PhotoZoom: Silverlight DeepZoom Enabled Photo Albums Widgets

January 15th, 2009 by Avatar X Leave a reply »

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One of the intrinsically positioned technologies that caught notoriety thanks to the introduction of Silverlight was without a doubt Seadragon. also known as DeepZoom that its the technology Operative name. If you are in Windows you can easily create DeepZoom enabled photo albums powered by Silverlight thanks to DeepZoom Composer. but if you are in other operative system or you have a old machine. you are not going to be able to use it from your desktop. that is when PhotoZoom enters to save the day and more.

What is DeepZoom?

But if you are still wondering what exactly is DeepZoom, then let me enlighten you fast on that. it is a technology that allows you to zoom into photos as much as you want or as much as your picture resolution allows you to. that is without worrying about the size of the picture getting in the way since you only load by section. it is a lot alike Live Maps when you zoom into a map and this one starts rendering things closer. but in this case it is rendering a section of the very same photo in layers. it is also helpful because you can then have a collage of pictures put into the same frame and then just zoom in and view the pictures as you see fit. in the order you want. as close as you want without ever having to transition elsewhere. those are the main principles of DeepZoom

What is PhotoZoom?

PhotoZoom is a Microsoft Live Labs project that allows you to the same you can do with DeepZoom Composer on your desktop but online. it also lets you keep up your Photos online in a service that precedes the new Windows Live Photos service. you can upload you photos and put them in albums that can be seen as DeepZoom Enabled Silverlight powered objects or as Photo Channels where you can also select to see the photos individually if you don`t want to see them powered by Silverlight.

Interested?.here is what you have to do?

1.-Load up the PhotoZoom page at http://photozoom.mslivelabs.com

2.-Log in with your Windows Live ID

3.-Choose your Photo Zoom Name

4.-Create a Album Name

5.-Load up your photos

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You can import from you computer or you can even import from a RSS feed in another  Online Photo Service. you could for example use your photoblog  feed or even a AlbumPhoto feed from Windows Live Photos. once you have added a feed or uploaded the pictures you want from your PC. just click import.

6.-Check out your PhotoZoom Album

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For the sake of a good How-To and Review. i am going to use this nice album from my online buddy YungSang with a selection of Squirrel species.

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You should be able to note i zoomed in as it is running with Silverlight and its DeepZoom enabled. a good thing to note is the part where it reads that you can “View Individual Photos”. just as i had told you. your photos are not trapped inside a Silverlight object. you can also see them as a group or individually if you want. that means you also get to share them that way. the only warning i must make is that PhotoZoom pcitures are meant to be public. so just have that in mind.

7.-Share it, Embed it

You can share your PhotoZoom Albums by Mail or also by embedding them into your blog, website or Social Network profile (if allowed)

Here it is a active version of the PhotoZoom Album as a Widget. so you can check it out. you can have it at whatever size you want by modifying the embed code. but you don`t need to resize it from the default size, because it can easily jump to full screen without any effort. this thanks to Silverlight. since this is a Live Labs project. it should be seen and reviewed as such. so i am only concentrating on what it already is. and i must say it is really good for having simple to use photo albums and photo album widgets.

Give a try.

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