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About A Deep Zoom Blog

This blog is intended to help out folks who want to do deep dives into how to create compelling applications with Deep Zoom and Silverlight.

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    Deep Zoom Collections explained Part 1 - coordinates and viewports

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    I've been getting this question a lot, even from members of my team. Why are the coordinates so weird in deep zoom? They are just totally confusing for laying out images! Why do you have this odd ViewportOrigin and ViewportWidth and why are the numbers...
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    Panning across large maps with Deep Zoom and custom animations

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    It's been a while since I've posted something here, I realize that. But that's because I only want to blog about cool stuff, and stuff that nobody else has done... Right, so you have to only come here to find the new and cool stuff! Here's a problem...
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    Synchronizing Images with the Deep Zoom content

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    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...
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    Showing Photosynth Collections in Silverlight (2-D)

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    Zooming with constraints

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    My first blog post will be a small but useful little tip. One of the things that's not built into deep zoom is the ability to specify at which level to stop zooming out, and at which level to stop zooming in. Check out the following example (which...
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    Seadragon AJAX and Deep Zoom

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    It's been a while since my last post, but that's because I've been also helping out with the Seadragon AJAX release. You have to check out what we did there. You can now browse single images in web browsers where Silverlight is either not supported or...
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    Powerlaw scaling of synchronized content with Deep Zoom

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    Well, I also updated this app now that Silverlight 2 has RTW'ed. The performance improvements we've made in Silverlight are truly stunning. I will reserve the details for a later blog post, but one of the things that deep zoom always does is blend the...
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    Deep Zoom collections explained Part 2 - the storage and network optimization, dynamic collections

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    Normal 0 false false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Last week we talked about the collections API and how tomove things around on screen using collections. Today, I want to take a lookunder the hood to see what collections are how they work, and what...
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    Photosynth goes Silverlight!

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    Mark Dawson pulled it off. He wrote a Silverlight viewer for Photosynth. It uses Deep Zoom when you zoom deeply into images or in 2-D layout. The 3-D work is all based on his kit 3d work. This is what it looks like: And you can try it here ....
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    Semantic Zooming in Deep Zoom

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    Here's an idea. What if you change the contents of the collection pages for each level of detail? What if you want the collection of images to look different when you are zoomed out vs when you are zoomed in? There are many scenarios I can imagine this...
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    Seadragon.com release!

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    The Seadragon team in Live Labs has released a service that lets you easily turn your giant pictures into nice zoomable UIs. In order to try this out I went to the Smithsonian's flickr stream and grabbed a picture to see how it works. Go over to www.seadragon...
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    "Exact" Map rendering

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    Mulling over the list of new features I saw the blur factor that was put into the MSI. The point of this property is to force the MSI to render at a lower level of detail, causing a rendering that looks blurry. This doesn't work great, and it's not a...
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    Electoral Map

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    This isn't meant to be a political page, however - Dan Cory has made this great example of a map of the united states, with two states - one the way the political map looks with appropriate coloration by vote, and one where the size is determined by the...
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    Autogenerating collections from flickr streams!

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    Felix Wang from Microsoft China has created a little project that creates deep zoom tile sets from your flickr streams. It does everything for you and it also created a handsome little application that you can insert in your blog. Try it out for yourself...
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    XREZ Extreme Pano

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    I've been meaning to post a little bit about how to do text properly in deep zoom, but I am having problems with the various tools I am using... I'll get that and other posts going soon. But since I set myself the goal to post something useful once a...
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    Photosynth is Hiring!

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    I just got an e-mail from Scott saying that the Photosynth team is looking for people. Well, I figure people who have landed here are folks who may be interested. You know and care about Silverlight and Photosynth, looks like you may be in the right corner...
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    Photosynth Silverlight Viewer Updated to Silverlight 2 RTM

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    Wow, it's been a couple of weeks since I posted last. I was actually over in Germany for Photokina 2008, one of the largest conferences for imaging in the world. It was held in beautiful Cologne, Germany. I showed Photosynth to the awed crowds, it was...
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