I wonder if someone has already thought about combining this with
Microsoft Max. That would be an interesting new twist on the whole 3D presentation stuff. Though the problem with Max currently is that there haven't been new versions for a very long time. It once started as a showcase application for WPF, but according to the Max forum people are very upset that the last supported WinFX CTP is the January(!) CTP.
I am still wondering how exactly it shows "versions?" of the images as you zoom in and out, if it's drawing from a single image...does it only display a portion of the image's binary?
I can only guess, but I think that's exactly what's happening. When zoomed out, you only need to load e.g. every 10th pixel of the image. If you zoom in a little you have to add e.g. every 5th pixel and so on, until you are on zoom level 1:1 which displays
all pixels. At the same time the portion of the image in view gets smaller and smaller, so the overall amount of data that has to be in memory basically stays the same. So you either see all of the image in low resolution or a small portion of the image in high resolution. The tricky parts of course are to decide when to load what and how to do it quickly.
XBAP and Flash (especially with the new Adobe Flex 2) seem to be competing technologies in a lot of ways. Can anyone familiar with both technologies point out the differences, dis-/advantages of the two (aside from the obvious ones like lack of platform
independence of WPF - at least now - and lack of 3D capabilities of Flash).
I think it's right for Bill to put more energy into his foundation. He's a good guy, very intelligent and willing to make a change using his wealth. What better could happen to the world (especially those parts of it that are desparately in need of some
I'm not yet sure if I would spend additional money on a Sideshow enabled Laptop. It seems that most of the functionality is also available on a Smartphone, so the advantage of not having to boot up the laptop is not so compelling anymore.
Is that a picture of "Napoleon's March" from one of Edward Tufte's books on the wall behind Manuel? If so, I think you've selected a great source for determining the best way to "Envision Information".