Microsoft’s DeepZoomPix Viewer is Pretty Cool

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The slide show above is from a new photo viewer by Microsoft called DeepZoomPix. The technology feels a lot like CoolIris to me and I think that you are going to see more and more dynamic ways of viewing photos online like this in the future. The view above is pretty simplistic as an embedable slide player, but you get a far more interesting view if you actually click through to one of my albums. You can check out the more interactive version of the above slide show here.

Use your mouse or scroll pad to increase or decrease the magnification of the photos and to move around and explore a bit.

The player allows you to either upload your own photos to it or to link the player up with either your Flickrstream or your Facebook photos and import photos from there.

I found that it took me several hours to import a little over 400 slides for the slideshow above. For some reason it did not import all 2,000+ of my neon photos, but the average person probably doesn’t hae a 2000 photo high res slide show to put together either.

I think that this player will make for an interesting way to share sets of images from events, vacations, parties, really anywhere where you’d like to put together a relatively quick and easy slideshow.

The service has a fairly strict Code of Conduct which prohibits your using it to display any “nudity of any sort including full or partial human nudity or nudity in non-human forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga.pornography, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity, hatred, bigotry, racism, or gratuitous violence.”

The offering also is only available through the end of 2009. I’m not sure what happens to your slide shows after that but I suspect that if Microsoft chooses to discontinue the service that the shows could be deleted. Microsoft makes a point of noting that you should not consider this site as a primary place to host your photos and that there are no privacy controls, so anything you publish here will be viewable to the entire world.

According to Microsoft, the primary purpose of this technology is three-fold:

1. Provide an end-user friendly demo around a scenario that everyone can understand.
2. Show designers the capabilities of Silverlight for creating rich user experiences (UX).
3. Show developers how they can use various Microsoft client and platform technologies to easily create compelling and scalable systems.

You can learn more about this new viewer at the FAQ for it here.

Thanks for the heads up Steve!

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5 comments on “Microsoft’s DeepZoomPix Viewer is Pretty Cool
  1. Bernard says:

    Doesn’t seem to work in Chrome. Had to go into FF for it to work.

  2. Bernard says:

    And of course once I posted that, it starts working. :p

  3. David Cooper says:

    Thanks for sharing I will have to try this out. Learn something new everyday.

  4. Pretty cool application. Kind of wish it had the grabbing hand to move the photo instead of just an arrow. It doesn’t change the functionality, but it feels nicer. It’d be really interesting to see a video version of this that would like you freeze HD coverage and look through the crowd and what not.

  5. DaveZatz says:

    I wish there were more of these things I could *host myself* – I worry about some of these cool, new services shutting down or being shuttered. If Yahoo can kill Yahoo Photos, any of these services are vulnerable. :/