Thursday, March 13, 2008
Deep Zoom Composer
I have been experimenting a little with a new power toy called Deep Zoom Composer, released by the Microsoft Expression and Design Team. This simple but powerful tool lets you import large scale images, make compositions with them and then exported to a collection of images that you can integrate in your Silverlight 2.0 applications to implement the Deep Zoom technology, which I think is great.
The Deep Zoom Composer tool is super easy to use. It comes with a small user guide with all the information you need to get started. Basically, when you run the tool and create a new project, you have three steps to go through (with some images from the process using the Deep Zoom power toy):
1 - Import: import your images (high resolution and very large images gives you better results)
2 - Compose: make the composition with your imported images. You can make compositions of one or several images.
3 - Export: export the composition to an output directory, so you can then import it to your Silverlight 2.0 Applications. You can export the final output as either a Deep Zoom Image or Collection that can be fed into Silverlight's MutliScaleImage control, which is the one you have to use to implement the deep zoom technology into your app.
I'll make more post regarding the Silverlight 2.0 MultiScaleImage component and the use of Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend.
You can also check out the Expression Blend and Design Team Blog at: