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Seadragon.com Goes Live

Huge images on the web just haven't been fun in the past. Between the downloading, the snapping from scaled to full-size, and navigating around, it's just not the experience that high def images should have. Well that's about to change. Using Seadragon, you can now point the web service to your massive image (hosted on your site or any number of services) and it will be create a Deep Zoom image that you can then share through email, Twitter, Facebook, or embed on a site. Seadragon.com runs on the CTP version of Windows Azure that's available to all of you today.

Keep in mind you can use the Deep Zoom Composer to make your own Deep Zoom images locally if that's how you roll. Or you can use DeepZoomPix.com (until December 31st 2009) if you want a place to host your Deep Zoom images. You can also upload your big pictures to PhotoSynth, which will turn them into Deep Zoom images (and try to connect them, so not the preferred way to manage disparate images). But for large images that are already online, Seadragon.com is the perfect tool for creating a window to the larger image.

Here's where to see the Seadragon in the screenshot. http://www.seadragon.com/view/6x

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