Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 16th Dec 2008 07:02 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Apple Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with a browsing capability that handles a large number of photos on a mobile device screen. The Seadragon mobile application is free through Apple's application store. It a product of Microsoft's Live Labs division, which focuses on developing Web-based technology and applications. Seadragon incorporates the Deep Zoom feature, which is also integrated into Silverlight 2, Microsoft's multimedia tool. It allows a user to quickly magnify a particular area of a photo, regardless of its size.
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An example of deep zoom
by google_ninja on Tue 16th Dec 2008 13:10 UTC
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For those of you with silverlight

Basically, it takes a very high rez image and breaks it down into thousands of images of varying resolutions, and then streams it to you on demand. The whole thing is executed really well.

Its one of those things that was productized direction out of microsoft research, and as such is pretty cool, but also a fairly complex solution to a problem noone really has.

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RE: An example of deep zoom
by google_ninja on Tue 16th Dec 2008 13:39 in reply to "An example of deep zoom"
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hadn't had my coffee yet ;-)

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RE[2]: An example of deep zoom
by coolvibe on Tue 16th Dec 2008 18:59 in reply to "RE: An example of deep zoom"
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That's "Haven't had any coffe yet".

Get to that brew immediatly! ;)

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Earl Colby pottinger Member since:

Well I have that problem.

Using BeOS and virtual screens, I have captured 4K by 3K screen shots from Google maps (no borders - BeOS is great that way) of the area around my cabin.

Ther is no standard map showing the wilderness trail, swamps and smaller lakes in the area. Even government survey maps miss many details that show up in Google's satellites pictures.

The long term plan is to sew them together (the pics) into a 64K by 64K map, but no tool I have seen makes it *EASY* to scroll around, zoom in and zoom out on said image.

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