My school currently has Adobe CS5, but I was curious as to what else is out there as far as web design and I happen to stumble on to Silverlight. I’ll be honest, before doing some research I thought its sole purpose was to play Netflix on my computer. After looking into it I realized that this program is capable of much more and I thought I would share my findings. As previously mentioned, Silverlight can send HD video through the Internet whether it’s prerecorded or live streaming video. These videos can be seen across many platforms, including Mac, Windows, and Windows Mobile. Videos generally require minimal buffering and can be delivered in true 720p quality. Another ability that this program offers is 3D perspectives, for example a user can load an image of a product and be able to rotate it in order to see it from any angle. From a developer’s point of view, this program can be used to create animations and even entire websites. You may think to yourself that Adobe’s Flash can already do that, but there are two key differences. One difference being that the animations can be searchable by sites like Google or Yahoo. In order to do that with Flash a developer would need to put keywords in the code. A second difference is a nice little feature called Deep Zoom, which gives the user an opportunity to see multiple pictures but still be able to zoom in to a specific photo to get a high-resolution version of it. This can be done with a small amount of load time for the user. As a spin off of Deep Zoom, there’s also PivotViewer, which is used to compile massive amounts of data in a fun and useful manner so a user is more likely to explore the information rather than try a different site. From an educator’s point of view I think this would be a fun option for a web design or graphics course. Has anyone ever tried this program with students? If so, was it successful? Sources: Alam, Muhammad Usama. "Flash vs. Silverlight: What Suits Your Needs Best?" Smashing Magazine. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. . Blue, Felicia. "What Is Microsoft Silverlight Used For? | EHow.com." EHow | How to Videos, Articles & More - Trusted Advice for the Curious Life | EHow.com. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. . "Microsoft Silverlight." Web. 26 Apr. 2011. . Needleman, Rafe. "What Is Silverlight, Really? | Webware - CNET." Technology News - CNET News. Web. 26 Apr. 2011. . Smith, Matt. "What Is Microsoft Silverlight? [Geeks Weigh In]." Cool Websites, Software and Internet Tips. Web. 27 Apr. 2011. .
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