Graphic.ly comic book reader for Windows Phone 7 shown on video

Graphic.ly’s comic book reader was the first third-party application demonstrated on the platform back in March during MIX10.Since then, we only saw a silverlight version of the app in July (no longer available) but no news on the on-going development. A video showing the application running on a Samsung Taylor handset was recently posted on YouTube and give us a quick too of it. Video after the break:

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Watch the Graphic.ly Windows Phone 7 comic book reader in action

The Graphic.ly was one of the first third-party Windows Phone 7 application announced an demoed back in the March during the MIX10 conference in Las Vegas. We haven’t heard much about it since since then so it’s nice to see that things are still underway thanks to a 3 minutes long demo that was posted today. You can check it out at the following address here but make sure that you have Silverlight install before.

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Browse all the MIX 2010 presentations with Deepzoom on Windows Phone 7

Don’t feel like downloading all the PPT presentations from last March’s MIX 2010 event? Just head over to mix.zoomery.com and browse every single one of them directly in your browser thanks to Silverlight and the Deepzoom control. But the best part of this is that it is now “available” on Windows Phone 7 after a 2 days long port (which re-uses 90% of the code). Check out the video overview after the break:

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BART Train system Windows Phone 7 application


One more Windows Phone 7 prototype application has been unveiled today. This time it’s a BART train system application build in parts with Expression Blend 4 and that uses the DeepZoom Silverlight control for the map.

I started with a basic xml data feed displayed in a ListBox and then styled it up using Microsoft Expression Blend. The demo itself is not fully functioning but thanks to the easy-to-use development tools, I was able to complete the current demo in less than a day. In the future I will link BART stations to their corresponding schedules, so that you can check the times for any station.

Video after the break:

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Another Comics Reader Application for Windows Phone 7: Ave Comics


Microsoft’s DeepZoom control in Windows Phone 7seems to be a hit with developers, especially for building comic book readers. After Graphic.ly and Clarity Consulting here comes a French comics reader called Ave Comics powered by Aquafadas. The library seems to be filled with French English and Thaî comics as you can see in the video below:

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Monet, Van Gogh & Cézanne gallery ported to Windows Phone 7 in less than 2 hours!

I posted about neat looking gallery using the Metro UI and developed in Silverlight by Microsoft nearly 2 weeks ago and wondered how long it would take to port it to Windows Phone 7 now that the mobile OS fully supports SL and DeepZoom. Well, Ronnie Saurenmann, from Microsoft Switzerland, was kind enough to mail me out of the blue today and tell me that he successfully ported his gallery to Windows Phone 7 in 1 hour and a half! According to him the port actually took only 30 minutes but he had to ad the app bar, back navigation function and some performance tweaks (the app is faster/smoother than in the video) so the total time spent on it was finally around 1 hour and a half (90% of the code is shared between both versions). I think that this really speaks volume on how Microsoft has really a leg up the competition when it comes to application development now that they are finally integrating all their latest technology and services into one powerful package. You can check out the original desktop application here. Below is a video of the WP7 version on the CTP emulator:

Clarity Comic Book reader for Windows Phone 7 demonstrated, more apps in the works

Here’s a video of a newly developed Comic Book reader from Clarity Consulting for Windows Phone 7 (it looks a whole lot like the Graphic.ly reader we saw at MIX10, so I wouldn’t be surprised is Clarity Consulting was behind the two apps) and use Silverlight & DeepZoom. The demo is obviously being run on a touchscreen enabled PC using the WP7 Emulator. Clarity seems to be also working on a couple of other apps like Hulu:

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Monet, Van Gogh & Cézanne paintings in Silverlight with DeepZoom and Metro UI

Microsoft did a really nice Silverlight gallery of the Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet collection presented at the Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland. The presentation uses DeepZoom and the Metro UI to navigate trough the paintings. It would be interesting to see if this interactive gallery can be easily ported to WP7 now that DeepZoom is fully functional on Windows Phone 7. Head over here to check it out.

DeepZoom on Windows Phone 7

Developers who wish to integrate Microsoft’s DeepZoom technology in their Windows Phone 7 applications now have 2 choices:

1) The DeepZoom Container for Windows Phone 7:

DeepZoom enables powerful functions to build large-scale image-based projects such as GIS application, games, and more. DeepZoomContainer is a package of classes that expands DeepZoom functionality.

This library is a part of components of ROH Project: The Automata Storytelling Engine and Its Prototype.

2) By directly enabling the functionality (via MultiScaleImage control ) in the Visual Studio ToolBox:

Source: DeepZoom Container & DeepZoom Sample