NEC BIGLOBE has a new photo album viewer that uses Deep Zoom, but adds a hyperbolic interface. A bit disconcerting at first, but more fun than your typical album view. Feels like some sort of deep sea creature made out of photos.
While moving text has been around for a while, it seems to have really exploded in recent years. Here’s a nice short one:
…and this one’s a bit more involved.
All the zooming and panning, along with the interesting context shifts, seems right up Seadragon’s alley. I’d love to see us exploring how to enable this kind of storytelling in an interactive fashion (rather than the canned experience a video is).
Some folks have put together a Deep Zoom map control for use in Silverlight projects and open-sourced it on Codeplex. It’s called Deep Earth, and it’s just had its 1.0 release. Looks like the way to go if you need maps in your Silverlight project.
Ben Voos has created a fantastic demo of the possibilities of zooming UI at Zoomism.com (though unfortunately it doesn’t support the scroll wheel on the Mac). If you’re trying to show someone what zooming content is all about, send them there.
Vertigo, the folks who created the Silverlight Deep Zoom Hard Rock demo, have published a feed to get that same content in Seadragon Mobile.
Steps to rock your iPhone:
1. Install Seadragon Mobile from the iPhone App Store.
2. Launch the Seadragon application on your iPhone.
3. Click the “+” button to add content to the Seadragon app.
4. Click “RSS Feed”.
5. Type in this URL http://memorabilia.hardrock.com/seadragon.xml .
6. Click “Done” .
7. Click “All Memorabilia”.
Click the image to check it out (don’t forget to zoom out):
Nice use of a DZI sparse image.
Some folks in Korea have put together DocZoom, a Silverlight Deep Zoom based electronic document reader. Click the image for an example of it in action:
Some interesting UI details (not to mention some major Apple homages), especially how they deal with links and videos embedded in the content.
For more information, check out this blog post.
Time’s latest issue looks like it’s designed to be zoomed on:
The whole “lists” section of the print version is laid out like the cover, with some of the text huge and some of it so small you have to squint to read it. Interestingly their online version of that same content eschews that design entirely; evidently they didn’t realize they could have used Deep Zoom. Would be an interesting demo, though; not only could you zoom in on the existing print design, but you could have even more information on all the news stories, buried in tiny print near each item. Either way, it’s fun to see this aesthetic going mainstream.
The Photosynth team has created an experimental Photosynth viewer with Silverlight, which uses Deep Zoom. This means Mac users (at least those with Intel Macs) can now view synths. It’s not integrated with the rest of the site yet (though you can copy and paste the URL for any synth to view it), and it doesn’t yet support point clouds, but it certainly shows great promise.