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  From the May 2008 Issue of Prestwood eMag
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Silverlight's new Deep Zoom - amazing effects
Posted 10 years ago on 3/12/2008 and updated 6/22/2008
Take Away: Imagine for a moment a web page that displays a group of thumbnail images, and, instead of the usual business of clicking a thumbnail to see a larger version, you simply use your mouse's scroll wheel to zoom in and out, pan about the image; and see incredible detail up to quite large zoomed views. Imagination is now reality.


Deep Zoom is a new feature in Microsoft's Silverlight technology. It's power is easier to see than it is to to describe, so here's a link where you can watch it in action:

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If you have not yet installed Silverlight 2.0, the above page will give you a link to do so. Once you're installed SilverLight 2.0...

There is a menu of selected artists along the left edge of the page. Click one to see what appears to be a mere collage of small images. When you click in one of the images, it will center and zoom a little. Now try the scroll wheel on your mouse.

Note: After zooming, it takes a moment for the image to "clean up" and appear fully sharp.

Deep Zoom is attained via Deep Zoom Composer, a new feature for Microsoft's Expression Blend. You can get the user guide here:

More details about Deep Zoom Composer are here:


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Wes Peterson is a Senior Programmer Analyst with Prestwood IT Solutions where he develops custom Windows software and custom websites using .Net and Delphi. When Wes is not coding for clients, he participates in this online community. Prior to his 10-year love-affair with Delphi, he worked with several other tools and databases. Currently he specializes in VS.Net using C# and VB.Net. To Wes, the .NET revolution is as exciting as the birth of Delphi.

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