Update: Changes in the Microsoft services have hbroken Photozoom and Seadragon working together. The map, however, is still available at DeepZoomPix (Photozoom's new name and site). Microsoft's Silverlight is needed.
Today I wanted to take the USGS 7.5 Minute Series map of the Kingston, RI quadrangle images and allow the user to pan and zoom on the web. Within a few minutes I discovered Microsoft's Image Composite Editor, Photozoom, and Seadragon. These tools worked quickly, without error, and at almost no effort on my part. I am very impressed. I am also humbled. My industry is full of REALLY smart people.
"In essence to secure the advertising for the print edition, they have in the past completely undermined the business they need to survive in the future. They have told every one of their advertisers that online adverts are not worth paying for."
Not new news but a good recap.
Rant sparked by Wired's article Power to the People: 7 Ways to Fix the Grid, Now.
One of the problems with Blogger is that its potential to build sophisticated web sites is lost by the horrible documentation and its organization. This situatiuon is further compounded by Blogger having a long internet history and so online searches for help return outdated and/or misdirecting information. (It is amazing how much information on the web has no date or other version related data associated with it!)
The layout used in the picture uses this HTML coding.
Does anyone know if the visualization was done at TeleGeography or somewhere else?
- terminal clients where the computation is remote and user experience is feeble, to
- desktop clients where the computation is local and user experience is vivid and powerful, and now to
- brower clients where the computation is remote and the user experience is in equal parts feeble, vivid, and underpowered.
Why have we ignored so much of the 30 years of user experience advancement? What has happened to the once common best-practices such as:
- Building on a small set of data visualization components.
- Building on a small set of interaction behaviors.
- Modeless interaction.
- Direct interaction
- Context and task-based help.
- Focus on the data and not the application.
- Ready transfer of skills and experience.
We have wasted 10 years of tool progress to the stupid wars between browser vendors (which continues today with Chrome, Safari, etc) and the wholecloth reinvention of user experience by a largely unhistorical crowd of web application practictioners.
In the early days of the internet, well before Web 1.0 (yes, ONE POINT ZERO) was even articulated, there was discussion of the "X Internet" or the "executable-internet". The expectation was that desktop clients would merge with the browser to create data-rich and community-aware tools built on the desktop platform with both local and remote data. We see some of this today in tools like Quicken, Google Earth, and many iPhone applications. What is disheartening is that the executable-internet was discussed over 10 years ago.
Mozilla was right with XUL. And Microsoft was right with COM (and its kin). And Sun was right with Java. I wish practictioners spent more time assembling powerful tools and spent less time reinventing feeble ones. The broad availability of web-services (RESTful or otherwise) and the rise of mobile platforms as the dominant platform are encouraging.
Reject your vendors next feeble browser only tool and say where is my x-internet tool!?
Why don't minivans have plows? A minivan has the weight, power, and truck-platform to handle this task. It would be a great savings for home owners that have long-ish driveways and need to pay several hundred dollars per winter to have the driveway plowed. Beat armaments into minivan plows!
Scan4home.com make it nearly impossible to escape the web browser. The only way I know how to do it is to end the web browsing process. Ie, kill it. To do this you need to use the "Task Manager" tool that comes up with pressing Ctr-Alt-Del. In the list of processes presented find all Internet Explorer, Firefox, and/or Safari processes and end them. If you are unsure how to do this just restart your machine and stretch out while the machine is restarting.
1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
3. There is no editing stage.
4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
11. Destruction is a variant of done.
12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
13. Done is the engine of more.
- take a photograph,
- take several photographs within a short time span (think flip-book),
- rotate image,
- crop image,
- adjust image's light levels, and
- email more than one image at a time.