOpenSucceded, then I would get an empty collection and when ImageOpenSucceeded was fired, the collection would not be overridden; so advise for collections is don’t touch SubImages before the OpenImageSucceeded fires.

    Part 6 – Source

    Is at Skydrive

    Part 7 – Show me the app.

    You can see it here;  it is not visually impressive but I think it shows a bit of what you can do with DeepZoom and most important it is functional code you can quickly refactor and reuse. If I missed a common deepZoom task let me know.
    I added two extra “easter eggs” beyond the bunny and  the eggs above in the walk through.

    1. One is for  the NCAA basketball team for my college, which won yesterday and made it to the Final Four tournament .  (Hint, the four finalists are:  Kansas, Memphis, UCLA and North Carolina.
    2. The other one is a bitmap with dates & locations for my upcoming Europe trip (Germany, Austria)..  If you are in the area and available the nights I am in the area, ping me and we can get together to discuss any thing .NET client related (e.g. WPF, Silverlight, and ASPX).

    Part 8 -- Thanks

    Thanks to Tim Aidlin who chose the colors and gave me cooler icons for the map; I butchered them a bit when I turned them into controls so don’t hold it against him, he is a gifted designer –you can see his real work on the MIX website and any thing else MIX08 branded.

  • Jaime Rodriguez

    A carousel control in Silverlight 2...


    Check it out here...  Source is here!


    It is very little code so I did not do a write-up. The code does have comments.
    Ideas? or  Improvements I considered but did not implement (yet )...

    • I debated using the animation system; generate ( n storyboards, where n = number of items ).. You can generate an animation that simulates points in a motion path..   this should smooth it out alot .. for the tiny sample I needed it felt like overhead; also I wanted to use DispatchTimer (the manual animation) as a reference.
    • It assumes that items in the panel don't have a transform applied..  [easy to check and multiply transform if needed]

    Credits:  Every thing I know about carousel came from a Lee brimelow's flash carousel tutorial.   

    Bugs/feedback, leave comments or email.

  • Jaime Rodriguez

    Silverlight in Financials Demonstrator



    Yesterday at the Financial Services Developers Conference in NY,   Marley Gray & Joe Cleaver showed  the "Silverlight in Financials Demonstrator".

    The demonstrator is a 'mock-up' website that shows the interactions and experience you could get from a silverlight enabled site. Features like interactive video that drives charts, client-side charting, drag & drop, client-side calculations (for responsiveness), cross-domain web services calling, etc. come together seamlessly to create a slightly different banking experience from what we see today.    

    If you have Silverlight 2, you can play with the demonstrator at this site

    You can also see an internal (=not polished) recording of  a walk through of the demonstrator from this silverlight streaming video.

    If you want a script that helps you walk through the interactions, you can find one here.



    The plan and the source:

    Our goal from the beginning has been to release the source code at devcon; since that was yesterday, the source is available today from here.

    Warning: the demonstrator grew quickly from a Silverlight 1.1 app with three scenarios to a SL 2.0 application with  six or seven scenarios; so we are a bit behind on cleaning up the code. The plan is to do a bit more clean up over the next few days ( or say all of next week)  and then put it out at Silverlight.net gallery when the code cleanup churn decreases.  Please check the SL gallery or check this blog in a week or so for an updated source.  [It takes that long because we do it one hour at a time on evenings or when I have free time at work (which is not much)].

    Known issues:
    Apologies in advance to those outside the US or not running an en english locale. We are aware some of the ' banking concepts' might not apply but we hope some of the interactions are generic enough that are useful to show.  We have also not localized the site.  Please do report bugs around localization. 

    Infusion development did most of the coding. Joe Cleaver, Marley Gray, Joe Rubino and a few others in the MS financials team helped define the scenarios.   

  • Jaime Rodriguez

    A sample on referencing URIs..


    Ashish did a great job with his demystifying URIs..  post. 

    I spent a bit of time discussing this topic with him last month due to a regression bug ( fixed before beta1 shipped)..   During my 'discovery' I wrote a little test application that summarized it (and tested it all content resolving mechanisms ) ..

    What this application does is include 3 images, packaged all possible ways (resource,content,embedded), and shows you how to load them from XAML.

