Straight of the back of the deepzoom announcement capabilities of Silverlight to comes photozoom. 

PhotoZoom is a site created by mslivelabs and incorporates the DeepZoom technology.  Don’t expect a full blown flickr site here, this is a demo obviously, but it demos beautifully the possibilities  of DZ on a photo site.

So if you don’t know what DZ is or have seen PZ then pop along to my album I created here.  Use the Mouse Wheel to zoom and left mouse to grab and move the canvas.


For those who really have no clue as to what DZ is here is a description nicked from MS. Note Seadragon is the original name.

Seadragon is an incubation project resulting from the acquisition of Seadragon Software in February. Its aim is nothing less than to change the way we use screens, from wall-sized displays to mobile devices, so that visual information can be smoothly browsed regardless of the amount of data involved or the bandwidth of the network.

Tells you loads that don’t it.  Essentially you stitch a whole bunch of photies together creating a huge photo I mean really really huge, then the processor rips it apart into tiles.  Those tiles are loaded dependant on viewpoint and zoom level.  So instead of downloading some 10 billion pixel image only the viewpoint tiles are loaded each zoom level being a image scale of the original until you get right down in it.  Apparently this only produces 1.33 times the original file size but massively reduces the download size.  And it looks really cool too.


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