Hot on the heels of this week’s official Microsoft release of Pivot for Silverlight, we have added experimental Pivot support to Telerik TV! For those unfamiliar, Pivot (and the related PivotViewer), is a powerful data visualization tool from Microsoft (for Silverlight 4) that makes it easy to visualize “collections” in a fun, powerful and engaging way. It relies on a combination of DeepZoom technology, XML, and the new PivotViewer UI control.
On Telerik TV, we have implemented experimental video search using a dynamic Pivot. Pivot collections and images are created and cached on the fly, using OpenAccess ORM on the backend, and then served via the Microsoft PivotViewer. The result is an incredibly rich and engaging approach to searching Telerik TV.
Clearly, this is very experimental and “beta” at this point. I’ll be publishing more details on the implementation soon (it took less than a day to implement the viewer), and we’ll be working on making the Pivot loading process faster and more robust. For now, Telerik is proud to be one of the first companies to deliver a Pivot-based implementation and we hope you enjoy the new view on Telerik TV!