A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about level of detail in photos and how to best present it on the web.
In an interesting temporal coincidence, I ran across this post on Jay Kinghorn’s blog today, where he talks about Seadragon , which is Microsoft’s tool for creating deep-zoom images on-line. This looks like it would be one way to present high res images that you can zoom into and experience the sensation I described. Another link in his article leads to the Zoomify website .
Since I don’t think I can do everything I need to with Seadragon on my Mac, I took a look at Zoomify.
Zoomify Express seems to offer the capability I think we need to show photographic level of detail. It is a free zoom and pan authoring, publishing and viewing application and has downloads for both Mac and Windows available. It also makes it difficult to download the high res version of the photo. I didn’t have time tonight to figure out how to embed the Zoomify window directly into my posts, but that is something I want to do.
Here’s the result (sorry – no longer available), using the same photograph of a gator that I posted before.
What do you think?