Archive for November, 2009


Play Games With Photosynth

November 30, 2009

I really like Sherlock Holmes.  A lot.  A lot a lot.  In fact, if there was anything I am more excited about than cool zooming technology and art pieces, it would be the new Sherlock Holmes movie.

Imagine my surprise that those two worlds could possibly collide, the ejecta of which would form a collaborative game where you and a Facebook pal investigate crimes surrounding the events leading up to the the movie.

Played entirely through your browser, you’ll sift through clues and evidence to get to the bottom of mysteries as you play detective.  Part of that experience will center around the following synth:

So if that sounds like your particular cup of tea, head on over to  You’ve got until the movie releases in theaters on December 25th.

Kevin Hanes


Developers Developers Developers (and some other stuff too)

November 18, 2009

It’s PDC this week, so we thought we’d take the time and update our website.  If you’re interested in using Seadragon technology, we’ve added a developer section to get you up to speed on things like Silverlight Deep Zoom, Seadragon Ajax and various ways to convert your images to our format.

If that sounds like your sort of thing, take a look.  If you have questions, comments, gripes, complaints, or needs for clarification, let us know, we’d love to hear from you about those or anything else on your mind.

Another addition of note is that we’ve finally gotten around to creating a showcase page of cool things built on top of our stuff.  We’ve got oldies-but-goldies like Photosynth as well as some new offerings, such as a new Chris Jordan gallery.  Take it for a spin:

Kevin Hanes


Another Funky Side Project

November 10, 2009

Here at Seadragon we are all about pimping cool zooming technology and developments.  From time to time however, we like to release fun little one-offs into the wild and see what response we get.  In the same spirit as our first “Funky Side Project”, Infinite Canvas, I submit for your consideration Snapdragon.


Initially showing a handful of the most recent, popular Flickr tags, we take the opportunity to pull random words from for you to explore as well.  Click on words to see photos tagged as such and click on photos to see their tags.  You can also hit the auto play button and let serendipity take you where it may.

Snapdragon is written entirely in JavaScript (similar to Infinite Canvas and Seadragon Ajax), moving and resizing HTML images and text to give the impression of zooming.

UPDATE: has merged with, so we’re now using Wordnik in Snapdragon.

Kevin Hanes