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Microsoft HD View

HD View is a new technology that is developed by Microsoft Research that aids in the display and interaction with large images with sizes of one or more Gigapixels. I was very astonished to discover a plugin for Internet Explorer [link] and Mozilla Firefox [link] that can be installed from the project website although I was not able to make it work in Firefox.

The plugin makes the browser HD View compatible which means that you can use the advanced features of the plugin to interact with specially prepared images. Those large images normally don't fit the screen and the user may use the mouse to move around and zoom in or out of the image.

Since the images are of high resolution it normally does not decrease image quality that much when you zoom in. Only when you reach the limits of the image you will notice the usual effects when zooming in on images like a reduced sharpness of it.

Microsoft HD View Normal:

hd view normal view

Microsoft HD View Zoomed:

microsoft hd view zoom

As you can see it is does not degrade image quality when zooming in on the image. Microsoft Research is offering information on how to produce and provide images for HD View. They are offering three methods which are described on this page, one of them is a Adobe Photoshop plugin.

Update: The Firefox add-on is no longer listed on the website. You can still download the HD View plugin for Microsoft Internet Explorer from the website. Note that it has not been updated since 2009 which indicates that the project has been abandoned and won't receive any further updates unless someone starts to work on it again.


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  1. OLIRC said on March 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Seems to be working here in Firefox this plugin.

  2. YK said on March 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm


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