PhotoZoom Becomes DeepZoomPix

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Remember PhotoZoom? The online application that made your everyday photos into deep zoomable pics? Well, it’s now called, perhaps more descriptively: “DeepZoomPix.” This new technology uses Silverlight to display the images while the site itself runs on the Windows Azure Services Platform.

If you’ve been using PhotoZoom in the past, don’t worry – your online photos albums are still available from the new site, but you might need to update your embed code and album URL wherever you had used it or linked to it.

The new DeepZoomPix lets you do more with your photos than PhotoZoom ever did. Specifically, it offers features like:

  • Seamless navigation: DZP enables the seamless exploration of albums of photographs. Users can navigate the photographs using mouse or keyboard and zoom into them to see them at their highest resolution. Users never wait to reload a page – the entire experience is fluid.
  • Layout options: Arrange images in different ways including by in a calendar style view by date.
  • Dynamic filtering: Tagged images can be filtered interactively with live updates to the displayed set of images and you can add your own tags to images.
  • Interactive slideshow: Users can zoom into and pan around images while they are playing a slideshow. Slide timings are customizable and navigation can be controlled using the keyboard.
  • Import photos from the web: DZP can access images stored in other services on the web. If you are a Facebook user, the DeepZoomPix Facebook application enables you import your public Facebook galleries into DZP. If you are a Flickr user, DZP can use the Flickr API to import your Flickr photos. Finally, if your photo service provides RSS feeds containing JPEGs, DZP can use those too.
  • Shareable mini-viewer: Embed your slideshow in your blog or website, or send to a friend using the DZP mini-viewer.

Also of note, the Expression Blend and Design Team announced that the Deep Zoom Composer has now been updated to work with the DeepZoomPix web site. You can download it from here.

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