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PivotViewer for a rich search experience

For ClipFlair, I’m looking into implementing advanced search using Silverlight PivotViewer


You can now check out ClipFlair Gallery in all its PivotViewer with DeepZoom glory.

A really nice example of PivotViewer search is at:


This may take long time to load, since its loading 10000 children art DeepZoom image tiles

You can use the mousewheel to zoom in there or the zoom slider at top-right (can also click an item to zoom to it)

See the filters at the left handside, play with them by selecting items there at the various properties to see the images get rearranged to show only ones selected by the filters.

Has also buttons at the top-right to bin the items based on having same values at properties selected

Another good example is Netflix movie catalog:
e.g. select Sort: Genre at top-right and click Graph View button there instead of the default Grid View to see the items get binned by Genre, then start filtering them down from the left handside bar

Also see a SharePoint sites collection search with PivotViewr:

MSDN magazine collection with PivotViewer:

Finally, for a nice series of Silverlight PivotViewer programming articles by Tony Champion see:


http://pivotviewerlessons.codeplex.com/ (source code)

http://pivotviewer.championds.com/ (live examples)

BTW, people are also working on HTML5 PivotViewer:






http://pivot.lobsterpot.com.au/html5.htm (Live HTML5 Sample)

http://examples.hubbardone.com/html5/html5pivotviewer.htm (Live HTML5 Sample)

For developers, here are some direct links to .CXML (Collection XML) files:



By opening the .CXML file URL in a web browser you can see its XML-based structure.

By using ClipFlair Studio‘s Gallery component you can open most of those .CXML URLs and play with the respective collection (you use the wrench button on the Gallery component’s titlebar to turn it over and set the Source URL, then turn over again to see the collection – just wait a bit if it’s big and takes some time to load).  An alternative is to open in your browser a URL of the form http://studio.clipflair.net?gallery=http://spscollection.blob.core.windows.net/pivot/SharePoint.cxml

Not all of these URLs will work in ClipFlair Studio’s Gallery component though, because some servers may be using restrictive access policy files for Silverlight, not allowing a Silverlight app like ClipFlair Studio which is served from http://studio.clipflair.net to download the .CXML file.

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