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an online interface that allows the browsing & skimming of magazines by a Google maps like interface. pictures, articles & spreads are charted as maps, with the well-known navigation controls on the left top hand side.

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good read thanx for taking the time to write it

very interesting

Mon 31 Mar 2008 at 11:49 PM

Please tell me he didn't actually PATENT the zkimmer interface. People have been exploring this sort of thing for a long long time.

Jef Raskin (one of the inventors of the Macintosh) wrote about a zoom interface in detail 10 years ago in the Humane Interface.

Tue 01 Apr 2008 at 12:55 AM
ok

I doesn't look like the scroll wheel is activated in this interpretation... that's one of the great things about using google maps imo. It allows for total control of the app w/o having to touch the little +/- nav bar.

Tue 01 Apr 2008 at 12:37 PM
moni

Nice interface, surprising I haven't seen something like it before. I love the idea of building on a common interface, it drops the learning curve down to nothing and ratchets up the usability factor by a lot.

Some kind of caching to reduce navigation delays would make it more responsive, as would the addition of iPhone-style "flick" momentum.

Tue 01 Apr 2008 at 12:54 PM
Andrew

people might also be interested in this Google Maps image viewer at labnol.org. it seems anyone can put large images in a Google Map-esque interface for free!

Tue 01 Apr 2008 at 6:31 PM
infosthetics

Pretty good, but it would be a lot cooler if they implemented the scrollwheel.

Thu 03 Apr 2008 at 9:20 PM

You'll have to install the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in (v2), but check out the Hard Rock memorabilia interface at . 250+ high-res images of rock 'n' roll memorabilia. Scroll wheel and click to zoom.

Tue 08 Apr 2008 at 6:16 PM
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