I've been meaning to have some fun with Deep Zoom for a while. I was reading Mary Jo Foley's blog posting on the new Microsoft Research project called Seadragon Ajax a little earlier but didn't make much headway. Then I realized I had already downloaded Deep Zoom Composer... what was I waiting for?!!
It will prompt you to create a free PhotoZoom account, which is basically an online photo album. You can then open you high resolution image in Composer and it will allow you to export it to your new PhotoZoom album, where it creates an embeddable link for you to use in your blog or website.
Amazing definition for a 2.5 megapixel camera. I really must try it with 10 megapixels or better. You should keep a close eye on the research website if you want to play with all the new toys for free. It's almost Christmas, right? :-O
Here's another new toy I stumbled upon - the new AutoCollage tool from Microsoft Research. This is a very easy-to-use image processing program which will automatically create a polished collage from a folder of your favorite pics.
This is a really handy way to create personalized Christmas cards on the fly and avoid the shopping lines at the mall! All you have to do is pick a folder and click a button. Download the one month trial here.
Here's a short video presentation of AutoCollage in action :-)
Check out the latest version of Pro Photo Tools from Microsoft. It's free to download and play with. It's a set of pretty basic but useful tools enabling you to geotag and geocode your pictures in a very cool way: just drag in your image to the map and the GPS coordinates will be calculated automatically for you. Add a whole slew of other data to your image before saving it back to your folder. The product can also interoperate with Photoshop and has support for 64-bit Windows.
You can use Expression Media 2 to leverage even finer details such as three-dimensional maps to accompany your images. This gives you an amazing range of possibilities when it comes to torturing friends and family with the inevitable annual vacation shots... and don't forget the laser pointer ;-)
This version of Photo Tools still has all the original features (from the official site):
* Determine location name automatically
* Determine GPS coordinates from location name
* Identify location on a map
* View images on Windows Live Maps
* Use Microsoft Virtual Earth for a 3D view of the image location.
* Edit image metadata
* RAW support