Introducing Seadragon.com!

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On behalf of the entire Seadragon team here at Live Labs, I'm thrilled to introduce our latest creation: Seadragon.com.

This is a free service that lets you create, share and embed your own Seadragon images. You can read our blog post to learn more.

This is just the beginning, and we're hoping to expand it more in the coming months. Let us know what you think. Happy zooming!
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Nathanael Lawrence

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I like it! I'm happy to see the Seadragon name live on strong. I'm not much a fan of the 'Deep Zoom' rebranding. I'm sure it helps people understand what it does quickly but Seadragon just sounds right to me.

What are the odds of us ever seeing collections supported in Seadragon Ajax? Having a quick way to create a dzi embed for use in a blog is definitely helpful, but being able to embed entire albums and providing a prefab slideshow control would be that much cooler. Even in the meantime while only one dzi is able to be browsed per embed, having a menu to generate an album with the interface that your gallery uses would be super useful and might very well push the popularity of Seadragon farther faster.

I'd definitely like to see the site offer the creation of Seadragon Silverlight embeddable controls as well. Performance on single core machines (there are plenty of them still out there, unfortunately) is a bit faster in my experience with Deep Zoom than Seadragon Ajax and there is, as discussed above, the option of entire collections, rather than a single image.

I am wondering somewhat about the wisdom of offering links to SDKs etc. right at the bottom of what looks for all the world like a site that anyone should be able to use. Additionally, when following the following link ( http://seadragon.com/ajax/0.8/doc/ ) from the Seadragon Ajax : Library page, I am now handed a 403 error as follows:

"Server Error
403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied."

The problem is that I never supplied any credentials whatsoever. I'm okay seeing this, but what will the average user think?

In any case, I like the share on twitter and facebook links, etc. and I can't wait to see what else is coming from your team.
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Looks like we need to add an "index.html" handler by default to Windows Azure. Good find Nathanael!
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Nathanael, we're all on the exact same page about collections -- both within the Seadragon Ajax library and within Seadragon.com (album gallery as you say). We're working hard on these ideas and more...

Can I ask you what you mean exactly by "Seadragon Silverlight embeddable controls"? You mean a Seadragon control you could put into your *own* Silverlight app, e.g. in your XAML?
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Sorry for the confusion. I was actually imagining that it would be nice to have the option to embed the resulting DZI as either a Seadragon Ajax embed or a Seadragon Silverlight embed. Imagine my surprise that you guys have elegantly wrapped both possibilities into the same viewer. That's really fantastic work!

I had always hoped to simply be able to simply embed a DZI in an HTML page and deliver it via Seadragon Ajax, unless my users had Silverlight already installed but the thought of having to write my own script to sniff my users and hand them the correct control had me stopped in my tracks, as simple as that may or may not be. That you guys had the same vision and unified all delivery options is truly fantastic.

Congratulations!
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Great to hear that this satisfies your wish! You can thank James Darpinian for his work in initially prototyping and driving that. =)
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Nice work! :)
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Thanks! Hope all is well. =)
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rameshvel

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Wat abt the licences for seadragon AJAX.. can i use this for commerical products... is it free??
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igilman

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Embaressingly enough, we're still working on the official license, but yes you can use it for commercial products and we don't expect to charge for it. Here's the main thread for this topic:

http://getsatisfaction.com/livelabs/t...
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Hi
Would be fine to access winows live like:
https://cid-c4b10b85b245f0a6.skydrive...

sincerely
Thorbjørn
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Unfortunately, if you click on that link, it doesn't go directly to the image file, but instead to a page that has the image. On that page, you can click on the image, which takes you directly to the image file:

https://hlfdcq.bay.livefilestore.com/...

Notice how the domain is "livefilestore.com" rather than "skydrive.live.com".

If you're asking us to "just work" with the pages also, we hear you. It's a challenge, and we're considering our options. =)
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Aseem,

Seadragon is fabulous! I did a quick experiment this evening to try out the technology. Not being technically sauvvy, I was delighted at its ease. I now need to experiment with posting larger images to my blog so I can utilize the fully range of Seadragon zooming, panning, etc.

Very happy with the results at http://rajalary.spaces.live.com