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Flash and Zoomify – Perfect Companions to Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image

I was taking a look at the full resolution 110 megabyte TIFF file that was made available yesterday of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image (HUDF) [1] and all the various press images and slide shows floating around the web on all the news sites. To me, none of them seemed to be able to present the images in a really compelling fashion that conveyed the scope of the image or allowed inspection of the detail to any great extent other than downloading the full resolution image and popping it into some image editor. So, since Zoomify [2] was nice enough to send me and the rest of the members of the Philadelphia Flash MMUG [3] a free copy of Zoomifyer for Flash 3.0 [2] back during the Holidays of 2003, I decided to give it a whirl with the Hubble HUDF image.

This is the first time I really had a good project for the application rather than just fiddling around with it, and let me say, that its really easy to use, and very deep in its built in controls. The components that it ships with make it very easy to quickly put something together without ever leaving Flash thanks to its tight integration into the Flash IDE. So, here are the results [4] of about 15 minutes of my time. It took longer to download the original high resolution image from the Hubble site, than it did to put this together [4]. I am now thinking about other ways I could use Zoomify in some of my projects. It’s a perfect companion to Flash for this type of work. Sweet!