    You can see the application here, and the source code is here.

    If you pay attention, you will see the sample also loads "external" assemblies NOT in the XAP and it shows you how to cross reference content using the /assembly;component  syntax .. which Ashish forgot to mention.. 

    I am going to leave that topic of loading external assemblies for a later post (in hopes ashish tackles it in detail like he has been doing); if you are itching to try it, the  source is very small and very easy to follow...

    Sorry that my test apps are so ugly.  If you can recommend a book (or web reference) on how not to offend the world with ugly colors but at the same time do it with zero overhead to my coding, please send me a link.

  • Jaime Rodriguez

    Microsoft's "client" strategy for next few years became real at MIX08 ( and is incredibly exciting if you ask me) ..


    Below are my scribbles during my flight back from MIX.  
    I considered not publishing this because it feels 'too positive' (or too marketing-like)..  if you don't like those, please skip (no harm).
    I am sharing to see if any one has feedback.   I also want to share for people to understand my current thinking - it will explain future blog posts-. that said, don't unsubscribe to the RSS, I won't have many posts like this one.
    If you only have 3 mins, skip to the "Why I am excited section"..   


    As I fly back from MIX I am thinking of my daughter's upcoming second birthday ( she was born a few weeks after the very first MIX).
    Every day I am amazed at how fast she has developed in just two years. This week, I realized another amazing transformation that has happened in same timeframe: Microsoft's client technologies have evolved significantly. At MIX08, Microsoft communicated a very coherent vision for a comprehensive all-inclusive application platform. Microsoft backed up the vision with some pretty impressive customer applications.   

    The message after Day 1 keynote was:

    • From Ray Ozzie: Microsoft is looking strongly at a 'Connected' world ( Enterprise, Consumer, Devices, Entertainment). We are position quite well to address such broad challenge.
    • From Scott Guthrie: Microsoft has quickly become a very strong competitor in the RIA space; we are tackling it from all angles:
      • Continued innovation to maintain leadership on video quality and to to maintain lowest cost of ownership to video content providers. 
      • Innovation around other consumer technologies (e.g. DeepZoom) that are included in the Silverlight platform.
      • Tooling for developers and designers.
      • A comprehensive, extensible, performant platform to address the needs of most RIA scenarios and a client continuum for existing Windows desktop customers; if you need a desktop application you can leverage the same skills  (.NET, XAML) and same tools ( Blend, Visual Studio), etc.  You can even share the codebase with a few tweaks..
      • Strong commitment to cross platform and cross browser,  now emphasized by adding Windows mobile and Symbian OS into the equation (via the Nokia announcement).

    You could be thinking this is "blue koolaid", but  we backed it up with strong partner scenarios. Among the evidence:

    • NBC Olympics is trusting Microsoft Silverlight with a once every four years.  This is their most aggressive online broadcast project ever.
      • The app looked great too.  I don't think this was transparent, but the app was coded using Silverlight 2.  I am a virtual part of that team and can tell you the bits were real; it was working code and you should expect to see some of it
    • Hard Rock Cafe showed Memorabilia, an amazing showcase for Microsoft's DeepZoom technology.  I am a big fan of DeepZoom, I think is going to revolutionize how we navigate content and how we interact with displays ( screens, surface, phones). 
    • AOL showed their new email client written in Silverlight 2.  They showed impressive styling capabilities for personalization; they also showed seamless advertisement  integration and kept raging on the performance improvements they are seeing. I could be wrong because I am not intimate with this project but it sounded like some of the improvements are via caching on the isolated storage provided by Silverlight (so it goes beyond standards-based) web.
      • The client looked pretty good and I kept thinking if they have a Silverlight 2 client, why not make a WPF client and get out of the browser?
    • Aston Martin showed several amazing applications: a Silverlight application and a WPF application (interacting with XNA).  Beyond their cars being amazingly cool, the demos stood by themselves on the technical aspects clearly demonstrating the on-going need (in some scenarios) for desktop applications ( 3D, hardware acceleration, access to devices, etc.)
    • Cirque Du Soleil had a casual and entertaining demonstration of the very complex recruiting and staffing process they go through.  I think the biggest highlight of their application is the reuse of the XAML across channels; they used the same XAML and same business objects on their off-line desktop application and their web based application.  
      • I was a virtual contributor on the Cirque application so I am hoping to get to do another post with some of the details; it was a very interesting show case of "why smartclient".
    • There were some WPF demonstrations of their performance improvements around effects.  I was standing next to one of our marketing folks when they showcased it; she was not that impressed, looked at me with a "this is geeky stuff, is not it?"  and all I could say was "extensibility at this level is very complex and incredibly powerful, this is big for some ISVs and Enterprises".


