The future of our projects

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We announced three weeks ago that Live Labs is transitioning to Bing. Today, we're excited to share a very positive update on our projects.

Seadragon technology in general has been part of Silverlight for over two years. Known as Deep Zoom, the development of this technology and feature will continue within Silverlight.

Zoom.it, thanks to the generosity of the Silverlight team, will stay up! We were so excited by this outcome that we just shipped a parting gift: a new fluid design that we think makes the viewing experience much nicer. Check it out and let us know what you think! (Update: we also shipped some new API features.)

Seadragon Ajax will also live on, thanks to the generosity of the Expression team, who volunteered to take it over! We're still in the transition process, so we'll update this post with the details when they're ready. We also left a parting gift here: a minor update with bug fixes and new features. (Update: Seadragon Ajax is now available via the Expression Gallery, and we shipped another update.)

Deep Zoom Tools will also continue to be offered, now by the Silverlight team. We're in the process of transitioning this, too, so stay tuned for the new location. Note that Deep Zoom Composer has always been offered by the Expression team. (Update: Deep Zoom Tools is now available at Silverlight.net.)

From this point onwards, all of our projects have new homes and new owners, so this forum is no longer the right place to ask questions, get support or give feedback. Instead, try the Silverlight forums or the Expression forums. While we have no plans to close this forum or delete these posts, we will no longer officially participate here.

We at Live Labs will now be heading onwards to the new adventures that await us at Bing, and we thank you again for the amazing past five years. All the best!

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Update 2/23/11: Our transition is complete, and we've updated the post above with new URLs. We also managed to ship some exciting updates to Seadragon Ajax and Zoom.it!
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Chris Arnold

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No mention of Pivot?
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Sorry Chris, Pivot has had its own (separate) Get Satisfaction community, so we kept our Pivot customers updated through there and through GetPivot.com.

In short, the news is just as positive as the rest of our projects -- PivotViewer is graduating to Silverlight! Due to this, we're retiring our experimental Pivot client app.

Hope this helps!
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It is good to get some clarity over what parts of Microsoft are going to be looking after what. Thanks.

However either I misunderstood your post or the Expression team's Forums are definitely not the place to post questions around DeepZoom and Seadragon Ajax.

I have posted 3 questions in the last week and not received a single reply.

From what I can tell the DeepZoom Composer section at social.expression.microsoft.com/forums as has only had one thread replied to since early september. Am I looking in the wrong place?

TIA

Pat Long
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Patrick, just a note: Although Aseem said that the Expression team has always been in charge of Deep Zoom Composer and had now taken on the Seadragon AJAX viewer, I believe it is actually the Silverlight team who will maintain the Deep Zoom (or Seadragon Silverlight, if you like) viewer.

That said, I took a swing by the Deep Zoom Composer forum (I'm sure that this is the right place) and saw your topic on Deep Zoom Composer, so it's entirely possible that whoever mans that section of the forum has just been busy or that they're still familiarizing themselves with all the materials. If you look back over the forum here at Get Satisfaction it was sometimes a week or more before even the most active people such as Aseem had a chance to address questions. It also says above, "We're still in the transition process, so we'll update this post with the details when they're ready.".

Bill Crow posted only 9 hours ago on Twitter about the Expression team's new page about Seadragon AJAX. I'm betting support on the forums will follow that soon.

As to documentation on the Deep Zoom Tools command line utilities, if I understand correctly, those are now in the care of the Silverlight team now, so they would seem to be the ones to ask about documentation.
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Aseem Kishore, Former Employee

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Patrick, just to add on to what Nathanael said -- the Silverlight forums are the right place to ask questions about Deep Zoom (the feature in Silverlight, AKA the <MultiScaleImage> control) and Deep Zoom Tools (the command-line utilities and .NET library). The Expression team owns Seadragon Ajax and Deep Zoom Composer. Hope that helps. =)
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Patrick

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Ironic that I post a comment saying that nobody seems to be replying to me and then i go AWOL for 6 days. Apologies.

Nathanael, thanks for the detailed explanation, much appreciated.