Introducing... Zoom.it! And a new API, too.

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We have a vision here at Live Labs: we think every image on the web should be a zoomable one. We think the resolution of those images shouldn’t matter, and we think exploring those images should be fun and easy.

We launched Seadragon.com last year as a step towards that vision; our image conversion service made it trivially easy for anyone to convert their hi-res imagery to our Deep Zoom format and to share and embed those Deep Zoom Images anywhere on the web.

Today, I’m super excited to announce on behalf of the team that we’ve taken two more great and long-wanted steps in this direction: we have an awesome new short URL, and we have an awesome new API.

The short URL, as you may have guessed by now, is Zoom.it! Your previous images at seadragon.com/view/{id} are now available at zoom.it/{id}. We think that’s pretty sweet, so to make the most of it, we’re rebranding and moving our service to this new site exclusively.

The new API provides programmatic access to the service, but more importantly, it exposes the underlying DZI for you to use in your own apps and experiences. This makes Zoom.it a powerful new conversion and storage service for Deep Zoom Images in the cloud. Learn more at http://api.zoom.it/.

So check out the new site and let us know what you think! If you're a developer, play with the API and tell us what more you want from it! We look forward to hearing what you have to say and seeing where you take us.

P.S. Did I mention we have a new bookmarklet? Use it to instantly send whatever you're looking at to Zoom.it.

P.S.S. And did I mention that you can now create and link to new images without even going to the Zoom.it site? Simply prefix your URL with http://zoom.it/?url= (like this).
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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  • very excited

Posted 10 years ago

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Nathanael Lawrence

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The API sounds like wonderful things for developers, Aseem, and the short URL and bookmarklet are great improvements.

I hope this brings you tons of new users.
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Daniel Gasienica

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I like the relaunch! I do have a (small) feature request: Would it be possible to enable converting images just by prepending http://zoom.it/ to a URL, just like digg does it, e.g.

http://digg.com/http://livelabs.com --> http://zoom.it/http://livelabs.com

Keep up the good work!

Daniel