Deep Zoom Composer Preview Release for Silverlight 3.0 RTW
Article by George Norman
On 13 Jul 2009
A final version of Silverlight 3.0, the would-be Flash killer developed by software giant Microsoft, has been released onto the web last week, bringing with it an impressive list of new features. Following in the footsteps of Silverlight 3.0 RTW (release to web) and in the footsteps of the June 2009 Preview Release, comes a Silverlight 3.0 preview release of Deep Zoom Composer, the software tool that you can use to set up content that will be used with the Deep Zoom Feature in Silverlight.

“We are pleased to present a technology preview of Deep Zoom Composer, a tool to allow the preparation of images for use with the Deep Zoom feature currently being previewed in Silverlight 3. The new Deep Zoom technology in Silverlight allows users to see images on the Web like they never have before. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on what image viewing should be. High resolution images need to be prepared for use with Deep Zoom and this tool allows the user to create Deep Zoom composition files that control the zooming experience and then export all the necessary files for deployment with Silverlight 3,” explained Microsoft.

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Deep Zoom Composer for Silverlight 3.0 highlights:
Better memory usage, meaning that it uses significantly less memory than it used to
Navigation support, meaning that you can navigate between images and areas of images in a web-like or hyperlink-like manner. It also means that you can link images to external URLS.
First draft of updated collection exporting, allowing you to import images, tag them from the image list in the Compose view, select a pre-defined template and then export. You can do all this with no need to place the image on the design interface first
Slideshow support

Recommended system requirements for running Deep Zoom Composer
Operating System: XP SP2, Windows Vista, Windows 7.
Processor: 2GHz Intel Pentium or AMD.
RAM: 1GB
Graphics: Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0–capable video card with 256 MB or more of memory.

About Deep Zoom Composer
Since Silverlight 2.0 was launched, Microsoft added a new feature to Silverlight 2.0 called Deep Zoom. This Seadragon implementation is used to seamlessly browse through large image collections and zoom in/out high resolution images in a speedy and uninterrupted manner. Deep Zoom Composer is nothing more than a tool one can use to prepare content that will be used with the Deep Zoom Feature in Silverlight.

If you would like to get Deep Zoom Composer, a download location is available here.



Tags: Microsoft, Silverlight 3, Deep Zoom Composer
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