The new Deep Zoom technology in Microsoft's Silverlight is pretty cool. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on image viewing. High resolution images need to be prepared for use with Deep Zoom to control the zooming experience.
Here is an example.
Also, here are three links worth exploring about Deep Zoom:
- This is a Deep Zoom site of Hard Rock Café Memorabilia (Hard Rock)
- This is a Barack Obama supporter site using Deep Zoom (Obama)
- And finally, here is a demo of a web site designed for Deep Zoom (Vertigo)
If you want a little more background on this, here is a post about why this technology is new and different.