    That was the executive message.. Why does this excite me so much?

    This new convergence on the client stack with XAML + .NET is incredibly powerful; this is one of those 1 + 1 = 3 catalysts.

    Here are just a few of my reasons ( in random order):

    • I spend my time in the Enterprise, where there is still a countless number of requirements that I think is ONLY addressed by smart client applications (which is different from off-line RIA), I think .NET and Visual Studio have a strong positioning in that space;  with all the new improvements to WPF ( you should see Rob Relyea's MIX talk) I think WPF adoption will continue to grow, and now we can extend or complement those smart clients with web applications with out compromising on performance, experience, or security.   
    • This possible reuse for cross platform is going to excite those ISVs that have been holding back in migrating from MFC or Windows Forms to WPF;  I think it is now confirmed that the future (for .net developers)  is in XAML.  This is going to lead to faster adoption of .NET 3.x, it will lead to a larger partner ecosystem ( aka component vendors), more trained developers, more books, more content, etc.  It is a good cycle that feeds itself.
    • I think the Silverlight platform has enough 'advantages' to continue bringing new customers/scenarios, we are making great progress on the media (video) space, with DeepZoom we are getting a niche on a 'large data navigation space', etc.  As Scott mentioned we are above > 1.5 million of Silverlight installs per day; that number will continue to go up with Silverlight 2.
      A case in point is the Move networks announcement from MIX, which I forgot to include on the highlights above.
    • Silverlight is also going to allow a lot of existing web developers to greatly improve their apps.  I know plenty of people who do asp .net development and have tried web technologies like Java, Flash, Flex, etc. and have not embraced these other technologies because they did not like the development environment, languages, performance, did not have the skills, etc.; with Silverlight we are giving .NET (server-side) web developers the option to embrace a richer (client-side) web experience with out having to learn new skills, we are also giving them a flexible sandbox ( e.g. isolated storage, x-domain calls, File Access, etc.) that helps them extend their reach to the desktop with out compromising on security.
    • I like the Microsoft offering because it has a solid foundation in .NET; you get best of breed tools, incredible flexibility around languages ( C#, VB, JScript, Ruby, IronPython, etc.),  comprehensive libraries ( e.g. Web services stack, or LINQ for data access,);  as I look at other platforms out there, I am not sure they have the raw power, developer flexibility, architecture, same performance, same language capabilities, etc. 
      I have to wonder, will competitors be able to keep up as a comprehensive platform? will they need a major re-design that is going to slow them down?
    • I like XAML and the WPF concepts as a declarative UI platform but I think there is more to these than it being mark-up; the platform was designed with markup in mind and the platform supports it well. I go back to my point above where I look at competing platforms and have to wonder about their foundations and ability to 'evolve' to a 100% declarative model. I think WPF has foundations (for example the property system) that you need to have in order to get to a pure and clean declarative model.  

    I know there are challenges to overcome, but I see no major blockers and I do think time is on our side.

    • Ubiquity is likely the current 'concern' people will raise; you will hear Flash has ~90% ubiquity and Silverlight is just getting started;  I respect that, but I am optimistic because Flash and Silverlight co-exist quite well (they are not mutually exclusive like Windows and Mac OS were); all it takes is for a user to go to a site that needs Silverlight for it to be installed.   These are tiny/free plug-ins we are installing so I expect the installs to continue moving fast.. 


    That sums up my excitement post MIX. In a few words, I think Silverlight's cross-platform opportunity is going to be the catalyst or accelerator for both RIA and Desktop applications written using .NET and XAML; I am excited about what will come in the next 12 to 18 months.

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