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Is the PhotoSynth plug-in going to be supported in IE8 without the plug-in?
Then web developers can start using synth on their sites.
You ask if the Photosynth plug-in will be supported without having the plug-in installed? This does not make sense. Perhaps what you mean is, "Does Internet Explorer 8 have the Photosynth viewer built in so that people do not need to install the plugin themselves?".
Photosynth is using Silverlight for its viewer now and moving forward. People should have installed Silverlight for many other websites besides photosynth.net (like Netflix, NBC Olympics, etc.), just as we expect them to install the Flash plugin to use YouTube or other sites.
Silverlight does work in IE8
Silverlight is not built into IE8 but they can be downloaded together
Web developers can start using synths on their sites
If your web users do not understand how to install Silverlight they will not be able to understand how to visit Google or click on links either but no one is that stupid. :)
What I ment is that some people turn away when they see that they need to install Silverlight.
Right. Well, unfortunately in this day and age running 3D in a browser still requires a plugin.
If they turn away when they see that they need to install Silverlight then they must not care about trying Photosynth at all. Silverlight is a small download and the installer only has two buttons: "Install now" and "Finish". I don't think that's too complicated.
As for being able to include synths in pages (due to wide availability) Silverlight 2 runs in Internet Explorer 7 & 8, Firefox 2 & 3, Safari 4, Chrome, and sometimes even in Opera 10 on Windows xp, Vista, and 7.
It also runs on Intel Macs in Safari 3 & 4, and Firefox 2 & 3. I haven't tested it in any other browsers on MacOSX, but it wouldn't surprise me to find that it worked in other browsers there as well.
Also, on Linux, Novell is going to launch Moonlight 2 this September which will run Silverlight 2.0 applications like Photosynth. I've only tested the BETA in Firefox but synths crash it so far.