Scott, why should I use Deep Zoom?

I’ve been asked this a thousand times and i often give a thousand different answers, as typically each time you ask me, I think of something new to do with it and respond.

Deep Zoom is one of this fascinating differentiators we put into Silverlight that can be used and abused in a multitude of ways, often the only limitation imposed with it’s usage is imagination.

My personal favorite usage of Silverlight DeepZoom was actually watching a member of my team, Arturo, give a presentation on Expression with it. Arturo being the creative soul he is, decided to tell a story in a non-PowerPoint way (hey he’s a Microsoftee, so extra bonus points for this). This to me was exciting and fresh, as the medium went beyond the browser in so many ways, it now become an outlet to convey a message or story.

Tonight, I saw the same concept by Scott McLoud on Scott gives a brilliant lecture on the Understand Comics and he focus the attention on combining the old with the new, specifically how do you take a comic strip found on paper today and introduce a new approach to the medium of telling the story.

Watch this lecture on Ted.Com, and now to answer your question about what should you use Deep Zoom for?


Answer is simple, you tell me. Arturo has already.

Comments (2)

  1. Bob Thomson says:

    We’ve recently launched a Silverlight 2 RIA for real-time collaborative review over wide range of resources called colaab.

    We’re currently working on integrating DeepZoom so that users can upload large images which get DeepZoomed and thus allow quick and detailed access for anyone else accessing them.

    We see this as being a key differentiator in areas like advertising (think huge billboards), construction (building plans) and medical (x-rays).



    Bob Thomson

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  2. Check out what we are doing with Deep Zoom at Please do let me know what you think using the contact options on the site! Thank you

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