Posted by: kurtsh | February 26, 2007

RELEASE: British Library’s “Turning the Pages” application for Windows Vista (WPF)

Tim Sneath did a great overview of the British Library’s "Turning the Pages" application for Windows Vista so I’m not going to both reinventing the wheel except to say that this is one of the coolest apps I’ve ever seen.  This is a perfect example of the value of WPF to web-based applications.


An amazingly well-rendered, responsive interface for flipping through ancient texts

What makes this so amazing an experience is that besides the fact that the pages moves with incredibly smooth animation is:

  • High Def:  The book imagery fidelity is fantastic.  It leverages our High Definition Photo Format.
  • Zoom:  The mouse scroll wheel allows the user to "zoom into" the pages
  • Audio:  There is audio associated with some books.  Which is a good thing being that I can’t read all the stuff Leonardo da Vinci wrote.  Oh who am I kidding:  I couldn’t understand it even if I read it.
  • 3D Rotation & Movement:  Hitting SHIFT-DRAG rotates, CTRL-DRAG moves the book,

Read a better review over at Tim’s Blog.
LINK:  http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2007/01/30/great-wpf-applications-1-british-library-turning-the-pages.aspx

Or run it yourself:
RUN:  http://ttpdownload.bl.uk/browserapp.xbap


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