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Mooncake Viewer: DeepZoom Enabled Silverlight Photo Album Widget Generator

January 20th, 2009

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Mooncake Viewer is a very special photo album widget generator. it can generate DeepZoom Enabled Silverlight Widgets like PhotoZoom with several differences:

I.-You don`t have to upload a thing

Because it can do it from a online Photostream. either from Flickr or SmugMug.

II.-You can choose the Photos you want in the Widget right from a online photo service

It don`t add the whole Photostream or the latest photos. you get to choose what photos you want in the Photo Album Widget

II.-You get a way more featured and better designed Photo Album Widget

forget about the classic Deepzoom Wall configuration. Mooncake can generate that effect and 3 more to play with within the widget. you can filter the picture to show from a tag filter and you can jump from widget to full screen with the known silverlight ease.

Now. the only thing you need to do is to go to the Mooncake Viewer Website and do the following:

1.-Choose your Account Name and Photo Service

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Choose the service you have a account with and then enter your username. you can also use anyone else username. so if you have know the username of a photographer you like or from a friend. you can also put that one in. Mooncake Viewer does not ask you for any other credentials.

2.-Select which photos from your Photostream you want to use in your Mooncake Viewer

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In this case i entered Thomas Hawk photostream and selected some photos at random. be aware that the number of photos you select will affect the time you will have to wait in order for them to be converted in DeepZoom enabled images that are going to be used in the Silverlight Widget

3.- Review the Photos you choose and confirm for conversion

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As i said before.the number of photos you choose. will determine how long will you wait. you cannot edit your widget after you have confirmed for selection without starting everything from zero. so choose with conviction

4.-Have patience while you wait

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After confirming you photo choices. you only will have to wait for your widget to be finally rendered. this can take a while depending on your selection. while the page don`t states how long it takes. i measured the time with several and tries and i estimate it can take from 10 to 20 seconds per pciture. so if you choose 10 pictures. you Mooncake Viewer should take at least two and a half minutes or up to five minutes depending how busy the server is.

5.-Check out your Widget and copy your widget code.

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It is worth the wait since it is a free service, the widget rocks and because you can just do something else in other tabs while the task is done. you don`t have to worry for the widget page to time out. just don`t forget to get the code before closing that tab because you don`t get a landing page for the widget you can track.

The only thing i would like the widget to have is a option to choose the size of the widget, that it could have a different form factor. other than that. it is of the best you can get when it comes to Photo Album Widgets.

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Mooncake Viewer

PhotoZoom: Silverlight DeepZoom Enabled Photo Albums Widgets

January 15th, 2009

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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.

PhotoZoom

On The Revamped Adobe Flash Platform

December 1st, 2008

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Adobe moves in RIA are the most straightforward ones because they are the company that it is more publicly invested into transform itself and to be fully running on the RIA Web as soon as 5 years from now.

They got Flash, Flex, Shockwave, AIR and Reader as their main guns on the Mainstream. all but one are pretty much ubiquitous. but the thing that connect all of them is Flash. Flash 10 is where they truly begin with this transition to being a RIA company and RIA Web run company.

Why not say their in for the cloud computing mantra as you say when talking about Google?. because being fully into RIA`s got a clear cloud computing base that do not need to be recalled upon. but unlike Google. Adobe is also in a Software + Services Strategy just like Microsoft. but as competitors they cannot use neither Mantras and they will stay focus on spreading the notion that Adobe is about RIA`s. because RIA evocates Media, Powerful Browser Based Apps or Powerful Desktop Based Apps that are seamlessly connected to the internet. that means they only need that.

Flash is a mature platform and it reached up that state since 2004-2005 where it became clear it would became more and more widespread. Today flash is in everything in some form or another and Flash 10 is what Adobe is going to use to push progress to Flash from Flex and Shockwave and it is Flash what will be pushed into Reader and AIR as base for the same tech to be used more effectively.

But Adobe weakness with its RIA Tech is that they got  mediocre Development Tools. they are now trying to change that around with:

• Alchemy, that lets programs written in the C or C++ languages, run within Flash Player.

• "Gumbo," a new version of Adobe Flex Builder, that is designed to make programming easier for those familiar with scripting languages such as PHP.

• "Thermo," formally called Adobe Flash Catalyst, is designed to let people quickly create an application’s interface in another application–by Adobe Illustrator CS4 for example–then add the interactive instructions to the interface elements.

These are obvious responses to Microsoft Silverlight. the only real competitor to Adobe RIA tech.

Alchemy is the response to Silverlight 2.0 CLR

Gumbo is the other part of Responding to Silverlight 2.0 easy use and integration of .NET Tech.

Catalyst Responds to Microsoft Expression Studio “Devigner” Mantra.

I see that there is still nothing really good for AIR development as the rumored AIRbase. that was supposed to be a AIR app development software a la iphone xcode sdk. it may not exist and it is a shame because it sounded like a great concept.

Adobe new development Tools  and Development Paths sound like a great progress but this is a area where they are nowhere near the sophistication and maturity of Microsoft offerings with Expression Studio that actually lets designer use assets from Adobe own designing software programs too just like thermo and much less the unbeatable and untouchable status Visual Studio got against Anything Adobe can come up with.

Then. there is the Development Paths where it is also very doubtful Alchemy and Gumbo can top Silverlight .Net Tech Integrations and CLR

Many still claim that Adobe real war is with Google. but they are wrong. Google is late on RIA initiatives because they have not pronounced themselves toward anything yet and are still betting everything on Google Ajax and Google JS so cannot be considered to be in the RIA web fight up to now.

But seeing Adobe moves assure one thing. Competition in RIA`s  will be fierce and it will be something nice to watch as it unfolds.

The good thing is that whatever Adobe does. means better things to come in terms of Widgets as they are the most basic beneficiaries as everything is getting Widgetized.

Adobe

 

MSN Silverlight Toolbar

November 24th, 2008

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The  New MSN Toolbar Powered by Silverlight 2 should be seen as a good example in UX Widgetization and RIA Web Widgets. because it takes Web Clip Widgets beyond what you can see with IE8 Web Slices and shows how RIA Web Tech can be used to get more engaging user experiences.

This is of course relative. but there is no doubt that this Toolbar is different than any other thanks to how it is made and how it behaves when used.

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A Toolbar Like this could represent a glimpse on how Widgets can get more integrated to the browser without feeling them disjointed like with Opera Widgets or limited like with the Google Toolbar Gadgets.

The MSN Toolbar should be offering its flashiness to more people soon as it is now going to be distributed by Sun Java Installs instead of the Google Toolbar. a really cool “Two Birds With One Stone” strategy since it will bring Enhanced MSN Search but also will spread Silverlight 2 around more.

MSN Toolbar (IE Only)

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