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March 08, 2009


Guy Shearer

I'm impressed with the technology - heeps of wow and a lovely lesson opener (I've used Google Earth for similar things - also canned flythroughs in Google Earth with Panormio letting some images be fixed to placed we visit) - but the example of the Hard Rock cafe surely all it adds over say a sequence made in Photostory is the ooooo factor of the transitions.

The idea that you can move in theory anywhere within this landscape and zoom in forever is really exciting until you think 'yeah but actually why would I want to do that' - that isn't though to take away from a technical tour de force.

Photosynth I think it much much cleverer and more useful because it seems to be setting up the idea of a network of people collaborating to make a virtual space - am dying to try that out and have a project in mind....


I quite agree with you here Guy - I still need to get my head around what Deep Zoom really adds. I have an idea to use it with a class to develop digital storytelling but as you say we already do similar things with Google Earth and Photostory.

Photosynth is really exciting - he have started to take pictures of our CDT department and when we have about 100 I'm going to put them into photosynth and see if we can create a virtual department.


You can spot the links to creative story telling here. The frames would help structure the story, and in a way you'd quite like to then operate the sequence in reverse, trying to get into more detail... very interesting, but as mentioned you could do a series of linked photos, but then obviously the order is rigid...

Terry Freedman

Thanks, for posting this, Ollie. I was describing it to my wife, so it's nice to be able to actually show it to her too.

I think there is a wider educational usefulness of the deep zoom which has nothing to do with the technology, but which the technology facilitates, and that is an appreciation of context. I'll develop this idea in an article rather than use tons of space here.


@rich I agree Rich - still lots of un-tapped potential with this resource through.

@terry Again, I agree. Much of this un-tapped potential will be in the building tool that I haven't really experimented with yet.


Reminds me of childrens books by Istvan Banyai.



I can use it for zooming out from a bridge or product to teach 'design in context'.

Geography would be my use for it but I will try to use it for design teaching.

ugg classic short

That’s a cool project. You have inspired me to adapt this project for my high school level design class.

George Birbilis

Regarding use of DeepZoom in education, checkout ClipFlair Studio at http://studio.clipflair.net (source code: http://ClipFlair.codeplex.com, community: http://social.clipflair.net)

Its Gallery component uses PivotViewer with DeepZoom and its Image component supports zooming of both normal images and DeepZoom images.


(at ?gallery=... you can give any URL to a .cxml PivotViewer with DeepZoom tiles collection, like ?gallery=http://gallery.clipflair.net/collection/video.cxml [writing just ?gallery=video is a shortcut to this])


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