Microsoft Deep Zoom Composer is a tool to allow the preparation of images for use with the Deep Zoom feature currently being previewed in Silverlight 2 Beta 2. The new Deep Zoom technology in Silverlight allows users to see images on the Web like they never have before. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on what image viewing should be. High resolution images need to be prepared for use with Deep Zoom and this tool allows the user to create Deep Zoom composition files that control the zooming experience and then export all the necessary files for deployment with Silverlight 2.
Reviewing 1.0.000.0 (Jul 29, 2009)
Silverlight actually is very cool. As another reviewer said of 3.0 - it's what .NET should've been. As far as "Flash" it's a travesty that so many .avi's and .mpg's have been "repackaged" completely uneccessarily into flash containers. Flash on the web are just exploits waiting to happen, far worse than activeX ever was.
As far as Deep Zoom Composer goes, meh microsoft should just support SVG like everyone else, instead of repackaging the idea into a proprietary format. If I could give it 2.5 I would, so I'll round up.
Reviewing 0.9.000.8 (Jun 27, 2009)
Microsoft should realize that flash is the standard and they are not!
Microsoft is out of touch and have their heads in the clouds
Reviewing 0.9.000.8 (Jun 27, 2009)
I agree with previous review.
Microsoft is not the end all of everything nor is nor should it be allowed to be.
I limit all MS junk on all my systems and and stand by the fact I support 2nd & 3rd party developers.
MS you will loose this game or throw it in the trash bin like all other good applications you have acquired and destroyed over the years.
When "you" seek public input as per Win7 or been held up against the wall like Win XP users you again do well.
Your force feeding of new applications and learning curves is not at all wanted especially in a down turn economy.
I would rather support what I know and trust in Flash and Java than play your Master of the Universe Game.
Reviewing 0.9.000.6 (Dec 9, 2008)
Forgive me rating this without trying it ... just wanted to TROLL on here that I'm noticing that Microsoft is making a pretty good attempt to create tons of applications for developing Silverlight content in a way that Adobe never has for flash ... Adobe's flash platform relies on many well known applications (JW Media Player, SlideshowPro, multiple panorama viewers, and in this case .. whatever the name of the deep zoom like component that ships with Photoshop is that a 3rd party made).
I'm interested to see where this all goes. I'm still to this very day completely unwilling to use and incorporate Silverlight as flash is already ubiquitous and I cannot see anything that it cannot do that Silverlight is toting.
Silverlight might be the best idea that Microsoft has had in years that for many reasons, no one should really care about. Microsoft might have wanted to one-up Adobe by developing their own flash generation kit (like SWiSH) and taking that across the board for things like PowerPoint (generating your presentations as flash for web publishing) ...
But Microsoft seems to want to do things the hard way that alienates a potential userbase and overly complicates the ideas until they are superceded by another ill-fated project.
Microsoft develops some beautifully slick productivity applications. Office is the best and most relevant because Microsoft has actually established themselves as the standard in the field of desktop productivity.
Can't someone clever at Microsoft realize that beating other companies at their own game is better than trying to reinvent the game during the last inning?
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