Microsoft Pivot (a cool new technology that lets you easily view, search, and filter data using deep zoom) seemed like a natural and obvious fit for the task.
Therefore, using Microsoft Pivot and the Pauthor open source libraries, I created a tool that helps users create a pivot collection from the photos on their hard drive and supports filtering by all the nifty meta data embedded in those files such as shutter speed, aperture, film speed, and focal length. Plus, users end up with a great look set of deep zoom images from their photo collection!
PAuthor: The Pivot Collection Tool (a.k.a. Pauthor) is a command line tool for converting Pivot collections between a variety of formats (CSV, Excel, CXML with raw images, and CXML with DeepZoom images) and for creating imagery for those collections. This tool is ideal for a wide variety of cases from quickly converting any spreadsheet into a Pivot collection to serious collection authors creating collections as part of an automated workflow. With a built-in image creation system based upon HTML and CSS, you’ll find it very easy to augment your existing images, or generate entirely new images from scratch.