Monday, 17 November 2008

Deep Zoom Philip Stirpe

If it’s good enough for Barak Obama, it’s good enough for me.

I have been spending a lot of time with Silverlight 2.0 lately and the first run of our new course was a great success. For that first run, I had planned to show the delegates the DeepZoom Obama page in order to demonstrate DeepZoom . Unfortunately the course coincided with the RTW release of Silverlight 2.0.The site had been built with Silverlight 2.0 Beta and was unable to run.

I hoped that it would be updated in time for the RTW but I guess they were a little busy. So I spent an evening building my own.

DeepZoom allows you to create a composition of images using a tool called DeepZoom composer. Images can also be embedded within others. I took inspiration from Donavan West who created the DeepZoom Obama site. He had used a great piece of software from AndreaMosaic that can will create a mosaic from multiple image files based upon a single image. The result is brilliant. Further more, as far as DeepZoom composer is concerned, I only loaded one image into my project.

I wanted to make sure that I had embedded some additional high quality images into my mosaic and so I placed some in each eye, my bow tie and shirt button. Actually my right eye is a bit of a give away as I chose a bright image to embed there.

In fact I wanted to see how far I could push it. There are images within images within images. My 'Zoom is deepest' in my shirt button and reflects the depth of my love of Pink Floyd. Incidentally, should David Gilmour be reading this and would like a DeepZoom Gilmour just let me know. Dave, I'll do yours for free. Well perhaps a personal acoustic Comfortably Numb for my birthday might be a fair trade.

By the way, if you are the sort of person who gets excited when they find an easter egg in a computer game, try this: load up the Hard Rock Memorabilia site and select the Beatles from the side bar. This will rearrange the wall to only show the Beatles memorabilia. Now press V !

One more example of DeepZoom that I particularly like is this one by Vertigo. It has inspired me to create a functioning Site Map for my web site.

If you like a challenge, see if you can find this image. It is a high quality image of Porta Maggiore in Alatri and is nested within another high quality image.



In the meantime should you require any training in Silverlight, QA offer the following courses:

Extending Microsoft SharePoint Solutions with Silverlight 3

Developing Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 4

Developing Silverlight Applications with Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4

See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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