Archive for February, 2009


Deep Zoom Composer February 2009 Preview

February 19, 2009

The Deep Zoom Composer Team has just released a new version with an improved DeepZoomTools.dll. They’ve also posted a call for suggestions for future versions of Deep Zoom Composer.


Seadragon and GigaPan

February 18, 2009

GigaPanIf you’re not already familiar with GigaPan, I highly recommend checking it out; they’ve got a great community of super high-res image enthusiasts.

Lately folks have been doing some interesting things with combining Seadragon with GigaPan. Jason of Odyssey Expeditions has created this Seadragon Ajax viewer for GigaPan images. It’s not perfect yet, but it shows promise.

Daniel Gasienica has prototyped a pipeline for loading GigaPan images into Seadragon Mobile: enter as an RSS feed in the Seadragon Mobile app. He’s only got two images so far, but one of them is the Obama inauguration panorama, which is lots of fun to explore.

UPDATE (from Daniel, in the comments): Now you can view all 11′000+ GigaPan panoramas through GigaPan Mobile. Build your own RSS feed just like or simply add your favorite GigaPan directly to Seadragon Mobile with the following URL{ID}.dzi where {ID} is the ID number of your favorite gigapan.


Deep Zoom Collection creation with Python

February 17, 2009

Daniel Gasienica has added collection support to Kapil Thangavelu’s Python script and posted it here.

By the way, I’m trying to keep track of Seadragon tools on the zooming group wiki; if you know of others, please add them or let me know.


Algorithm Ink

February 16, 2009

So this isn’t exactly about zooming (though it is about fractals, which is close), but it’s still cool. For one thing, it’s built with JavaScript using the HTML5 canvas, which is an interest of mine.

Anyway, Aza Raskin has created a lovely little web app, Algorithm Ink (works best in Firefox), that allows you to write fractals using his JavaScript port of Context Free. Check out the video for more info:

I love how interactive it is; you can browse through the fractals, futz with the code, save a copy, etc. in one smooth flow. This is the feeling I was trying to create with Infinite Canvas, which in turn was surely inspired by AppJet. I hope to see more such web apps where viewing, creating and remixing all flow together so smoothly.


Leo Burnett

February 5, 2009

This one’s been around for several years, but it’s still a delightful example of playful zooming design: the portfolio site for Leo Burnett.

Leo Burnett

I love the way the pencil just draws all over everything, and the swooping trails it makes as you zoom in and out.