Deepzoom, multiscale image, interfacingHi guys!
For several weeks i've been working on interesting feature/technology which you can use along with tourweaver, called DeepZoom. It might be interessting for you if you want to introduce something cool and new to your tours, also if you want to present lots of information into a limited size tourweaver window.
The essence of deepzoom (openZoom and other xxxZoom) technology is that you can provide a large picture (say, 10000x10000, or even greater) and that picture will be splitted into hundreds of smaller pictures dedicated for different zoom levels. Therefore the term which is comming along with deepzoom - a multiscale image. The main advantage of multiscale image is that you load only the subimages which are within viewing area and you don't need to wait for the whole file (for example as large as 50MB) to load. It works similar as google maps.
See the examples i've made here: http://www.virtualivizija.lt/demo/dzoom/ Also, you may look in internet for deepzoom examples which made other people to see what can be done. If you like it, then you are welcome to use it in your own tours :)
I've made the component which utilizes openzoom library in order to view multiscale images created by free Microsoft Deep Zoom Composer software which you can freely download from internet. It is very easy to use the component. I've prepared a 6min. video which shows how to create a multiscale image and add it to virtual tour. See it here: http://www.virtualivizija.lt/demo/dzoom/video/
The hardest part was to organize interfacing with Tourweaver so that you can control multiscale images from the TW itself. The idea is that you have only one instance of multiscale image component and when you need to open other image - a script (Action tab) is used to provide new image path. So, the only code you need to write (in the "Execute script" action) is:
We provide this component as 25$ one month support subscription (unlimited use, but during this period we will provide a support). You may buy the subscription here: http://www.optitecha.lt/subscriptions The trial version will be provided also, within a couple of days.
Any thoughts, ideas, maybe bugs found are welcome :)
My Tourweaver components: http://www.optitecha.lt/categories/3