A very common request I have been getting is some sample that shows how you can synchronize content with Deep Zoom.
Click on the image below to start the app. Zoom in to see the various places I've lived.
Download the source here.
So how is this done? Really there are two main concept I show in the app:
Synchronizing other content with Deep Zoom
When you set ViewportOrigin or ViewportWidth (or use the ZoomAboutPoint helper), deep zoom simply kicks off an animation to the new location. This animation happens entirely under the hood and is transparent to the developer. That's very nice for the dead simple zooming application, since the developer doesn't have to worry about making pretty animations when zooming and panning. Pretty animations are built in.
However, this behavior does cause a problem if you want to make other things in Silverlight move along with zooming and panning of the Deep Zoom image.
So what's the trick? Everytime a user pans or zooms, this application sets of a 0-length-storyboard that tracks what Deep Zoom is doing, and adjust size and position for the pins. The 0-length-storyboard does its thing for 1500 ms, which is exactly the amount of time Deep Zoom allocates for each animation.
Using powerlaw scaling
Another nifty little feature that was put into this application is powerlaw scaling. The size of the pins only grows at a fraction of the rate of the rest of the map. This needs to be done, since if the size of the pins is kept constant, our eyes fall victim to an optical illusion: when zooming in, the pins would look like they are shrinking, and when zooming out, the appear to be growing.Power-law scaling makes this visual effect much less noticeable.