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Topic: The majority of the embedded new synths that I've encountered aren't interactive.

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NateLawrence (7 months ago)
I've seen embedded new synths in a number of pages today - blog posts, Channel 9, news articles, tumblr, et cetera.

What surprised me is that all of them simply played a video of the synth, rather than presenting the interactive synth, even though I was using the same browsers used to browse the Preview site.

In fact, the only place that I have seen an embedded new synth actually be interactive is on the Preview site's About page. http://photosynth.net/preview/about/

What is everyone else's experience?
Can anyone else point me to an embedded new synth that is interactive?
PhotosynthTeam (7 months ago)
Are you using IE11?

There is a bug in IE11 which is preventing an iframe to run in IE11 mode (thus with WebGL) when the parent page is rendered in a lower mode (IE10 for ex).
The iframe page is rendered with the rendering mode of the parent page.
So this is why an iframe (embed) can be rendered with the mp4 fallback video but clicking on the logo to view the synth will use the webgl viewer (as the view page on photosynth.net is rendered using IE11 mode).

--Henri
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
I was indeed. Thanks for the explanation, Henri.

Do you know if this something that the IE team expects to have fixed soon or might it be quite a wait?
Nathanael (7 months ago)
1) What problems are there in getting interactive synths embedded in Facebook when I share there?
I notice that no matter which browser I use there, only a video is shown.
I see that Occipital is able to embed their interactive panorama viewer there.

2) I was also curious as to why Flash is used to play the video substitute on Facebook. Why not just use HTML5 video?

3) What determines whether the video substitute will play or not?
On some devices I am simply told that I don't meet minimum requirements but the video isn't even presented as an option.
Instead of clicking the play button, click the text with the Synth name. It will take you to the view on Photosynth.net.
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
@Joscelin, I understand... but I'm asking why the synth is not interactive on Facebook since other things like Occipital 360 panoramas are interactive when embedded there.

In other words, I'm not confused as to how to see the interactive version on Photosynth.net when I see a link to it on Facebook.com. 
I want it to be interactive both on Photosynth.net and Facebook.com.

I remember several years ago when a third party developer testing out Windows Azure made a 'MySynths' Facebook application which allowed me to embed interactive synths on Facebook and I got some good interaction from my friends there, while I can barely convince any of them to come to Photosynth.net.
Same issue with IE on Windows Phone 8!
The Preview site's main page is no more than a video.
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
@Joscelin, this is wandering away from asking about the actual viewer being interactive while embedded, but as per your critique of the preview homepage, Windows Phone is not alone in that regard: https://twitter.com/iangilman/status/410447084660072448

I will say that on my family's Android phones I was able to scroll through the featured synths and tap on them, but then would get the video preview of the synth, rather than the actual synth as WebGL is not yet enabled on most mobile versions of browsers, even if they share that code with their parent destkop browser.
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