I don’t have an iPhone yet but the technology also available to users on a desktop computer. So I downloaded the program called Deep Zoom Composer and run one of my recent panorama picture through it. BTW, if you want to try it yourself, check out this Deep Zoom resource page or this Deep Zoom Primer.
The final composition, of which a thumbnail version is shown below, includes the final stitched panorama (8643×3606) and the 10 original photos (each 2592×3872).
Even though the 10 original photos appear to be much smaller than the stitched final image, they actually contain the same level of details you can zoom further in to see.
I have to say I am quite amazed by the result. The zoom-and-pan operation is very smooth even over the Internet. Of course, your experience may be different due to various reasons.
Why wait, give it a spin (Microsoft Silverlight is required). You can click on the thumbnail above, or follow this link (new window will open).
I think this is great way to present large photos such as this panorama picture on the web. On the other hand, it does require some work. First, you need to compose it using the Deep Zoom Composer and export it to the Seadragon Ajax or Silverlight Deep Zoom format. In my example, the software exported over 3000 slices of images and other supporting files taking up over 60 megabytes . Uploading them to the web server took quite a while.
Keywords: Deep Zoom, panorama, Seadragon, Silverlight